Happy Birthday to… Us! One Year of Blogging

Today marks the one year anniversary since we started this blog, The Source: Antiques & Their Interiors.  Our first post on February 7, 2017 entitled 'Blue John or Black Jack?' looked at the history of the curious material blue john and its use in English antiques. Since then, we have aimed to provide interesting, useful, and occasionally … Continue reading Happy Birthday to… Us! One Year of Blogging

The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication

Our next stop on the alphabet of the decorative arts is imbrication.  Although this word may be unfamiliar now, you will soon start spotting this decorative feature everywhere.  Imbrication is decorative style featuring overlapping patterns, such as tiles on a roof or scales.  The word comes from the Latin imbricare 'to cover with tiles.'   The style first … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication

The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Hotspur Antiques

Our adventure through the ABCs of the decorative arts continues today with a name familiar to anyone in antiques: Hotspur Antiques.  Hotspur was established in 1924 by Frederick Kern.  A history lover, Kern named the business after the character in Shakespeare's play Henry IV.  The family run business saw three generations of highly esteemed directors, … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Hotspur Antiques

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Gothic

We are now over a quarter of the way through our alphabetic tour of the decorative arts, focusing today on the Gothic.  The Gothic style in England became a pervasive trend  toward the end of the eighteenth century with a renewed interest in medieval motifs drawn from English churches and architecture.  Batty Langley's Ancient Architecture Restored … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Gothic

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork

We are making good headway through the alphabet of decorative arts, focusing today on the letter F and the term fretwork.  Fretwork is an ornamental design that is carved in low relief on a solid background or cut out with a fretsaw.  The term fretwork derives from the French freter, meaning lattice. Fretwork appears on furniture, both … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Fretwork