Part Four (B)
Let us just stop:
This ‘all’ of the posterior market is not that easy.
The object itself; the ‘antique’
Is not that easy
Particularly when one stands
With it in hand
Within the designated buttock
Of the antiquarian market.
Less accomplished (sophisticated).
Less art-design sword play.
More... potato racer
And sunscreen smell (Part Four [A]). Yes;
More of that. A lot more of that
It is a malignant taste, traditionally celebrated, currently celebrated, always a ‘there’ and commonly
A lot of flea market adventurers have that, especially for (in regard of) the ‘highborn’ ‘antique”.
If I say so?
Well just look at the board game. Everyone loves playing board games... at the summer cottage... on a rainy day... when the (out of doors) flea market is closed. “Chutes and Ladders”. Playing that... ‘again’.
How about playing Chutes and Ladders with antique English Lustre Ware; an “OLD”... “CHINA”. “Oh yes: It IS a little raw out today.”
Very few of the very highborn had ‘gold’ to eat off of. Out of. “SILVER”, by lay terms is adequate for the mind’s eye of what “RICH PEOPLE” “EAT WITH”. If one wants to be ‘of’ ‘highborn’ say “old plate” (18th century silver plated copper serving vessels) (“Old” “Sheffield” “Plate”). And all the ever-after imitations of ‘old plate’ that get crummier with each passed decade (250 years as I write). Yes: Make me look at your crummy ‘silver plate’ and the skimpy inclusions of “STERLING” that, well... you never use except for an ‘it’s SPECIAL’. For the record, that is what the ‘IS THE’... is the... commercial buy and sell at flea market’s “SILVER” “MARKET”. The ‘is the’ of these two IS “Sterling”. I am shown objects simply because they are “STERLING” “SILVER”.
Yes it is. But that is not Lustre ...Ware. And the sterling does not care. I recover Lustre Ware from the common (posterior) markets. There is silver lustre, canary lustre, strawberry lustre, copper lustre, pink lustre. Today is a pink lustre... day.
The shiny pink hand painted decoration upon SIGHTLY off white mold cast ‘pearlware’ forms (pitchers, teapots, cups and saucers, et al) with the mold cast form ‘slightly (decoratively) embellished’... are, also, enhanced to the eye with popular practice of applying black transferware decals... too. All and only ‘just (pink lustre) brushwork’ is scarcer. The two; pink brushstroke and black transfer, “MIX” well to the eye when displayed. Assembled, the arranged convey a certain ‘Regency’. As they are from the English Regency period (1790-1825)... that... then... ‘makes sense’.
If that... then... makes sense and does this to your eye... perhaps... “HAVING” that “LOOK” is something... you “MIGHT”. And yes it does “LOOK” ‘highborn’.
Perhaps just starting with one... good... specimen of pink lustre... sort of feel your way in. SEE if it TAKES with you; highborn (good) taste. Take the crummy dishes out of the cupboard and put in ONE piece; preferably a ‘better one’, of pink lustre to “TRY”. Put the tawdry silver plated metal and assemblage of “STERLING” away too: OUT OF SIGHT. Live... with your eye... in English Regency.
“Oh don’t bother”. But feel how much fun one may have visiting posterior markets and knowingly recovering the highborn of English Lustre Ware. Made two hundred ago for a demanding, exclusive and design sensitive eye... the fragile china has... passed through Hell... to be at the posterior market for... I... to recover.
It is a gas doing that; recovering pink lustre. I get the pitcher. You smell like sun screen. (Part Four [A]) We are worlds that never meet. Pink lustre is hardly the only ‘design form’ I ‘practice’ with. No...; Looking glasses. Seating furniture. Old silver plate. Paintings and rare books.
English glassware? Of course.
“Did you know some people collect old dog collars?”.
Once one crosses over the footbridge of Lustre Ware... and leaves behind the fore noticed ‘I know’ of ‘doesn’t sell’ ‘no one wants it’... and arrives at a self directed private collection (gathering? Accumulation?) of recovered highborn antique English earthenware... “CHINA” (‘old paste’); Once one... well... within the current state of affairs... I have it all to myself. And it is costing ‘no money’ too.
