ALL HEALTH TO THE, OLD APPLE TREE !Friday 6th of January 2023 12:15:00 AM
A look at the seasonal staple of wassailing, traditional pursuit of Twelfth Night and a sure sign that the festive season is at an end...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY TWELVE - LEAPING LORDS !Thursday 5th of January 2023 08:00:00 AM
fierljeppen, leaping lords, twelve, days, twelve days, christmas, pole-vaulting, canals, hurdles
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY ELEVEN - DANCING GIRLS !Wednesday 4th of January 2023 06:00:00 AM
Eric regales us with tales of ancient debauchery and how such lewd goings-on inspired one of the truly great glass artists to create some of his most memorable pieces...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - TEN - PIPERS PIPINGTuesday 3rd of January 2023 07:44:00 AM
Eric's getting all musical today, with his tenth offering, referencing Phil Drabble, exquisitely-engraved Georgian glassware and an enduring Christmas Cacophony....
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY NINE - DRUMMERS DRUMMINGMonday 2nd of January 2023 06:00:00 AM
eric, knowles, christmas, sale, drummers, drumming, meissen, porcelain, figurine, fipple
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY EIGHT - MAIDS-A-MILKINGSunday 1st of January 2023 02:22:00 AM
Further reflections by Mr Knowles on a gentler, more pastoral way of life, encapsulated by ceramicists in the late 1700's...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY SEVEN - SWANSSaturday 31st of December 2022 12:03:00 PM
Eric tracks down the original source of images used on Worcester porcelain, and muses on the fate of some of the UK's wildlife...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY SIX - GEESEFriday 30th of December 2022 04:00:00 AM
Eric does love a good goose, and what finer day to take a look at the spiteful, hissing things than this - the Sixth Day of Christmas...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY FIVE - GOLD RINGSThursday 29th of December 2022 02:00:00 AM
Eric's fifth excursion in to the realms of Christmas's Twelve Days sets him on a collision course with an astrophysicist and has him waxing lyrical about some new colleagues...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY FOUR - CALLING BIRDSWednesday 28th of December 2022 09:00:00 AM
Eric Knowles heads to the north-east of England to uncover the meaning behind the 'calling birds' which are mistakenly taken as being the standard 'motif' for the Fourth Day of Christmas...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY THREE - FRENCH HENSTuesday 27th of December 2022 12:35:00 AM
Eric strides purposefully on to Day Three of our Twelve Days of Christmas countdown...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY TWO - TURTLE DOVESMonday 26th of December 2022 05:20:00 PM
Eric moves on to day two of the Twelve Days of Christmas, invites you to take advantage of our ongoing sale and touches on a story which has everything...
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - DAY ONE - PARTRIDGES AND PEAR TREESSunday 25th of December 2022 12:10:00 AM
Eric Knowles takes a look at items which relate to the Partridge and the Pear Tree on Day One of the Twelve Days of Christmas - and don't forget our sale !
ERIC KNOWLES WAXES LYRICAL ABOUT TREES AND LEAVESMonday 10th of October 2022 02:02:00 AM
Some thoughts on the use of glass to invoke the colours, shadows and shifting light of autumn
A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES-UP AND NO MISTAKEWednesday 1st of June 2022 12:05:00 AM
A look at how commemorative artefacts have been made for Royal occasions since the latter part of the 17th century
MILKMAIDS & PLOUGHMEN – AN EVERYDAY TALE OF GEORGIAN INDISCRETION (AND PORCELAIN, AND GLASS)Sunday 10th of April 2022 12:00:00 AM
A Worcester First Period Porcelain Milkmaids And Mayday Mug c1762
TUNBRIDGE WARE - MADE AND SOLD ON THE PANTILES ONCE AGAINThursday 7th of April 2022 10:30:00 AM
The Hoard are pleased and very proud to be producing and selling bespoke Tunbridge Ware on The Pantiles, reintroducing this wonderful craft to its spiritual home
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RENÉ, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RENÉ, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR RENÉ….Wednesday 6th of April 2022 12:45:00 AM
Eric Knowles waxes lyrical about his favourite designer, as an excuse to crack open the bubbly….
LOCAL ANTIQUES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - SUSSEX PIGS AND MORE...Wednesday 23rd of March 2022 07:00:00 AM
Mr Knowles steps out to the far-flung extremities of Sussex, following his nose in hunt of pigs...
THUMBING THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE ANTIQUARIANS’ THESAURUSWednesday 16th of March 2022 10:03:00 PM
An explanation of some of the Antiquarian's 'secret language' (only some of it, mind - sssshhhh...!)
A SPRING IN THE STEP, AND A SPARKLE IN THE EYE...Wednesday 9th of March 2022 01:22:00 AM
Eric muses on the first signs of spring, and how the season has been an inspiration for the art-glass masters he so admires...
ERIC KNOWLES AND THE NAKED DANCING GIRLS - WHATEVER NEXT !Thursday 3rd of March 2022 09:55:00 AM
Eric and his new colleagues share their thoughts as to why Art Deco material - bronzes, art glass and even furniture - are so universally appealing...
A PROPERLY BLUSTERY DAY - POOH AND PIGLET WOULD HAVE APPROVED !Wednesday 23rd of February 2022 11:00:00 AM
The Pantiles Arcade will be showcasing some very fine wooden artefacts - Art Deco furniture - contemporary pieces - traditional and modern Tunbridge Ware
WELCOME TO THE PANTILES ARCADE - HICKMET FINE ARTSWednesday 16th of February 2022 10:00:00 AM
Another very welcome new addition to The Pantiles Arcade - Mr David Hickmet - renowned specialist in Art Deco bronzes and art glass.
