People laugh when I refer to my cardboard box money, but they always understand what I mean. They may call it a retirement fund or their 401(k), but we’ve all been saving so we won’t have to live in a cardboard box under a bridge somewhere.
Most of the time I’m good at managing my money, but sometimes I’m not.
I grew up in the world of antiques and never left, sharing professional time as a dealer, auctioneer, lecturer and author. Invited to attend the very first US taping of Antiques Roadshow in 1996, I have since been to the majority, over 100 in all. Appraisers are chosen by WGBH in Boston, and are on their own dollar. There is no compensation for appearances, hotel or travel expenses, and all sign an agreement prohibiting commercial activity related to the show. This is PBS after all, and integrity is essential. I believe that is largely why (over 10 million viewers each week) love the show, and why we all keep coming back for more. Continue Reading
Whether you’re acquiring art and objects for pure enjoyment or with an eye for investment; to begin a collection or as a profession, it’s important to make informed decisions. Along with being VP of Heritage Auction House and part of Antiques Roadshow since it’s U.S. inception, I’m also an adjunct professor at New York’s Parsons School of Design. If you’re interested, beginning January 25 through April 1, I’m teaching a nine-week online course in “APPRAISING AND SOURCING ART AND OBJECTS.”
It’s an introduction to the professional appraisal of Western decorative arts and interior design from the 18th century to the modern era.
Heritage Auction and longtime Antique's Roadshow's appraiser, Nick Dawes, is perhaps the world's foremost authority on Lalique. Rene Lalique "Oiseau de Feu" Luminaire.
Some years ago I had a most interesting and provocative dinner conversation at the Philadelphia Antiques show with table mate luminaries that included two museum curators, two collectors, two dealers and the editor of The Magazine Antiques. What a delight when everyone at the table is stimulating and joins in. A good eight can manage this in a quiet setting… Ten is too many.
“I just want to buy something every day!”
Nick Dawes at the Lalique factory in France
1010ParkPlace’s Nick Dawes; Vice President, Special Collections at Heritage Auctions in New York; expert appraiser since season one on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and expert on Lalique, art glass and decorative arts, is conducting a “Glassworks and La Belle Époque” tour to Paris, October 5-11, 2016, in association with Gayle Tilles and Connoisseur Arts.
I love Nick’s modesty… What he won’t tell you is that he’s the world’s foremost authority on… “
Heritage Auction and “Antiques Roadshow’s” Nick Dawes shares some helpful hints and insights on buying antique furniture.
“Let’s go antiquing” is a seemingly harmless and commonly heard call to action, especially if you’re on vacation or otherwise idle.
Great idea, terrible approach.
“Please take all of it, I don’t need anything!”
I get lots of calls from women who are ready to ‘downsize’, and have helped hundreds over the last thirty-five years, but never heard the line above until recently. It used to be a different story: “I am keeping most of the jewelry, the children want some of the furniture, and I would never sell my mother’s china or the silver,” but…
These days a wind of change is blowing more property into auction rooms.