Steeped in an industry that covets the antiquated and obsolete, I’m fascinated with how new technologies and antiques not only coexist, but how auction houses, antiques dealers and museums can use 21st century innovation to validate & promote the products of the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries. In the 19th century the Industrial Revolution brought new technologies and a vast numbers of new consumers. What similarities are there in today’s world?
I try to keep an ear to the ground, whether that means chatting with local dealers at a preview or trolling online for web-based versions of familiar magazines and trade papers, or more and more newer resources with unique angles. Here are just a few of the sites that I frequent to gather varied views of the antiques trade, the changing landscape of collecting art & antiques and market trends:
http://artfixdaily.com — A good place to start for top stories spanning topics ranging from record-setting auction results, to upcoming exhibitions and reviews.
http://rarevictorian.com — A blend of informative resource for Victorian furniture, furniture makers & forums.
http://youngantiquescollectors.blogspot.com — Addressing the issues we’re all thinking about–There must be young collectors out there, whether they know it now or not.
http://www.antiquestradegazette.com — International news on auctions, the art market, and trends.
I recently enjoyed an article by Maryland antiques dealer J. Michael Flanigan for the Antiques Roadshow Insider on his impressions of the market and where it’s headed.
Learning the market from those with an insider’s perspective is your best bet for staying on top of auction trends and finding great values at auction. Then just follow your taste—let your eye and your heart be your guide.