How To Start an Art or Antique Collection

Thursday 25th May 2017 - Della Bentham

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How To Start an Art or Antique Collection

Thinking of starting an art or antiques collection of your own? These tips will help get you on your way.

The idea of starting an art or antique collection may seem daunting to those that don’t have the years of knowledge a dealer or auctioneer has. Remember, that everyone started somewhere. These experts weren’t born with this knowledge, they had a passion and went on to immerse themselves in that world. You too, can do the same.

 

We take a look at some top tips, that can help you to start your own art or antique collection below.  

 

1 – Research is Key

 

Familiarise yourself with the trade online, in forums and by visiting antiques or art fairs and even museums. Ask questions and immerse yourself in the world. Keep an open mind, you never know what may catch your eye and appeal to you. This could be the start of your love affair with certain antiques or artists.

 

2 - Ask Questions

 

Never be afraid to ask questions. While you are learning, you should soak up as much knowledge as you can. Whether that’s online, in forums, Facebook groups or through sellers, dealers or auctioneers directly. Nobody ever stops learning in this trade, things constantly change.

 

3 – Buy Things That You Love

 

Since there’s no guarantees in life, you should start off by collecting, or acquiring pieces that work for you and your home. Things that you love, appreciate or work well with your current surroundings. Never buy something just because it’s a bargain.

 

4 – Build a relationship with reputable dealers

 

When it comes to sourcing the perfect pieces, it’s not what you know, but who. You want a dealer who can guarantee the authenticity and value of your first purchases. Building a relationship also gives you the added bonus of another pair of eyes, dealers can look out for pieces that you desire that are within your budget.

 

5 – Set a Budget

 

Always set a budget, once you have carried out your research you will know the going rate for pieces, you don’t want to fall in to the trap of paying over your budget because you get carried away. This is particularly important at auction. The buzz of the bidding can sometimes cause people to pay more than they can afford.

 

6 – Start off Simple

 

When looking at furniture pieces it’s best to start with the simple pieces that can really make your room stand out. Make sure you’re prepared, know the space you have to play with, take measurements and go armed with a measuring tape and photos of the space so you can really imagine the piece in the room.

 

7 – Understanding the Value

 

Remember that prices will be effected by the condition of pieces. Antiques and art are unique, with age no two will be identical, some will be more marked or have a patina etc., therefore prices can vary. Fashions also change the price, retro furniture was not so long ago, something that couldn’t even be given away, but prices are rising rapidly. Older dark wood furniture, is seen as less stylish at the current time and so prices have fallen. Tastes may change, but if you buy what you love you’ll be happy.

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