2020 Trend Watch| Antique Furnishings
The New 2020 Trend: Antique Furniture
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what product exactly qualifies as an antique, you’re not alone. Besides where you tend to find them (auction houses, antique stores, and flea markets), antiques are distinguished by their age. Generally, for an item to be considered an antique, it has to be at least 100 years old. Anything that’s 30 to 100 years old is deemed to be vintage.
If you’re in the market for an antique piece or two, here are a few things to keep in mind. Antiques tend to have distinguishable craftsmanship. Pieces with drawers should have something called “dovetails” on the side of the drawer and “kerf marks” on the inside of the drawer front. These are both indicators that a quality craftsman made the piece.
Another way to confirm an antique’s quality is via signatures, labels, or stamps. These should tell you things like where the piece was produced and who made it. Check the back, bottom, or drawers for such markings. Be wary of stamps that appear to be factory-made.
Finally, even if you’re confident of an antique’s authenticity, always inspect the item for damage before purchasing. The best way to do this is by first checking the parts of the furniture that tend to endure the most wear, such as upholstered areas, chair splats, and hardware on cabinetry.
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