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CW Antiques Forum Programme Cover
Mar 2nd, 2013 | | Patrick's Writing | No Comments

65th Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum

What’s Old is New Again: Celebrating Antiques in America February 22nd–26th 2013 I made my first visit to Colonial Williamsburg (or CW as it is known) in 1994 to attend the conference on Painted Wood: History...

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An 18th century entrance hall
Dec 4th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | No Comments

The Entrance Hall in the 18th Century

An entrance hall of the 1770s In 1715 the Scottish architect, Colen Campbell, launched his campaign for a return to the purity which he believed to have been the quality of the antique. In the preface to the first...

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Albert Hall Mansions
Oct 5th, 2012 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

Albert Hall Mansions

Albert Hall Mansions In 1872–73 the 1851 Exhibition Commissioners decided to take advantage of a buoyant market to lease parts of their estate for private building. Their first attention was given to the...

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Connaught Square
Oct 1st, 2012 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

Connaught Square, London

Typical Houses in Connaught Square This area of Hyde Park has remained in the hands of the church since the medieval period and originally covered around 500 acres, including the entire area from Marble Arch to...

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Thomas Parsons - French Grey
Jun 4th, 2012 | | Colour Ranges | 3 Comments

French Grey

An example of French Grey from a 1930s colour range There is only so much information that can be obtained by studying the layers of paint in a room: a) the colours used (obviously); b) the pigments employed -...

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Woodrow High House
Jun 2nd, 2012 | | Clubs and Societies | Organisations | Portfolio | 14 Comments

Woodrow High House, Buckinghamshire

The central block with later wings Woodrow High House (formerly Woodside House), near Amersham in Buckinghamshire, was built in the 17th century. During the English Civil War (1642–1651) Oliver Cromwell,...

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Sherlock-holmes-and-magnifying-glass - Credit Nisheeth
Apr 7th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | 3 Comments

The Paint Detective

It was having given my recent talk at the Charleston Art & Antique Forum, in South Carolina, that I was prompted to illustrate here just how effective properly-executed paint analysis can be. What follows is a...

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Georgian Group - Fitzroy Square
Dec 29th, 2011 | | Aesthetics | History | 37 Comments

Painting of Georgian Buildings

In 1950 the Georgian Group issued the above sheet offering advice to householders on the external painting of Georgian buildings. The suggestion was that, in spite of continued post-war shortages, there would be a...

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Fresh Peas - with thanks to Gerry the Cook
Dec 9th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | History | Comments Off

Pea Green

Fresh Peas - with thanks to Gerry the Cook Pea Green is a colour name that immediately conjures up an image, but on reflection is it the colour of fresh peas, frozen peas, tinned peas or (forgive the accent) mushy...

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Chinoiserie - Flowers
Sep 4th, 2011 | | Paint Technical | 8 Comments

Gilt Leather

Gilt Leather - probably English. Second quarter of the 18th century "The distinct relief in which the patterns could be embossed, the brilliancy of colour of which the leather was susceptible, the high burnish which...

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