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.


Our booth at the Princeton Fall Antiques & Fine Arts Show 

Here's how things looked when we started out on Friday night:





Lighthouse Museum Stonington Historical Society

The 1823 lighthouse in Stonington Connecticut was first built in 1823 to guide vessels crossing Long Island Sound. Ships could see the beacon as far as 12 miles out to sea. Due to storms and erosion, the lighthouse was dismantled and rebuilt in its present location in 1840. It remained in use for the next 49 years. In 1927, it was designated as a museum and contains 6 rooms depicting local history and specialized trades through exhibits. The lighthouse museum exhibits antiques including a fine display of Stonington pottery. Visitors can climb to the tower and see a sweeping view of the harbor and shoreline.