ART DECO MAKING A SPLASH AT THE CORN EXCHANGE - NEW PARTNERS AND NEW EVENTS !Thursday 3rd of February 2022 04:20:00 PM
ERIC KNOWLES TAKES HIS PLACE ON THE FILMSET OF A NAPOLEONIC DRAMA (SORT OF)Wednesday 2nd of February 2022 02:11:00 PM
ERIC KNOWLES TAKES HIS PLACE ON THE FILMSET OF A NAPOLEONIC DRAMA
SIMPLER TIMES WHEN PARTIES WERE VERY DEFINITELY PARTIES (YOU COULD TELL BY THE FROG PIE...)Wednesday 26th of January 2022 11:06:00 AM
Eric Knowles turns his hand to matters of how to be a good host, and of biting political satire
A WINTER WONDERLAND IN GLASS AND PRECIOUS METALSWednesday 12th of January 2022 09:15:00 AM
Eric Knowles muses on how artworks by some of the great craftsmen are able to evoke memories of a chilly childhood
A FESTIVE TREASURE HUNT WITH FORK AND SPOONTuesday 21st of December 2021 09:25:00 AM
Eric Knowles takes a look at the tradition of coins being baked into Christmas pudding and cakes from his armchair in the Pantiles Arcade Tunbridge Wells. It transpires that a Roman coin bearing the image of the Emperor Hadrian has made it's way onto his
EBENEZER SCROOGE’S GUIDE TO THE FELICITOUS PROVISION OF CHRISTMAS SPIRITSMonday 20th of December 2021 08:00:00 AM
Avoid the social faux pas which is dispensing inaccurate portions of your favourite tipple over the Festive Season with the aid of 150 year old spirit measures
FLIGHTS OF FANCY AND FLIGHTLESS BIRDS – A GERMAN JUXTAPOSITIONSunday 12th of December 2021 04:57:00 PM
WMF Silver Plate Secessionist Cigar Box, Württembergische MetallwarenFabrik AG
A Potted History of Ink and InkwellsSaturday 4th of December 2021 03:40:00 PM
A Potted History of Ink and Inkwells
ERIC’S CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PLANS – UNMASKED AND IN THE RAWThursday 2nd of December 2021 12:00:00 PM
Miserable at the prospect of another year's Christmas shopping 'under cover' - follow Eric's tips for a liberating experience !
DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANTIQUE WINE GLASSTuesday 30th of November 2021 12:00:00 AM
HAVE A GREEN CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANTIQUE WINE GLASS. Antique wine glasses are the ideal gift, everyone enjoys a tipple at Christmas and they are also approved by Greta Thunberg, very very green
AN ACCORD BETWEEN GIO PONTI, PAOLO VENINI AND GIORGIO MORANDIFriday 16th of July 2021 12:00:00 PM
An Italian bottle for you to admire today, which is notable, more than anything else, for the rich provenance of the thought process behind its production.
A FRENCH, CHINESE OR ENGLISH WINE, SAKE OR TEA TASTER, OR MEASURE – PROBABLY…Friday 9th of July 2021 12:00:00 PM
Bow Porcelain Tastevin
THE CORN EXCHANGE – AN HISTORIC VENUE FOR OUR NEW VENTUREFriday 2nd of July 2021 11:00:00 AM
To continue zooming in towards our new centre of operations – having looked at the broader history of Tunbridge Wells, then that of The Pantiles – it’s time to complete our progress by featuring the Corn Exchange itself – the building in to which we will
THE PANTILES - AN 18TH CENTURY USER GUIDEThursday 24th of June 2021 12:00:00 AM
Whilst the addition of the Royal prefix to the name of Tunbridge Wells was a demonstrable means by which the standing of the locality could be esteemed, it is the Pantiles – formerly the Walks and the Parade – which remain as the embodiment of everything
THE HISTORY OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS - PART TWOThursday 17th of June 2021 12:00:00 AM
As Eric Knowles counts down the days leading up to our opening the Royal Corn Exchange in Tunbridge Wells, we delve a little further into the history of the town in this second instalment and discover how this popular spa town came to be named…
THE HISTORY OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS (Part One)Friday 11th of June 2021 12:00:00 AM
As we prepare for Tunbridge Wells to become our new home, we delve into the history of the town and discover how this popular spa town came to be. Our potted history of Tunbridge Wells
What's It Worth? A fundraising event with Eric Knowles and FriendsFriday 4th of June 2021 11:00:00 AM
What's it worth? A charity fundraising valuation with Eric Knowles and friends to celebrate the opening of Art Exchange in The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Come and see Eric Knowles shop and gallery
WIPE THE WOOL OFF YOUR PEACHES!Wednesday 31st of March 2021 11:30:00 AM
A Georgian Dog-tooth Rim Sweetmeat Glass . This inspired me to meander my way back through history.
