These best-selling guides to popular collecting subjects combine historical background with practical advice for the collector by focusing on items that are available and
affordable. They also look at identifying and dating pieces, assessing condition, and recognizing maker's marks. Each item is given a dollar price range while Fact Boxes highlight key collecting areas. Antique furniture can be surprisingly affordable. In this handbook, BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Christopher Payne explores the main areas of furniture, showing how to recognize quality, periods, and types of wood. All the major forms of furniture -- including tables, seating, mirrors, and screens -- are explored and each item is accompanied by a dollar price range. Lita Solis Cohen is Senior Editor of the Maine Antiques Digest.--- This guide contains all the essential information needed by a budding furniture collector, showing how to identify styles as well as individual pieces, how to avoid fakes and how to spot a bargain. It includes chapters on all major types of readily-affordable furniture, a special section on 20th-century pieces, advice on buying from a variety of sources, tips on care, restoration and insurance, and useful listings of auction houses, antiques centres and major antiques events.
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