Antique Furniture Styles

Collectors Guide to Antique Furniture Styles

Antique furniture can be divided into the following categories. The prudent collector knows which their pieces fall into and thus the proper market for each. Over-paying or selling for less than an item is worth is always misunderstanding the market. A proper formal appraisal and market report, like ours, alleviates the problem ( click here to view our market reports ).

Second Hand — furniture from the 1920’s through the 1950’s that have some age and costly when new. Many old collectors mistake these as “antiques”. An antique is something at least 100 years old.

Utilitarian — old furniture of little interest to museums but ideal to decorate with and use every day (dry sinks, joint stools, roll top desks)

Decorative — items of better quality then produced today and future collectable (Baker furniture, Louis XIV Revival)

Museum — furniture too fragile to use, but placed in a collection to add ambiance or fill a gap in a complete collection (French, Louis XIV, Tudor, Medieval)

Collectors Guide to Antique Furniture Styles

Properly identified furniture is easy to buy and sell because you then know where is the market. The more popular the style, the more the copies, revival items and forgeries. Always obtain a certificate of authenticity for all your major antique furniture. This is included in all our antique furniture appraisals.

For additional Antique Furniture resources, click any of the below links

Antique Furniture Appraisals
Antique Appraisals
Antique Furniture Styles
Antique Furniture Guide
Antique Appraising Secrets
Antique Furniture Age and Construction

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