When buying a piece of antique furniture, there comes with its purchase a certain amount of responsibility. After all, the buyer is probably one in a long line of careful owners and the piece remains in good order because it has been well looked after in the past. However, keeping antiques in good order requires some knowledge and skill. Spray polishing an 18th century mahogany table for example can ruin a patination that has taken well over 200 years to develop which in turn may reduce the value of the piece.
One of the latest antiques programmes to come to the BBC is Restoration Roadshow, where Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles shows the general public how they can revive and restore flagging antiques that have suffered over time. As he puts it: ‘It’s a cross between Casualty and the Antiques Roadshow. We have experts who assess if antiques in need of repair are worth saving.’
The point of the programme is really that the cost of restoring an antique can be prohibitive and depends on its value pre and post restoration to gauge whether restoration is worthwhile. However a recent Sun article reporting on the programme seems to suggest that sentimentality also comes into the equation where something worn or broken can be transformed to give years more pleasure to the owner/custodian who will then pass it onto someone else.
Antique furniture is generally preferred to be in ‘untouched’ condition. When buying an antique dining table , Lancashire dealers will always advise on any restoration work that has been carried out.
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