The Antiques Clinic: A Guide to Damage, Care, and Restoration

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Barron's Educational Series, 1998 - Antiques & Collectibles - 224 pages
Nearly everybody has a small art object in the attic, or a piece of unusual porcelain in a cabinet, or perhaps a very old table or chair -- but has no clear idea of the item's value. It might have no value at all -- or it might be worth thousands! How do you begin to find out? This handsomely illustrated large-format volume is a good place to start the investigation. It offers advice on how to identify the key characteristics, shapes, and forms by style from every historical period. Author and antiques expert Paul Davidson discusses objects of every kind: architecture, room interiors, furniture, cabinets, pottery, glassware, metalware, porcelain figurines and vases, clocks, cutlery, dolls, and much more. He educates his readers in
-- The art of dating antiques ...
-- The ability to identify styles by name, time, and place of manufacture ...
-- An understanding of how styles are born, evolve, and are adapted to many different media, from architecture to silverware, ceramics, and textiles ...
-- What to look out for when buying a piece, establishing whether or not it has been repaired, and knowing whether or not repairs matter.

He also provides an international time line and shape identifier that covers major style periods: Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and all other important trends and movements. There are more than 600 full-color illustrations, a detailed glossary, and an index. Here is must-reading for amateur collectors, antique hunters, buyers, sellers, auction-goers, and everybody who is fascinated by arts and crafts

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About the author (1998)

Born in London, England in 1966, as a teenager James Fielden moved to Hollywood, where he has built a career in audio for film and television. Alongside his life in sound, he is a poet with a passion for photography and meditation. He combines these art forms to explore aspects of the spiritual path. He lives in Los Angeles and may be reached via his website:

Garnier is head of Antique Clocks and Furniture at Asprey, London.

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