Curious Trends - Collecting

02/11/2012

Vintage hairdressing dummies as hat stands and decorative objects

Vintage hairdressers' dummy mannequins are becoming curiously cool as objets d'art. Collections of the characterful heads are increasingly being seen at flea markets and antiques fairs. They have also been spotted in use as hat stands at vintage and pop-up shops (see pictures below)
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02/04/2011

Antique taxidermy


Whilst fans of design art are drawn to contemporary taxidermy by the likes of Polly Morgan, seasoned collectors have been snapping up the finest antique stuffed animals for quite a while.

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25/02/2011

Carnival colours and retro fairground kitsch


Retro funfair paraphernalia and paintings have recently become much more sought after by collectors. The bold primary colours and influence of carnival themes has recently inspired fashion and interiors collections. However, the basic elements of old fashioned fairground rides and games, together with promotional paintings and posters are uniquely charming and collectable in their own right as heirlooms and works of design art.

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27/11/2010

Vintage photography - Albert Watson


With digital cameras constantly being upgraded, and available more cheaply and readily than ever before, it’s suprising that collectors seem more interested in the art of genuine old fashioned photography. Though perhaps this is not so curious in view of the level of expertise required to manipulate non-digital images, or the skill needed to take shots that don’t need to be re-touched, or altered in any way.

A selection of legendary photographer Albert Watson’s silver gelatin vintage prints and Polaroids will be for sale in a new exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery, starting today. These include some of his most iconic images including the Kate Moss series, shot in Marrakech in 1993.

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27/08/2010

Biblophilia and the battle for books



If ‘libraries’ are being moved to pubs and supermarkets, there’s probably no better time to become a bibliophile.

Even Niall Ferguson, author of ‘Men Money and Morality’ about Siegmund Warburg, the great German-Jewish financier, claims he doesn’t like to possess things, “except books.”

Personally, I wouldn't bank on the future value of the designer books popularly known as ‘luxury lit’ whereby, according to The Wall Street Journal “Publishers are marketing elaborate editions with all sorts of pricey features, banking on them to grow in value like rare coins or artworks.”

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14/06/2010

The new age of collecting

We're still relatively near the beginning of new age of collecting: an explosion of interest in art, antiques, historical keepsakes, natural curiosities, vintage and retro memorabilia.

“As a human being, as you go through life, you just do collect. It was that sort of entropic collecting that I found myself interested in, just amassing stuff while you’re alive.” - Damien Hirst, 2006.



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