Oil Painting

Zanden signed Yellow Roses Still Life Oil Painting 1930’s

Mantle Clock

Hamburg American Clock Company

Silver Enamel Brooch

Norwegian silver enamel leaf brooch from Aksel Holmsen A/S

Ceramic Pot Lid

Mounted Victorian Ceramic Pot Lid

EasyShine Metal Polish

Environment Friendly Metal Polish

Renaissance Wax

Environment Friendly Micro-Crystalline Wax

Model Car

View Vans Collectable Souvenir Glentworth Hall

Lead Shot

Lead Shot From The Shipwreck HMS Crocodile c.1784

Opera Glasses

Brass and Ivory Opera Glasses 1920's

Cluster Ring

Tourmaline and Diamond Cluster Ring

Silver lapel Badge

Sterling Silver and Enamel Lapel Badge

Silver Cream Jug

Walker and Hall Sterling Silver Cream Jug, Sheffield 1910

Tunbridgeware Box

Victorian Walnut Box with Tunbridge Bands c.1800's

Burr Walnut Snuff Box

Victorian Burr Walnut Snuff Box c.1800's

Carved Oak Hippo

Hand Carved Oak Hippo c.1980's

Wooden Desk Blotter

Edwardian Hand Carved Oak Blotter

Blue Enamel Hair Brush

Blue Enamel and Silver Hair Brush, Birmingham 1929

Silver Visit Card Holder

Sterling Silver Visit Card Holder, Birmingham 1876

Open Silver Salt

Swedish Open Silver Salt with Cobalt Blue Glass Liner, 1952

Silver Serving Fork

Silver Handle Serving Fork, Birmingham 1899

Silver Plate Tray

Silver Plated Tray, Elkington and Co, Birmingham 1948

Silver Candlestick

Silver Candlestick, Arthur and John Zimmerman, Birmingham 1911

Silver Sifter Spoon

Sterling Silver Sifter Spoon, Sheffield 1909

Silver Decanter label

Sterling Silver Decanter Label, Birmingham 1970

Silver Button Hook

Silver Handle Button Hook, Birmingham 1939

Silver Pickle Fork

Victorian Silver Pickle Fork with Ivory Handle

Monday, 29 August 2011

Give An Antique As A Gift

Antiques Are Green is an initiative that is gaining the support of the antique trade and governments alike. 

Going green is one thing, thinking green and being green is much more positive.

The Kyoto agreement may be struggling to survive, but you the consumer can make a difference today.

Most of us struggle each year to find a suitable birthday or Christmas present that will be cherished and not put in a cupboard and forgotten, or worse still, changed for something else or given away. What better way to solve the problem than to give a unique antique item, a memorable gift such as a 1700´s candlestick as a present.

With the correct use of technology, keeping brass, copper and silver in top condition is no longer the chore it used to be. By using eco friendly polish and wax, you not only reduce polution but also help conserve the item for future generations to enjoy.. 

So start today and give planet earth a chance. 

Invest In The Future – Recycle The Past

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Could Antiques Be Going Hi-Tech

Necessity is the mother of invention or so it is said, and in times of war technological advances are made. This is no less true for the antiques market because as prices rise the market becomes lucrative to the unscrupulous, so it is all out war against fakes and fakers. Forensic analysis and investigation techniques are being applied to antique pieces to prove provenance and originality.
On 23.05.2011 Bonhams announce a partnership with Cranfield University to help identify fakes
Bonhams are to work with Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, UK with the aim of making new technological advancements for authenticating porcelain more accessible for use in the art market.
It is widely recognised that, with the rising prices for Chinese art in particular, fakes have become more accomplished. However, so far, the scientific methods that have emerged over the last six years have yet to be widely adopted in the commercial sphere.

Cranfield have made significant investments in new laboratories and staff and are now working on ways to identify the 'trace elements' of porcelain from ever-smaller and non-invasive samples.

