If it looks old, it probably is. This statement is often applied when shopping for antique furniture. However, there are pieces that are purposely aged to look antique, like gilded mirrors, that require a closer like. This is why a close inspection is often recommended before purchasing an antique.
Can you tell the difference?
To spot an antique French gilded mirror reproduction, you need to know the characteristics of a genuine piece and a custom-made one. Here are some tips.
Look for signs of age
Like other wood materials, the wooden frame of an antique French gilded mirror displays discoloration with age. It also expands with moisture through time, making points of separation seem uneven.
Wood discolors and expands through time.
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Reproductions do not display these signs as they usually appear ‘too perfect’ compared to real antiques.
Check the construction
Staples, glue, and modern screws are clear indicators of a reproduction. Other characteristics of a reproduction include factory-rounded corners, consistent color, and fresh wood odor. Determining the age of your furniture can also help you spot a reproduction from an original.
Is it too symmetrical?
Antique French gilded mirrors are handcrafted without the new technology available today. They are imperfect and are inconsistent because of human construction. This is why an authentic gilded mirror has asymmetrical carvings or gilding. Reproductions on the other hand often have exact symmetry.
Reproductions often have exact symmetry.
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Have your furniture appraised
Get antique furniture valuation from an expert. These appraisals look into the size, style, origin and age of your antique. This way, you can be able to accurately tell if your piece is an original or a reproduction.
There is more than what meets the eye. Knowing how to tell a reproduction from an antique can help you make a great deal and prevent burning a large hole in your wallet. For top quality antique mirrors, check out our wide selection here.