Booth # B219
Kristine and Nick Dowd of Monarch Antiques
Q: IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY RIGHT NOW?
A: Something usable rather than a trinket. An antique Oriental rug, or a unique chandelier come to mind.
Q: WHAT SELLS THE BEST IN YOUR BOOTH?
A: Lately we’ve had good luck with oak tables, prints and art, chairs, and porcelain.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?
A: I’ve long admired a friend’s antique grandfather clock. It is very old, beautiful and gives such a homey feel.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER HAD?
A: When we were newlyweds, my mother-in-law suggested we take a look around her basement to see if we could find anything we could use to set up housekeeping. In addition to an odd assortment of pans and kitchen items, we found some really neat decorative items that now are approaching antique status and provide lots of memories and sentimental value.
Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?
A: Mid-century is fascinating to me, as I grew up with it, yet I was so glad to see it pass. Now I appreciate the art of it, rather than seeing a dated trend as I once did. I also love mixing different periods and having what you really like, then finding common ground in areas other than era.
Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION? IS THERE A GENRE OF ANTIQUES OR COLLECTIBLES YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?
A: We are eclectic, but lean towards a classic look. We have lots of mahogany pieces from the '30s, several Eastlake pieces, and we love older pieces of art. We’re replacing more recent items with vintage and antique items a piece at a time. In the future I would like to collect more Art Nouveau. Luckily, Nick and I, for the most part, appreciate the same types of things. This makes collecting more fun, as well as working in our space at Gas Lamp, which we enjoy doing together as much as time allows Nick to participate.
Q: WHAT ANTIQUE ERA DO YOU NOT LIKE?
A: I’m not taken with Victorian, but will qualify my answer. There are many things I do like which come from the Victorian era that are not what one typically thinks of as Victorian. The era sometimes gets generalized as fussy and overly-ornate, but certainly not everything from that period fits that description. If we dismiss that era as a whole, we miss out on some lovely treasures.
Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?
A: I think they are and will become more so as time goes by. More people will realize the quality, craftsmanship and design from earlier periods far exceeds most of what is presently being made. I sometimes wonder what will be around a hundred years from now to represent this current time period. Will any of it hold up until then, and will it have a definitive style?
Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR UPCYCLED AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?
A: Yes, I have. It is fun to think of potential ways to repurpose a piece that was intended for a use no longer needed, such as turning an old wash stand into a TV stand. How about making pillows or table runners from vintage textiles, or using a large old cabinet as a kitchen island? The possibilities are endless.