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Why Should I buy Antiques Over Modern Furniture?

If you’re new to buying antiques, the process can be quite daunting. There is a lot of false information around and sifting fact from fiction can be tricky. Many antiques (not all) are living art, many were created with the same time, care and level of detail as the finest artworks. Antiques are wonderfully versatile in terms of application, and the styling of them has evolved over recent years, and the way these antiques are used in interiors that has changed dramatically over time. If you can harness these techniques, you will create a fabulous interior. A few things to know…

  • Antiques are the ultimate recyclable;
  • Not all antiques are fine quality, however they’re more likely to be made from materials of a very high quality and of correct proportion;
  • They have intrinsic value – modern furniture is worth 10% of the retail value when you walk out the door. Antiques hold a certain value, and may even appreciate;
  • They’re beautiful – there is a style to suit every taste.
  • Antiques give soul to an interior.

 

Hand Selected from all over the world

Wallrocks reputation rests on the quality of its collection. We source only the best, hand selecting our antiques individually from around the globe – personally selecting pieces that will shine in both traditional and contemporary interiors.

  • We do not sell inferior quality antique furniture, nor do we stock replicas – every piece is authentic and original and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity detailing the full description, circa and origin.
  • Wallrocks firmly believe that the enduring quality of well made antique furniture makes it a responsible, environmental choice, as well as an aesthetic one. Our motivation is to provide our discerning customers with unique and beautiful furniture that will last a lifetime.
  • Every fine antique was originally crafted by hand, sometimes over the course of months or even years. Each is a work of art in its own right.

If you are seeking an item of antique furniture from a particular period or region, talk to us and we will do our utmost to assist you. In the event that you request that we source a specific antique for you:

  • There is no obligation on your part to purchase, as Wallrocks only buy what we deem authentic, good quality and what we know we can sell;
  • You will have first option on that antique piece on its arrival into the country;
  • Wallrocks cannot guarantee the time-frame that it may take to source a particular item, as these are antiques and therefore not mass-produced and readily available.

Import & Custom Restore

It is our intention to buy our collection in original condition and it is to our customers absolute restorationbenefit that we do this.

By buying our antiques in original condition, we have the significant advantage of being able to see what has, and has not been done to a piece over time. Has the quality been compromised? Has the integrity been compromised? We only buy antiques that are sound. Once a piece has been restored by another dealer, it becomes significantly more difficult to establish its integrity.

Wallrocks have very strict buying criteria…

  • The furniture must be antique, and if not it needs to be of an unusually high standard to justify being purchased;
  • Antiques must be of a very high quality;
  •  Our antiques must have correct proportion;
  • Importantly, they must have integrity and aesthetic appeal.

While these criteria might seem obvious, it is difficult to find furniture that satisfy all these criteria at once.

Restoration & Interior Design

The process of bringing the collection back to life is incredibly exciting for our clients as it respectfully rescues long forgotten beauty, and allows clients to make their own personal mark on the antiques by determining how they are to be restored, to what level and with what finishes and fabrics.

Wallrocks offer an interior decorating service for our clients to help clients put together their rooms and furniture beautifully. We have a passion for incorporating fine quality antiques into both contemporary and traditional settings to create breathtaking interiors. We combine expertise with a fresh, modern design sensibility which makes us uniquely placed to help customers realise their personal creative vision.

Our focus is to assist buyers who are ready to move on from the world of mass-produced furniture to be daring enough to explore the world of antiques – the world of living art.

Whatever you’re picturing, our custom service can create it. As well as guaranteeing the quality of the finished piece, we’ll advise you if any request threatens the integrity of the item. We have a beautiful collection of fabrics, leathers, trims, colours and finishes to choose from. To discuss restoration of any specific please please contact us.

Personally Pack & Deliver

Be assured that we invest in the safe delivery of all our antique furniture, and track all our deliveries. It is of paramount importance to us that your purchase arrives at your home safely, and we personally pack all items ourselves prior to shipping.

We understand buying antiques online can be of concern for some customers. For this reason, if you purchase a piece from Wallrocks and the piece that arrives is not as we have described, then we will provide a 100% refund. In 35 years of business this has never been necessary, but we provide this option as a safety-net to all our customers.

If on receipt of delivery you simply do not like the piece, then we will provide a 100% refund up to seven days after delivery. In this scenario the customer must pay the return freight on the piece.

