This book offers an introduction to collecting antiques, brought to life by one of the longest-serving members of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow team. It provides an invaluable introduction to the different collecting areas, ranging from furniture to ceramics, silver to glass. Eric Kwles describes the items available to the amateur collector and enthusiast, and how to get started. Organized by genre, the book introduces each category's major stylistic eras, telling the reader what to look out for. Each item has been valued by Eric, and examples from all price ranges are included, enabling readers to see both affordable objects and those that may be out of budget but nevertheless of interest in developing kwledge and understanding. Throughout the book, Eric has selected examples to illustrate at a larger size, with detailed antation. These help the reader to learn more about a chosen topic, identify the typical, appreciate the extraordinary, and understand why some pieces are worth so much more than others.
Eric Knowles is a consultant with Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers in London. He is most widely known for his regular television appearances, which include 25 years working on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, as well as being the resident antiques expert on Granda television's This Morning. Eric is the author of several books including Miller's Victoriana Antiques Checklist, Miller's Art Nouveau Antiques Checklist, Miller's Art Deco Antiques Checklist, Miller's 100 Years of the Decorative Arts, and Miller's Royal Memorabilia. He remains a frequent contributor to BBC Homes & Antiques magazine, as well as being the Sunday Times antiques expert, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.