Know the art­work as well as you know your­self.

Ekaruna - - The Art Of -

A woman can ac­ces­sorise her­self in a mul­ti­tude of ways; adorn­ing her neck with a string of pearls, wear­ing a set of diamond ear­rings, or pulling her hair back with a colour­ful head­band. While an apart­ment can­not get up and dec­o­rate it­self, you cer­tainly can. No mat­ter what your style is, art breathes life into a space and gives it a voice to ex­press the per­son­al­ity of the per­son in­hab­it­ing it. It is said that the home is where the heart is, so con­sider the walls of your home the can­vas of your soul.

Buy­ing art has also been found to be a prof­itable in­vest­ment. You stand to make quite a pretty penny if you buy an an­tique item or piece of art­work that rises in value as time goes by. Hav­ing said that, here are a few tips that we can sug­gest to help you make the right de­ci­sions when ven­tur­ing into the art scene.

The first thing you’re won­der­ing is: how do I even be­gin to buy art? Where do I start? It’s not like there are ded­i­cated shop­ping com­plexes that sell le­git­i­mate art and an­tiques. Af­ter all, the art in­dus­try is a lot more dif­fi­cult to dive into than an H&M.

The first thing we can teach you is al­ways to know of the date and lo­ca­tion of the art and an­tique fairs. Knowl­edge is power, and you my friends, need to ac­quire some knowl­edge about art be­fore you start buy­ing it. Have an idea of what you’re look­ing for, but also keep an open mind - you will be sur­prised by what pieces of art or an­tiques will catch your eye and in­spire you. Spend a good amount of time at the fair; fa­mil­iarise your­self with the process of study­ing and ad­mir­ing art be­cause you are in for the long haul. You want to ac­quire the abil­ity to build an un­der­stand­ing of the aes­thet­ics that orig­i­nate from dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods, mak­ing it eas­ier for you to iden­tify par­tic­u­lar styles and shapes of fur­ni­ture. You also want to be able to iden­tify the era that your ad­mired piece is from. Once you’ve iden­ti­fied your per­sonal taste and the pieces that ap­peal to you, ap­proach art and an­tiques deal­ers. So, to master the art of shop­ping for art and an­tiques, ex­pe­ri­ence is your best teacher - right af­ter us, of course!

Trust the fair.

All the items at fairs or auc­tions are au­then­tic. They are vet­ted by ex­perts, from a porce­lain bowl or small comb to a large Per­sian car­pet. What it says in the de­scrip­tion is what you get. With art, it is im­por­tant to know who is cred­ited for do­ing the work. Is there any in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the artist? Have they ex­hib­ited their art any­where pub­li­cally? Are there public col­lec­tions that own any art­work by the artist and/or is that artist par­tic­u­larly known in their pe­riod? If you love the art­work, you have to know it in­side and out. It’s also im­por­tant to know if the piece has been ex­hib­ited in a na­tional gallery or owned by an in­ter­est­ing or well-known per­son. Whether it was owned by a pop star or Napoleon, value can be added to the art­work as it is passed down through gen­er­a­tions. Make sure to ask the art dealer if they can write down the in­for­ma­tion they give you on let­ter-headed pa­per as proof if you are go­ing to sell it in the fu­ture.

You can ne­go­ti­ate prices and go to a fair with a bud­get.

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