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Learn About: Scientific Instruments
Many collectors today buy scientific instruments for their innate connection with the great ages of science, medicine and exploration. A practical and cultural window into the worlds of great men and women from Galileo, to James Cook, to Marie Curie; items like telescopes and laboratory apparatus reveal the methods of renowned scientists while sextants and sample jars depict the worlds of exploration and naturalism. Read More »

How to Value Oriental Carpets and Rugs
Many original full-size oriental carpets and rugs from all parts of Asia are valued in the thousands of dollars and some even fetch tens of thousands. While modern carpets of the 20th century or later tend to be less valuable, a fact probably down to the growing commercialisation and mass-production of carpets and rugs, many examples are still of significant value. There are, however, carpets to watch out for. Read More »

Learn About Oriental Carpets and Rugs
Carpets and rugs from Asia have been popular in western culture and markets for hundreds of years; the famous 16th century German-born painter Hans Holbein, renowned for his portraits of famous Brits such as Henry VIII, even has a style named after him for the significance of these carpets in his desirable portraits. The demand for carpets from all over Asia only grew from Europe in the following centuries, and good examples of rugs and carpets from Persia, the Ottoman Empire, Central Asia and the Far East still fetch high prices today. Read More »

Our Top 5 Antique Inspiration Instagram Accounts
We've gathered together our five favourite Instagram accounts, for antique inspiration. Check them out, follow them and let us know where you find your antique and vintage inspiration from. Read More »

Top Tips for Buying Antiques & Vintages
Be flexible and patient. Commercialisation has made us picky and impatient. It takes time and a keen eye to shop vintage, be open-minded, browse and investigate whatever catches your eye. It often means that you come out with something that you didn’t know you needed, but you will love all the same. Read More »

Buying Sustainably: Shopping Antiques and Vintage in England
There’s a myriad of reasons to buy vintage and antiques: pieces are on the whole cheaper, it means you can find unique décor that no one else will have, antique pieces are often made with exquisite craftsmanship and it’s more sustainable than buying new. Read More »

Collecting Vintage Posters
Whilst many people dream of one day owning a piece of fine art, very few ever see this dream materialised on their mantelpiece. On the other hand, almost everyone grew up surrounded by posters, either on their bedroom walls or adorning the streets around them. Vintage posters represent a kind of graphic art which was designed for mass consumption; they were not made to be framed in museums but to advertise products and events, knowing that they could be rained on, torn down or covered up. Read More »

Collecting and Understanding Old Masters
The term ‘Old Masters’ generally refers to European artists and their work dating from (approximately) the 1500s to the 1800s. However, the category of Old Masters is not a formal classification of art in historical terms. Instead, it acts as an umbrella term and encompasses a wide range of styles, movements and locations, including Romanticism, Renaissance (Early, High, Gothic, Venetian, Spanish, Northern), Baroque, the Dutch Golden Age, Rococo and Neoclassicism. To be considered a ‘Master’ is partly... Read More »

Hollywood Memorabilia
Few people can resist the glamourous appeal of Hollywood and in recent years this nostalgia has emerged in several high-profile auctions of noteworthy memorabilia. Recent sales include the personal possessions and cinematic souvenirs of two iconic Hollywood stars: Christie’s The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn (the star of Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Sotheby’s The Vivian Leigh Collection (Gone with the Wind, A Street Car Named Desire). Read More »

Dollhouse Furniture Collecting
Pieces of furniture made by the Ladies’ Guild are in very high demand and that translates into cost. They are extremely fragile now and many are in very poor and degraded condition. However, for keen collectors - particularly in England - they do have special appeal. Read More »

The History of Chess
The history of the game of chess dates back 1500 years. Its origins have been debated between India (where it was called Chaturanga) and China. From Asia the game spread to Persia, and then Southern Europe after the Arab invasion of Persia. It’s in Persia that archaeologists have discovered the oldest chess pieces. From Persia the game spread across the world, for example in Russia through Mongolia, where it was played from the 7th century, cementing its presence and importance there. Read More »

Chinese Ceramics
Chinese ceramics and porcelain have a long and illustrious history. These world-renowned ceramics are not only remarkable for the quality and artistry involved in their production, but the ways in which their styles and motifs can be traced from the early Palaeolithic era to the modern day. Read More »

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