The Gothic era was primarily about espousing creativity via impressive structures, stunning art and beautiful furniture and generations since have been reaping the benefits of that! If you can find any antique Gothic furniture to purchase then the likelihood is that it is up to nine hundred years old as that particular era began in the 12th Century. It was widespread in France and the rest of Western Europe and lasted until the 15th Century, when the Renaissance was born in Florence, Italy.
Cathedrals and churches played a large part in the foundation and establishment of the Gothic era and thus many of the expert craftsmen were or were trained by monks. As a result, a lot of care and attention went into the creation of their now antique Gothic furniture. In fact, there were two distinct periods of Gothic influence, between 1150 and 1500 and then again between 1840 and 1860, give or take a few years on both dates. It is therefore more difficult to put an age on some antique Gothic furniture. Either way, it is extremely valuable.
Finding antique Gothic furniture is not especially difficult if you know where to look. Many antiques store in cities and towns will have some sort of antique Gothic furniture on their inventory. They often feature it because it is valuable and extremely old for the most part. The intricately carved designs attract many buyers from all over the world. This demand also ensures that the value of such items routinely rises every year and so will give you a significant return on your investment.
There are some stores that market antique Gothic furniture reproductions at a fraction of the cost. These designs also appear to be popular because the replicas are so close to the real thing that the untrained eye cannot tell the difference.
Locating and purchasing antique Gothic furniture is relatively simple when compared with the tender loving care that it actually needs to maintain its value and status. Individually owned pieces will need specialist care every few years to keep it in perfect condition. This may involve restoration work on scratches, marks and routine degradation but it can work out to be quite expensive.
When maintaining authentic antique Gothic furniture as part of a routine, you should never use any form of polish or chemicals as this can cause a weakness in the wood, especially if any polish gets into the hand crafted areas where it will fester and stain the wood. Many dealers will be happy to provide maintenance advice when you initially purchase the antique gothic furniture because no responsible dealer would be willing to let such damage occur to a valuable antique.
Antique Gothic furniture can be quite imposing and so may fit into the tapestry of your home in small doses. It is beautiful but has a darker quality that any individual should make the most of. If you value your antiques you will find a place to highlight its natural beauty and enhance your home at the same time.