Buying and selling
antiques used to be a matter of quoting a price, quoting a best price
and writing the invoice.
Swankier shops than
mine would have large tie on tags with learned descriptions of
timbers and styles.
descriptions. Dealers bought and sold. But now, for the internet,
there`s a brand new glossary of terms............
I`m too embarrassed to disclose the price OR I`m too
afraid the bloke I bought it from will find out how much I`m asking.
Someone`s agreed to buy it but I`m not counting on
anything until I see the money in my account.
I`ll never hear from them again.
Appointment Only –
I`ve painted a small corner of
my garage brilliant white and sell on the internet.
I`ve only been to Belgium once but this
Belgian emails me photos.
I bought it at Kempton from a guy
who`s van has French number plates.
Paint Finish -
One layer of new paint roughly
scraped off to reveal another layer of new paint.
It was gloss white and I`ve
repainted it Gustavian greige.
Recent Manufacture –
It was made yesterday.
falling to pieces and someone has pee`d on the seat.
It`s covered in crud.
A piece of Swedish furniture so well painted and so
original it would never be allowed out of Sweden.
Of Swedish Commodes –
A tall chest of seven drawers
that`s been sawn in two, re topped, re-legged and re-painted.
Bought It Privately –
It`s just come off the van
In Neutral Linen –
Cheapest possible fabric I
could find with bits of straw poking out of it. Smells like a stable
and you`ll be dusting the room forever.
So ugly it`s smart.
welcome any further suggestions.........
And here are two excellent additions from my friend, the Alabama dealer Carl Adams:
"Of The Period"--Probably later copy or fake.
"Tout Compleat"--At least one part missing probably more--to be discovered only when it arrives at the shop.
"It`s Georgian through and through" -
The Midhurst, West Sussex, folk art and arts and crafts dealer Paul Dunn, my companion for many days out on the road, suggests:
"Early 20th century" - Made around 1949.
"Rare" - Rare. but entirely unsaleable and lacking any aesthetic charm whatsoever.
"Welsh" - English but I might get a bit more for it.
"Barn Fresh" - Came off the skip only yesterday.
"I Might Take It Home" - Please, please, pleeeeease buy it.