The world of antiques is an area that I have not covered in the blog, until today. The word 'antique' gets thrown around quite often and is often misused. For any item to fall under the rubric of an antique, generally is at least 75 to 100 years old depending of the country of origin. Beauty, rarity, craftsmanship and location of manufacture (certain furniture makers were more valued than others) all add to the value of a piece. Although some items were produced on a large scale, the numbers were still very small compared today, and would-be makers usually had to apprentice at a furniture house, making miniatures of desks and chiffoniers before you were allowed to tackle a full scale piece.

When antique furniture was at its' peak, The Old Cinema sold it expressly, and many of you probably remember this if you were an adult in the 80's and early 90's! In the last decade however, prices have fallen dramatically for antiques, so now is the time to snap up a great deal. I have taken some photos of my favorite pieces in the shop from the Victorian (1860s-1890s) and Edwardian (early 1900s) eras:

This is a fine example of an early 1900's Edwardian two-seat sofa in mahogany, with highly detailed carvings and marquetry throughout. The upholstery is a peach satin, and is in perfect condition. 

This late Victorian writing desk is very unique for the fact that is veneered in burr walnut with satin inlay. What makes this desk different from others is that it includes a sewing basket beneath. The carved legs are highly and skillfully detailed. Desks like these always have interesting features such as hidden compartments inside the drawers!

Occasionally we receive antique wardrobes, but these are now becoming hard to find, especially in excellent condition. This mahogany three door unit with mirror was constructed in the mid-1800's, making it over 150 years old! The craftsmanship is exceptional.

 These are just a few items out of dozens that we carry on both the ground and first floors. None of the items I have shown you are more than £1500. If this were 1990, you would be paying at least double the price or more. We still carry antiques that date back to the early 1800's (Georgian) which we regularly have in stock.  Just to remind you, next July 31 is the last day of the sale so stop in!



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