Know the artwork as well as you know yourself.
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.