FAQ’S

Rockwell Antiques Dallas

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Frequently Asked Questions

When buying Fine Art or Antiques we know that this can be a daunting experience for some people. When buying a car you are relying upon the Garage and salesman that the car will not break down shortly after buying it. When buying Fine Art or Antiques your concerns would be about the piece’s authenticity, its true age, its provenance and above all, am I paying too much ? At Rockwell Antiques you will not experience these worries and concerns.

We know where our piece’s have come from. We know their authenticity, provenance and age.

We know that they have been priced based upon current market valuations. Every piece we sell has been thoroughly researched and compared to items of similar quality for sale by other high-end antique dealers.

We have all the knowledge and required research tools at our disposal to research and value our items (or those on Consignment or for Appraisal).

We are very ‘book smart’ and ‘tech savvy’ !

Our prices are not ‘plucked from the air’ !

We are a Member of the Antique & Collectibles National Association.

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MOST COMMON FAQS

LET US ATTEMPT TO ANSWER SOME OF THE MOST COMMON FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AS FOLLOWS:[


No Free Trials – No Refunds – Buyer Beware

Unfortunately, there are no such thing as free trials or refunds when it comes to buying our items.

What you see and what is described, is what you get, sometimes ‘warts and all’ !

We use our best endeavors to properly and accurately describe the condition and repairs or restoration of pieces in our postings and listings, but, as, many of our pieces are over 150 and 200 years old, they will ALWAYS have some imperfections, scratches, cracks, blemishes etc. It is only to be expected in this industry.

If you buy online, you are committing to buy on this basis. It is most definitely ‘buyer beware’ !

This is why we eagerly encourage our customers and clients to view in person before committing to buy.

We also encourage our potential customers to seek condition reports and additional information on condition on any piece they are interested in purchasing. We are only too happy to provide this information with supporting photographs when asked.

We would rather not have an argument with you ‘after’ the deal has been done !

We value your GOODWILL and our REPUTATION !

If I buy from you online and the item is damaged in shipping, will I get a refund ?

Yes, in most cases, we will offer a refund, if an item is damaged during shipping. 

We VALUE your custom and would not like to see ANY customer suffer a loss that is none of their making.

We will require photographs of the damaged item and if the damage is directly as a result of negligent shipping we will either (1) offer a partial refund for the repair cost of the item or (2) we will offer a full refund for the item but the customer will be responsible for packing and shipping the item back to us at their own expense. Once we receive the returned item and are satisfied that it is only damaged as per the customers photos provided we will immediately issue a full refund of the original cost plus the original cost of shipping. We may also require the customer to commit to assisting us in any dispute with the shipping carrier (if the need arises). 

How much will this item cost ?

We have priced all our items online.

Also, all items are ticketed and priced in our showrooms and warehouse.

The ticketed price is the retail price. Some discounts may apply, depending on volume of purchases, sales to the trade etc.

Do not hesitate to ask us if any of these discounts would apply to you.

We are ALWAYS open to reasonable offers on our pieces, so do not hesitate to ask and/or Offer !

From time to time we will run Seasonal or Special Occasion Sales. The percentage discount offered in those Sales, is deducted from the marked retail price.

Do we provide Trade/Interior Designer Discounts ? 

Yes, we do offer generous discounts to the trade and Interior Designers … just ask or make an offer. We will not refuse reasonable offers.

Who pays for Shipping ?

If you agree to buy from us online, then we will obtain a shipping quote for you, which you will pay in addition to the agreed sale price.

For smaller items we will securely pack the item for you, without additional cost to you.

We will obtain a USPS or UPS or FedEX quote for ground shipping if located in the US or Air shipping it outside the US. We will give you the various shipping options and quotes for your preference before furnishing you with your final Invoice, which will include the chosen shipping option quote, in addition to the agreed sale price of the item.

NOTE: BUYERS FROM OUTSIDE THE US WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL IMPORT CUSTOMS, TAXES OR DUTIES ON THE IMPORT OF THE PURCHASED ITEMS INTO THEIR COUNTRY.

