Stuff With A Story…

The other week I had an interesting conversation over dinner with one of my Roadshow colleagues at the first Roadshow of the most recent, and 37th, season. It’s one that held great resonance for me personally, as I’m a believer in synchronicity and this isn’t the first time this subject had come up. This particular colleague has had a shop for many years, having given up a lucrative job in the city ages ago to pursue his passions of dealing in and working with antiques.

The core of our conversation was about the importance of the story behind an object, which could variously (but obtusely) be described as its authenticity or its provenance. Loosely described, what we were delighted to discover we shared was a belief that people are returning to wanting to own objects that actually mean something, that have a story behind them and that aren’t just beautiful to behold.

For many years now, the visual appearance of most antiques sold has been more important than any story behind it. Although always affected by fashion, antiques have now …

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