- The best-selling guide to British antique furniture for over forty years, now in its sixth edition
- Explains in plain language what to look for when assessing value
- Over 1,650 superb photographs show just how and why values can vary so greatly
"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, October 2012
"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
For the past forty years this book has, in its various editions, outsold all others on British antique furniture simply because it is unique in explaining what to look for when assessing the value of individual pieces. In this, the sixth edition, the huge financial importance of patination and colour has been explained and illustrated - something which has become increasingly important in recent years.
This classic guide consists of over 1,600 photographs of furniture found in shops and auction rooms throughout the country with the author's down-to-earth comments on important features that affect individual prices. The reader will come to understand the rules and prejudices which apply while the eye will become aware of gradations of quality. He will come instinctively to assess the workmanship and how all this affects the final price tag. This is, above all, a reference book for the practicing collector and dealer, a work from which the memory may be refreshed and points checked.
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.