This title features more than 400 informative and detailed photographs show you how to identify pieces in antique shops, auctions, specialist fairs and markets. It includes articles on every subject from precious objects to books and clocks by 40 distinguished collectors and antiquarians. Beautifully photographed and accessibly written, this book is not only the ideal introduction for those with a new interest in antiques, but also a wide-ranging reference book for more experienced collectors. It has detailed coverage of the principal antique and collectible categories on the market today, plus professional knowledge on makers and manufacturers. It includes an introduction by David Battie FRSA, ceramics and glass specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. In today's ever-changing market, collectors need more information than ever before in order to identify the best categories and pieces, maximize investment potential, and eliminate risk. This book is structured by category, with longer sections on furniture, china, glass, painting, and silver, augmented by features on arms; costume; clocks; toys; lace and much more.It closes with a hard-working reference section on starting a collection; care and maintenance; professional terminology, and a full glossary.
This is an invaluable practical guide to the investor, as well as a wonderful visual reference to some of the finest pieces available at accessible prices. over 400 photographs