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John Andrews 2011 Edition,
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This review is from: British Antique Furniture: 6th Edition with Prices and Reasons for Value (Hardcover)
This is a review of the 2011 edition - if there is a later edition then some of this critique may not apply. The photos are truly excellent and quite a number of them will be familiar to the connoisseur through . auctions and other publications
My only criticisms are that some of the pricing seems a tad ambitious for even a 2011 market which may result from the prices being set by reference to auctions/dealers at the top-end both in primary and secondary dealing such as Sotheby's and Malletts.
Surprisingly, he seems to have missed the attribution of a number of pieces to known makers (such as plate 392 which is clearly a Gillows table and is not acknowledged as such). I should also have liked discussion about attribution rather than statements such as "A very neat and decorative stool" (plate 332) - indeed it is but that is not particularly helpful even to the layman.
Having said the above, it is a delightful visual reference book and should grace most collector's libraries: just don't read it and think that antiques are a good investment as one might believe from the price-ranges given: buy antiques however for sheer love of form and usefulness!
James Richardson, Sydney