Antiques Trade Gazette reported on this technique of extracting and identifying 'fingerprints' from the chemical components in a ceramic object in 2005 after two teams of Australian scientists developed ways of analysing the glazes, pigments and 'paste' of antique porcelain which could indicate the date, geographic location and even the specific kiln where it was fired.

Last September, it emerged that Chinese specialist Guan Haisen had begun using a bespoke laser and spectrometer designed by the Florida-based company Ocean Optics to determine the age of works of art in the state-owned superstore Beijing Antique City.

The Bonhams/Cranfield project aims to further develop and adopt the techniques systematically for the art market by making the process less abrasive to the object and the databases for the trace elements more detailed and specific.

Chairman of Bonhams Asia Colin Sheaf said: "For decades we have sought a forensic technology which will easily and reliably address the authenticity problems generated by 30 years of relentless faking of expensive Chinese ceramics.

"Cranfield's team will now provide the specialist technology and experienced forensic scientists to carry out the analysis, and Bonhams will define the practical issues and provide access to the core data material. We will work together to establish the methodology that will give us all confidence to make robust deductions from tiny quantities of core sample. This project will be of immense benefit to both participants, and to the wider academic and commercial art market."

While some senior members of the trade remain sceptical as to whether any technological 'breakthroughs' can ever be watertight, most remain open to the possibility that these developments in forensic analysis will have a place in the market in the future.

Dogs have a chip inserted under their skin containing all their relevant details, so perhaps this will be extended to antiques pieces. May be - just may be, antiques will be "chipped" in future.

Who was it who said the life of an antique dealer is an easy cushy number.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Beware There Is Acid About

The health of this instrument could be damaged by handling and playing.

An alarming statement but true never the less.

Acid rain is now quite a familiar term and most people understand the damage it causes to our food sources and buildings. But other kinds of acid affect all of us in daily life and yet we accept them with a shrug or are completely unaware of them.

Do you know that acid is slowly but relentlessly attacking those beautiful and costly instruments each time they are handled and played?. Players exude acid in sweat, so fingerprints immediately begin to etch their signature into the metal; breath and spittle encourage further acid attack. Additionally, there is abrasive wear from contact with clothing.
Most brass instruments are burnished to a high shine and then clear-lacquered by their manufacturers. Although modern lacquers are quite tough they eventually break down under constant handling and develop micro-fine cracks. It is through these cracks that the acid of human contact is drawn. The discolouration of tarnish and even verdigris is then free to spread under the lacquer.

In professional fine-art conservation, the use of lacquers to protect historic metals, such as arms and armour in national collections, has long been discredited, as have oils and greases. Restorers and conservators know that any surface treatment that attract and hold dust can be hazardous to long-term preservation. When brass instruments become visually unattractive from intensive use, some manufacturers will accept them for refurbishment. This is usually an expensive process involving the complete dismantlement of the instrument, followed by immersion in a lacquer-stripping acid prior to any surface repairs, re-polishing and re-lacquering.

As a supplier of fine art restoration products, they are eminently suitable for cleaning and caring for these beautiful musical instruments.
The Vulpex liquid soap, which can be diluted in water or white spirit (for non-aqueous cleaning), cleans and de-greases all metals with 100% efficiency, leaving nothing potentially harmful behind. 

Where there is tarnish or light corrosion, our Pre-Lim paste gently burnishes to a bright, scratch-free shine, ready for permanent protection by Renaissance wax. 

Before waxing any metal it is important to ensure that the surface is clean so that tarnish does not spread beneath the wax. 

Renaissance wax is a truly universal in application and is used to protect and visually enhance every type of surface, from paper to stone, both inside the building and outside to guard against weathering. The wax protects a huge range of famous bronze statues and monuments in city streets and parks in the UK and other countries.

While museum exhibits are rarely handled, brass band instruments - by the very nature of their design and purpose - are far more vulnerable to surface degradation. For the relatively modest cost of our cleaners and wax polish, owners can greatly extend the service life of their instruments - and ensure the utmost visual beauty of the metal. 

To help keep the instruments in good condition, we will publish a number of useful guides about the care and cleaning of musical instruments.


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