Topic: Antique Furniture
Antique furniture represents a type of product and production other than the one prevalent in these modern days. However this wouldn’t be enough of a reason for its huge success and acceptance, high demand and top consumers. The fact that antique furniture is so in demand relays on the fact that this is a top notch quality product. Being antique is not synonym of old in all its expressions. The old and age factor within is tied to the fact that in other historical, cultural and technological eras, the way objects were produced and the materials with which these were crafted were absolutely different to those of today.
Antique furniture has an intrinsic quality feature that lays on the fact that in previous centuries to the age of Machinery and Modern Industry, the production process of objects had as a milestone the individual ability and capability of the master craftman who worked with solid pieces of wood with nothing more than a sharp tool and his gifted and trained hands, together with a sharp eye for style and design. There were no further machines nor computers with which to design and conceive a product, or even with which to produce it. Nor there were other artificial –or man created wood looking and feeling materials- prime products with which to create these objects.
This indication is not a judgmental objection; this is just an objective fact taken out of reality. The differential technique and technology level achieved limited the horizon of possibilities and innovations. To us, looking from the present back into those primitive technological days, the final product of such sophistication, delicacy and quality is even more valuable, because we value the object in terms of comparison and reflection of our own known world.
Antique furniture has a special kind of finish, but also a very particular sort of feel to the tact, for the natural aging of the object has impacted on the piece as a whole producing a particular style and shine to the wood, the metal and the detail.
This furniture of yore, especially those of the Renaissance and the beginning of Modernity brought back a sense of beauty that had been left aside during the Middle Age in Europe, began to focus on sophistication and luxury. In a retrospective analysis we can point out the fact that these objects express the milestone for any further aesthetic revolution and design.
But European antique furniture is not the only coveted relic, Asian, Hindu, Arabic furniture as early as the 6th century are outstanding treasures of style and sophistication.
Yet these are not the only styles of furniture that can be considered antique. We needn’t go back to the beginning of times, it is generally accepted within the world of antique furniture to trace a division line between objects that were crafted without the aid of machinery and those that were, between hand made and those industrially made; between those who were produced by an individual artisan in a work shop or those that were manufactured by means of a serial organization of production by a number if collaborating workers.
1830 was set as a hinge landmark for production (though it doesn’t apply rigorously everywhere and to every kind of product). The origin of this particular date can be traced back to the United States, when in 1930 the US government issued a law explicating the fact that for their tax income they considered that 100 year old objects were antiques and so they could be admitted duty free into the U.S.
All and all this is a perspective. And as such, we prefer to complement it with the prior definition in which it’s stated the fact that a delimiting line could also be the way the object was produced.
If applying the combined definition, we can approach Argentine and most South American countries antiques in a better form, for most of these young nations became such during the early decades of the 19th century, and the industrial revolution did not reach these far away lands way into the last quarter of that century and some places even the early 20th century. Hence the coveted craftsmanship features we described above can be found as late as the first years of the 1900s.
As social products, antique furniture is in many ways a reflection of a determined state of culture in a specific location –at least it was until the upcoming of globalization-.
Their value doesn’t just lay on the fact that they were produced many years ago, there’s of course an aesthetic distinction that sets a determined object apart including the marks the pass of time has left on the object in question.
That’s why some commoner furniture such as school desks, kitchen tables or rocking chairs are coveted at the same time some other people prefer a Louis XVI styled furniture. What was a working class desk made out of a strong wood as oak, though originally roughly made, has now a styled appearance for the pass of time and the use has soften and lined out a one of a kind polish.
The world of antique furniture is a vast universe of styles, taste and detail. To approach it successfully there’s an advisee trinity: knowledge, taste and a sharp eye, that will aid you in a profitable and long lasting investment in style and quality.
 We refer to the period that began with the rebirth of aesthetics as well as consolidation of absolutist monarchies in Europe when the interest on style and d?cor became more and more important and referential for history and culture.
 In this way it’s important to point out that while Europe was undergoing a dark period of intellectual and cultural production, the eastern part of the known world was flourishing to a magnificent highpoint.
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