If you’re looking for ideas and information about the world of antiques and art, then reading a wide range of regularly updated blogs is a great way to stay informed. To save you some time, we’ve pulled together a list of a choice selection of the leading antiques and art bloggers we’re reading – from top dealers and collectors to auction houses.
And if you’re a fan of some other antique bloggers that you think should be included, why not add them in the comments section below?
A familiar face on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and other TV programmes, Mark’s infectious delivery and in-depth knowledge means he enjoys a wide-ranging role within the antiques and art industry. Alongside work as author, publisher and TV presenter, he is a leading authority and dealer in postwar Czech and 20th-century decorative glass.
One of the big boys on the antiques block, Lorfords is recognised as europe’s largest source of decorative antiques, with its core business based in two vast WWII aircraft hangars and a former bus garage in The Cotswolds. The emphasis is on displaying antiques in a modern setting.
Elizabeth’s keen eye has helped her forge a career sourcing antique furniture and vintage items for a wide range of interior projects, including private homes, restaurants, hotels and shops. She offers a wealth of advice, while sourcing and negotiating the best deal for her clients.
This leading London auction house boasts an appealing blog, ‘Chiswick Curates’ that is a mine of information about items in their upcoming sales, accessible guides for collectors and advice for buying antiques and art that suit the latest trends.
Edd in the Clouds
In between writing his regular column for Antique Collecting, antiques dealer and Antiques Young Gun (see below) Edd Thomas has his own blog dedicated to delivering a ‘refreshing and often sideways look at the contemporary field of antiques and collectables’. Subjects range from collecting cartoons, to art deco and brutalism.
Antiques Young Guns
As an energetic and passionate collective of antiques dealers, auctioneers and restorers who are relatively fresh to the industry (they’re all aged under 39), the Antiques Young Guns aims to support and encourage new blood into the world of antiques and art. Read their blog to keep bang up to date with their activities, alongside buying advice and opinions.
Located in one of London’s premier locations for antiques and art, Kensington Church Street, Patrick Sandberg’s shop offers an enviable collection of fine 18th-century Georgian and early 19th-century Regency period English antique furniture. His wide-ranging blog is a treasure trove of information for experienced and newbie collectors alike.
As organisers of the UK’s biggest antiques, International Antiques & Collectors Fairs welcome over 150,000 public and 60,000 trade visitors every year to sites across the country. Their entertaining blog gives a flavour of their events and catches up with traders, explores the latest trends and shares buying advice to consider before starting your hunt.
The Reclaimed Woman
Sustainably style savvy, the Reclaimed Woman, AKA blogger and PR consultant Sara Morel, offers a mix of timeless, vintage fashion with her antique and vintage finds from her forays to UK fairs and reclamation yards.
Alfies Antiques Market
London’s largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectables and 20th-century design is an iconic institution for lovers of antiques and art. For over 40 years it has attracted a global audience of collectors and interior designers, and its blog offers a tantalising glimpse of Alfies’ chic and Bohemian atmosphere.
If you’re interested in learning more about the world of collecting original prints, the US-based Antiques Print blog is a virtual gallery of attractive prints from the 17th to early 20th century, with a focus on historical prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. The accompanying text gives invaluable advice and historical context to the images.
The Antiques Diva
When she’s not tracking down antiques and artworks in some far-flung corner of the globe, the irrepressible Toma Clark Haines, AKA The Antiques Diva, uses any spare moments to record her favourite destinations for snapping up antiques. Grab your passport for a whistle-stop tour taking in the likes of the Salon d’Antiques Brocante in Paris and the Texas Flea Market.
Another London grandee of the antiques and art world, Grays Antiques hosts a seemingly endless choice of over 200 dealers stocking everything from antiquities from 40BC to 20th-century must-have designs.
Thakeham Antiques Furniture
This family-run business located in Petworth, West Sussex, stocks an impressive selection of predominantly English furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, specialising in Georgian furniture. Their blog is equally stocked with insightful information about buying and the history of antiques.
The Frame Blog
Arguably just as much works of art as the images they border, the ornate skills of historic pictures framers are celebrated in The Frame Blog. Put yourself in the picture about the history of picture frames and marvel at the intricacies of the historic creations celebrated here.
Fellows Auction House
With over 100 sales each year, Birmingham’s Fellows Auctioneers offers a fascinating blog that mixes saleroom and auction news with essential advice focused on items going under the hammer.
Based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, AC Silver’s blog demonstrates owner Andrew Campbell’s lifelong passion for all things antique silver – from diamond rings to silverware. Andrew’s in-depth knowledge of the subject makes topics such as ‘the history of the milk jug’ to ‘what is a finial?’ a sparklingly informative read.
Antiques world is owned by Driscolls Antiques ltd who specialise in high quality British antique furniture and unique antique collectables, trading from a 6500 sq foot antique furniture warehouse in Clitheroe, Lancashire.
The digital marketplace from the team at IACF, Love Antiques’ blog has a huge range of articles exploring the antiques trade, advice on buying, changing trends, how to get the most from visiting fairs… The insightful list goes on.
This leading online platform for buying and selling antiques and art has a wholly engaging selection of blogs covering topics as diverse as ‘how America fell in love with the pick-up truck’, to ‘celebrating Roger Moore as 007’ (see below). Informed, intelligent and entertaining.
As a leading e-commerce site for the art world, as you might expect Invaluable’s blog has a focus on art and design, however, advice on interiors, buying traditional antiques and decorative objects. Elsewhere, it’s high net worth clientele can explore such cultural aspects as the ‘best TED talks’ and the world’s best wine-growing regions.
As one of the world’s premier auction houses, Bonhams’ print and online magazine has suitably high production values, both editorially and pictorially. Alongside highlighting some of the star items heading to its saleroom, the magazine explores the wider stories behind the works with the help of writers such as Jeremy Paxman, Lisa Jardine and Robert Harris.
Encompassing art across all centuries, right up to the very latest contemporary currents in the marketplace, Sotheby’s blog mixes content from its magazine, along with in-depth articles and informative short films exploring upcoming lots and their place in the artistic pantheon.
Christie’s dig into the news, views and stories behind the art on their website, combining articles and films including expert interviews to provide fascinating insight. Categories ranging from ‘Antiquities’ and ‘Furniture and Decorative Arts’ to ‘Post War and Contemporary Art’ are all presented with the required balance of academic knowledge and enterainment.
Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks
Howard Walwyn’s enduring love for antiquarian horology dates back to his childhood, and he has spent his career pursuing his passion for buying and selling English clocks from his shop in London’s Kensington Church Street. His knowledge and expertise about his subject is evident throughout his blog, so take some time out with a true time lord!