Booth # W115
Country House Weekend


Anne Taylor of Country House Weekend

Q: IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY
IMMEDIATELY?

A: With unlimited funds, I would love to live with American or British silver, circa 1800. These pieces are classic in lines, beautifully made (often plated on copper, which begins to show through in a rich patina as the silver is lost over time), and surprisingly affordable, though not cheap. The marks can clue you in as to the actual maker, even revealing (with research) the address where a piece was made.  

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?

A: I am always fascinated by the details revealed about the sitters in their portraits, especially the clothing and hair styles. It's hard to believe how people only a few generations from us dressed.  

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: The trend that sparks our use of antiques right now is sometimes described as "Dark Vintage." Ever since publication of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic in 1996 (a book I love to re-read), we have gained an appreciation for the "feminine" in pieces that show their age: pale tones, linen and chintz, crystal, flower motifs. This trend has been called "Light Vintage." Now we are using pieces with a more "masculine" cast to add interest to our homes: leather and bone, oak, metals, and objects formerly intended for use in offices or offering once-new technology, such as cameras and phones.  The collaboration booth at GasLamp often showcases such pieces and gives ideas for their use in new ways.  

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION? I

A: Lustreware pieces made in America in the first half of the nineteenth century have a lot of charm. The hand painting sometimes was done by young women, and the colors in the underglaze can be amazing.  

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

A: Antiques as investments seem to work out to the benefit of the owner, with caveats. An antique investment won't provide income, so is suitable generally for someone with a long time horizon. This is a good reason to buy what you really love and to use it every day, the secret to getting "gain" from an antique.

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