Who better to ask for expert advice on buying antiques than Shamiela Tyer of Eclectica Design and Art? Eclectica, a purveyor of iconic international and local design, exhibits the best in contemporary South African Art. A fusion of fine art and the decorative element of furniture design bring together ancient traditions and modern motifs to create a new and wholly unique aesthetic –the kind of distinctive, desirable and engaging aesthetic which Eclectica houses for the discerning collector and connoisseur. Don’t forget to visit Eclectica from the 4th of September until the 8th of October for BAUHAUS REVISTED. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Here are Shamiela’s 7 golden rules for buying and caring for pre-loved pieces:
1. Passion – try to buy what you connect to. Listen to your heart; in this way, even if motivators such as fashion, investment and social status eventually fade away, the purchase will still feel right
2. Knowledge- this helps to understand what you are buying and why it’s appealing. Often, research either reinforces the passion, or can assist you in avoiding an expensive mistake!
3. Provenance- not only for validating authenticity but because “stories” are what implicitly connects us to what we are attracted to.
4. Patina- it gives character, confirms legitimacy; over-restoration on an antique or a mid-century modern antique is a killer.
5. Quality- buy the best you can afford which pertains to the genre, artist and designer that you like. This will reward you on every level, including potential future investment.
6. Care- take care of what you buy and be informed of the best way to do this. For example, never use products such as Mr. Min on antiques; oil on mid-century teak; and always use a proper cloth to clean modern chrome as not to create scratches.
7. Live with your treasures – what’s the point if it’s in a vault or hidden away? The value of art – decorative well-designed, classic pieces – is they become part of our psyche. Beautiful antiques are more than just a store of value.
Must-have pieces from ECLECTICA:
5. Nanna Ditzel
Don’t forget to visit Eclectica from the 4th of September until the 8th of October for BAUHAUS REVISTED. Learn more about the exhibition here.