As I browse through antique stores and visit friends' home where their prized antiques are displayed, I notice there are two obvious kinds of collectors:
1) People who collect a single style, theme, color or era.
2) People who are electic, sticking to none of the above and often not even the original use
I am definitely type number two. My very modern HD TV is sitting on an early 1800s Chinese Elm wood table that once had a lacquer finish, but now shows off the beautiful elm grain hidden under lacquer for nearly 200 years. Next to it is a late Victorian mahogany chair, with its original dark finish and ceramic castors. In front of these is a modern machine-made Turkish wool rug. Off to the side is the bottom half of an Edwardian mahogany display table (I never found a matching top), with leaded glass windows and a brand-new French Polish finish (courtesy of about 20 hours of my elbow grease). It houses a collection of Italian, bottle-glass mason-style jars, a Calico (Burleigh ware) tea set and a couple of my favorite flow blue pieces, a Maddock Orchid individual tea pot service and a Gaudy Welsh flow blue three-piece soap dish in Japan pattern by W. Dean.
If I have any theme at all its beautiful woods and old blue and white china. Except the Calico which dates to 1970-something.
What is your collecting style? Electic? True to a time period or style? What are your favorite pieces?
Oh, and the Maddock tea service? It's for sale.
Susie of Susie's Antiques and Stained Glass
susies268antiques on Ruby Lane
pickles1128 on ebay