Antique Furniture Dealer Business Plan

Antique Collecting

Antique Collecting

ABOUT fifty years ago, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood. It is not really quite as simple as that, for each of the so-called Ages overlaps the others and it is quite impossible to lagt down strict dates as to when any one timber was introduced or when it finally, if ever, went out of favour.

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Suzman Cole Design Associates

A modestly scaled contemporary house, subtly but richly detain mq the landscape design for this sloping, one-acre (0.4 ha) site near re zzm Pebble Beach. The house uses antique Chinese limestone and gran e a modern design aesthetic. Landscaping is serene and low key. us rg ym tolerant plants with an emphasis on foliage rather than flowers - gras -Californian and Mediterranean natives such as lavender, manzamta, k coast live oaks predominate. Texture and form create depth of field, drawing the eye through the r Architectural walls follow the lead of the house crisp, geome* constructed from antique Chinese stone and Corten steel. Elsewhere, s* -that enclose plantings are designed to appear as part of the land . includes an entry courtyard, a rear courtyard with a square fire pit o* ii- - and gravel, and a spa with a teak deck set against a stone wall. V Antique Chinese limestone wall captures color and texture of architect's design. Alternate view.

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The Elsecar Antiques Centre, which hosts the BBC's Infamous 'Bargain Hunt' television program, has Installed a movemanSKG Prestige platform lift to allow less able and elderly visitors to reach the building's upper floor. With a cream finish and glazing In the doors, it matches the centre's prestigious appearance and makes the premises accessible to all. A listed tourist attraction, the Elsecar Antiques Centre Is a rapidly expanding business and thanks to Bargain Hunt, Its exhibitions get regular coverage on national television. The two-stop Prestige at Elsecar Antiques Centre travels nearly three metres between floors. Floor mounted, It features fixed ramps that allow users to access the carriage from floor level.

Room for Viewing Light and Shadows of Life

Seiichi Shirai Architect Interiors

Doctor Sasao's private garden is an integral part of this room, and an extension of the interior. While he often relaxes here in solitude, he occasionally invites his friends for conversation over some sake. In order to delight his guests as well as for his own pleasure, he arranges cut flowers from his garden in his favorite vase. This vase and the other items in the room were bought in antique shops or during his travels, and are aptly suited to his traditional room. Although he used to be very fond of going to Japanese inns he has lost interest in them now, for nowhere does he feel more comfortable than in this very special room of his own

An Old Farmhouse Gears up for the Future

Old Japanese Wood Building

Disassembling and reassembling minka is a relatively simple process due to the remarkable method of construction used by traditional Japanese carpenters. An elaborate system of mortise and tenon joints is constructed in advance, and then the timbers raised and fitted to form a frame without any metal fittings and adhesives. Bengs' house was reconstructed in this way. Making wooden joints is a recognized and respected art in Japan. On this main frame, a lighter frame of bamboo is constructed using bamboos and ropes, and a 50-centimeter thick thatch roof is applied. The details of the house and its finishing were painstakingly restored using traditional methods, and 20th century comforts added without compromising its integrity. These additions included insulating materials, double-glazed windows, floor heating, a modern kitchen and bathrooms. In addition, balustrades, fixtures and doorknobs from other old houses or antique shops have been added to complement the rustic beauty of the...

Exuberant Spontaneity in an Interior in Osaka

The Japanese describe a person who is free from the trammels of ordinary life and able to deeply admire the beauty of nature, as well as things, as being furyu. Teizo Sato, a bachelor who is adept at the tea ceremony and Japanese flower arrangement, likes to think of himself as such a person Having lived among beautiful antiques in this special house since he was six, he has cultivated a dis cerning eye and an understanding of Eastern as well as Western aesthetics, and often mixes the two with great panache. Like many pottery enthusiasts, one of Sato's favorite collections is that of soba cups Soba. or buckwheat noodles, are served on a wickerwork platter and eaten with a dipping sauce served in soba cups. Sato scours curio shops and antique markets after work and on every weekend, sometimes traveling as far as Tokyo to look for cups with special designs. In order to truly enjoy the cups and other tableware he has collected, he has taken to cooking and delights in setting the table...

Cabin Chic Meets Canadian Shield

Remarkably, the Sharpe Cottage is free of antiques or custom accents. A sprawling chandelier of bundled deer antlers holds the great room together nicely. It could easily be mistaken for a custom piece, but it was delivered from Muskoka Living, a cottage-furnishing retailer in nearby Port Carling. The only original piece is a large statue of a carefree androgynous figure in a slightly cleared wooded alcove in front of the main entrance. Perched on a rock with flowing shreds of clothing trailing behind it, the statue, Windswept, was created by local sculptor Hilary Clark Cole out of welded steel. I told Hilary to write Peter, send him a photograph (of the sculpture) saying 'If you want me I'm yours, said Wink, an old friend of the sculptor. He loved it. The statue was placed so that the figure's flowing garments would accurately reflect the location's prevailing winds, symbolizing the uninhibited freedom that comes with surrendering to nature.