'BRISTOL' GREEN WINE GLASSESMonday 29th of March 2021 11:30:00 AM
Bristol Green Wine Glasses. Having recently taken a brief look at the derivation of Bristol blue glass we turn to the green cousin
BLUE IS THE COLOUR COOKSWORTHY IS THE NAMEFriday 26th of February 2021 11:30:00 AM
Bristol, William Cooksworthy and Schneeburg cobalt . A potted history of Bristol blue glass
NOBLE ALEXANDER THE KING OF SCOTLAND, HIS INNUMERABLE LADY FRIENDS – AND HIS MUMFriday 19th of February 2021 11:59:00 AM
Alexander III Long Cross Penny, King of Scotland
INCREASED REFINEMENT IN 18th CENTURY WINE GLASS FORMSWednesday 10th of February 2021 11:58:00 AM
Georgian balustroid wine glasses – and light balusters – are vessels which are essentially a stylised 18th century incarnation of earlier, more substantial baluster glasses
A TREATISE ON THE REPRODUCTION OF ANCIENT GREEK ARTEFACTS AND THE CORRESPONDING VALUE OF SUCH ITEMS COMPARED TO THE PRICE OF A COWWednesday 3rd of February 2021 11:59:00 AM
A late 19th century vase, produced by Thomas Webb & Sons, a homage to Homer and ancient Greece
DAVID GUÉRON – INTERNATIONAL (AND ENIGMATIC!) MAN OF MYSTERYTuesday 2nd of February 2021 12:00:00 AM
To be formal Verrerie d'Art Degue, the art glass of David Gueron simply known as Degue
FIVE GUYS NAMED BILL, A PORCELAIN FACTORY AND A MOUNTAIN OF DEBTFriday 29th of January 2021 11:30:00 AM
We are often able to identify and acquire examples of porcelain wares from sources outside of the select group which make up the trade’s usual litany of leading names; Worcester, Wedgewood, Derby, but – today – step forward Longton Hall…
RESOUNDING HOME WIN FOR YORKSHIRE IN ROSES MATCHFriday 15th of January 2021 11:00:00 AM
Our coin is a silver groat, worth four pennies, and was struck in Edward’s London mint, based in the Tower of London. It was minted during the House of York's first visit to the throne
THE DARKEST BEERS AND PALEST OF RUMPS – A TALE OF FIELD AND HEDGEROWTuesday 12th of January 2021 12:00:00 AM
Georgian Ale Glass Engraved With Elderberry, a most unusual and rare example for sale at scottishantiques.com
A LESSER LUMINARY OF THE FRENCH ART GLASS FIRMAMENT (AND BADLY DRAWN TREES)Monday 11th of January 2021 11:00:00 AM
The manufacturer of today’s item – an Art Deco vase bearing an enamelled image over frosted lead glass – was a gentleman by the name of Jean Gauthier
EVIDENTLY WORTH A BIT MORE THAN A BRASS FARTHINGFriday 8th of January 2021 11:00:00 AM
Brass somehow seems to lack the antiquarian heft of other metals and alloys (hence the rather dismissive title with regard to its perceived worth), not having quite the same plangency as sterling silver or pewter.
YOU SAY CHRYZOPRAS, I SAY CHRYSOPHRASE – LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFFFriday 1st of January 2021 12:00:00 AM
There’s very little which captures my imagination as much as a new and peculiar word, and today’s item very much hits the mark in this respect…
A SCOTTISH ANTIQUES LIVE EVENT: RATAFIA PRODUCTION (AND NICE GLASSES)Tuesday 29th of December 2020 12:00:00 AM
An almost impossibly elegant pair of glasses for your consideration today, dating from the early to mid-19th century and having been classified as ratafia glasses.
REBELLIOUS SCOTS AND HOW TO DISCOURAGE THEIR UNWANTED ATTENTIONSSunday 27th of December 2020 12:00:00 AM
It’s always interesting (possibly insert ‘sic’ here) to come across any sort of utensil or vessel which is an even marginal departure from the norm, and this particular joy has been induced to swell unconfined by what is today’s outwardly rather uninsp
A NUMISMATIC NATIVITY – Coins at the Time of Jesus’s Birth (with not a foil-wrapped chocolate to be found)Tuesday 22nd of December 2020 10:30:00 PM
Even the most zealous of agnostics will, I’m sure you will agree, have to concede that there are numerous characters from the apocryphal ‘Christmas story’ who are based, wholly or in part, on real-life figures from antiquity.
18th CENTURY GIN – A CRIPPLING POISON BY ANY OTHER NAMETuesday 15th of December 2020 07:00:00 AM
We’ve written a lot about gin – and gin glasses in particular – over the years, almost entirely as a result of the pernicious scars it managed to carve into the collective English consciousness after its three separate periods of holding a large part of t
LEAD CRYSTAL TABLEWARE THAT HAS A REAL RING TO IT…Friday 4th of December 2020 01:00:00 PM
It’s a pineapple stand – a substantial Victorian cut-glass vessel, produced for one purpose and one purpose alone – to demonstrate one’s personal wealth.
HIGHWAYMEN, BATS, STUDIOUS FISCAL DEVOIR AND A NICE VIEW OF THE GOLF CLUBTuesday 1st of December 2020 01:00:00 PM
Here’s an unassuming little pair of Regency porcelain artefacts, of little intrinsic value but – as ever – throwing some light on a forgotten place and the people who lived there. It’s a teacup and saucer – as well as being something of a time capsule – f
THE EFFICACIOUS DIFFUSION OF FETID FESTIVE FUNKSThursday 26th of November 2020 01:00:00 PM
Domestic life, as we all know, has the propensity to generate any number of smells; blocked drains, improperly stored food, the daily travails of the great unwashed – but to a greater or lesser extent these can be easily masked by deodorant sprays, a swif
MID EIGHTEENTH CENTURY GLASSMAKING PERFECTION (WELL, ALMOST…)Tuesday 24th of November 2020 01:00:00 PM
Examples of Georgian wine glasses which feature a two-part stem are not uncommon, to the extent that as a group they have their own collective name, with all such pieces being said to feature a composite stem.
BUTCHERS, BAKERS AND RATHER FINE PORCELAIN FIGURINE MAKERSFriday 20th of November 2020 11:30:00 AM
As you have probably noticed, the social history behind our antiques – and the people who made them – is an endless source of fascination to me, whether it’s the personal intrigues which inveigled the craftsmen themselves, or the circumstances behind how
TRAPPED AIR – CONSIDERABLY MORE AESTHETIC POTENTIAL THAN TRAPPED WIND!Wednesday 18th of November 2020 11:30:00 AM
Although not especially uncommon, a particular feature of today’s glass is a sumptuous example of its kind, and it’s not at all unreasonable to laud such finery when the occasion presents itself.
FAVOURITE MYTHOLOGICAL FEMALE FIGURE – ROMA OR BRITANNIA – IT’S A BIT OF A COIN TOSS…Monday 16th of November 2020 11:30:00 AM
Another deep (some would say unfathomable) dive into the realms of ancient coinage today, but something of a departure from the more usual format as – although we’re featuring a Roman coin – there is no heroic emperor whose profile has been captured on th
THE CONSUMPTION OF HOT CHOCOLATE – CONFUSION ON A GRAND SCALEThursday 12th of November 2020 11:30:00 AM
The current perception of chocolate, in its liquid form rather than that of a solidified sweet or confection, is one of relaxation and warmth, the ultimate comfort drink at the end of a hard day at work or having been out and about in the cold.
