Objects of desire: the lives of antiques and those who pursue them

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Pantheon Books, 1993 - Antiques & Collectibles - 291 pages
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This vivid journey into the world of antiques follows the fortunes of three eighteenth-century pieces of American furniture as they pass through the hands of twentieth-century pickers, dealers, restorers, and collectors, accruing new value while becoming objects of desire. Among the many desirable objects on offer during the 1991 Americana Week in New York - the annual high point of antiques sales - are three prized pieces. One stands in a spolight at the Winter Antiques.

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In Objects of desire, Thatcher Freund observes that Americans generally do not have a great sense of style and that we are usually too pragmatic and focused on function to attach great importance to ... Read full review

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Excellent excellent book if you are interested in antiques at all. Follows the history of an antique blue blanket chest through the antiques hierarchy and dealers from lowly beginnings to the New York Armory antiques show. Not a lot of books in this genre but this is a keeper. Read full review


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