Many of us love antiques and the way they look. Take antique Asian vases for example. They are one of those items that can look really good in your home, if you know how to display them. They will look good almost anywhere you put them; they are elegant and a great conversation starter for when guests come to your home. While displaying one vase is nice, displaying a collection is truly breathtaking. Before you run out to buy more, you should first know when, where and how to identify authentic antiques and then you can move on to how to display a collection.
Knowing how to check the authenticity of the antique vase and buying from a reliable antique dealer is important if you want the piece to be cherished in your family for generations to come. Therefore, buy antique Asian vases from a store which specialises in antique furniture and art from Asia and has 10-plus years of experience when it comes to authenticity. And style as well.
How to Identify an Antique From Just a Pretty Vase?
If the antique part doesn’t really interest you that much and replicas are just fine, then you may want to skip to the bottom to learn about the displaying part.
The first thing you want to do is to examine the bottom or foot of the vase. They were hardly ever finished and so they are more likely left rough. If it feels more rough than smooth, then you might have something from the 19th century.
The next thing you want to look at, is the enamel and design. Soft pastel colours are more likely to have stood the test of time like a rose colour instead of orange. If your vase is made from the basic blue, then look for inconsistencies in the colour from the way it reacts to the kiln. If the details and colours can only be described as amazing then you might want to try the internet for luck. There are many official forums and websites where you can submit photos of your vase and enthusiasts can help you figure out its origins. If you are unfamiliar with forums you can always try to find someone locally who will figure all of this out for you.
As important as mastering the how-to spot genuine pieces is, knowing how to display antiques is equally significant. So let us move on to how to display antique Asian vases or a collection of them. One of the most popular ways is to mount your collection on a wall. Not on a shelf but maybe in some kind of a display box. This is a great way to display your vase or collection and leave a creative and artistic impression. It turns your whole collection into a single piece of art; it is show stopping when it is done right and will have your guests in awe.
Another way is to find a great table where you can arrange a nice entrance piece. You can include your whole set or you can break it up and put them all around your house. You need to think about how to anchor the pieces together by adding some accessories that tie the vase(s) to the room. Maybe with a nice table cloth, candles, or plants. Either way this is a great way for bits of your collection to be seen in almost every room of your house.
Last but not least, you could invest in some quality shelves or cabinets or use Chinese altar table, if you have one, to display your Asian antiques. This is probably the most traditional way to display any kind of collection. While shelves are nice they can collect dust easily so you need to wipe them down regularly. This can be a problem if you are handling delicate items. A good antique cabinet with glass doors still gives you a great view but limits the amount of dust that can enter inside. Some of these cabinets even come with built in lighting so your collection can easily become the focal point of your room.
Displaying and identifying your antique Asian vases should be a breeze after reading this. If you are still unsure you can always turn to professionals for help.