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In this month’s February edition, we mark the celebrations for the tercentenary of legendary furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, looking at his lasting influence across the centuries.
Nothing evokes the glamour of the art deco age like a bejewelled vanity case, so we lift the lid on the best craftsmen and designers you should be collecting. Elsewhere, If you’re still toasting in the start of 2018, antiques valuer Mark Littler raises a glass to the boom in collecting fine whisky and the brand that’s really setting the market on fire.
The exquisite designs on the carved creations of 18th-century whalers are as visually beautiful as they are collectable, writer and antiques dealer Elizabeth Fell has a whale of a time exploring these unusual works of art.
He courted controversy and today is recognised as the ‘bad boy’ of expressionism – on the centenary of his death at just 28, we profile the naked ambition of Egon Schiele and his fascination with the nude form. Less shocking and altogether more covered up is the work of fashion illustrators, and Connie Gray explains why collectors should take note of the largely overlooked work of the genre’s unsung heroes.
This month also sees Antiques Roadshow regular and columnist Marc Allum looking at the influence the physical space of our homes has on his collecting passions, while Charles Hanson puts his best foot forward and tells the story of Lawrence of Arabia’s sandals, recently sold in his auction room.
Then, we profile Chelsea-based dealer James McWhirter Antiques, ask dealer Edd Thomas to explain the trend for collecting fountain pens, and reveal the best places to bag some bargains on a 72-hour antiquing trip to New York.
We also have our regular round-up of market news, expert Paul Fraser on winter sport memorabilia, a preview of the hottest upcoming lots and a saleroom spotlight on early Worcester.