The past is a prettier place

Work with layers of history and the patina of ages, blending old and new. You can contain the car and make places walkable, and the density makes public transport very efficient. Yet finding novel, vibrant roles and purposes for the more ancient European towns, beyond keeping them pretty for tourists, is hard. Nothing wrong with tourists, but when there are too many the lifeblood of a city can be sucked out. A place can fossilize. Think, almost at random, of Delft, Rothenberg, Vaasa, Cortona, Broadway in the Cotswolds and thousands more from Italy, France, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands. Antiques and souvenir shops are fine as far as it goes, but is that wealth creation Going up a notch or two, Europe has a plethora of mid- to large-scale cities which seem to define what we mean by urbanity Nice, Parma, Munich, Lucca, Lyons, Reims, Heidelberg, Graz, Orvieto, Utrecht. North America has few cities of this type as most cities there were constructed to feed the needs of the car. The...

Collections and restoration of antiquities

Right arm and its tail around the son's arm. The statue was soon brought to the collection of the Vatican Belvedere, and Bramante organized a competition, inviting four artists to model it in wax. Raphael was one of the judges and he esteemed the young Jacopo Tatti Sansovino to have surpassed the others it was decided to cast his work in bronze. He also restored the original, reintegrating the missing parts in gypsum, and probably bending Laocoon's arm towards the head. Some years later Baccio Bandinelli repaired the arm that had broken off, stretching it much more upwards, claiming that he had surpassed the antiques with the replica, but Michelangelo commented 'Who follows others, will never pass in front of them, and who is not able to do well himself, cannot make good use of the works of others.'5 In 1532, Michelangelo recommended Fra Giovanni Angiolo Montor-soli to restore some broken statues in the Belvedere including the right arm of Laocoon. It was made in terracotta, and now...

Movement And Shrinkage

A full understanding of the reasons for the shrinkage of wood, the probable extent of the movement and the direction it is likely to take (wood is not a homogeneous solid and the movement is not equal in all directions) is essential if furniture is to be soundly constructed, for it is impossible to lock wood fibre permanently against its natural inclinations, and its strength is such that it will eventually overcome every effort to confine it. Furthermore, the increasing use of artificial heating means drier atmospheres and greatly increased shrinkage values, and this equally applies no matter how old the wood is, for even antique furniture will rapidly disintegrate in over-heated surroundings. It should be pointed out, however, that heat alone is not inimical to wood it is the degree of dryness occasioned by the heat which is the deciding factor.

The City as a Living Work of

Throughout the following pages you will notice that I use the prefix 're-' rather a lot. This is deliberate. It is a prefix of our age. Both intellectual and material pursuits are increasingly iterative and retrospective. Contemporary art, architecture, music and literature consciously borrow from that which has preceded them. The affluent spend more money on the past, for example, through buying antiques or researching their family trees. We are always in the throes of some revival or other, haunted by flares, mullets and adults wearing school uniforms. In such ways Western culture can be very self-reflexive. But I am also aware that the past, imagined or otherwise, can constitute an escape from the present and that 're-' can be a superfluous adjunct. Why re-energize when we can energize Let's live, rather than relive. Nevertheless, I persist with 're-' because I want to emphasize as strongly as possible the fact that tackling urban challenges requires visiting first principles again...

Restoration repairs and wood finishing 47 Structural repairs

The repair of modern everyday furniture usually calls for cutting out and replacing broken parts, fixing false tenons or dowels to fractured joints, strengthening joints with metal straps, insets or angle pieces, renewing whole members where necessary, and in general applying normal cabinet-making skills. Valuable antique furniture repairs require expert know-how with carefully matched old wood, scraps of old saw-cut veneer, and a keen appreciation of period, colour and patina, together with considerable skills in carving, veneering, inlaying, marquetry cutting, staining, polishing and lacquering, etc. Any such antique repairs should not be undertaken without considerable experience of the particular type of work, for repairs inexpertly done or out of period can detract from, or even destroy, the market value. A recent development in the repair of valuable antique furniture has been the use of Araldite epoxy resin adhesive (CIBA ARL Ltd) with suitable reactive diluents, fillers and...

