The expertise of an antique dealer to determine the value of a former chair of the eighteenth century

samedi 10 septembre 2011

The expertise of an antique dealer to determine the value of a former chair of the eighteenth century

By JC Livet, Expert in antique furniture and objets d’art, editor of the Magazine Antiques France.

Passionate about antique furniture, you dream to be able to achieve expertise in antique furniture worth an antique ? Antiques Catalogue reveals all the tips for successful expertise of antique furniture popular in the middle : the former chairs of the 18th century.

Traces of paint
In the eighteenth century, a significant proportion of seats were painted. It may be that you find at the expertise of this type of furniture, traces of old paint under the belt. The mode of natural wood caused an almost systematic stripping of painted antiques. These traces of paint is a strong element of authenticity.
The presence of a stamp
On some seats as you can find a stamp that indicates the name of the master carpenter. The latter, struck with a cold iron, is to find a flat part : the rear cross member, the scope of the front crossbar, a rear leg to waist level ... The use of oblique light makes this research . The presence of a legend substantially increases the value of antiques.
The wear due to use
The wear in the end feet are also a sign of authenticity for an antique. Indeed, one seat is moved constantly, which causes wear on the parts in friction with the ground, that is to say the ends of feet.
Restorations
The major restorations that can be found on a chair are :
- Squareness belt that secures a seat (visible under the seat). It does not substantially affect the value of antiques.
- Transplants after foot to compensate for wear. If they remain small (2 to 3 cm. Max), they do not penalize too much the price of antiques (depreciation of about 10%).
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