For the Collector in You: Easy Ways to Spot Antiques
Being an art collector, you surely have gone to different museums and fairs. And if you have the budget, you might have already started your collection. When it comes to this, trusted dealers and like-minded people who give recommendations are your friends.
If you’re building your private collection, it pays that you consider visiting an antique shop. Worried that you won’t be able to spot the right items?
Here are some things that will help you on your first visit:
Use Your Eyes
Whether it’s an artwork or a Chinese garden stool, the antique piece requires your visual perusal. If it’s a painting, look at how it’s restored. A certificate will tell you its history of ownership. You should also know a little about the artist. When it comes to furnishings, look at all angles — from the front to back and underneath. You may also use a black light to find out if the material has been refurbished.
Test the Structure
When it comes to paintings, you should examine the artwork’s frames. You may not be able to test the canvas physically, but you can always look closely to see if the weaving is still intact. If it’s a piece of furniture, it should be stable. If it wiggles, chances are some parts of it are already loose. Test the stability of a chair by sitting on it.
Seek a Second Opinion
If you have done your part in checking the antique but still hesitant to buy it, you can always ask for a second opinion. If you have a friend who specialises in it, take him to the shop and have him look at the piece. Once he validates the seller’s claims, you can confidently get the piece.
Buying an antique piece can be a daunting task for a novice collector. May the tricks above help you on your first visit.