Thursday, May 7, 2015

History Behind "Holliday and Sons"

Antiques Restorer and Dealer Barry Holliday has himself been in business of antiquity for 50 years. He was born into an environment enriched by appreciation and love for treasures of the past. His great-great-great grandfather founded Holliday and Sons in Britain in 1848 and his son Jason is the sixth generation Holliday to be apprenticed to the business. As a young man, Barry made his way around Europe where he furthered his interest in antiquity by studying art and classical architecture in all the major European cities and places of historical interest.
In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of 18 and 19th century travelers who called such a trip the Grand Tour. He spent time in Italy studying artwork and the techniques of restoration at the Uffizi in Florence and later worked with the now infamous Sir Anthony Blunt the Keeper of the Queen’s Paintings in London.
Over the years Barry has made over 150 trips to the UK and Europe in search of genuine antiquity which, as a purist, he would describe as anything made prior to 1830. Thereafter came the advent of industrialisation and with that the age of machinery, which gave absolute accuracy but not the beautiful proportion, and flow the human hand created. The period the best exemplifies Barry’s antiquarian taste is the late Georgian because, in his view, it encompasses the very best in style and quality.
Today the showrooms of Holliday & Sons also reflect the very best, one can buy on the European and the domestic market, although not all furniture is pre 1830. Later pieces are also set for sale, but only if they reflect the quality and beauty, that original New Zealand artwork exudes, enhancing its appeal.

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10 Reasons Why One Would Purchase an Antique

10 Reasons Why One Would Purchase an Antique

  1. Designed and made in time before machinery and computers did it for us
  2.  Human design and making gives it a more intimate and considered feel to our surroundings
  3. No two are the same – a custom made choice
  4. Allows the buyer to be an individual and set one apart in times at sameness
  5. They are not making any more and they give one a connection to out generational experience.
  6. Good value compared with modern “one offs”
  7. Furniture made with real wood that lasts for hundreds of years and very eco-friendly.
  8. Let the heart decide and it will probably choose something that is both beautiful and useful.
  9. Compare say a modern chest with its MDF construction plastic runners and sprayed plastic finish with an Antique chest your eyes and sense will do the rest
  10. The modern buyer is or can be well informed, likes a bargain and if looking at Antiques Intelligent along with giving us pleasure the purchase connects us to our past and future with a residual value
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