In some cases we will include these duties on our Invoice for payment directly to the shipping Company.

For larger and more valuable items, we will be happy to recommend a Quality and Professional ‘White-Gloved’ Shipping Company based here in Dallas, and with your agreement will obtain a quotation for you for their packing, handling and door to door delivery.

You will be responsible to pay this shipping cost. You can also choose to use your own shipping company, if you so wish.

Local clients can arrange their own collection and delivery if they so wish.

How do I pay ?  Can I buy with Paypal or Credit/Debit Card ?

Yes, you can pay us with PayPal and we accept credit/debit cards payments up to the value of $10,000 ONLY.

Purchases in excess of $10,000 must be paid for by a means other than credit/debit card or PayPal.

Bank/Wire Transfer will be the main option in purchases over $10,000 and we will furnish you with our Bank Details to complete.

We accept all major forms of credit card, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.

Other forms of acceptable payment can be Bank/Wire Transfer, Cash, or Cashiers Check.

We will discuss payment options with each customer/client upon presentation of Final Invoice. 

We will discuss payment, shipping and Invoicing with you to complete the transaction.

We may ask for a DEPOSIT PAYMENT, however, in order for you to secure the item, pending Final Invoice and completion of the transaction.

Can I Obtain more details on items and Condition Reports ?

Yes, if you request more information or details on any item we will be happy to furnish what we can by email. If  you want a Condition Report, we will give you such a report by email, as accurately as we can. This is only available to online buyers as, again, we prefer our customers and clients to visit and view for themselves.

Can you help me with Maintenance Tips ?

Yes, we are only too happy to assist you in relation to advice and tips on maintenance and restoration of any piece you buy from us. We will make recommendations re maintenance products etc.

Do you accept items on Consignment ?

Yes, we do accept items for sale by us on Consignment. However, we do not guarantee that we will accept every item proposed to us. We will ONLY sell items of QUALITY. Just ask for our Consignment Agreement Terms.

We will only sell rare and desirable antiques and fine art. 

Do not let this ‘put you off’ or deter you from approaching us.

You may possess something which we would consider desirable !

Always remember the old saying: “One Man’s Junk is another Man’s Treasure” !

Let us see it and we will advise you.

We are happy to give you advice in relation to the best way to sell your Art or Antiques.

Do you do Appraisals ?

Yes, we are happy to do appraisals for you.

If you wish for us to sell something for you on consignment we will give you our appraisal free of charge.

If you simply want us to visit your home to carry out appraisals then we will charge you a fee depending upon how much time and expense we incur carrying out such an appraisal.

As with most appraisals, we do not guarantee that we will give you an appraisal there and then, but we will takes photos for research purposes and revert.

How do I know that you have the expertise to sell my items on Consignment or carry out an Appraisal ?

Our Team has over 30 years in this industry.

You can read our profiles and biographies on this site.

We are both highly respected professionals and trustworthy and honest.

We are very up-to-date on IT and have all the offline experience and resources available to us to properly research, appraise and market your items.

We are award winning dealers, with international recognition and we have the ability to expose your item (s) to the Global Marketplace, through not only our own (Award Winning) Website, but also such prestigious high-end global online platforms such as 1stDibs, Chairish, Incollect etc. Ordinary ‘consignment stores’ cannot do this.

We feel that our existing Inventory, this Website and speaking to us, should make you feel very comfortable in using our services.

Do you buy Art & Antiques from Clients ?

Yes, if you have something of quality you wish to sell us, we are interested in talking to you.  We will not buy everything. Remember 2 things in this regard:-

  1.  We will ONLY buy items of QUALITY. We will only buy rare and desirable antiques and  fine art that are suitable for our Store.
  2. We will only pay a reasonable sum for items, in order to make a profit, and
  3. It costs nothing to talk.

Do you release items on Approval ?

Yes, in certain cases we allow client’s to take items to their home on Approval. Just ask and we will give you our Approval Agreement terms.

 
 

Call Today and Make an Appointment To Visit Our Dallas Gallery OR simply ‘drop in’ to visit us during our posted business hours.