Once you start collecting it’s difficult to stop and the satisfaction gained from reading the limited texts available on a particular subject will eventually leave you hungry for a more hands on experience that can provide you with the confidence to select quality pieces with minimal fear of being duped due to your lack of knowledge.
If English furniture is in your area of interest, Christie’s Education (153 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 5BD) will be offering a six week evening course that provides a basic introduction to the subject designed to cover the period between 1550 and 1850. Using illustrations of surviving pieces coupled with an examination of supporting primary evidence from a variety of sources you will learn about the commissioning, making, styles and use of furniture during this fascinating three hundred year period.
There will be opportunities for you to develop familiarity with how to appraise furniture items, to look at cataloguing methods used by saleroom experts and to examine some of the factors affecting the commercial value of furniture items sold at auction. On completion of the course you should be able to identify and appraise a range of furniture types from the periods reviewed. The course director is Ian Cox.
Event Dates & Times: 30 January – 6 March 2012, Mondays 6:30pm-7:45pm
Course Fee: £180
Antique Furniture images via 1stdibs.com