Final Report from the Autumn Hartford Antiques Show

The Autumn Hartford Show had mixed results this weekend. The show had 90 dealers, which is large by some standards. The turnout was light.

The dealers had quality pieces, reasonably priced.


Early Report from the Autumn Hartford Antiques Show

The new Autumn Hartford Antiques Show began today. Here's a shot of our booth this morning:

Turnout was decent at the beginning and trickled off towards the end of the long day. Dealers reported mixed results, ranging from strong to weak. Tomorrow is another day, and we'll report back then.



What Makes an Antiques Business Unique?

What makes a business stand out? Why should you, the antiques collector or home decorator, choose one dealer over the next one? When I think of my favorite business experiences, sometimes it comes down to the people I encounter. But more often, it's that the business shows that they understand me. I feel welcome and connected. I have a sense of belonging. They can do this indirectly through the messaging (Pottery Barn, Starbucks, Breckenridge Ski Resort), or directly by showing a lot of interest in me. If I find them to be interesting as well, all the better. But if they don't first show that they understand me, then it's a non-starter. At Noonmark Antiques, we aim to convey a clear message of credibility and lifestyle that connects with collectors, newcomers, and those creating a wonderful lifestyle. We add to that our exceptional customer care at every point of your relationship with us. Our number one goal: you must be thrilled with your experience with us.


Getting Ready for Autumn Hartford Antiques Show

Finishing up display fixtures, packing, updating description cards. Lots of work. Lots of excitement.


Terminology: Laid-down Painting

When looking at a description of a painting for sale, you might encounter the term "laid-down". This refers to the painting (paper or canvas) having been laid on a firm backing--some kind of board. The question is: has it been permanently attached? Think about the reason for the backing. The painting probably had suffered some kind of damage or deterioration where it needed a stable backing. Thus, it most likely has been fused to the backing. This can negatively affect value. But, if this was the only way the conservator could stabilize the work, it was a necessary step. I discussed this with Richard Kirchner, Director of Preservation and Conservation at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. He said that, in the end, it's part of the total package. How important is the painting? Was this step absolutely necessary? Are there other paintings like this in superior, untouched condition? Judging a painting's condition history always involves a number of factors like this.