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By Leon Rosenstein

ISBN-10: 0801447348

ISBN-13: 9780801447341

The idea of retrieving a little the past-by possessing a cloth piece of it-has continuously appealed to people. frequently our such a lot prized possessions are those who have had an extended historical past sooner than they got here into our fingers. 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 percentage and why and the way do those features impact us as they do? In Antiques: The historical past of an idea, Leon Rosenstein, a exclusive thinker who has additionally been an antiques broker for greater than 20 years, bargains a sweeping and vigorous account of the foundation and improvement of the old as either a cultural thought and a cultured class. He exhibits that the attraction of antiques is multifaceted: it matters their worth as commodities, their age and historic and cultural institutions, their strong point, their sensuous and tactile values, their attractiveness. Exploring how the assumption of antiques advanced over the years, Rosenstein chronicles the background of old gathering and connoisseurship. He describes altering conceptions of the earlier in several 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 features as ancient objects.While hoping on the prior for his facts, Rosenstein ways antiques from a completely unique standpoint, environment heritage inside a philosophical framework. He starts by means of offering a operating definition of antiques that distinguishes them from different artifacts commonly and, extra tremendously, either from works of excellent artwork and from the collectible detritus of pop culture. He then establishes a unique set of standards for deciding upon while an artifact is an vintage: ten characteristics that an item needs to own for you to elicit the cultured reaction that's targeted to antiques. Concluding with a provocative dialogue of the relation among antiques and civilization, this enticing and thought-provoking ebook is helping clarify the iconic allure of possessing a section of the past.

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