As much antique furniture is well over a hundred years old and has often gone through many owners’ hands, it is hardly surprising that it can take on an anthropomorphic quality for some buyers. Therefore some caution should be exercised when out shopping for antiques because it is very easy to fall in love with a piece and let caution fly to the wind.
Many antiques were designed as much for men as women, which we don’t always think of today when furnishing the home is often regarded as the female preserve. In the 18th century, publicly it was wealthy men who often chose the furnishings for their large country houses. This practice was made clear through Thomas Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director where the gentry would visit the Chippendale workshop and choose suites of furniture.
Of course Chippendale made furniture that catered for both men and women whether it was a large breakfront bookcase or twin pedestal desk for the gentleman’s library or a rounded escritoire for the ladies’ drawing room or a small dressing table for the bedroom. There is no doubt therefore that antique furniture will appeal to both masculine and feminine tastes today. So choosing a piece can be instinctive, in that you love it as soon as you see it, but it can also be based on an appreciation and love for the craftsmanship that went into making the piece. Whatever draws you, some background knowledge about cabinetry, age, genre and style and will all help you to acquire a beautiful piece of antique furniture.
When spotting the perfect antique cabinets, dining chairs or other anqitues in Lancashire, Preston dealers will be happy to advise you on age, style, quality and provenance.
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