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Patrick Christensen

Q: If money was no object, what antique or collectible would you buy right now?

A: A Jackson Pollock painting, Number 5, 1948, and a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. I could stare at the painting for hours, and the car is truly a sculpture.

Q: What is the most gorgeous antique you ever saw, in a private collection, or even a museum?

A: Egyptian King Farouk Empire bedroom suite – an 1850 mahogany and mercury-gilded bronze extravaganza!

Q: What sells the best in your booth?

A: Decorative art pieces and furniture with distinctive and unique designs, as well as designer names, such as Ralph Lauren, Lalique, Steuben, and Herman Miller, among others.

Q: What is the most interesting story you know about any of the antiques you have ever had, or even a compelling story you know about an antique you don’t own?

A: My friend Jeff, in Miami, found a pair nightstands by an obscure, 1950s French designer for $80 from his local thrift store; he later sold them to a New York designer for $64,000! Also, I attended an auction with an Atlanta client, and bid on a vintage Rolls Royce from the British Embassy in D.C.; it had been used by everyone from Charles and Diana, when they were stateside, to Margaret Thatcher. We had the high bid.

Q: What antique trend do you love right now?

A: I especially like mixing periods; Art Deco can be complimentary when combined with Mid Century, just as Art Nouveau is beautiful in a backdrop of colorful modern art.

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: My personal (and rotating) home collection spans the years from 1860 to 1990s. I only buy the absolute best that I can afford, and trade up as better pieces cross my path. Future collections will likely include the Miniature Chairs Collection by Vitra (these are small replicas of real, classic chairs).

Q: What era or sort of antiques do you not like? Why?

A: I am not really a fan of Victorian furniture; the wood tends to be too ornate and dark, plus the fabrics are a little too flowery. I don't want to mourn with Queen Victoria everyday in my home.

Q: Are antiques a good investment? Why or why not?

A: Good, quality antiques that are marked or signed can be a solid investment in the short or the long run. Pieces that are in good condition, with great provenance and beautiful design, tend to trend upward in value.

Q: Have you ever repurposed or “up-cycled” an antique item, or used an item in a fresh way?

A: I have used the crystal elements from Lalique as curtain tiebacks, and created beautiful necklaces.

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