There is something in the soul of antique lovers and collectors that is utterly and wonderfully resonant, unique, and immediately identifiable in the hearts and minds of like-interested people. If you are an antique person, it has a way of showing in the way in which you care about everything from art to history to the world around us. You know that objects are not merely “things,” but rather items with a history and aura about them that, when carefully cultivated and properly preserved, can be among the most resonant traces of our collective humanity with which we can interact.
When it comes to collecting antiques, there is a sense that you are taking something from yesterday, caring for it today, and transmuting it into tomorrow.
That is a special thing to do indeed, even for antiques as recent as those belonging to the 20th century. While it may be odd to think of items that fell within the lifetimes of our great-grandparents, grandparents, or perhaps our own living memory as “antiques,” the fact remains that the further we proceed into the 21st century, the more 20th century antiques become in demand.
To that end, here are some of the most in-demand types of 20th century antiques.
Tables and Desks
There are a wealth of different types of tables and desks available in regular furniture stores already. What sets those available from antique shops apart is the fact that they can boast designs that are no longer in use. If you are looking to add to or replace furniture for a room or decorating setup that is dated to the early or mid-20th century, for example, an antique shop can be a great way to stay “period accurate” while still being able to obtain high-quality furnishings.
Art, Figurines, and Other Objects
In addition, you’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of art, figurines, and other assorted objects. In terms of art, we’re talking about art pieces from the history of art of figures who dominated the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century through to Cubism and the rise of Picasso. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of vintage prints, as well as vases and other antique items stamped with printings of these masterpieces of 20th century art.
Given the fact that antiques themselves are as much a mirror of our own desires as they are a window into the past, it is only fitting that antique mirrors be among the most in-demand items from antique houses in Australia. Here, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of elegant mirror options from the past century, each with its own style and personality.
Beautify your home with some of the most stunning antiques from the past century available from some of Australia’s best galleries and auction houses.