British Antique Furniture: 6th Edition with Prices and Reasons for Value Hardcover – Illustrated, 26 Oct 2011
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'It is a magnificent tribute to the furniture maker's art and would be a welcome addition on the bookshelf of the majority of makers.' --Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine
'John Andrews has an encyclopaedic knowledge of antiques and history, qualifications for writing the first of the longest-running of the antique price guides.' --Sunday Telegraph
'This is a superbly crafted book with top-quality illustrations of the best examples of close on over 1,500 pieces of British antique furniture. It is a book to drool over.' --Reference Reviews
About the Author
John Andrews is both a founding member of, and the first author published by, the Antique Collectors' Club. His professional background as a market researcher and his love of furniture have made his books unique in their clear explanations and practical, factual approach. Apart from collecting, restoring and writing about furniture, he is an active businessman and fiction writer.
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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