Regardless of your intention behind buying antiques (e.g., keeping, reselling, gifting, etc.), there’re everyday things to consider before making a final decision.
Educating yourself about antiques or whatever else you’re buying remains a crucial process. It’ll pave the way for you, making it easier to decide whether to pick or pass. So a logical question to propose is what antiques are.
As the custom goes in many countries, an item should be at least 100 years old to be deemed an antique. Of course, reasonably, the older an antique is, the more valuable it will be, but what else affects antiques’ worth?
Carefully inspecting any antique’s condition before buying is a prudent decision. If it has cracks, stains, chips, etc., it might be less valuable, even if you can repair it.
However, such drawbacks can be proof of an item’s antiquity. So bear that in mind. On the other hand, if it’s in mint condition, that should raise a red flag to further examine your piece.
Thinking about eras and their unique styles, we’ll have to consider the type of collection. For example, furniture dating back to the 19th century is highly pursued because of its elegant style.
Knowing the various styles of different periods should aid you in evaluating a piece’s originality and age, thus its value. Plus, a general era like the Victorian one (1830-1890) with its ornate styles should make you cautious of the numerous reproductions out there.
The Qing Dynasty Vase was auctioned and sold for $19 million. Besides its purity and beauty, it got this heavy price tag because it’s exceptionally rare. So how can we identify an item’s rarity?
It should be easy to get as much information as you need about an antique with today's technology. You can simply upload a picture of the desired piece to google image search or even to a group of antique lovers.
Almost all artists and craftsmen imprint a mark or a signature on their creations, which tells a lot about a piece of art. You can read a guide on how to spot and understand these signs; Kovels’ New Dictionary of Marks for Pottery and Porcelain by Terry Kovel is a great book to start with.
Knowing how much you’re willing to spend is a critical factor that’ll save you energy and time, for the marketplace is full of options that can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan.
In the world of antiques, haggling is constantly expected, so feel free to negotiate the dealer’s price. If you’d like to grow your negotiation skills, you might want to examine videos on Youtube for that concern or read You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen.
Are you looking for antique furniture, paintings, books, or maybe monopoly boards? Recognizing exactly what you’re interested in will assist you in narrowing down your search radius. Interests can be a specific type of antiques, love for an era, or even a tight budget.