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An Austrian pottery bowl from the mid-twentieth century, will not be of nice greenback worth, however it has nice aesthetic worth, with its deeply saturated blue glaze. SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

We have now been conditioned to put a financial worth on every thing.

“The automotive makes the person” learn an advert marketing campaign from a very long time in the past.

We covet designer manufacturers, not essentially as a result of they’re of the very best quality, however as a result of they’re stylish and, lastly, costly.

It is the identical with antiques and collectibles – we wish this lamp to be a Tiffany and Grandma ring to be a great diamond. I considered it as readers shared their treasures, hoping one thing was a museum piece, or not less than value greater than they paid for. And I considered it whereas watching PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow”.

We worth sure objects as a result of we affiliate them with individuals or a second in our life.

However you actually cannot put a worth on sentiment.

And on the finish of the day, an object is simply that – an object. He has no emotions, however he can typically inform a narrative, no matter its greenback worth.

This raises a query: why cannot we get pleasure from one thing only for its personal aesthetic deserves?

I just lately visited the Joshua Thrift Retailer in The Lord’s Place, the place I noticed an enameled terracotta bowl in essentially the most azure of blues.

I picked it up and noticed among the flowers reducing its edges had some chips and put it down.

However one thing attracted me to it.

The bowl was marked “MADE IN AUSTRIA” and it had a mark that I didn’t acknowledge.

Every thing within the retailer that day was 50% off, so it was $ 6. I purchased it.

My pal Jim Antone, an antiques skilled, did not acknowledge the model both.

However I stored Googling and clicking till I discovered a reference to St Peter Freistadt Keramik. Freistadt is a metropolis in Austria, and on-line websites recommend elements bearing the mark had been made shortly earlier than or shortly after WWII. Related bowls price lower than $ 50, which is not a giant fortune.

I take a look at the bowl and take into consideration the upheaval he has little question witnessed.

Chips and put on marks kind a patina that tells a narrative of use and delight over the previous 70 to 90 years.

They do not diminish the great thing about the blues and greens of this majolica glaze because it apparently floats above the crimson clay created from the earth that surrounded the manufacturing facility it was comprised of. Chipped Flowers – Are They Alpine Flowers? – keep stunning even with these battle scars.

The bowl is way more attention-grabbing than it could be when new.

However here is the actual take a look at of worth: the coin makes me smile each time I see it.

Someway I simply cannot put a worth on it.

Share your treasures!

Please ship a transparent picture to [email protected] and inform me the way you acquired the piece and what makes it attention-grabbing or particular. I will share them with different readers – consider it as a present and inform in regards to the days of social distancing.

The antiques honest is that this weekend

The West Palm Seashore Antiques Pageant shall be held April 2-4 from 9 a.m. to five p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 2 on the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Seashore. Value: 9 am to midday on April 2, $ 25 early purchaser (can also be a 3 day cross to the present); in any other case, $ 8 adults, $ 7 seniors; $ 12 for a two-day cross. Data: 941- 697-7475 or ¦

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