You can search for antiques in a traditional antiquities store or dealer, but many Australians are choosing to get their antiques directly from auctions. Trying to find in high street stores the antiques that you would like can be a highly time-consuming task. You might have to go for quite a few trips and even to various towns to find everything you want.
If you like doing this as a hobby, then that’s one thing! But if you are furnishing a home or an office with antiques, then you will want to get a larger number of items at once by attending an auction.
What to Look For
When you find the auction house that you would like to use, keep an eye out for different types of items. Antique furniture for your home is one of the best ways to bring a great look. You can get wardrobes, cupboards, couches, sofas, tables, chairs, sideboards, serving trays and much more. These items can be used for seating, lying down, sleeping, storage and refreshments.
Most people agree that antique furniture makes a home look very special and it can be a great style to aspire for.
Apart from furniture, there are many other types of antiques that you can get at an auction. Many people collect old photographs or paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries; these often include portraits of military personnel, ladies, officials, or even everyday people. These heirlooms are not only nice to look at, but they have historical value as well.
You can also find valuable jewellery and trinkets made with precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum. These are inlaid beautifully with precious and semi-precious stones, such as emeralds, diamonds, rubies, garnet, opal, topaz, and rose quartz. You can also find pieces made from ivory and ebony, which have a great value as it is no longer possible to get the raw materials without breaking poaching laws.
Modern Designs and Antiquities
Items of historical value can also be bought from different periods from the 20th century as well. Edwardian, Georgian, Modern and Retro artworks are available from the 1920s onwards. There were many innovative art styles pioneered in the last 100 years or so and you can get a good selection of pieces that you can use to decorate your home or office.
Whatever your taste in art, you will find that the best way to acquire what you would like is to use an auction house. Most people prepare a list in advance of the pieces of art that they are interested in and then they will bid on what fits into their budget. A good way to go to one of these auctions is not to spend too much money on any one item, unless it is something you absolutely want. If you are after more than just a few pieces, then you should be careful to conserve as much of your budget as possible, because you never know how much you will need to spend!