Houzz: Antiques Shopping? Let Love Guide Your Search
Buying antiques is, for me, first and foremost a love affair. And as with any love affair, it isn’t approached with an analytical or clinical detachment, but with emotion... even passion.
The patina created on an 18th-century Georgian chest lovingly waxed over 200 years - the endearing imperfections that reveal the bumps and bruises of life - can stir the heart. Just the right proportion and depth of color on a Gaudy Welch teapot are enough to quicken the pulse, cause beads of sweat to appear on the brow and even cause a tear to be shed.
I’m not kidding you: These are the emotions I experience in the presence of certain antiques. I never know which ones will evoke this reaction, but when it happens, my wife can tell from my faraway gaze that I have fallen in love yet again. Room will have to be made in our little bungalow. Budgets will have to be readjusted. But this is love, after all.