DEMYSTIFYING THE BOURNE IDENTITY (SPOILER – IT’S A SUGAR BOWL)Tuesday 10th of November 2020 11:30:00 AM
Here’s a quite unassuming piece of late Regency porcelain, notable not for its great craftsmanship or exquisite decoration, but simply because it is a rare extant example of the work of one of the lesser lights of the collective Staffordshire Potteries, o
LIVERPOOL’S POTTERS AND THE QUEST FOR FINE PORCELAINTuesday 3rd of November 2020 11:00:00 AM
Today’s piece is a porcelain tankard, which is a very fine example of the work of one of the leading protagonists in the formative years of Liverpool’s notable ceramics industry – Richard Chaffers. Potteries on the banks of the Mersey grew up as an integr
ANCIENT COINAGE AND AN EARLY SOURCE OF BEE GEE NOMENCLATURETuesday 27th of October 2020 02:00:00 PM
I’m afraid that I’m going to have to ask you to look away if you are not in the mood for one of my historical diatribes, prompted by a coin and fuelled by the usual ill-concealed glee at unearthing a previously unknown tale. On the other hand – buckle up
STERLING SILVER MADIERIA LABELTuesday 27th of October 2020 11:30:00 AM
A return to more familiar territory today after a brief (though interminable for those that read it) sortie in to the first millennial, middle eastern realm of Khosrow II’s Sassanid Empire; back to that most reliable of standbys, bottle and decanter label
DRUNKEN EXCESS – BY ORDER OF HIS MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT (YET AGAIN!)Thursday 22nd of October 2020 11:15:00 AM
The close of our last missive left the gin-sodden inebriates of England’s Regency quite literally floundering in the gutter, with the take-away trade of gin shops dispensing doses of their debilitating spirit to all comers in vast quantities, having provi
DRUNKEN EXCESS – BY ORDER OF HIS MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENTMonday 12th of October 2020 07:00:00 PM
We’ve taken many a look back at the English preoccupation with gin over the years, from the affected posturing intended to mirror the tastes of the Anglo-Dutch royal court at the end of the 17th century to the abject squalor of London’s gin-craze which he
A MEMENTO OF THE MASTERMIND BEHIND A MONUMENTAL MUNIMENTUMFriday 1st of May 2020 10:00:00 PM
Hadrianus Augustus is, to many, just a nondescript Roman emperor who happened to build a fancy wall - but he had hidden depths - and was at pains to hide them behind a carefully crafted facade...
AN INDULGENT, PROPERLY BOHEMIAN SPIRIT FLASKWednesday 29th of April 2020 10:00:00 PM
Never ones to knowingly miss an opportunity, Bohemian craftsmen enthusiastically embraced the production of glass and metal art glass
ALMOST SUNK WITHOUT TRACE – VERRIERE D’ART DEGUÉWednesday 29th of April 2020 10:30:00 AM
David Guéron is the gentleman in question, of Spanish/Turkish extraction and who was invalided out of the Foreign Legion before setting up a glass works in North East France – Cristalleries De Compiègne.
A MATCHBOX-SIZED ANTEDOTE FOR THE GREAT STINKThursday 16th of April 2020 10:00:00 PM
An elegant solution for a distinctly inelegant problem by way of a portable dispenser of pleasing fragrances intended to mask the stench of everyday life...
MARIE ROSE, RED LAMBRUSCO & CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSONWednesday 8th of April 2020 10:30:00 PM
Of course - the full name of none other than Lewis Carroll, some quintessential 1970's fare and a nice piece of cheese - it's another helping of, well, something or other which may turn out to have some vague relevance to antiques, with a bit of luck...
ANTIQUE GLASSWARE AND CHOCOLATE COMESTIBLES – A FINE PARTNERSHIP - by Colin SutherlandWednesday 8th of April 2020 03:00:00 PM
The Kit Cat style glass – where did its name derive from?
ADULTERATED GIN – A PANACEA FOR ALL AILMENTSTuesday 7th of April 2020 10:00:00 PM
The infamous Gin Craze of the eighteenth century left us with a great many examples of glasses which were mass-produced to slake the thirst of the inebriate multitudes - but some may have a slightly more involved tale to tell...
IN A VIENNESE WHIRL ABOUT TANGO GLASSMonday 6th of April 2020 11:00:00 PM
Convention dictates that the Loetz manufactory produced a great deal of distinctive tango glass designed by Michael Powolny - but there's more (or in actual fact, less) to this holy trinity of art deco glassware than you might think...
SOARING ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOUR ON A TABLE-TOP SCALEWednesday 1st of April 2020 10:00:00 PM
It's a rare ability to be able to make your name in disparate fields of artistic endeavour - Josef Hoffman - architect and designer of interiors and glassware was one of these multi-talented individuals...
DARK ARTS PERFECTED IN THE BLACK COUNTRY - by Colin SutherlandTuesday 31st of March 2020 10:14:00 PM
Time to turn the spotlight on an19th century glass engraver who set the standard for his peers, and yet who remains a curiously maligned figure
COLLECTORS - AND WHY by Eric KnowlesMonday 30th of March 2020 10:41:00 PM
Eric muses on why some folk are driven to assiduously collect examples of a particular type of object, considers the imperative behind his own compulsions, and points you in the direction of some bargains...
LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE, THE WRONG PRINCE AND PORK SCRATCHINGS - by Colin SutherlandWednesday 25th of March 2020 06:00:00 PM
Colin takes a self-indulgent departure from the norm to talk about a letter, written in 1799, to 'The Grand Old Duke of York'…
MOTHERING SUNDAY by Eric KnowlesSunday 22nd of March 2020 10:00:00 PM
Eric Knowles muses upon the perfect gift for a mother who has spent a lifetime hoarding examples of fine porcelain - a silicone spatula, a bag of tulip bulbs and some chocolate buttons just aren't going to live up to expectations...