Australian delivery

For delivery of antique furniture to anywhere beyond a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD, Wallrocks relies on a number of reputable carriers, depending on your requirements, to ensure safe delivery. Please talk to us for a quote.

We have a complimentary delivery service of antique furniture within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD. We will personally deliver it to your door to guarantee it arrives safely.

Overseas delivery

International customers can be confident that Wallrocks are experienced in shipping freight around the world by sea and air. Freight charges will be determined and quoted at the time of purchase.

Doug Patrick, Melbourne, Victoria

""My wife and I met Jess and Nick at an antique exhibition in Melbourne in mid-2014. We had long been looking for a special piece of furniture for one of the rooms in our Victorian-era home, and we were delighted to find exactly what we wanted at the Wallrocks stand. Jess and Nick could not have been more informative and encouraging, and our precious item was duly delivered to us with great care and efficiency. In addition, and thanks to their extensive range of stock, Jess and Nick were able to source and deliver two further items which complemented our original purchase. Together, the three items have made a dramatic difference to our home. My experience with the Wallrock family has been very satisfying, and the efforts which they have made to establish an outstanding website will ensure that I am able to find more irresistible items in the future.""

Nerolie Withnall, BA LLB Company Director & Former Lawyer, Brisbane Australia

""I have been buying fine French and English antique furniture from Wallrocks Antiques for 20 years and I continue to do so. The antiques Nick brings from his many sources in the UK and France are always beautiful; where necessary restoration is carried out onsite with sensitivity and craftsmanship; all items are properly and honestly provenanced, and Nick is generous in sharing with his clients his deep knowledge and understanding of antiques and antique markets. I have been very happy with all of my dealings with Wallrock Antiques. My home, and my life have been enriched by their lovely furniture.""

Jannene Madden, Melbourne, Victoria

""Recently I went online searching for a particular piece of furniture and found an interesting piece at Wallrocks in Brisbane. It so happened I had planned a trip to Brisbane and upon entering the store, was very impressed with the quality of their pieces. Nick kindly offered to include my chosen piece in his next delivery to Melbourne, whereby I could place the piece insitu to ensure I was totally happy with the size and appearance. He was also happy to take the furniture back to Brisbane if it did not suit my space. Of course the piece was absolutely perfect and is a much treasured piece adorning my home.""

Narissa Perks - Director NT Corporate, Perth WA

"Hi Jessica I have been meaning to drop you an email to thank both yourself and Nick for all your help with the bed and bedside tables. It has been a pleasure dealing with you both and I am just so thrilled with the bed and the tables. They both complement each other so well, I couldn't be more pleased. The restoration of all the items looks amazing and Nick's instructions for assembly were very helpful. It now feels like we are staying in a luxury hotel every night! I would have no hesitation in purchasing items through you again or in recommending you to friends. I am just so pleased with the purchase. I admit that I was somewhat apprehensive making such a large purchase on an item I had only seen on your website and I hoped it looked every bit as good in real life (it did!), especially given I hadn't told my husband about it! Thankfully he loved it when I did the big reveal. The photos were fantastic and your professionalism set me at ease. "

Elizabeth Foster, Gold Coast, Qld

""Hello Jessica I just wanted to thank you ……I love the bed! It has surpassed all expectations. I am amazed at how beautiful it is. Please pass on this note to any who are considering buying an antique through “Wallrocks” It is encouraging to find people that can combine passion with their work and this was evident from the first time I stepped through the door at Wallrocks. Nick Wallrock’s qualifications and experience in sourcing antiques is demonstrated in the simple act of displaying the antiques in their natural un-restored state. Most insightful, as it allowed me to see the piece I intended to buy for what it truly is. Seeing restoration take place on site further bolstered my approval that the piece I bought would be given the respect it deserved. Lynden and Peter are truly gifted restorers as evident in the finished piece. I enjoyed talking with them and seeing their restoration work in progress. Visualising the finished piece in my home was an easy step to take with the assistance of Jessica Wallrock (Nick’s daughter). Jessica’s has a natural ability with style and taste. Jessica imparted to me that antiques are not only beautiful but also useful and easily incorporated into the modern home. I hope that your experience with “Wallrocks” is as rewarding as mine. To Jessica, Nick and everyone at Wallrocks…..Thank You. I look forward to dealing with you in the future.""

Joan Greenwood, Warrick

""Every item has arrived in excellent condition and beautifully restored. Thank you both for the pleasure you and your antiques have brought and continue to delight me and my family. It is a pleasure to do business with Wallrocks.""