I find the magazine The Economist to be highly informative and generally pretty spot-on about world events. So when I picked up the December 19th issue, I was quite surprised to see, not only an article on the antiques business, but one that was quite negative about the state of the industry, and industry they claim is dying. So I of course told everyone I knew about this article and what I thought. After a few days, I realized I should tell The Economist what I thought as well. So I did, and amazingly enough they published my letter in the print edition, a place usually reserved for diplomats or CEO’s letters. I suspect I was the only one, probably ever, to write a letter to the editor at The Economist about old brown furniture.
“I disagree with your take on the antiques trade (“Out with the old”, December 19th). It is not dying, merely changing, and its future is bright. The traditional definition of an “antique” being at least 100 years old is restrictive and outmoded. The New York Armory Winter Antique Show now allows items from as late as 1969.