The Merits of buying Antique Reproduction Furniture.
Genuine quality antique pieces of furniture that are affordable nowadays are a rarity, if one wants to view true antique pieces of furniture of a bygone age then visits to museums or to various stately homes are a must for furniture historians.
Purchasing an antique piece of furniture can be a tricky business,there is a lot to take into consideration,is it genuine, its condition, has any additional work been carried out on it and if so when and last but not least is the valuation put on the piece correct, for a genuine piece by one of the past masters such as Chippendale, Sheraton or Hepplewhite the price for all but a few will be unaffordable for lesser designers of some repute the price will be extremely high but attainable.
There is an alternative to trolling the antique shops and auction rooms, buy new. Antique reproduction style furniture has been around for hundreds of years in fact furniture that was originally made as reproduction or in the style of a particular period in many are now looked upon as classic Antiques in their own right.
There are numerous advantages in buying Antique reproduction replicas or traditional style furniture, for a start most manufacturers will have their ranges catalogued, this will save countless visits to antique shops or auction houses,a new antique reproduction piece of furniture will also in general be made to conform to today's size and proportional requirements, most people forget that in years gone by the general population in our country were smaller built than today so dining table and chair heights were lower whilst side tables and occasional tables that would have been used for supporting the odd glass of port wine or cup of tea would have been taller to allow the occupant of a formal looking lounge chair access to their beverage and of course there were no such things as TV, Hi Fi sets or coffee tables to worry about.
Purchasing a new antique reproduction piece from a genuine reputable manufacturer as opposed to a wholesaler or factorer who buys from numerous sources without making or even polishing their products has definite advantages that will bear fruit down the time line.
Making an antique reproduction piece of furniture today using modern technology and materials combined with traditional cabinet making and polishing skills as used by our predecessors can ensure that the finished article is more tolerant of heat or humidity changes than an original antique thus insuring that the modern day antique reproduction is ill effected by the passing of time, an advantage but not necessarily to the purchaser today as undoubtedly the piece if made correctly will last for many life times. Such a piece by some today is considered to be an antique of the future !
It can be argued that a good quality contemporary piece of furniture today can be looked at in the same way as an antique reproduction and undoubtedly this view if applied to high quality pieces of modern furniture is correct, but it is worth considering the merits between modern versus reproduction over a short period of time, say over forty to fifty years. A modern piece of furniture today can or may be looked at in ten or twenty years as tastes change as being old fashioned whereas a reproduction antique piece will not date it will still be in the style of the century it was designed for and therefore if it is a well made quality piece it will hold a re-sale value unlike most modern pieces that will only gain or hold a residual value beyond the owners life time.
For those customers who cannot find the antique piece of furniture they have always longed for, a reproduction replica or a piece made in the traditional style of the period sought is the answer. Reputable manufacturers who make their products in-house will be able to offer a bespoke custom built service that allows for the furniture to be tailor made exactly to the clients specifications such pieces can carry the enviable tag of being one off unique pieces, the implications of which after time are obvious.
Above are just a few of the points that I believe make traditional style or antique reproduction replica furniture worth considering as an alternative to purchasing that illusive genuine antique.