Our Son, the Asian Antiquities Dealer
Published on February 7, 2009 :: 6 Comments
Our son is interested in all things Asian – paintings, figures, calligraphy, clothing. (Girls, but don’t tell him I told you.) When he sells at the Lakeside Antique Show each year his inventory reflects his interest. He has plans to attend college in Tokyo. Have I mentioned that he is eight years old?
Well, he went to an auction with us the other night. And he sat in the front row, and bid on the items he wanted. And, by golly, he got them. Two chinese mud men, and an unusual brass dresser jar with enamel decoration and set-in glass ornaments. He took the pictures of his acquisitions himself, and I promised to show them off.
He is learning. He is learning the difference between Made in China (junk) and made in China (interesting antique.) And he has learned about a certain type of Japanese pottery that cannot be made anymore. It was made from the red clay found around Nagasaki, but ever since WWII that clay is no longer red. It is black, and radioactive, and they don’t make pottery with it anymore.
I don’t know what my son will be when he grows up. But I wouldn’t be shocked if he was an antique dealer specializing in Asian artifacts.