Antiques: The History of an Idea by Leon Rosenstein

By Leon Rosenstein

The idea of retrieving slightly the past-by possessing a fabric piece of it-has consistently appealed to people. usually our so much prized possessions are those who have had a protracted historical past sooner than they got here into our arms. a part of the excitement we achieve from the come across with antiques stems from the palpable age and the assumed (sometimes imaginary) cultural resonances of the actual item. yet accurately what's it approximately those items that creates this appeal? What universal features do they proportion and why and the way do those qualities have an effect on us as they do? In Antiques: The heritage of an concept, Leon Rosenstein, a unusual thinker who has additionally been an antiques broker for greater than 20 years, bargains a sweeping and energetic account of the starting place and improvement of the old as either a cultural thought and a cultured type. He exhibits that the charm of antiques is multifaceted: it issues their price as commodities, their age and historic and cultural institutions, their distinctiveness, their sensuous and tactile values, their good looks. Exploring how the belief of antiques advanced over the years, Rosenstein chronicles the heritage of vintage amassing and connoisseurship. He describes altering conceptions of the earlier in numerous epochs as evidenced via preservations, restorations, and renascences; examines moving attitudes towards international cultures as published in stylistic borrowings and the importation of artifacts; and investigates various understandings of and meanings assigned to their characteristics and capabilities as old objects.While hoping on the earlier for his facts, Rosenstein techniques antiques from a completely unique standpoint, surroundings heritage inside a philosophical framework. He starts via offering a operating definition of antiques that distinguishes them from different artifacts typically and, extra exceptionally, either from works of good paintings and from the collectible detritus of pop culture. He then establishes a singular set of standards for identifying while an artifact is an old: ten characteristics that an item needs to own for you to elicit the classy reaction that's certain to antiques. Concluding with a provocative dialogue of the relation among antiques and civilization, this attractive and thought-provoking booklet is helping clarify the long-lasting attraction of possessing a bit of the past.

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