Antiques and Collectibles
How often do you stop and admire antique furniture in a shop window? Or marvel at the quality of the decoration on a fine porcelain vase or aTiffany Lamp?
The work of skilled craftsmen and women has an enduring quality which will outlast much of the contemporary design furniture which today is made out of chipboard; a great quality mirror will look magnificient 100 years from now and investment in some good antique pieces, whether it be carpets, armoires, day beds or chests of drawers, will add more personality to your home then many of the less well-made, modern pieces which are available on today's high street. We have identified many categories of antiques and collectibles which can be purchased today online in eBay's auctions - and hope that you find this a convenient way to research the antiques which you would love to grace your own home.
We love seeing the craftsmanship of formers years being loved, appreciated and recycled - for instance, there are 12 antique church windows currently being auctioned - what a lovely way to make your home look very individual by including one of these windows on a stairwell!
The first Tiffany lamp was created around 1895. Each lamp was handmade by skilled craftsmen, not mass- or machine-produced. Its designer was not, as had been thought for over 100 years, Louis Comfort Tiffany, but a previously unrecognized artist named Clara Driscoll was identified in 2007 by Rutgers professor Martin Eidelberg as being the master designer behind the most creative and valuable leaded glass lamps produced by Tiffany Studios.
Tiffany's first business venture was an interior design firm in New York, for which he designed stained glass windows.
Most of his lamps can be grouped into one of seven specific categories: Irregular Upper and Lower Border, Favrile, Geometric,Transition to Flowers, Flowered Cone, and Flowered Globe lamps. The Irregular Upper and Lower Border lamps carry an openwork crown edge that helps to simulate a branch, tree, or shrubbery. The Favrile category, which means handcrafted, identifies the first lamps Tiffany made with this label. His initials LCT, later replaced the Favrile stamp. The Geometric category, done primarily by the male craftsman, speaks for itself. The Tiffany craftsman used geometric shapes such as triangles, squares, rectangles, and ovals to form these patterns for these lamps. Next is the Transition to Flowers group, which is subdivided into the Flowered Cone and Globe lamps. All of these lamps follow a nature, or botanical, design using flowers, dragonflies, spiders with webs, butterflies, and peacock feathers. The difference within these two smaller categories is the difference in the lamp shapes, basically a cone and a globe.