Thursday, January 1, 2009

Antique Furniture

This installment is going to ask, Where Does all the antique furniture go?

Furniture can be a bit difficult to discover, for when the average person has furniture that becomes "antique to them", they get rid of it, and replace it with modern pieces.

So, where exactly can we find antique furniture, and what, if there are such pieces, antique furniture is highly valuable?

To begin, antique furniture is something that takes a bit of work and calculating. The main reason for this is because there are so many different pieces, makers, models, years/eras, and countless other factors that go into the appraising phase of your antique furniture. Even more, some pieces what makes furniture so difficult of being antique is in the definition itself, for technically something from the 1990's can be termed antique, which is technically under the same category as pieces from teh 18th century. However, appraisers understand the differences in ages and eras, which then leads to differences in values. Now understanding a bit of what antique furniture is, we can figure out that antique furniture is everywhere around us, from specialized stores in your local area or town to the numerous travelling shows and expos that may cmoe through your area as well. The most popularized appraisal show in recent years has been the Antique Roadshow, on PBS channels.

As to what specific pieces of antique furniture that are very expensive, typically these pieces are the rarest, unique, and in flawless condition. Here is a brief list of the most expensive pieces of antique furniture:

- Chippendale antique secretary (1760): $12,100,000 * highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of American furniture!
- French silver tureen (1732) : $10,000,000 (I know, it's a bowl... but it gets put into furniture categories a lot)
- Any antique wooden furniture from 1700s, especially mahogany.

One place that I found to be rather helpful in my search for antique furniture is, for it has everything... from kitchen to bathroom, and pieces intricate to simlpe large wooden crafts.

Hopefully you have fuond some interest in this now not-so-small niche in the antique world, an if you need to get started, again go to! This hobby is one of the most expensive ones to get into, but antique furniture is definitely the most profitable in return!

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