When you buy antique furniture, you will find beautiful and unique pieces that suit all the style and interior decor, from the simplest to the most modern. However, you have to be careful because there are many counterfeit and reproduction goods in the market. The best way to avoid the temptation to buy a fake or reproduction is to start by investigating.
- Investigate and recognize the style/name of the people you like the most. Vendors classify furniture mainly based on style, namely: Queen Anne, Louis XVI, Victoria, Chippendale, etc.
- Visit the Antique Department in the bookstore or visit the library for books and reference materials about the style/period you have chosen. The Internet is also an excellent source of information and images of various styles of furniture.
- Learn what different terms mean, such as broken pediment, forehead, legs with sticks, etc. You will most likely find these terms in the old list, the list, the sales tax, and the auction catalog.
- Learn the names (sometimes there may be more than one, depending on the country) style you want. Vendors will generally rank their offerings based on their style: Chippendale, Queen Anne, Louis XV, etc.
- Visit museums and historic homes. In fact, seeing original antiques will help you identify original objects when you find them in the market.
- Learn to recognize any feature that could affect the value or authenticity of a component, such as damage to surfaces or structures, or replaced hardware.
- Familiarize yourself with the antique merchants and visit the antique furniture shop to discuss your needs and interests. If you don’t have what you’re looking for right now, know that they have resources and partners in other parts of the country and around the world that can help you find the right space for you. They will also help you identify the real antiques and not the counterfeit items.
- Visit the auction and, to ensure the best quality, choose an auction house that guarantees what you sell. Country auctions are a great choice if you’re not looking for museum-quality work. And who knows. You can even make great deals!
- Check the newspaper or the Internet for product sales. You can find family members in sales that can tell you something about the story of the room.
- Search ads from previous publications or search the Internet for antique furniture exhibitions and flea markets for furniture.
- Any desire to perfection to perfection in furniture over 100 years must be “checked at the door”. It is normal and suitable for original antiques to show signs of wear in the area, such as chair tops, table tops, armrests, and underdrawers.
When purchasing antique furniture, keep in mind that definitions can vary. However, in the industry it is acceptable that to be considered old, the coin must be at least one hundred years old. All the latter will be considered vintage or modern. And always buy the coins that you will use. Very few of us have coins in our house that we can fill with the old coin collection which is “untouched” which can not be seen and not used.