Collecting antiques is a social phenomenon often misrepresented as being the hobby of only a select few.
From my own experience working in the trade, perusing galleries, working at and attending fairs and auctions over a long period of time (some 40 years), collecting antiques is a pleasure indulged in by a vast number of people from very different backgrounds and all walks of life.
Collecting aesthetically pleasing items such as this stunning French Neoclassical styled clock is quite normal and fulfills a deep emotional need within us all. You can become “hooked” on the search for that special piece, forgotten, unappreciated and unloved.
It is not a question of cost, but an individual quest, one that showcases the artistic triumphs of mankind. The efforts of collectors, whatever their objective, have helped document the evolution of contemporary society.
But What is an Antique? – How is it defined is the question so many ask.