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    How To Frame A Dark Painting

    Antique Picture Frames Antiques Fine Art

    This is a short "before and after" video showing how David Friedman frames a very dark painting with an affordable frame that complements the art.  David Friedman is the third generation owner of Susquehanna Antique Company. The company was founded in 1913 by his grandfather. Named after the Susquehanna River in the region it was founded, the company was passed down to the current owner's father. David's father moved the company to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. David was born in Asheville and was raised in the store outside of his school time. He eventually took over the store and moved to Washington,...

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    Spatterware

    Antiques Ceramics Porcelain Pottery Spatterware Spongeware

    Spatterware

    Spatterware is a rather broad term for pottery with colors that look as if they were spattered or sponged onto the surface. This type of pottery was crafted in England beginning around 1780 and is usually called spongeware in European circles. The base of these pieces is most often made from common earthenware, although creamware was used in some cases, according to Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles. Stoneware crockery with a similar look is sometimes called spatterware by collectors and dealers, so don’t be confused by this similarity in terms when researching your pieces. Make sure that what you have is...

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    Picture Frame Restoration

    Antique Picture Frames Antiques Frame Restoration Restoration

    Picture Frame Restoration

    Restoring a picture frame will give it new life. Antique picture frames frequently need cleaning, repair of broken pieces, conservation, and restoration of the original gilded surfaces. They may also need re-gilding and antiquing, joining and reinforcing damaged corners. Before – The ornament has broken off this frame in several places. The wood has split, compromising the structural integrity. Some of the ornament is missing. The frame also has a coating of dirt and oxidized bronze paint on it.   After – The frame has been mended, the wood is secured, and the ornament reattached. Casts were taken and fit into...

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    Federal Style Furniture and Architecture

    American Antiques Architecture Federal Furniture Greek Interior Decorating Roman

    Federal Style Furniture and Architecture

    The Federal look is a unique American subset of neoclassicism, which initially emerged and flourished roughly between 1780 and 1820.  More formal than earlier American Colonial design, and less decorative than the concurrent Georgian aesthetics, Federal pieces often include ancient architectural details such as columns, arches and urns, and offer an atmosphere of refined, yet comfortable, luxury.  Though Federal pieces often drew from European influences, it primarily referenced and interpreted the aesthetics of Ancient Greece and Rome – in many ways a political statement emphasizing the allusion to these ancient archetypal democracies, which would have been apparent during the time...

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    Chippendale Style Furniture

    18th Century Antiques Chippendale English Furniture

    Chippendale Style Furniture

    An archetype of the finest English design and craftsmanship, Chippendale style furniture originated with cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century.  The style was immediately popular and adopted across Europe and America – and it continues to be a favored style for sophisticated and traditional interiors today.  Drawing inspiration from Gothic, Rococo and Chinese design, original-inspired Chippendale furnishings are often variable in their overall aesthetic but are consistent in their aura of luxury and elegance.  Essential to Chippendale-style furniture is the use of fine hardwoods, such as mahogany and walnut, and often the presence of a dark finish, which emulates...

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