NONSUCH A PALACE EVER EXISTED - by Eric KnowlesMonday 16th of March 2020 11:22:00 PM
Eric explains how a chilly field near Cheam relates to regal Tudor finery, an unexpected cache of stained glass artefacts and a jealous regard for those who can wield power tools...all in the name of Bargain Hunt
A GODDESS BANISH'ED by Eric KnowlesThursday 12th of March 2020 10:30:00 PM
Eric Knowles recounts a tale of youthful awakening in post-industrial Lancashire and a lost love 'midst the sack-trucks and packing crates of a London auction house...
JUDITH HOWARD - AN APPRECIATION by Eric KnowlesWednesday 11th of March 2020 09:58:00 PM
A personal reflection on the passing of a long time friend and fellow doyen of the UK's antiques firmament, Eric shares his thoughts on the legacy of Judith Howard
WORCESTER PORCELAIN - THE PERFECT STARTER - by Eric KnowlesMonday 9th of March 2020 11:00:00 PM
Eric reveals how two days down a hole in the ground some forty years ago has lead to a life-long affinity with a particular commodity...
PASSION & PORCELAIN by Eric KnowlesFriday 14th of February 2020 12:00:00 AM
"After 43 years of marriage you might, quite properly, have expected me to have the mechanics of the event well and truly sorted." says Eric Knowles who woud rather say it with flowers on antique Derby porcelain
FIRST ENCOUNTERS OF THE IRIDESCENT KIND - by Eric KnowlesFriday 7th of February 2020 02:30:00 PM
How I fell in love with iridescent glass, Tiffany and more by Eric Knowles. In this article Eric describes how he was first enamoured with Favrille glass, Tiffany glass in general and how this lead to a wider appreciation of iridescent glass...
THE DINNER PARTY SET – Part 2 by Eric KnowlesTuesday 4th of February 2020 02:40:00 PM
The Dinner Set, an article by Eric Knowles antiques roadshow. A whistle stop tour through vintage corkscrews, worcesteer and derby porcelain, via the king street factory, fight and barr and back. You dont get this content on the TV and we have no license
THE DINNER PARTY SET – Part 1 by Eric KnowlesMonday 23rd of December 2019 10:37:00 AM
The Dinner Party Set by Eric Knowles. candlelit suppers, silver candlesticks, silver sauceboats, cut glass decanters and choosing the right antique glasswares. An article by Eric Knowles the bloke on the antiques roadshow and latterly Bargain Hunt
A WINTER'S TALE – an article by Eric KnowlesFriday 13th of December 2019 03:00:00 PM
My struggle with Seasonal Adjustment Disorder and a Bow Porcelain Figure of Winter c1765. An article by soft paste Eric Knowles best known for summer and the antiques roadshow. Read how eric passes from one season to the next via winter blu and white, tra
A SPARROW BEAK JUG CONUNDRUM – an article by Eric KnowlesFriday 6th of December 2019 10:55:00 AM
A Sparrow Beak Jug Conundrum. An article by Eric Knowles, the bloke from the Antiques rodashow. Eric examines a most unusual sparrow beak jug and draws in Worcester porcelain, Philip Christian, blue and white, transfer printing and richard chaffers
RENE LALIQUE - an article by Eric KnowlesSunday 28th of April 2019 12:00:00 AM
An article by Scottish Antiques chairman. Mr Eric Knowles from the Antiques Roadshow, which outlines the life and work of Rene Lalique witha focus on Lalique jewellery and Lalaique Art Deco
HOCKS AWAY BIGGLESWORTH – UP AND AWAY AFTER THE BALLY HUN !Saturday 2nd of June 2018 12:00:00 PM
Hock is (or at least, should be) a term familiar to any oenophile be they earnest or casual, and – as with many parts of language, has seen its meaning change during its evolution across the years. The wines of Germany, be they pinot noir, german white wi
LIKE DOTH QUIT LIKE, AND MEASURE STILL FOR MEASURE….Monday 21st of May 2018 11:00:00 PM
Before you pour youself short measures of blended whisky or scotch whisky then you must read this. The impact of the weoghts and measures act or imperial units for single malts, be that fluid ounces or gills has a had a significant impact on spirit measur
COLONEL MUSTARD, IN THE DINING ROOM, WITH THE LITTLE PORCELAIN POT AND THE TINY, TINY SPOON…Tuesday 1st of May 2018 12:00:00 PM
An antique silver mustard pot with a glass liner be that modern or an antique victorian sterling silver mustard pot in English silver is vastly superior to anything produced in French silver and is an essential for dining table.
A SIDEWAYS LOOK AT TIMELESS GLASSMAKING PROCESSES THROUGH ROSE TINTED SPECTACLES...Thursday 19th of April 2018 02:00:00 PM
There is much more t a coloured wine glass and the uniquitous Bristol gree and Bristol blue. The uses of lead crystal, Czech glass and bohemian glass extends to a range of colours, ruby red is achieves by the addition of gild chloride.
THOMAS TURNER, CAUGHLEY AND THE INGRATE POTTERS OF SHROPSHIRETuesday 17th of April 2018 10:00:00 PM
Ever the champion of the underdog here at Scottish Antiques, it’s time to take a look at one of Britain’s lesser-known porcelain manufactories – not one of the names that first springs to mind, but certainly one which has – albeit a little obliquely....
RECOLLECTIONS OF A MISSPENT YOUTH, LONG STICKS AND ENORMOUS BALLS OF STRINGThursday 29th of March 2018 09:00:00 PM
It’s an increasingly rare thing to see nowadays, but as a youngster growing up on the Kent & East Sussex borders (before heading back north to a more sensible part of the UK for formal education and an introduction in to many of the finer things...
YOU ARE HEREBY CORDIALLY INVITED BY THE CAPTAIN TO FIRE SHOTS ACROSS THE DINING TABLE !Friday 9th of March 2018 05:00:00 PM
Over time we’ve looked at many different classifications of antique stemware, where glasses are grouped by purpose, form, decoration, source or manufacturer, but it should not be forgotten that there are also broader categories which can encompass....
