Monday, July 25, 2016

Careless and Callous - Accumulation of Inherited (Antiquarian) Art - Part One - "Admiration"

Careless and Callous

Accumulation of Inherited (Antiquarian) Art

Part One


Accumulation of inherited (antiquarian) fine art
Accumulation of inherited (antiquarian) decorative art
I won’t touch the rare books
In the domestic library.
            Those are not ‘rare’

            ‘Careful’ is always my first step, when offered a chance to admire.  I suppose it is ‘admire’.  That is never said (stated).  Admire... that is quite the word to use... ‘of inheritance’.  So that is another ‘issue’ I notice right away:  There is ‘the stuff’ and there is the
            Admiration of ‘the stuff’.  A fork in the road
            That is careless and callous.

            Okay so that doesn’t look like it could be fun... does it... should one be
            “Called to carpet”.  Especially if that (old) carpet was “upstairs in that room I never go in who would have thought (that by preserving) the carpet in there (from pet pee et al)”:
            “I knew it was there and I want it.” retorted one of the heirs”.  They didn’t get it in the end.
            I did
            They... “wouldn’t pay THAT for it”.  They retorted.

            Are we having fun or a raucous?  “Damn if I know!”  Or care.  Except for... the consideration of ‘accumulation’.  If they don’t buy the good rug then they are choosing their inherited rugs between ‘leavings and scrapings’.  The other old carpets in the rooms ‘are nothing’.  But their ‘value’ seems low enough that they could be... almost... ‘free’.
            “I thought inheriting art (fine and decorative) was free.  I didn’t realize that it was appraised.  And I didn’t realize... that is I thought... when it was said ‘to be appraised’ that this was anything more than denoting the ‘things’ that are ‘nice’
            In the house
            “Oh... that’s too bad.”

            Yes:  “Free”.  The collection has... was “free”.  I know... it is no longer free.  The ‘collection’ is ‘valuable’.  Or is it an accumulation
            Of inherited decorative and fine art
            Of modest merit and monetary value that
            Due to consideration of those aspects, one has
            “Got them” (the inherited art ‘that’)
            And keep it
            To foist an ‘admire’
            Here, there and “I am where?”
            That.... to the knowing (art trained) “I” (eye)...
            Is careless and callous.

            “OH GOD:  We are STUCK in the MUCK.”
            “Oh... now... just back out graciously and shut-up.  Everyone has had enough of  the ‘admire’ of the ‘inherited’

            It was so much easier when the ‘call to carpet’ was still upstairs in the ‘guest bedroom’ where the dogs never peed on it.  “I DIDN’T KNOW”
            Is careless and callous
            (Crass and tacky)
            “Oh just hang it in the front hall”.  No one will ever think that painting actually shows off what you know about ‘art’ (your taste) (unqualified) and antiquarian fine art.  “English gentlemen do not accumulate old fine art”  They collect?  Hardly.  One time; it was whimsical, “he bought that”.  It was after lunch and the painting was in the gallery’s window.  He ‘liked it”.
            Slow down is what I do.  Next.  One day one time one painting bought once... there... hanging there.   (I) Don’t say anything.  They will never know.  “Let’s look around at ALL the OTHER paintings (you have in your

            You know; a ‘good’ painting should take your breath away when you first see it.  It’s not an ‘oh THERE is ONE; an old oil painting... in its frame.  Yes:  THERE.  About halfway down the hall on the left.  Or on the wall of the ‘first floor stair landing’.  Or... “they put it way back up in the attic after he died we found it”.  That’s always fun... to find.
            But keep in mind
            It should take one’s breath away.
            If it doesn’t do that then it is an ‘is one’.  No question about it:  It IS ONE, an inherited fine art awaiting the ‘your accumulation’ that I am shown to... ‘admire’.
            And spend the rest of it (tour of admiration) hoping I can ‘get through’ without the “WE ARE
            OF SELLING
            IT (the inherited accumulation).”
            “I am NOT thinking of BUYING
            IT (the inherited accumulation).”
            So I admire it a little more
            And step out the door
            “So careless and callous of you.”
            Yes... but it works.

            Wasp etiquette is what happens next.  It (the inherited accumulation) just sits there.  Like it always has.  No one ever collected.  They accumulated.  When it was free.  “KEEPING THAT” they did for seven generations.  “Now we’re cleaning out”.  “Down sizing”.  “Getting rid of some THINGS”
            “We don’t want”.
            “Didn’t ever BOTHER with this before.  Suppose we should have.  Quite a SURPRISE.  There is an old INVENTORY.  We gave it to the lawyer.  He’s having it looked into.  Suppose to be someone to come along and look.  Cannot suppose you’ll be the only one.  Several opinions will show the better value I’m SURE.  FATHER always said THAT ONE was an especially GOOD PAINTING.  It doesn’t feel right to just take it down from the wall like that watch you just walk out the DOOR with it.  Better we look into it some more.  Really:  Most of the artworks are quite good you know.  ‘LISTED ARTISTS’ they said.  The inventory has that typed in bold.

            Do I get through this?  Or does it get through to you?  Or both.  Whenever?  Hard to say isn’t it.  Why?  Because you don’t know.  Careless and callous is the knowing one of inherited (fine and decorative) art.  They “like” “that” and “want” “that” and show me “THAT” and “were wondering if” “THAT” is “if we talk to my brother, I THINK it is actually HIS WIFE who WANTS...
            “Well we don’t really know what to do since the appraisal was done.  We didn’t KNOW.”
            That we would
            BUY IT
            FROM the estate.  WE THOUGHT WE ARE the estate.  But that (the estate) is actually right here and WE have to come HERE  to it
            “And admire it?”
            “Yes, I guess that is a way of looking at it isn’t it; admiration.  What happens next?”

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