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February 2014

Is 'Antiques' The Right Word? by Mark Hill
“Antiques. I can’t afford them and I don’t understand them.” Much has been made recently about the difficult state of the antiques market. In an increasingly fast-paced world led by interiors magazines and the pure, hard drive of commerce from high street and retail park retailers, some say antiques have fallen by the wayside. Even more so as these retailers build their...
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October 2013

Antiques & Collectables Expert by Mark Hill
It’s a thorny one, this. I might not make many new friends, but dealers, auction house specialists and other ‘experts’ (if you really want to use that word) will undoubtedly nod knowingly. They may even sigh in agreement. Let me start this off by saying that, like any normal, adjusted and sociable human being, most people who work in antiques, collectables and 20thC design ar...
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May 2013

A Studio Pottery Vase, A Fantastical Bird & The... by Mark Hill
The only reason you should buy any antique or collectable is because you like it. My problem is that I find objects that I like all too frequently, be they online, at a fair or in a shop. It’s almost like a disease, but a pleasant one I guess! Before last week’s Antiques Roadshow at Polesden Lacey in Surrey, I popped into Dorking to do all the antiques shops and centres along West S...
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March 2013

‘Flower Painter’ Mid-Century Italian Cerami... by Mark Hill
A few months ago, I published a post about some exciting new Italian ceramics by the mysterious ‘Flower Painter’ that I had found. You can read the post by clicking here. As they sadly didn’t reveal the identity of the designer or factory, but just tantalised with more clues, I set the challenge of finding out more. A number of you very kindly got back to me with different na...
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