INDIANA SUTHERLAND AND THE QUEST FOR THE SILVER KINDA CHALICEY BOWL TYPE THINGSaturday 3rd of March 2018 11:00:00 PM
Time to take a look at an individual piece of antique silver with interesting (if rather long-winded) Scottish provenance – a sucrier (sugar bowl) dating from 1784. The beauty of silver, of course, is that pieces tend to be hallmarked, so it's possible...
THOMAS BOTTS – SPADE-MAKER, PAINTER* AND BRUSH LICKER (*BY APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN VICTORIA)Monday 19th of February 2018 10:00:00 PM
Time for one of our occasional looks at the individual characters who made a significant contribution to the reputation of British porcelain, not by way of founding a particular manufactory or making a breakthrough in the development of the production pro
EUSTACE BUDGELL (October 1714): IMITATION IS A KIND OF ARTLESS FLATTERY - NAILSEA GLASSMonday 29th of January 2018 03:00:00 PM
You’ll no doubt be familiar with the convention of naming styles of porcelain production after the location of the factory from whence it came; Bow, Worcester, Pinxton and Derby from the UK for instance; Sevres, Meissen and Dresden from the continent...
SPICE STALLS AN’ MONKEY SHOWS AND AUD WIVES SELLIN’ CIDERS…Monday 22nd of January 2018 10:00:00 PM
There's more to Newcastle than pease pudding, underachieving football clubs and an accent which can rival Hielan' Scottish for indecipherability (gu cinnteach !) - there's 1200 years of glassmaking history, for a start...
ONE LAST PIECE OF FESTIVE BUSINESS - OUR COMPETITION WINNER !Thursday 18th of January 2018 10:00:00 PM
A look at the winner of our Festive Competition, with pictures of the winning pieces and notes from our triumphant contributor !
CUSTARD: AN EXERCISE IN FRENCH SOPHISTICATION, SWEDISH PRETENTIOUSNESS AND ENGLISH IGNORANCEFriday 15th of December 2017 04:54:00 PM
Right - a spot of festive frippery for you as befits pre-Christmas congeniality, not (very much) tedious historical rambling, little or no archaeological investigation and absolutely no retrospectives of minor military engagements whatsoever – the chosen
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO TAKING COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF TEPIFYING AND EFFICACIOUS BEVERAGE WHEN INCONVENIENCED BY FRIGHTFULLY FRIGID INCLEMENCY OF THE ELEMENTSTuesday 5th of December 2017 10:00:00 PM
December – a fine, fresh, frosty time of year. The mercury is falling and the first snows of winter have swirled around The Trossachs (which – I might tell you – is not a particularly comforting thing to endure); a Hot Toddy's just what's required...
ROLL UP –THE POT-MAKING HISTORY TOUR IS HOPING TO TAKE YOU AWAY (part two)Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 12:05:00 AM
Further examination of Liverpool's porcelain trade, with an innovative decorative process, and the development of a world-wide brand !
ROLL UP –THE POT-MAKING HISTORY TOUR IS HOPING TO TAKE YOU AWAY (part one)Sunday 5th of November 2017 12:00:00 AM
In continuing our series looking at some of the less celebrated centres of English porcelain manufacture, it’s time to set a northward bearing, and strike out towards the banks of the River Mersey and the City of Liverpool.
A’WIGHT ME OLD CHINA – PROPER COCKNEY CROCKERY, AN’ NO MISTAKE (NEARLY) !Wednesday 25th of October 2017 12:00:00 AM
So, there was an Irishman, a Welshman, some Englishmen, some American Indians and a load of pigs....
PORCELAIN PRODUCTION IN THE FAR EAST – OF ENGLAND !Saturday 14th of October 2017 12:00:00 AM
The curious tale of herring fishermen, shipwrecked Dutch sailors with muddy boots and a cottage industry that deserves wider recognition
HAPPY 200TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, WILLIAM AND SARAH SIDEBOTTOM !Monday 9th of October 2017 12:00:00 AM
Another instance where a simple engraved wedding ale glass can point the way to stories of life, love, criminality, hardship, redemption and rebirth - quite literally from one side of the world to the other...
BOTTLES AND BATTLES – A CORKING TALE FROM COUNTY CORKThursday 14th of September 2017 12:00:00 AM
Geneology, Heraldry and History collide to shed light on the provenance of an early 19th century bottle
ITALIAN PORCELAIN - NOT JUST PASTA BOWLS AND FESTIVALE MASKS…Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 12:00:00 AM
A somewhat overlooked sphere of endeavour, Italian porcelain has given rise to pieces every bit as wonderful as those from any other source in Europe, and the politicking that underwrote the trade there also rivals machinations across the continent...
PORZELLANMANUFAKTUR IM DEUTSCHLAND – DON’T MENTION THE WAR (OF THE SECOND COALITION) !Saturday 12th of August 2017 12:00:00 AM
Always recognised as one of the leading producers of European porcelain, Germany - and Prussia beforehand - have also had many fine manufactories garnering less widespread recognition than the most famous names - here's a look at some of them:
LIBERTÉ, EGALITÉ - POTERIÉ - QUESTIONABLE PURSUITS OF THE GRUBBY-HANDED FRENCHSunday 6th of August 2017 12:00:00 AM
There were many more production facilities across France in the 18th century (and later) producing material every bit as good as Sevres and Vincennes - here's a look at the most prominent of these manufactories
HOW DO YOU MAKE A MALTESE CROSS – TELL HIM THAT YOU DON’T LIKE MDINA GLASS !Tuesday 18th of July 2017 12:00:00 AM
Colourful, inspirational art glass from Mdina on the island of Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean - vases, decanters, bottles and sculptures
A GUIDE TO SPOTTING REPAIRED, REPRODUCTION AND FAKE ANTIQUE GLASSWAREFriday 7th of July 2017 12:00:01 AM
An outline of what to keep an eye out for when you're thinking about buying antique glassware, and how to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls...
