Eliana Tomaz

The Importance Of Being An Antique.

Eliana TomazComment
The Antiques world fascinates me since ever. As a young, very young girl, I used to go with an Aunt and Uncle to the most famous fair in Lisbon, Feira da Ladra. They used to sell antiques and vintage objects in this flea market. From 19th century broken jars to oil lamps from dictatorship times, they sold it all. I loved to be there. To learn the business and the variants that make an object desirable. All the buzz, national and international people with different ideas of aesthetic, it used to be one of my favorite summer holidays.

Many reasons to love and to bet on antiques, but there are two worth to enhance here: the amazing stories they carry with them and for being one of the safest investments ever - two interesting paradoxical reasons to make an easy deal, don't you think?

This week a great article about "the real dealers" in the Financial Times underlines the importance of being an antique and the new wave of "dealer-decorator".

Antiques from Hilary Batstone.

"A dozen years ago, antiques collectors were more likely to be connoisseurs for whom décor wasn't first priority, but the current generation of buyers with their sights on the very top end of the antique furniture market are a markedly different demographic (...) They want to weave their finds into their beautiful styled daily lives. Nowadays, those chasing the prime designs of the past are turning to the dealer-decorator - a talented hybrid; part-trader, part-interior designer, who not only supplies stellar pieces but also conjures them into fresh, modern homescapes" - How To Spend It by Financial Times.

Drawing room by Max Rollitt, London.

A George III sofa and bespoke burr table, London.

1865 Boneshaker bicycle.

Kitchen's furnished with 20th century metal industrial chairs.

Click here to read "the real dealers" story.
Images from How To Spend It.