Because of the image of the ‘serious’ art collector, you probably don’t want to admit to yourself that you are a collector. The word suggests someone who knows everything about art, someone who could be an expert on Antiques Roadshow. But you probably aren’t an expert and never will be.
You don’t have to be. You are a collector because you like looking at certain things in your home; because it gives you pleasure to know that some of your friends will come over and say, “That is a nice painting, where did you get it?” That is enough.
Collecting Antique Art gives you pleasure, and that should be enough, but it also can make you money. You should want to do both, but if you must choose between the two, choose pleasure first. Many people buy art just because they like it, and then they are shocked when they hear that some of the pieces they bought went up in value while they were still paying for them.
If you are someone who is just beginning to collect art, or if you are thinking about it, then you might find the following information helpful.
The art world is very complex and mysterious. If you are considering collecting antique art, then there are certain things that you need to know. There are many different types of antique art and there are also, many different types of collectors. Many people collect antique art because they want to appreciate its beauty or because they like the idea of owning a piece of history. However, most people collect it for a combination of reasons, such as an appreciation for the piece’s beauty, a desire to own a piece of history and an investment in order to make money.…
Art collecting can be highly rewarding if you have the right knowledge and experience. This article will give you some insights into how to go about getting started on your own successful collection.
Are you looking for a great gift for a loved one, perhaps your grandpa or someone you know who is into art? Art is always a good present. But finding the right piece of vintage art is not something everyone can do. Well, lucky you! We are here to help.
Here are some tips and hints on how to find great pieces of art, as well as how to get them at a great price. You can also check out our collected blog posts on the subject.
There are more than 1,000 antique art and collectibles shows held annually in the United States. Many of them feature furniture, accessories, glassware, pottery, jewelry and works of art by celebrated American artists. Other shows focus on clocks and watches, sports memorabilia, toys and dolls, or even coins and currency. One thing all these shows have in common is that they’re great places to find a wide variety of collectible treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
But for someone just starting out – or who has only dabbled in collecting – buying at an antique show can be intimidating. There’s the potential for inflated prices that make it hard to walk away from what appears to be a good deal but actually isn’t. And there’s the question of how to tell if something is a genuine antique rather than a reproduction or fake.
What follows is an overview of some of the basic considerations that will help make your first (or next) foray into buying art at an antique show more enjoyable and productive.
TIP: Look for a piece of art that interests you. It is important to like what you buy. You want to be passionate about it, for the investment to be enjoyable for more than just its financial return.
If you are like me, you may have a vague desire to own some art for your home. But art collecting seems so intimidating and complicated. You see all kinds of people on TV who seem to know what they are talking about when they discuss art. Is there any hope for someone like me?
Yes, there is hope. It is never too late to start collecting. Even if you know nothing about art, don’t worry. You can always learn and collect at the same time.
I am going to give you some tips that I think will be helpful in starting your new hobby of collecting art. These are some of the things I wish I had known when I started collecting myself.**
**Note: This section is over-the-top informative and factual in tone. It sounds dry, but this is a good thing because it makes it sound trustworthy and more credible than most writing. The factuality of this section helps to set up the next section’s more personal tone with humor (and yet remains substantive.)
The very first thing you need to complete the table of contents, is a table of contents. You can’t even get started until you’ve condensed your ideas into a manageable form. That’s what an outline is for, and it’s the next step.
If you’ve done any kind of research in the past, you already know how to outline. It’s just like writing an essay or term paper, except that instead of answering specific questions, you’re going to be looking for clues and patterns that suggest what your answer will be.
At this point it’s good to remember why you’re doing this project. There might be several reasons; I’m going to assume that one reason is because you want to start collecting art yourself.
In case I haven’t mentioned it before, collecting art is a lot of fun. But it also requires some effort and money up front before you see any results. So being clear up front about why you want to do this helps keep you motivated while you’re working on it. It also helps focus your research so that if someone tells you “you should read this book”, or “you should talk to this expert”, they’ll be giving you information that really matters to your project.
Before starting your outline, find a quiet place