This is the first installment of a piece that I introduce here about my thoughts, knowledge and experiences with primitive handmade reproduction furniture.
When I met my wife, our love for period decoration and architecture was one of the things that brought us together. She had just purchased a nice step back cupboard (from a small specialty furniture shop that I would eventually design and build for). It was well designed, built and finished. We began exploring antique shops and shows together and she was surprised to find that she could have purchased an authentic original cupboard for the same price.
Educate yourself with the antiques market. Learn to identify authentic pieces. Most importantly, learn what to look for. We once bought a dining room table. A year or two after it came home the feet started to fall apart. We hadn’t noticed that two of the feet were dog-chewed and had been repaired with wood filler and expertly finished. Antiques generally gain value over time. Most reproductions do not.