Antiques expert Mark Hill looks at the history of Sekonda vintage watches, revealing a surprising origin.
Antiques expert Mark Hill finds a rare etching of a Georgian print collector and dealer called Nathaniel Hillier and discovers a story involving staining prints with strong coffee.
Antiques expert Mark Hill examines a curious, sculptural wooden hand carved during the Victorian period in Malawi, Africa.
Antiques expert Mark Hill examines a rare 19th century German or Bohemian enamelled glass painter’s advertising or promotional goblet.
You’ll no doubt know that I’m a more of 20th century boy in terms of my personal collecting habits. My tastes are much broader, however, but even I was a little surprised when I bought the piece below from my friends the top French and Bohemian art glass dealers M&D Moir at the always-amazing Battersea […]
Antiques expert Mark Hill considers a Georgian patch box or snuff box, bought for a song in Brighton, and then rescued by a heroic drag queen.
Antiques and design expert Mark Hill restores a Georgian Chippendale dining chair for use as an office chair, balancing correctness and comfort.
Fake Tiffany glass? Real Tiffany glass? A little while ago, I picked up this delightful small iridescent art glass vase in an antiques store in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve always been a fan of American Arts & Crafts iridescent glass and, at $70 (£52), it was within my budget. Turning it over, I was delighted to […]
I couldn’t resist this tiny, but oh-so evocative, 1980s relic when I chanced across it in Past Caring, one of my favourite London vintage shops. This small plastic Le Clip quartz watch was meant to be clipped onto the lapel of your jacket, your jacket pocket, or even your tie or shirt. The circular grey […]
Mark Hill examines a 1970s abstract painting by an as yet unknown Iranian or Persian woman artist.
Antiques expert Mark Hill travels to the German city of Leipzig, and check out some of its antiques and vintage shops, the Grassi Museum and the Alte Messe flea market.
Research into the artist Aedwyn Darroll (1929-2005), based on a late 1950s oil on board portrait of ‘Ron’ by him.