Furniture better than property as a lucrative investment

Prices for old English tables and chairs are at an all-time high, representing a better return on your money than bricks and mortar

Antiques dealer denies kicking Guscott's car

AN ANTIQUES dealer yesterday denied kicking Jeremy Guscott's car and charging towards it with his arm raised, on the second day of the international rugby player's trial at Bristol Crown Court.

FREE TICKETS TO 20th CENTURY FAIR

The Independent and Independent on Sunday have teamed up with 20th Century at Olympia to give away 500 tickets to the second annual fair in London.

Britain runs out of antiques

BRITAIN'S MOST prestigious auction houses are closing sales rooms because of a dramatic fall in the number of antiques coming on to the market.

Connoisseur and his Fagin are jailed for pounds 2m art robberies

EVEN IN the bizarre world of crime they made a strange double act.

Real Homes: Money for old rope

... or rusty cans, chipped cups and anything else that might count as junk. With shabby chic, one man's dross is another's antique, says HESTER LACEY

Twister strikes antiques fair

A TORNADO caused havoc at an antiques fair in Kent yesterday as extreme weather conditions struck Britain during the hottest day of the year.

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: Kelly Hoppen

Winner of the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award, Kelly Hoppen has designed everything from the interior of a Lear jet to 112 Harley Street, the new concept hotel-cum-nursing home. Her homewares range is available at Debenhams and she will launch her Feng Shui Aromatics collection in the autumn.

Glass with class

What is cutting-edge glass art doing in a grand antique shop?

Design: Old tat or object of desire?

Don't look in the attic for treasure - your humble kitchen may contain its own design classics. By John Windsor

Real homes: Life's rich tapestry

Antique textiles, long confined to country estates, are suddenly appearing in Habitat houses. MARY ROSE THOMPSON reports

Theatre: One thing is certain: life isn't cheap

THE PRICE BRISTOL OLD VIC

Shopping: Single sheets with soul

Dutch silversmith Jan van Nouhuys is devoted to reinventing a near-forgotten art

Boyle is saved by Radio 4 recovery

THE FUTURE of James Boyle as Radio 4's controller will be bolstered this week by new listening figures showing that the station has recovered from its apparent reverses of earlier last year.

Antique dealers hammer Sotheby's online auction

PLANS BY Sotheby's to steal a march on rivals with the first major auctions in Britain through the Internet have angered art and antique dealers.
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