Possible dating of the sofa

Possible dating of the sofa The current sofa we’re speaking of, was manufactured in the style commonly referred as “Louis XIII. style, who ruled France between 1610-43. The problem with that naming is that Louis XIII’s period preferred a different style to the current “Os de Mouton” (literally Mutton Bone – Mutton Horn) one. In […]

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Louis XVI Biography. King (1754–1793)

Louis XVI Biography. King (1754–1793)

Louis XVI was the last king of France (1774–92) in the line of Bourbon monarchs preceding the French Revolution of 1789. He was executed for treason by guillotine in 1793.   Synopsis Louis XVI became the heir to the throne and the last Bourbon king of France upon his father’s death in 1765. In 1770, […]

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Old and Gold? Don’t Be Fooled

If you’ve read William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ you probably have come across the casket scene when one of Portia’s suitors choose the golden one. It contains a note that says, ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ How apt is that line when it comes to determining the value of an antique object? Not […]

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Mahogony Clock

Our current specimen is a mahogany Peatling clock. There were “simpler” finishes of Peatling clocks. This one is J. No Peatling, Boston, with a height of 90″ (251cm). The ornaments are practically the same as on the other. The item description says: Oak longcase clock, arched painted dial, signed J.No Peatling, Boston, with a shepherdess […]

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Loyalist Flag

Background The French revolution started on July 14th 1789, but practically it had been ended by Napoleon’s coup d’état on November 9th 1799 (the “Coup of Brumaire”). In this decade, France tried virtually every political system, from the constitutional monarchy to the dictatorship. Initially, hallmarked by marquis Lafayette (the same who fought on the side […]

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Baroque angels

These angel statues were widely used on Baroque winged altars as supporting figures, e.g. they appear holding the altar in its place. Of course due to this, they were used symmetrically. Two main types can be seen: putto/cherub and “grown up” angels. These are definitely the latter. To ensure the ethereal appearance, these figures were […]

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Cleaning Antique Brass

Antiques are great to have and often are worth quite a bit of money when they are well maintained. Some antiques are easier to clean and deal with the upkeep than others are and each type of item has very specific ways they should be cleaned. Don’t be afraid to take the antique to a […]

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Antique Metal Cleaning

  Antiques are a great thing to have around because they can be worth something if they are taken care of properly. All antiques will need cleaned and maintained properly and in a specific way. If the item was cleaned incorrectly, or not maintained, then it could be worth less than it originally would be, […]

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