Articles on Antiques

ARTICLES ON ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE CHANDELIERS AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE CHANDELIERS

On dark winter evenings it is not easy to imagine life without electricity, but if we cast our minds back to the grand houses of the past we might visualise the beautiful chandeliers Read more

EARLY 19TH CENTURY IVORY CHESS SET

ANTIQUE CHESS SETS

So often one sees articles on the history of chess and frankly, to a chess collector it is probably the last thing on his/her mind Read more

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ANTIQUE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES

Chinese snuff bottles, and the powdered tobacco which they contained, were at the heart of a fashion that had no equivalent in China's long history Read more

ANTIQUE GLASS DECANTERS AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE DECANTERS

When was wine first decanted? Did the Greeks and Romans pour their wine from amphora into a smaller vessel to then be served at table? Read more

GLASS PAPERWEIGHTS AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE GLASS PAPERWEIGHTS

Most antique paperweights were made by one of three French factories, as a sideline, for just 10-15 years in the mid-1800s Read more

ANTIQUE GLOBES AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE GLOBES

Nowadays it might seem incredible that, as late as the 1300s, Man believed the world was flat and that sailors departing for the unknown might drop off the end Read more

JAPANESE ANTIQUES AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE JAPANESE WORKS OF ART

The range of Japanese antiques from the Meiji period is extensive, covering collecting fields such as ceramics (the most highly prized being Satsuma), ivory carvings, bronzes and mixed metal work, silver items, cloisonné, lacquer Read more

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ANTIQUE MINIATURE FURNITURE

The skill of the cabinet makers in producing these pieces is truly amazing, and in some cases the work involved would be greater than producing the full size example Read more

ANTIQUE SEWING BOXES AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE PALAIS ROYAL

For collectors of thimbles needlework tools, and needlework boxes some of the most beautiful and sought-after pieces are known collectively as ‘Palais Royal’ Read more

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ANTIQUE SINGING BIRDS

Why are antique singing bird automatons having a big impact on today's audience? Perhaps it is because these fine and rare examples are seen only occasionally Read more

ANTIQUE STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURE OF GARIBALDI

ANTIQUE STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURES

In Staffordshire during the middle of the last century there were many small pot banks churning out hundreds of different models, covering such themes as Royalty, Theatrical, Crimean, Political and Crime, to name but a few Read more

ANTIQUE TEA CADDIES AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE TEA CADDIES

Tea caddies of the 18th and early 19th centuries not only reflect an important and fascinating social custom, but they demonstrate the best craftsmanship in practically every decorative material and technique of the age Read more

ANTIQUE VIZAGAPATAM IVORY AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE VIZAGAPATAM

What exactly is Vizagapatam work? Vizagapatam work is the term used to describe pieces made by Indian craftsmen around the town of the same name on the Coromandel Coast of India Read more

WEDGWOOD FAIRYLAND LUSTRE AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANTIQUE WEDGWOOD FAIRYLAND LUSTRE

Fairyland Lustre is the name given to a type of lustrous and brightly coloured decorative china made by the factory of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons under the artistic direction of Daisy Makeig-Jones Read more

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WILLIAM LIONEL WYLLIE RA

William Lionel Wyllie R.A. is considered by many to be the leading British marine artist of his period, his work is in the Royal collection, the Tate, the Royal Academy, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum Read more

IVORY SHIP MODELS AT RICHARD GARDNER ANTIQUES

ANDREW WEBSTER KIDDIE MASTER MODELMAKER

When I saw my first ivory model by Kiddie, the Recreation Hall, Kilkenny, I was amazed at the quality of the work, especially the fine detail on the trees and hedges at the rear and I started to look for other examples by him Read more