WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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recently, in the midst of a conversation about his many years working as a dealer in 19th- and early 20th-century art, former Wellesley resident John Hagan made an observation well worth noting about home decorating versus art and antique collecting: "Decorating Then again, there are those family portraits your aunt wants you to generally involves a set of specific needs which, when met, complete have. Can they be reconciled with your current home d├ęcor? And if the project. Collecting is much more emotional, with the resulting col- you do begin to collect, whether art prints, antiques, or even cars, jew- lection becoming an extension of the collector's self. Collections can elry, or political memorabilia, how to properly insure and organize take years to build." your collection? Matthew Erskine of Worcester has been advising collectors on such Gaining Knowledge matters for years, helping them resolve tax, legal, and inheritance mat- But how to gain the knowledge and appreciation required to bid, buy, ters while maintaining the continuity of their possessions for posterity. or bargain and establish a collection of one's own? Many of us have "How do you sustain ownership of unique assets over time?" he asks, seen the PBS television program Antiques Roadshow, perhaps been to having provided stewardship himself to family collections and property a dealer's showroom, or attended a gallery opening. And eBay and of great antiquity and special value. "Inventory, valuation, and purpose other online resources seem to offer almost infinite possibilities. (creating permanence); sometimes people need help," he adds. Sometimes, of course, the issue is not what you might buy, but would rather sell. Often it's a matter of settling an estate or disposing of quality possessions that may represent inherent value. Then it A copper weathervane, long a collector's favorite S K I N N E R AU C T I O N E E R S & A P P R A I S E R S 99 s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U RT E S Y O F

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