Reasons To Have An Appraisal for Decorative Arts

Reasons To Have An Appraisal for Decorative Arts

Do you have any dated decorative arts hidden away that you don´t know their current market value? If so, you might be missing out on learning about their worth from our experienced decorative art appraisers. Here are a few valuable things to know before getting an appraisal for decorative arts.

What is the Meaning of Decorative Art?

Experts agree decorative art is an object with intrinsic design characteristics or ornamentation. An object´s function, as well as its aesthetics, can affect the value given by decorative art appraisers.

What are the Different Types of Decorative Art?

Decorative artwork is widely based across different industries and trades. Genuine antique artwork may include manmade items that were created from glass, gold, metal, ceramic, leather, silver, and cloth. It can also include homemade furniture and other household goods that have artistic appeal.

Decorative art embellishments and artwork that are embroidered, woven, carved, or constructed from quality materials are also highly desirable to collectors. Decorative art also stands out from fine art as pieces that tend to be functional yet created with a distinct aesthetic and design technique.

The most expensive clock ever restored was the Duc d’Orleans Breguet Symapthique. While created by Abraham- Louis Breguet, it stood out in value as it was owned by Duc d’Orleans. Made in 1835, it’s gold and ormolu gilding and symapthique mechanisms added to its $6.8 million final sale price.

What are the Techniques Used in Decorative Art?

Decorative art craftsmanship can include any artistic technique used when creating a piece´s assembly. Embellished fabrics may also display applique, embroidery, painting, dyeing, macrame, printing, piping, ruffling, ruching, pleating, beading, embossing, accenting, and patching skillsets.

What Makes an Artist Collectible?

The most important aspect of decorative art is the technique used during its creation. Decorative artists like Anthony Van Dyck, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), and William Morris are highly valued by modern collectors, but it is the pieces made by unknown ancient pottery makers, goldsmiths, and metalworkers that stand out to decorative art appraisers as being unique finds.

Why Do People Buy Decorative Art?

Decorative art is prized by many different types of people both from an artistic and financial point of view. Some people simply love decorative art´s aesthetics as pieces tend to become the focal point in any room. It is also entertaining to analyze an artist´s intent with others to find symbolism.

Modern artists also love to use dated pieces for creative inspiration. Especially if an artist wants to capture another age and mindset, using decorative art can improve a person´s technique. With a keen eye for art, a person can practice previous styles and develop a modern take on antiquity.

Decorative art collectors are also financial investors who look for pieces that will increase in value over the long term.  Modern collectors are after the pieces that have a documented history and are made by famous artists. As collecting art is risky, buyers want decorative art that will appreciate.

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