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Jean McClelland: What are the most sought-after antiques of the coming year?

Jan. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

What will be the most coveted antiques in the coming year? That is a very hard question to answer, since the field of antiques is so wide and varied.

The auction site eBay has a list of its best-selling antiques, which may shed some light on the subject. Then, a variety of other sources have their opinions as to what will be the best investment, the best furniture or best glass to collect.

As with all predictions, it's anyone's guess!

EBay says its best selling antiques include clocks, mirrors, coin silver, dolls, Chinese vases, Mongolian antiques, Egyptian antiques, Victorian furniture plus trunks and chests. That is quite a varied list and says a lot about what appeals to the buyer. People are so different and have such a myriad of interests.

From that list, clocks, dolls, mirrors and chests have always held an appeal on the antique market. In each of those categories, there are more subdivisions. For example, in the clock category, there are mantle clocks, cuckoo clocks, floor case clocks and more. For each of those categories, there is a following and a favorite for collectors.

Victorian furniture has caught the imagination of the antique market for generations. All those curves, carvings and fancy woodwork appeal to everyone. One decorator commented that antique chairs are the most used antiques when designing a room. They make a statement that speaks out from any style decor.

Middle Eastern and Eastern antiques are unique in their presentation and have caught the imagination of the market. Before purchasing, one should do their homework because they can be quite expensive.

Glassware and ceramic goods tend to be fading in popularity. Because these fine examples from the past take so much care, they are not as popular with the younger people who are always pressed for time. They are care-intensive in that they collect dust, require hand washing and they take up lots of space. They require lots of love.

As with all things, what was in -- is now out -- but could very easily be back in next year. The public is fickle in their opinions and wants, so predicting the most coveted antique is nigh impossible. The best advice is to buy what you love and to buy it when you see it, or it could be gone when you return.

Jean McClelland writes about antiques for The Herald-Dispatch.

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