It's 'Blog Post Monday' once again! Where does time go...!?
Having found some rather exciting pieces of late, it got me thinking about my most treasured finds throughout my antiques career and the absolute regret I've felt when I've sold them. There have been some pieces which were just so unusual, rare or damn right fascinating, that to this day, I'm still haunted by the regret of letting them go.
I suppose the burning question is, as a dealer, does everything have a price and do you feel obliged to sell? I've heard some dealers say that a piece is only exciting until the next one comes along. I've also heard some say that you are only a proper dealer if you are willing to sell a piece, regardless of any emotional attachment.... This week's post is about where I stand on the subject and I'll be having a look back at some of my most regretful sales.
So, as always, get that kettle on, make yourselves comfortable and let me spill my heart out to you as I reminisce about my biggest regrets...
A very warm and happy 'Blog Post Monday' to you all!
Whilst out on my treasure hunt this week I found a rather fascinating item from one of my most reliable sources. I'm not normally one for buying antique glassware, mainly because I don't feel I know enough about it. I still enjoy and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship that goes into some of the pieces though. This week, however, a rather fascinating piece of glassware caught my eye, so I bought it. I'd initially thought it was a memorial piece. A piece of glassware to commemorate the passing of a loved one. That was until I started researching deeper and deeper. This week's post is about this find and what I might have found out about it.
So, as always, get that kettle on, make yourselves comfortable and let me tell you about my early victorian glass tumbler find and its possible social, political and artistic connection...
Welcome once again to another instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'!
This week, I was so very fortunate to chat to another industry legend. A legend whom some of you will recognise from popular BBC antiques shows such as Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!. He is also among the best-known faces of the UK regional auction scene and is managing director of 'Dreweatts' - www.dreweatts.com. Without further ado, please put your hands together for this week's special guest, the one, the only, Mr Jonathan Pratt, ladies and gentlemen!
So, as always, get that kettle on, settle into your favourite chair and let's find out what Jonathan had to say about the world of antiques...
Happy 'Blog Post Monday' to you all!
How has your first post-lockdown antiques forage gone this week? Mine has been great and very, very interesting. And I say "Interesting", because I have noticed something on my travels, something very positive!
Now, those of you who have followed me from the very beginning, will remember that I wrote a blog post back in July 2020, highlighting the impact that I thought the pandemic would have on the antiques and collectibles trade. In that post I also predicted an increase in the popularity of antiques and vintage items, and went as far as to say that an antiques "Boom" was on the horizon! Well, on my travels this week, I noticed some signs that my prediction may just be starting to happen.
So, as always, get that kettle on, sit back and let me fill you in on what I've seen, and what I think this might mean for the antiques trade.
Hello and welcome once again to another instalment of 'Blog Post Monday'!
Sometimes in this job, you stumble across something that's just that little bit extra special, and this happened to me a couple of years ago. I found what turned out to be my most exciting and treasured find to date and it ended up taking me on quite the journey. So, this week, I'm going to tell you the story of this find, how I lost it and how, to my surprise, it has been returned to me.
So, as always, get that kettle on, buckle up and let me take you on this emotional rollercoaster of a ride...