I like antique things a lot. Its not only the aesthetic or the pecuniary value, its also the "projective" function they have. When I studied art history we had some course at a museum looking at Renaissance paintings, that had wooden panels as a base. The pics themselves are normally very well conserved (and sometimes even reproduced better in high quality coffee table books containing pictures taken by good cameras, anyway
), and we concentrated more on the content or the composition of the pics themselves, yet when I took the time to inspect the wood they are painted on I only then realized the immense actual age of those things: damn, I thought 500 years have passed since this has been painted (moreso with e.g. Ptolemaic mummery
), and looking closely I could really see, nay "feel", the great antiquity of it...if you can touch or really closely inspect the object your understanding of it will acquire a new level of profundity, quasi a new quality and thereby your understanding of also things like history itself will "improve"; those, btw, are some simple hints to some arcane secrets, too. ;D
...so I recommend to everyone (also w. a lower budget), to also at times buy some antiques of maybe not top or low/"fucked up" quality that are cheap but nonetheless can be very old or can have a history that one would have to research oneself...its great fun
...yeah one hears that "collectors" always crave the best quality etc but many of them seem not to be able to comprehend the more hidden secrets of their possessions respectively seem to trade them for fame or greed or some form of deluded idealism in what they strive for....or some other corrupt and worldly things...
: when some famous painting like Munch or some such gets stolen I say: so what?, there's a Munch repro in every other house anyhow (and 'sides theyre impossible to sell off so will turn up w a good likelihood)...good art is destroyed- eventually- just as all things have to perish, and good art is created again and again anew by the next generation by US...so my take on the whole business is to see this stuff more sub specie aeternitatis
as a whole yet also enjoy whats still here- in any form, from personal experiences to secondary literature or traveling to some sights....yay for the antique!