In North Island Midweek recently, Tony Duke waxes lyrical about how quality in furniture making is always unmistakable whatever the era in which it was made. However, that antique furniture has lasted so long and much of it in good condition is a compliment to the quality of workmanship and materials used, and that it continues to survive long after many modern pieces have fallen to bits.
Tony looks back to his father’s day when anything ‘new’ or ‘modern’ was considered inferior. His father scoffed at the uses of veneer rather than solid wood and was shocked at how much this ‘inferior’ furniture cost. He was part of the ‘make do and mend’ generation of the 1930s and it was this philosophy which helped them all through hard economic times. Buying new furniture was unheard where most people made do with second hand or family pieces. He was also disparaging about using woods such as teak popular during the 1960s and 70s and decried the loss of ‘good old English oak.’
Although his father opposed anything modern whether made well or not, Tony was not so disparaging and appreciates well made modern furniture as well as antiques. He says:
“whether new or old…. a quality piece almost shouts at you. The style, the materials, the workmanship, they are all there in a good piece…..You simply need to “listen”…. If something doesn’t almost scream “quality”, pass it by and wait. If you don’t find it, it will find you.”
Quality is always paramount when investing in antique furniture. When looking for quality antique bookcases and antique cabinets in Preston , local dealers will be happy to guide you.
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