‘Their look, feel and smell can spark mem­o­ries far more ef­fec­tively than any pho­to­graph’

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Fritz von der Schu­len­berg/the In­te­rior Ar­chive/john Min­shaw

Wel­come to COUN­TRY LIFE’S guide to buy­ing pieces that will give plea­sure to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Heir­looms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, yet, what­ever their value, they have a ca­pac­ity to en­cap­su­late per­sonal his­to­ries. A piece of fur­ni­ture in­her­ited from a par­ent is more than just a phys­i­cal ob­ject; its look, feel and smell can spark child­hood mem­o­ries far more ef­fec­tively than any pho­to­graph. And in a world in which so much is mass man­u­fac­tured, heir­looms have the ad­van­tage of be­ing rare, if not unique. The fact that they have sur­vived so long is a tes­ta­ment to the crafts­man­ship and ma­te­ri­als re­quired to make them. The fol­low­ing pages also cel­e­brate off­beat heir­looms, many of which have lit­tle value to any­one but their own­ers, to whom they are price­less, with ex­pert ad­vice from Christie’s spe­cial­ists

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