What You Need to Know About Rare Antiques


A true antique is an item that is perceived to have value because of its aesthetic or historical significance and is often described as at least 100 years old.

Antique is an item that is often collected or desired because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and other unique properties. It is an object that represents an earlier period or epoch in human history. Classic and collectible items are used to describe items that are old but do not meet the 100-year-old criteria.

Antiques are usually objects of some degree of craftsmanship, collectibility, or a particular attention to design, such as a table or an early automobile. You can get them for purchase at antique shops, real estate sales, auction houses, online auctions and other facilities, or through real estate or inheritance. Antiques traders are often affiliated with national trade associations, and most of them are registered to CINOA, an arts confederation and antiques associations representing 5,000 dealers in 21 countries.


Chinese Antiques

Traditionally, Chinese antiquities are rare artifacts placed there by an owner and marked with a red seal.

Experts can identify the ancient owners of an antique by reading this red seal on the antique. The pre-revolutionary Chinese government sought to assist Chinese antiquities collectors by asking the Antiquities Departments to provide a government seal to the bottom of a Chinese antiquity. This seal can be seen as the piece of red sealing wax bearing the government's sword to confirm the history of the antiquity.


Antiques is the act of shopping, identification, negotiation or bargaining. People buy items for personal use, gifts or profit. Sources of aging include garage sales and garden sales, real estate sales, resorts, antique districts, collectives and international auction houses.


Keep in mind that aging also means making it look antique by using antique-looking paint applications. Often times, individuals get confused between these handmade distressed vintage or modern items and real antiques. Prospective antique collectors, unaware of the differences, may be paying high sums for something that has little value in the antiques industry.


Antique furniture is a popular area of ​​antiques because it has obvious practical uses as well as collector value. Many collectors use antique furniture pieces in their homes and take care of them in the hope that their value will remain the same or be appreciated. This is the opposite of buying new furniture, which usually depreciates from the moment of purchase.

Antique furniture includes dining tables, chairs, offices, chests, etc. takes place. The most common woods are mahogany, oak, pine, walnut and rosewood. Chinese antique furniture is usually made from elm, common in many regions in Asia. Each wood has a unique texture and color. Many modern furniture pieces use laminate or wood veneer to achieve the same effect. There are a number of different types of antique furniture available depending on when and where it was made.

Antique restoration

Restoration can involve almost complete rebuilding or replacing to remove deforming dirt or rust from the surface of an art piece or antique, or as with old cars and furniture. Often done in preparation for sale or by a collector who buys a new piece, the main purpose of restoration is to "restore" the original appearance or functionality of a piece.

There is a lot of difference between restore and repair. Functionality can be achieved through a repair, but restoring an item properly is an art form. Varnishes can be peeled off and rebuilt, but it is important to keep the original patent if possible. Stripping is done as a last resort, especially on antique furniture. Motors can be rebuilt with new parts as needed, or holes in a silver bowl can be patched / covered. While some of these practices are not welcomed by many museums, academics, and other experts, for many an antique that cannot be used or displayed has little value. Poor restoration is a shortage of a trained restorer. Working on someone else's bad repair is the worst possible case. Often there are other problems with antique restoration. For example, some collectors value "patina" or want an item to reflect an aesthetic that indicates its age - in this respect, an "over-restored" item can actually deviate from its value if nothing was actually done. Therefore, the restoration of valuable objects should always be left to professionals who are sensitive to all issues and ensure that a piece retains its value or increases its value after restoration.


Original artwork can handle any damage during its lifetime. Conservators have an obligation to advise the work of art the best techniques to preserve it for future generations.

Restorers are usually trained craftsmen such as furniture makers, mechanics or metalworkers. Some have many years of experience in their field, while others are self-taught volunteers.

Given that a single piece of furniture can contain wood, glass, inlay, leather, and fabric, antique restoration encompasses many skills.

Restoration terminology

Preservation: A detail-oriented process designed to preserve as much of the original finishes and materials as possible while restoring the part to its original state as much as possible.

Restoration Finish: The restoration finish is the process of bringing an existing finish back to life. This involves re-emulsifying the original coating as shellac or varnish. By using original solvents to liquefy solids, you increase their ability to adhere and penetrate the part turns.

The process also removes rust and dirt that has accumulated over years of use. If the finish is too fine, additional layers of the same finish can be applied to support the restored finish and ensure longevity. Finishing the restoration results in an original degree of finishing: for example, 85% of the original finish remains. The more original coating remains, the more antique value it has.

Preservation: The process of stopping or slowing down the deterioration usually does not involve the actual restoration or attempts to return the part to its original state. The damage and finish degradation are left intact, but are prevented from going further. This process is usually done on museum works; For home use of antiques, we recommend a conservation or restoration process. In most cases this is a chemical process that prevents further oxidation of wood and metals and also adds moisture to the existing coating.

Refresh: Removing a polish and applying a new surface in its place. This process removes significant parts of the antique value in furniture and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Repair: Physical and structural replacement or strengthening of parts of the original antique. It may involve the addition of new materials that have been altered to look worn, or the application of antique materials to improve the appearance of the repair and preserve as much value as possible.

Restoration: Bringing a part closer to its original condition, including structural and finished repairs.

Stripping: Stripping involves finishing the piece, patina, and in some cases dipping in a chemical bath that will remove the glue that holds the piece together.


On the other hand, although most bad old pieces were thrown away a long time ago, there are pieces made from reusable materials such as hard wood that are not worth restoring because of their original design or workmanship or damage.

As the number of people in the world increases and the number of trees and other natural products decreases, wood and other materials are becoming rarer. Therefore, the fact that the material is not worth doing a good job when a product is made does not mean that the material should no longer be disposed of with the object.