Thang-y wrote:I was under the impression that Swedish glass has always been a thing - you go to Stockholm and see 'famous' glass shops..
Oh yeah, their glassmaking tradition goes back many centuries. It's something they've always been world leaders at.
Thang-y wrote:Growing up in the seventies in Kent when any of my aunts visited from Australia, my mind boggles to think of what they picked up for a song back then, silver, glass, ceramics. I remember quite a lot of Troika and Whitefriars glass which I thought was ugly as hell but was picked up for nothing then from backstreet junk shops along with countless other "treasures".
I remember I shared a flat with someone who had great taste in interior design, she was an ex-art teacher so she had a very good visual eye. I remember she had some amazing rugs and large pieces of Troika. At the time, I didn't have any appreciation for that stuff, so it passed me by.
Thang-y wrote:These days even most charity shops know what they've got (often over-price because they don't know the faults). Auction houses know what they have and, with online bidding it's rare to cop a real bargain. I have picked up a few lovely pieces from vide greniers in France.
Whilst it's true that most auction houses know their stuff, they still fail to identify stuff quite often. Partly, I think, because general auctioneers are often dealing with large house clearances and so have a large turnover of goods. They probably don't have time to research everything in depth.
The Whitefriars piece I mentioned earlier, I bought at auction on a maiden bid of a fiver. They were just selling it as 'art glass', they hadn't identified it. A few weeks later I spotted a very rare piece of Swedish glass from the 50s that was extremely valuable. Unfortunately on that occasion there were other specialist glass dealers there who had also spotted it. I dropped out of the bidding at 60 quid and it went, I think, for about 150, but the point is the auctioneers had put it on with an estimate of £10.00-£20.00. On an other day I could have got it.
You only have to watch Bargain Hunt to know that their experts often don't know much, they tend to have deep knowledge in some areas, but not know much in others. Most of them don't know much about glass for instance (apart from Paul Laidlaw -who knows about everything!).