GEORGIAN PEDESTAL STEMWARE & REGENCY SWEETMEATSFriday 23rd of June 2017 04:00:00 PM
Early 18th century glass-makers sought to copy designs from Venice and Bohemia in order to pander to a desire for German-style material after the coronation of King George I in 1714
GLASS CUTTING – A DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE FOR THE AGESThursday 22nd of June 2017 12:00:00 AM
A quick poke through the piles of abrasive dust, broken glassware and disconsolate hinnies of cut-glass decoration from ancient times to Regency Britain; more exhaustive and detailed examinations to follow...
A NOISE AT NIGHT, IN BED ALL DAY - AND SWIMMING IN CHAMPAGNE....Thursday 15th of June 2017 12:00:01 AM
The evolution of champagne from an irksome by-product to the defining tipple of the rich and famous - and the glasses which have accompanied it along the way
OH, FOR THE SENSUAL CURVE OF A WELL-ROUNDED BALUSTER IN THE HAND…Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:00 PM
Something that's tantamount to being educational and informative with some clarification as to what the terms baluster and balustroid might mean with regard to georgian wine glasses and their stems...
TALL TALES ABOUT SHORT GLASSES…Friday 9th of June 2017 01:31:05 AM
A short (ho ho !) look at dwarf ale glasses - a particular type of glass that served the most pressing needs of the common man in Britain for the best part of 200 years
COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND ALLIGATORS OF CONSIDERABLE BIGNESS (part two)Friday 2nd of June 2017 12:48:40 PM
Part Two of the tortuous tale of Commodore Anson's world cruise; time to cross the Pacific Ocean, finally tangle with Spanish foe, and become a folk hero in Canton - culminating in the production of a really rather nice porcelain dinner service...
COMMODORE ANSON, SOME SAILORS, A NICE WORCESTER TEA BOWL AND FOUR YEARS OF ABSOLUTE PURGATORY (part one)Thursday 1st of June 2017 08:56:48 PM
The extraordinary tale of Commodore Anson and his around the world odyssey in the 18th century, which gave rise to the iconic Worcester porcelain valentine pattern.
A DRUNKEN, UNGOVERNABLE SET OF PEOPLEWednesday 31st of May 2017 11:44:21 PM
Gorgian gin glasses and a look at the effects of the Gin Craze in 18th century London - and, of course, the glass antiques from which the increasingly befuddled folk of the capital city took their poison
KNOW YOUR KNOPS (A BLUFFERS GUIDE TO GARETH BALE’S HAIRCUT)Sunday 28th of May 2017 10:08:40 PM
An exhaustive look at the different types of knop which were used to decorate glass stems, the complexity of which mirrored the growing finesse used in glass production over the years as production methods became more refined...
FROM THE PLAYING FIELDS OF ETON TO SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARYThursday 25th of May 2017 11:53:34 PM
An impeccably researched historical paper with regard to the provenance and derivation of a popular phrase - and the usual ill-concealed Francophobe leanings. The Hartlepool monkey. Quite literally a potted history
WHILE THERE ON THE CARPET, HER GLASS EYE DID ROLL…Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:53:15 PM
Antique glassware is widely collected. From old bottles to 18th century wine glasses, Lalique and Galle, this however is just a little different. A look at the history of glass eyes
WE WILL STICKLE IT, EVERY LITTLE BIT OF IT WE WILL FIX IT LIKE NEW, NEW NEW !Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:51:11 PM
The glass and porcelain collectors version of invisible mending - but deliberately made to be easily detectable, so that once-broken and subsequently repaired pieces cannot be sold on as complete and undamaged at premium prices - all clever stuff !
ANKERS, TITTERY AND DISGUSTFUL IMPORTUNITIESSunday 30th of April 2017 09:24:53 PM
Georgian decanters and the somewhat curious names of some of the drinks which they were intended to contain...
ALES AND BEERS - AN ALTERNATIVE USERS GUIDEMonday 13th of March 2017 05:04:48 PM
There's more to a pint than just something to savour alongside a bag of crisps - here are many other uses for beers and ales, derived during Britain's prolonged love-affair with all things malty, hoppy and laden with alcohol...
ARTISTIC GENIUS - WILLIAM BILLINGSLEYSunday 12th of February 2017 07:43:21 PM
The understated genius of William Billingsley - England's finest porcelain painter and a remarkable craftsman
ABSINTHE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (PART TWO)…Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:55:20 PM
how much veracity is there to the oft-cited belief that absinthe fuelled a creative outburst in late 19th century Paris ?
ABSINTHE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER (PART ONE)…Tuesday 17th of January 2017 09:22:02 PM
Absinthe - scourge of French society or admirable artistic animus ? Take a look at the incandescent trail it blazed across the landscape of 19th century France, exerting an influence every bit as ruinous as the gin craze which had gripped London
PUDDING, CEREAL, TOILET, GOLDFISH – BOWLS APLENTY !Sunday 15th of January 2017 09:19:30 PM
Have you ever wondered what is a baluster glass or what is a baluster stem ? Here we provide an index of the wide variety of different bowl types used on antique stemware; bowls should be categorised by their shape and form - not by any fabricated classif
SCENTS AND SENSIBILITIESSaturday 14th of January 2017 09:18:08 PM
long before aerosols and plug-in fresheners, how did the householders of yore go about hiding the sundry smells that threatened to render their otherwise well-appointed dwellings more fragrant, and avoid the social catastrophe which was the gagging guest
A TABLE FIT FOR A KINGMonday 2nd of January 2017 09:16:39 PM
A description and images of a full Georgian table display created by Scottish Antiques and Warner Antiques, who put together over a quarter of a million pounds worth of period furniture, glassware, silver and porcelain to create an authentic tableau
CRIME & PUNISHMENTSaturday 24th of December 2016 08:43:09 PM
The grisly tale behind a simple, engraved Georgian tumbler - the eternal triangle, murder most foul, retribution, death and despair...
