Discovering Antiques: A Guide to the World of Antiques and Collectibles by Eric Knowles, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Discovering Antiques: A Guide to the World of Antiques and Collectibles

Discovering Antiques: A Guide to the World of Antiques and Collectibles

by Eric Knowles
     
 
This introduction to antiques and collectibles is by one of the world's leading experts. The book uses special annotated photographs of typical pieces to show all the important features, as well as what to look for and avoid. Readers will learn how to spot fakes and reproductions and how to insure, care for, catalog, and display antiques and collectibles. 500+

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This introduction to antiques and collectibles is by one of the world's leading experts. The book uses special annotated photographs of typical pieces to show all the important features, as well as what to look for and avoid. Readers will learn how to spot fakes and reproductions and how to insure, care for, catalog, and display antiques and collectibles. 500+ full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It sometimes seems that there are as many books and price guides documenting antiques and collectibles as there are objects to collect. Some are devoted to the coverage of a specific topic and some, like this one, provide an overview of the field. Written for beginners, this lavishly illustrated book should be quite useful. Knowles, director of Bonhams, a major London auction house, tells how a variety of items are made, how to detect fakes and recognize imperfections, how to tell whether a piece has been repaired, and how to care for, maintain, and display objects. He gives a range of values for the many items illustrated (everything from classic Georgian furniture to fruit-rate labels and Miele vacuum cleaners) and tells how to buy and sell at auctions as well as in dealers' showrooms, fairs, and flea markets. In addition there are tables of styles, periods, and hallmarks; a short list of antique homes and fairs (both British and American); a good glossary; and numerous illustrations. Though the book is well written, the index, which seems to be comprehensive, did not list that vacuum cleaner! Still, this is a solid introduction, appropriate for most public libraries.-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781899883707
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.67(w) x 11.39(h) x 0.88(d)

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