Inlay Repairs

Figures 543-5 show the extensive renovation and repair of a set of six Regency-style chairs carried out by Mr CM. Lacey of Brighton, England. (The appellations 'Genuine Antique', 'Genuine Regency' etc., etc., cannot be applied to any furniture made after 1830, which is the fixed datum line. As it would be impossible to distinguish between furniture of the same type or style made in, say. 1820 and 1840, any claim to genuineness must be supported by an original bill of sale or other trustworthy documentary evidence. The terms 'Antique Style', 'Regency Style', etc. therefore mean exactly what they say, i.e. 'in the style of . . .'. They could be genuine antique but are not claimed as such). The chairs in question were beech framed stained in imitation of rosewood, with a beautifully executed Boulle inlay of brass and rosewood veneer on the curved back rails as there was no point in using old beech, even if it could be obtained (beech is highly susceptible to woodworm), new wood was used...


Tasmanian Wooden Trophies

And how much fun both Mirella and Sally must have had scouring Tasmania, the mainland and overseas for the perfect furnishings to set off each room, such as the copper bath in 'his' section of the bathroom, the Italian ceramic toilet and red chandeliers in 'her' part, fittings to match the gleaming green Aga stove in the kitchen, and stunning antiques, ornaments and artwork for every corner.

Of the Doric Order

Vignola, as appears by the preface to his Orders, imagined that the graceful and pleasing aspect of Architectonic objects, was occasioned by the harmony and simplicity of the relations between their parts and, in composing his Profiles, he constantly adjusted his measures by these simple affinities, supposing the deviations from them, in his antique originals, to proceed rather from the inaccurate execution of the workmen, than from any premeditated design in the contriver. To this notion may be ascribed many little defects, in the proportions of his mouldings, and minuter members which, though trifling in themselves, yet, from the smallness of the parts where they happen to be, are of consequence, and easily perceivable by a judicious eye. These I have therefore endeavoured to correct, not only in this, but in others of his Orders which, from their conformity to the best Antiques, I have in the course of this work chosen to imitate.

Capitol Plaza

Capitol Plaza is located in the emerging residential neighborhood of Heights amid weekend antiques markets and Flower District shops. Tn s public open space, which connects 26th Street and 27th Street just east c* Avenue, features garden seating areas, a promenade, and cafes. In ar. a Manhattan with too few public open spaces, Capitol Plaza's goal was to people a place to pause among lush bamboo groves and ornamen a plantings, distinctive contemporary seating and adjacent cafes and shops a synergistic composition that will ensure long term success.

The Village

Villages are still seen in northeastern Ohio, anachronisms in an era of metropolitan expansion and transportation ease. 9 Most no longer function primarily as market places for surrounding farmers. People still live in them, some because their families have been there for generations and others because they are drawn by their quiet charm. But the sawmills, gristmills, and cheese factories are mostly gone. The general store may now feature antiques for weekend shoppers from surrounding cities while the locals shop at Wal-Mart and drive long distances to their daily jobs.

Column veneering

The glue has set the webbing is removed, the overlap joint cut through, the edges warmed, fresh glue inserted, hammered down and strapped with tape. Jointed up or fragile veneers which do not bend easily may have to be reinforced with a glued paper cover before wrapping, while intricate inlays and built-up patterns of small elements may have to be glued firmly to a supporting base of thin fabric which must be dampened slightly before bending and gluing in position. (Subsequent cracking, crazing and lifting of highly figured or spiteful veneers mahogany curls, rosewood, etc. can often be prevented by the traditional method of backing the veneer with glued muslin prior to laying. See also Yorkite crossbanding veneer, page 307). Large columns of either coopered or laminated construction can be made in convenient sections, each section hammer or caul veneered and then reassembled with either tongued and grooved or rubbed joints but such work belongs more properly to specialized joinery...

Surface damage

Slight bruising of surfaces where the actual fibres are not fractured can often be lifted by the repeated application of a heated iron tip through a wet cloth, creating sufficient steam to swell the fibres up. Bruises in bare wood can also be lifted by flooding the bruise with methylated spirit and setting fire to it, but the wood must not be scorched. There is no guarantee that the bruises will be eradicated entirely, for much depends on the elasticity of the wood fibres and their ability to recover, but it is always worth a trial. Deeper scratches, dents and bad bruising will have to be cut out and plugged with wood or filled with hard stoppers, plastic wood, etc. coloured to match the finished work. If wood plugs are used they should be cut to an elongated diamond shape with the grain direction carefully matched, placed on the damaged surface, scribed round and the recess cut the plugs should be slightly bevelled in the thickness for a close fit. All possible help should be given...