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Mrytianne Downs

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

A: An 18th-century French grandfather clock made from fruitwood and with a porcelain face.

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

A: My fatherʼs Brazilian mandolin which, as a returning missionary, he brought to the states as a teenager.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: The well-made, such as Heywood-Wakefield, modern furniture pieces of the '50s and '60s made of unstained hardwoods such as birch. I also like much of the glassware used for “everyday” meals during those years, and also the pottery vases in a multitude of colors.

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

A: I use antiques pretty much every day in a variety of ways in my home. As I write, I am sitting on an old French chair pulled up to an antique English secretary.

Q: IS THERE A GENRE OF ANTIQUES OR COLLECTIBLES YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?

A: I am intrigued by Art Deco because I think it adds life and interest to a space.

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

A: I think the value lies not only in the beauty of an old piece but also in its “uniqueness.” It is quite special to own an interesting piece which is no longer available and is unlike the pieces seen in todayʼs catalogs.

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