Luxury and value of antique furniture
Things is like a people, have their own biography. Just like humans, they experience the ups and downs, triumphs and indifference.
The mirror in a gilded frame or cabinet of Louis XIV unwittingly become silent witness of many historical upheavals, absorbing the atmosphere of a certain age.
Modern furniture follows fashion and sensitive to changes in styles, but these concepts do not apply to unic antique furniture that has more years, the more desirable and expensive.
The popularity of antique furniture in the world is increasing every year. This furniture is ideal for those who express their individuality, furnished the interior of an antique. Collecting can be a continuation of family traditions and history of the family playing, or even a way to approval of a privileged position in society.
The history of antique trade
The heyday of the antique trade is in the middle of the nineteenth century — at a time in Europe were opened in a variety of antique auction houses, which began selling household items of art and paintings by famous artists of the past. Just then there was a definition of «antiques», which provided not only a «noble scale of time,» which appears in any subject, but also a high artistic value.
Rare antique find things which have survived the time or artistic value, and therefore became the object of collecting and trading.
The development of the antique business due to the fact that the transformation of use value. Things lose their utilitarian context of use; ends the era, and new artistic trends, fashion comes to the furniture or paintings, the famous owner or the author dies, there are new technological advances.
You can also use antique furniture for your living room.
Antique market and auctions
The global market for antique form several segments: private dealers, who buy and sell items in their country of origin.
Antique shops, beauty salons, galleries, designed primarily for wealthy buyers who offer refurbished items are often picked up in the collection (pieces of furniture, etc.).
From the time of occurrence and up to now on the auction does not get things from a bad reputation and without warranties of authenticity. The number of fakes, of course, indicates the present value of antique items, its popularity and relevance. Large shops, where a considerable cohort of architects, painters and carpenters worked on the creation of forgeries, were in Paris, Venice, St. Petersburg, etc.
A striking example of the historical inheritance is considered falsification of sophisticated Viennese Thonet furniture — pioneer of manufacturing technology bent furniture from laminated wood. Functional minimalism and refined elegance of the master made chairs, tables and couches at all times enjoyed lovers from around the world.
Simple and flexible forms of Thonet furniture appeared everywhere, even on the silver screen (performing his own stunts, Charlie Chaplin, too, used the Viennese chair).
By the way, the «Thonet» company in order to demonstrate the simplicity, ergonomics and the quality of their furniture, chair, took off the legendary number 14 from the Eiffel Tower, at the same time, causing an even greater number of followers and forgery.
Today, the value of selected samples of antique «Thonet» is from 1500 euros for a rocking chair or a small incomplete set of chairs to 10 thousand euros for the most rare furniture in good condition.
During the second half of the nineteenth century has left the clearest mark on the history of art furniture. Names Gumbs, Meltzer and others — are known virtually every interior connoisseur of antiques. Artistic designs oriental decor and asymmetry within the Modern style furniture Jacob mahogany with inlays of brass — welcome, but however does not frequent guests of worldwide antique auctions.
The formation of the world market of antiques has resulted in the 1935 of the International Organization CINA, that the combined association of art dealers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. The emblem of this association is a portrait of a theorist of art, sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini Renaissance, and its motto: «Art has no enemy but ignorance.» CINA strictly adheres to the rules of selling only works with impeccable backgrounds, guaranteeing the authenticity of the buyer, and in case of errors — refunds at any time after the sale.
The best-known and expected developments in the global market, antique auctions are auction houses Sothebys and Christies. The more prestigious and well known auction, the greater the importance of becoming rarities, including interior, it sold. It auctions directly determine the fashion in the antique market.
The actual process of collecting antique furniture is very complex and lengthy.
Arrange housing in a particular style is quite problematic, because it is impossible to collect and buy all the necessary household items. And in terms of profitability of investment, this issue is rather controversial.
For example, in 1990 the world’s most expensive piece of furniture has an antique dresser princes racquetball, made in 1726 in Florence, ebony, decorated with gorgeous inlays, decorated with sculptures of wood and bronze. This item was sold at auction, Christies auction in London for 15 million 178 thousand U.S. dollars. And in 2004 «Badmintn cabinet» has acquired the Viennese Museum for the 27 million 463 thousand 250 euros. Predict the sale of antique furniture is virtually impossible.
In the end, antiques are real things that exist for many centuries, and will give its owner the opportunity to live, not noticing the passage of time, and the remaining time in the things that surround it.