Antiques give your home a classic look. Antique pieces impart a sense of warmth, history and character to a home. When you choose an antique piece, keep in mind to pay emphasis to rarity, aesthetics, desirability, authenticity and really good condition of the piece.
- Any antique piece that is rare and has a royal lineage is always the best.
- Look out for a rare or unusual colour or design in a particular type of antique; an uncommon subject matter or style for a particular artist or manufacturer.
- An antique’s aesthetic value is a matter of personal taste.
- Some pieces of art and furniture have almost universal aesthetic appeal.
- Look for trends that are prevalent.
- Choosing antiques according to your home’s décor is important.
- Always check the authenticity of a piece, beware of fakes.
- As technology and the ability to reproduce items become more advanced, identifying the authentic antique becomes tougher and trickier.
Really good condition
- Dealers use such words to describe the condition of an antique piece.
- ‘Good condition’ means the piece has suffered a few slings and come through.
- ‘Mint condition’ means the piece is perfect.
- ‘Excellent condition’ means that the piece has minor flaws.