Archive for May, 2017

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There Is Truly Nothing Like A One-Of-A-Kind Object

When you find something that is one of a kind, it means that there is nothing else like it on the entire planet. This gives it a value that is beyond anything that we are used to in our modern world of reproductions and duplicates. These days nearly everything we buy is being made in a factory that is creating thousands of other units that are exactly the same as the one before it and the one that comes after. This has depreciated the respect and value for unique objects. People have started to consider everything as disposable and it drives a materialistic perspective that does not actually appreciate an object for what it truly is. While a factory-made item may serve a function for a few years, every day that passes, it falls in value and becomes just another regular item. However, when an item is one of a kind, it becomes something else and retains, if not gains, value with every day that passes.

ZAO WOU-KI

ZAO WOU-KI (Chinese born/French 1920-2013) Untitled “Abstract Composition,” Color etching on paper, Sold for $5,605

Rarity creates a certain sense of appreciation that can be understood by anyone who values something that is unlike anything else. When something is one of a kind, it stands above everything else and provides the owner with a sense of satisfaction to know that they are in possession of something that special beyond comparison. It is not easy to find something that is one of a kind, which is part of what makes it so special or coveted by others. It is like finding a hidden treasure at art auctions and although it may be passed between people or lost for years at a time, there is only ever one person who will be able to call it their own. Even if there are objects that are similar or serve the same purpose, when something is truly unique, it possesses a special characteristic that cannot be replicated in any way.

ANTON HENNING

ANTON HENNING (German, b.1964) “Portrait of a Matron in a Green Dress,” Mixed media on canvas, Sold for $6,490

Many people will spend years of their lives looking for a true one-of-a-kind item. They will scour art auctions and estate sales to find something that is more than just an item. They want to find something that contains a story or a meaning that is symbolized just by the existence of that unique item. It is not easy to do this, but it is possible. There is more than 7 billion people on this planet, but there can ever only be one of a truly original item. There are many different qualities that can make something unique such as historical value or artistic creation, but this does not change the fact that there is only one. Purchasing something that is one of a kind is the only way to own something that is more than it appears.

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Antiques – Quality Craftsmanship and Historic Significance

Some people prefer to buy new, factory-made furniture or household items because there is an idea that because it is ‘new’ it is somehow better. However, this is a fallacy and anyone who has purchased a new piece of furniture only to have it fall apart a few years later knows that this is true. Purchasing antiques is a better way to get a truly quality piece of furniture that has already stood the test of time. Many people have heard of the saying ‘They don’t make them like they used to…’ and the fact is, they don’t. Not only is the quality of a good antique much better than any piece of big-box store furniture, it also holds a greater historical significance, which illuminates an intangible value and interesting story behind the work. These are two of the main reasons why it is always better to purchase antiques over modern factory duplicates.

Quality Craftsmanship

The majority of antiques come from a time when skill and craftsmanship were valued for the beautiful work that it could create. These days, skilled labor and crafting technique is not as appreciated as it once was. This has resulted in a decline in the quality of work that is being produced. What was once a table lovingly crafted by a carpenter is now a table pumped out of a factory setting. The woodworking skill and craftsmanship techniques that were used to create wonderful furniture and ornate carvings are simply not as common now. The work that was being made before industrialization had taken over every aspect of production is work that had much more effort put into it. Many antiques are the result of countless hours of dedicated labor and the result is something that not only looks amazing, but has been built to last lifetimes. Many antiques have been passed down generation upon generation and they are still solid and beautiful pieces to this day.

Historic Significance

Another reason why antiques are so valuable is that they hold a greater historic significance. To tell someone that you bought an armchair at an outlet mall is no story at all. In fact, there are thousands of other armchairs with the exact same story. However, purchasing an antique holds an entire history to it, which is something that makes an antique special. Estate liquidators know this and that is why so many of them can make thousands of dollars from an ‘old chair’ purchased at a garage sale. The reality is that history is valuable and it defines an object by setting it in a time and place, which is something that should be respected. To own a piece of history is to own a piece of humanity.




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