TURKEY, CHESTNUTS, CHOCOLATE, A FROG PYE AND THE SCOTTISH ANTIQUES CHRISTMAS SALE - IT'S A VERITABLE FESTIVE FRENZY !Saturday 24th of December 2016 08:38:02 PM
A festive take on the excesses of dressing a Regency dining table in such a way as to be fit for a Christmas Feast
A METAPHORICAL MEANDER through European Art Glass (part two)Thursday 15th of December 2016 09:48:00 PM
European Art Glass - a further look at the products of Bohemia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scandinavia and others...
A METAPHORICAL MEANDER through European Art Glass (part one)Thursday 15th of December 2016 09:37:55 PM
European Art Glass - an introduction and a look at the material produced in Britain, Bohemia and France
CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (part two)…Sunday 4th of December 2016 10:18:44 PM
Details of how the connection was made from Rosbach's engraved pokal to the siege of Belgrade in 1717 - the outcome of which secured athe Holy Roman Empire and Hapsburg Monarchies from invasion for decades, and made a hero of Prince Eugene of Savoy (so mu
CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (part one)…Saturday 3rd of December 2016 11:50:31 PM
Classic engraved glassware from the early Prussian Empire - endorsed and commissioned by the Royal court in Berlin, to indulge their personal pleasures or commemorate military deeds of much renown
MAKE A POINT WITH YOUR PINEAPPLEWednesday 23rd of November 2016 11:58:33 PM
Why on earth would the great and good of Georgian and Regency England make a point of building houses for fruit, and then commissioning display stands on which their produce could be presented ? The history of the pineapple
ALL HEALTH TO THEE, OLD APPLE TREE - old versionWednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:13:55 PM
The traditional mid-winter wassailing ceremony - appropriate glassware, and inappropriate behaviour...
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMEDWednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:07:54 PM
The reason behind the existence of so many undersized antique drinking glasses - not models, toys or samples, but an altogether more practical purpose...
STORM IN A B-CUPWednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:56:14 PM
Dispelling the myth that champagne glasses were shaped to replicate the form of the one-time Queen of France - although there's a little more to the story than may first seem to be the case...
PASSIONATE GOINGS ON...Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:40:05 PM
Engraved stemware bearing the image of a passion flower - religious or political iconography, or maybe both. A passion for Jacobite glasses
MAD AS A MARCH HARETuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:35:22 PM
Examples of Georgian glasses decorated with hunting scenes - specifically including hares
DERBY PORCELAINTuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:20:37 PM
The story and history behind the growth and development of one of the most famous British porcelain factories. Derby porcelain
LEECHES, BILE, BLOOD, PHLEGM, FOMENT, UNEASE, DISTEMPER, MELANCHOLY AND DEATHTuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:00:10 PM
A look at the the role of the 18th century apothecary - his jars, vessels, potions, tinctures and leeches...
WHISKY GALORE !Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:52:18 PM
How and why did whisky become the go-to drink of the Scottish nation ? A distilled history of whisky
BLOWING BUBBLES AND STRETCHING WORMSTuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:50:08 PM
Designs and styles of stemware pieces featuring air-twist decoration, and a look at how this delicate feature was created. A potted history of Georgian glassmaking
PORCELAIN PRODUCTION IN SOUTH WALESTuesday 22nd of November 2016 09:46:33 PM
An extended look at porcelain production South Wales from the 18th century onwards. A potted history of Swansea and Nantdarw porcelain
PENSIONERS, OLIGARCHS, TRACTORS, BOOTBOYS, BUNS AND PORCELAIN !Monday 14th of November 2016 11:45:15 PM
The origins of Chelsea porcelain - one of the finest and most famous of Britain's Georgian manufactories.. A potted history of Chelsea
LYNN GLASS - AN 18TH CENTURY PUZZLEMonday 14th of November 2016 11:27:01 PM
Lynn Glass is a phrase that often crops up in discussions about Georgian glassware, and the patterns of concentric rings which distinguish it are easily recognisable - but what does the name really mean ? A brief history of Lynn glass
VICTORIAN COLOURED GLASSWAREMonday 14th of November 2016 11:15:21 PM
There was a wide variety of methods by which Victorian glass manufacturers coloured their products - this article explains the most commonly used processes. How to make coloured glass and a brief hisory of Victorian coloured glass
OF MEISSEN MEN (with apologies to that nice Mr Steinbeck)Monday 14th of November 2016 10:56:13 PM
An exploration and history of not just of how Meissen porcelain production evolved in a far flung corner of the Prussian empire, but why it was that such a project was undertaken in the first place and the characters behind it.
BRITISH PORCELAIN - A POTTED HISTORYTuesday 8th of November 2016 11:35:34 PM
A brief outline of how British ceramics moved from the production of utilitarian earthenware and slipware for domestic use to the very highest quality pieces for Royal courts and the dining tables of the landed gentry. A potted history on English porcelai
BLUE IS THE COLOUR, GLASSMAKING IS THE GAME...Tuesday 8th of November 2016 10:31:12 PM
An in-depth look at the development and production of one of the signature products from Georgian England during the early years of the industrial revolution- Bristol glue glass
THE GREEN GREEN GLASS OF HOMETuesday 8th of November 2016 10:18:15 PM
A look at the development of the less well known of Bristol's two colourful glass types
BLOOMING MARVELOUS - SPRING-THEMED GLASSWAREMonday 7th of November 2016 04:30:13 PM
Engraved stemware featuring illustrations pertaining to Spring-related goings on in Georgian England and beyond
JAKE – BILL – DAVE – HARRY - DIAMOND GEEZERS ONE AND ALL (OH - AND ANNA TOO....)Monday 2nd of November 2015 12:00:00 AM
A look at the extraordinary artistry of 17th and 18th century Dutch engravers which has bequeathed some singularly valuable artifacts at which we can marvel...