Antiques: What's hot for 2014

By Alice Hancock,
30th December 2013 - 12:00

From investment buys to pretty pieces, here are our top five predictions for antiques in 2014

We’ve quizzed the experts, chatted to dealers and trawled the fairs to discover the biggest trends for the new year. Here’s what we’ll be looking out for come 2014…

  1. Art deco

The Gatsby film legacy lives on but in a more substantial form. LAPADA dealer Jereon Markies mentioned a trend for art deco furniture, particularly three-piece suites and cocktail bars. Ideal for the new year’s tipples…

  1. Pearls

With the V&A’s fantastic exhibition of pearls continuing until 19th January and being followed up by a blockbuster on the wedding dress in May, the market in real pearls is climbing. Recent auctions show that jewellery as a whole is doing well – as jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn puts it, ‘There’s a magic to jewellery that we’ve all felt.'

  1. Cross-collecting

There’s an emerging trend of combining contemporary art with antiques, as seen at the autumn Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea. Antiques specialist Mark Hill put it best when he told us,  ‘I think the future is to mix - the new with the old, the functional with the decorative, and the intensely personal with the purely practical.' 

  1. Statement pieces

Mark Wilkinson, head of the interiors department at Christie's, South Kensington, has been particularly excited by this silver albatross head paperknife coming up at its 7th January Interiors Sale. He says it’s all about finding something a bit off the wall.

  1. Lustre

From actual lustreware to simply something with a shine, 2014 will be about having a bit of glitz. Richard Gardner from Richard Gardner Antiques in Sussex told us that singing boxes and Wedgwood lustre bowls such as this one (below) are selling well.

See all our predictions for 2014 in our January issue, out now

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