For a particular style of home, antiques are a beautiful and themed way to decorate. It may be that they are placed within a modern home or the house itself is old and antique. Many antiques are used as art only and displayed as such however the real beauty of antique furniture is that it can still be used. Whether it is a Georgian mahogany sideboard or a 19th century chest of drawers, items of furniture that can be used especially for storage are obviously valuable in two ways.
Choosing a piece is quite a specialist task and I believe that it is important to use a reputable dealer and also get independent advice on the current value and potential value of the item. I do believe that the most important aspect of an antique is that you really enjoy it either visually, practically or both. I have seen some homes filled with antiques that are so overwhelming that the items are lost within the clutter. Other homes I have seen have items that seem to have lost all sense of proportion. Of course design is subjective so each to their own but as a designer I believe it is extremely important to have balance.
There are many trades that work with the antique “community” such as furniture restorers and conservators. Be very careful when using anyone who claims that they are able to restore the furniture or artwork. Ensure that written testimonials are checked or that the company is well established and recommended by the dealers. There have been cases of items being devalued as a result of poor or incorrect work and others that have substituted artwork. Not that this is common when dealing with these companies but these are very valuable items and should be treated as such.
Below are companies that work within the antique and collectible industries.
Antique Trunks & Chests Eagle Trunk Designs A fine selection of authentic antique steamer trunks and chests for sale as well as a full range of restoration services. We can custom refinish an antique trunk in the manner that you desire.
Casbah furniture store We do offer a wide range of Moroccan furniture & home decor, Moroccan lamps & lanterns, Moroccan doors & ceilings, Moroccan tiles & mosaic tables, Moroccan tea glasses & ceramic pottery
Legacy Stonework We provide a multitude of stonework services from production of bulk loads of building stone to construction of stone fireplaces or project consulting.
Polishing Piano Polishing specialists, traditional & contemporary finishes
Harbour Antiques High Quality Period antique furniture, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, including period upholstery, antique chandeliers, antique mirrors, lighting, antique grand pianos, all in showroom condition
Brownrigg Interiors Here is a best antique shop in UK that offers antiques & contemporary UK items.
Amish Storage Sheds Horse Barns & Gazebos Our sheds, horse barns, gazebos & lawn furniture are crafted from the finest materials available. Built by Amish craftsman in Lancaster County.
Antique Hardware & More We are your on-line source for reproduction furniture hardware, trunk and bed parts as well as restoration and refinishing supplies as well as our new line of lawn and garden items.
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