This is “Why?” I am at the posterior markets; to recover highborn antiques? Yes.
This essay seems to be going ‘on and on’? It is not. I am looking at three different things here; the posterior markets of ‘antiques’, highborn design antiques that may be recovered at the posterior markets and... how a .’you and I’ are best suited to do that (recover antiques) there (at the posterior markets). The weave of these three.
The first features I bring to a posterior market are... “I am there” and “I care”. This is buttressed by a splendid dash of “I know”: I am more than rather well informed of highborn antiquarian design and this is ‘prepared’ for active usage amongst ALL of the those who are ‘not’ (the sun screen ‘smell of’ set, et al). So all of those are in a defensive poise before I start... noticing... for recovery... ‘old lustre’. And I noticing them. Too. That is my recognition that ‘they’ have ‘bad taste’. And I can bet on that to my advantage. “They do not know” (highborn) antique (design). They... walk right by and that includes MY eye walking right by the crud THEY ‘I know’ in their own domestic setting (design squalor?). If it is a ‘them’ like that at the posterior market, “of course”... think then... of what... it is like... “at (their) home”. Oh that’s nasty... I know... but its foundation is solid. Just go look for yourself. Most will actually (act to) ‘show you’. And again I notice that it is not just ‘old lustre ware’ I am ‘doing this with’. The posterior market place is full of all sorts of highborn design specimens available for ‘recovery’. What I see ... actually see... is ‘no one’ ‘doing that’.
Oh I see a few ‘sniffs’; a pick-it-up and look over. A ‘touch’. An ‘inspect’. An ‘ask someone’. (If you ask me and you do have a ‘I found’ of merit but have not ‘recovered’ (purchased it) I have no qualms about ‘being mute’, waiting for you to ‘set it down’ and then.. ah... buying it... “MYSELF”. YOU have to ‘decide’ (the antiquarian design merits of “THINGS”... YOUR... SELF. Or put more sunscreen on the tip
Of your nose.
The cumulative effect of multiple decades of ‘doing this’ recovering highborn antique design at posterior (buttock) markets... is disturbing when ‘how much is’ recovered by I (eye). Probably even more ‘of bother’ is the expansive array of ‘dealers’ I recover from who willfully articulate that I “AM” the “ONLY ONE” who “KNOWS”:
“That’s the oldest thing on the field”, etc., et al. Yes; the ‘my free range’ is so cavalier midst the “I KNOW” bad taste that it is freely spoken (joked) of AT THE TIME of recovery. The “I KNOW” are “still going around looking”.
For what? And I do not want to know that. Chutes and ladders. A board game of the recovery of highborn antiquarian design played on a posterior market field. The game starts with YOU... for the antiques are already there on the game’s board. YOU... need to KNOW...
And set aside your personal... ah... “tastes” and... rebuild one’s taste using an educated eye. Brutally, I say that you are not really suited to shop at ‘flea markets’ unless you’ve, at least, visited several museum collections to ‘find out about’ what you are looking for (what it, for example, “looks like”) To get to the buttock in the market you have to ...go to art school... yourself... Otherwise...: “So sunscreen”. And let your dog out before you... leave... so it can ‘pee’.
Oh don’t hurry... or worry. The actual antiques in quest (here today being pink lustre) will actually ‘still be there’. Especially at the little lost flea markets. A ‘really great antique’ may actually be “FOR SALE” for a very long time (like ‘two summers’) simply because the ‘no one knows’. Until I ‘go through’, of course. I stop. Park. I ‘go through’. An then ‘that’s that’ until I ‘come back’. The biggest ‘wild cards’ I find? The classics; paintings, furniture and rugs. The biggest antiquarian markets are the biggest ‘find’ markets: I FIND old paintings, furniture and (‘oriental’) rugs. I don’t use sunscreen. Just pants, long sleeves and a hat. And ‘proper foot gear’.