When you purchase antique furniture, you’ll get amazing pieces of unique pieces that will work with a style and interior design. However, you need to be careful as there are a great many fakes and reproductions in the marketplace. The best way to avoid being tempted to buy a fake or reproduction is to do some research first…
Tip#1: Research and become familiar with style/period names of those you like best. Sellers categorize furniture mostly by style ie: Victorian, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Louis XVI, etc…
Tip#2: Visit the Antique Department in the bookmarks or check the library for books and reference materials on the style / duration you’ve chosen. The Internet is a great tool for information and pictures of various furniture styles.
Tip#3: Learn what the various terms mean, like bow front, broken pediment, reeded leg, etc Most of these possibilities will be in these terms in these ancient listings, sales tags, advertisements and auction catalog.
Tip#4: Study the names (there can sometimes be more than one, depending on the country) of the styles you like best. Sellers will usually rank their offer by style – Louis XV, Queen Anne, Chandland, and so on.
Tip#5: Make visits to museums and historic homes…actually seeing genuine antique pieces in person will greatly help you to identify authentic pieces when you come across them in the marketplace.
Tip#6: Learn about recognizing any feature that can affect the value or authenticity of one piece, such as surface or structure, or replacement of hardware.
Tip#7: Become acquainted with antique dealers and visit an antique furniture shop to discuss your particular needs and interests. If they don’t have what you’re looking for at the time, keep in mind that they have sources and associates in other areas of the country and world who can assist in finding the right piece for you. They will also help you recognize a real antique vs a fake.
Tip#8: Visit the auctions, and make sure the best quality, choose an auction house that will guarantee it. Country Auction is an excellent option if you are not looking for the quality of the museum. And, who knows … you can also find a real deal.
Tip#9: Check the newspaper and / or internet for sale of the estate. You can get a member of a family member who can tell you something about a piece of piece.
Tip#10: Look through antique publications for ads, or search on the Internet for antique furniture shows and flea markets that specialize in furniture.
Whenever you mark a furniture store, be aware that the definitions vary. However, in the industry it is accepted that, ancient is considered; one piece must be at least 100 years old. Everything will be considered vintage or modern recently. And, always buy pieces you will use … At least there are rooms in our house that we can fill with the “indispensable” combination of anti-pieces that cannot be used only and used.