Miller's Collecting Furniture: The Facts at Your Fingertips by Christopher Payne, Janet Gleeson
Collecting Furniture: The Facts At Your Fingertips is a comprehensive introduction to collecting antique and 20th century furniture. Part I guides the reader through beginning a collection, with tips on buying and selling in the auction room, as well as at antiques fairs and fle markets. It includes advice on how to value, insure, secure, secure, display and care for furniture. There are also sections that familiarize the reader with the woods, styles and forms of furniture that they are likely to encounter.
The main part of the book explores all the major forms of furniture: from dining furniture to pieces for the bedroom. Well-illustrated, each section includes guidelines that help the reader to identify the separate styles, evaluate the condition of a piece and distinguish between originals and fakes. Each illustration is accompanied by a price guide and there is a glossary to clarify technical terms.