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Mary Borgen

Q: IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, SAY YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY IMMEDIATELY?

A: I would definitely buy as much art as possible! I love anything with a great design, gorgeous colors, or made out of brilliant glass.   I love the graphic quality of antique quilts and textiles.  I love the paintings of Klimt that sometimes have a mosaic quality interspersed in an ethereal painting. I love the abstractions of Kandinsky, where he would paint 30-plus "studies" and end up with an amazingly fresh, spontaneous painting.  I love the glasswork of Tiffany, who had his own glassmaking studio that enabled him to create every color he could dream up.  And I could go on forever about the depth and richness of the Soviet Realist painters.

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

A: When I was growing up, my mom always owned an antique shop, so I've lived with beautiful antiques all my life.  I'd have to say that I have always been drawn to the artwork — the paintings and sculptures and quilts/textiles.  The most gorgeous piece I've ever seen has to be the Tiffany mural glass mosaic in the Curtis Center in Philadelphia.  It's called The Dream Garden and it was a collaboration between Tiffany and the artist Maxfield Parish.  It is 15' by 49' and it's breathtaking.

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: I found a painting that I absolutely love at an estate sale.  I was in the garage and from across the room I saw the painting  just hanging up crooked, next to an old freezer, like it wasn't anything special.  It was love at first sight for me.  I bought it for $5.   It turned out to be a masterful study of a Kandinsky painting called Komposition VII by the artist H. Andres, who was a wonderful artist in his own right.  It's not a Kandinsky but I love it. 

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: I have always and will always love painted primitive pieces with the paint worn off. 

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: I don't have a specific collection; I have an eclectic mix, including an English pine grandfather clock dated 1830, my father's antique drafting table, and some antique watercolor paintings and Japanese woodcut prints, to name my favorites. 

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE ERA DO YOU NOT LIKE?

A: I think I like elements from all styles.  Every era had beautiful pieces.  But I don't like to see a room that is exclusively one era; it feels too heavy-handed to me.  I like to see people mix pieces that they love, whatever the era. 

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

A: Definitely yes.  Antiques have so much beauty and character that they will always be loved and cherished and can be passed down with love.  I think people will always be interested in owning a piece of history and will buy antiques with respect for the age, the workmanship, the character and the beauty.

Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR "UPCYCLED" AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?

A: I bought a three-piece bedroom set that was beat up and had not-very-nice wood, but the lines were very pretty.  It was a headboard and footboard, a small armoire and a vanity with bench.  I painted it with blues and aquas and then painted flowers scattered all over it.  It ended up being featured in Victoria Magazine in November, 1992. 

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