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FREE RESEARCH HELP FOR ANTIQUE FURNITURE -
ANTIQUE RUGS CARE INSTRUCTIONS

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ANTIQUE FRENCH FURNITURE STYLES

- In the last quarter of the seventeenth century, as one historian writes, France dominated Europe, not only by the success of her arms but by her achievements in art and taste. Paris was the capital of fashion, dictating even to the court of Charles II across the Channel. The magnificence of the Sun King, Louis XIV, found its perfect expression in the Chateau of Versailles... READ MORE

THE FORGOTTEN ARTS & CRAFTS OF COLONIAL LOUISIANA: Fusion of Cultures & Art

- Least remembered of all the major contributions to the United States national culture, least collected and least studied, are the products of the French and Creole artists and craftsmen of colonial Louisiana. When Louisiana was transferred to the United States, the French had occupied the Mississippi Valley for more than a century. New Orleans, the capital of the Colony, had been established in 1718 and had a... READ MORE

ANTIQUE RUGS or ORIENTAL CARPETS - Care and Repair tips for Collectors

- One day last year the owner of a Persian rug in Washington, D.C., called the New York dealer she had bought it from and told him that the rug was falling apart. The dealer knew that a fine antique rug such as hers - it was a hundred-year-old Sultanabad - does not suddenly fall apart for no reason. As it turned out, the owner had placed a large plant on the corner of her prize rug. Two years later, when she picked up the plant... READ MORE

MISSION STYLE FURNITURE - EARLY SPANISH & MEXICAN INFLUENCES ON CALIFORNIA

- In 1521 the supremely audacious conqueror, Fernando Cortes, described by one of his contemporaries as a man "of little belly and somewhat bow-legged," occupied Mexico City and destroyed the empire of the Aztecs. Eleven years later, Fortun Jimenez, adventurer, mutineer, and cosmographer, sailed westward from the mainland and discovered a barren peninsula which... READ MORE

COLLECTIBLE BOOKENDS: Types & values of fine or antique bookends

- A pair of shiny chrome and emerald-green Bakelite bookends flank half a dozen volumes with Art Deco bindings and such evocative titles as The Savoy Cocktail Book, The Metropolis of Tomorrow, The New York Book of Smart Interiors. What better way to show off a small collection of old books than between supports of the same period?... READ MORE

ALARMING INCREASE IN FAKE MAKERS MARKS ON PORCELAIN & CHINAWARE: Reproductions of Chinese antiques on the rise

- The team at www.Marks4Antiques.com just completed an update to their makers marks databases for their online antiques reference guides and found some striking results. In particular, after sorting through thousands of new porcelain and chinaware backstamps, it appears that there is a sudden rise in the number of fake or reproduction marks found on... READ MORE

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