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It goes without saying that antiques of whatever form are very valuable. Given the time it has taken for such pieces of art to be brought to the market, they are virtually priceless. This applies to Regent antiques too. No matter the art pieces you are buying, it is important that you take time and carry out due diligence beforehand. The following are some of the things to look at when buying Regent antiques:|
1. Only Buy High-Quality Pieces
Although made centuries ago, most Regent antiques have retained their original quality. That’s why this is the first thing you should look for. If anything, artists who made these pieces had to undergo very strict quality control measures before they could bring their products to the market. So look out for the interesting, artfully made pieces. Although not always, some of these pieces could turn out to have once belonged to kings and queens of yore.
2. Check for Signs of Damage
If you are buying wooden Regent antiques it is important that you look for signs of holes and scratches. Some of these holes could be as a result of the actions of the artist who made the antique. Others could be as a result of destruction from meandering beetles. Most antiques from the Regency period had their undersides unfinished. If the piece you are buying is finished, it probably is not a genuine antique. Don’t buy it! If you are buying a piece made from mahogany, be satisfied with visible imperfections.
3. Unscrew a Bronze Mount
It is the state of the screws used to hold the bronze parts in place that will tell you if you are buying genuine Regent antiques or not. Check if the screw has two colours on its back in terms of an oxidized centre and a small gliding rim on the front. If it doesn’t have that, then it is a reproduction and not a genuine antique.
4. Check Out For Unusual Work
Regent antiques are hardly homogenous. Some could have unusual features such as hanging counterweights. It is important to wait until you buy the piece before you can check out what the special features represent. Who knows? The piece of furniture could end up being more valuable than what you paid for it during the auction.
5. Pay Attention to the Iconography
Some Regent antiques come with unique iconic additions, which may not be very common. For example, when you come across a mirror with a pheasant, first find out what it might represent. You could pull out your phone and quickly search online for ‘mirrors and pheasants’. You will be surprised that not many pieces were made with that design. Without intending to, you could end up buying a piece of work that once belonged to the Royals.
As you can see, buying Regent antiques is not that straight forward. You need to follow the guidelines stated above while deliberately dealing only with a reliable seller. If you can, attend several presale exhibitions before you settle on one seller. Good luck!
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