Tastes are subjective, RACE and can change drastically over a hundred years. I know we have some gawd-awful stuff that we keep around only because they are antiques and heirlooms.I dont think it would have made it to being "old" a previous generation would have gotten rid of it.
Some of the paintings are just dreadful, so they live in my mom's guest-bedroom closet. But because they might be worth something, someday, they are kept. And believe me, if she thought that she could pawn some of this stuff off on me, she'd do it in a heartbeat. The two I tried to take are so bad that my husband won't let me hang them. Now they're in a bin in the basement.