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Classic reference book for the high end antiques.,
This review is from: Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015 (Hardcover)
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Miller's is the most accessible book to help us mere mortals study the wonders doing the rounds in the Antiques Trade. If you have an interest in buying or selling then you need to have a current copy of this book. We tend to buy one every couple of years, so I was delighted when Vine offered me this copy to review.
All categories of household collectables are covered. The layout is simple and easy to follow; the two Contents pages list twenty-four main sections with a brief mention of the various subcategories in each. There are over six hundred pages devoted to the illustrations of the items, their description and prices, bigger pictures for the more expensive. It is rounded off with indexes and directories to help us understand and access the market more easily.
However, many of the items listed and illustrated are top of the range, and being in demand of course are usually very expensive. It is a bit like reading one of those glossy Classic motoring magazines that feature immaculate Italian exoticars all through the ages, when the best we can afford is a battered ten-year-old rust-heap dreading its next MOT. Also in the past there sometimes have been two independently produced versions of this guide in the same year, for example in 2003 I bought both the full colour coffee-table type 2003 D&K edition with 8,500 items and the completely different "Professional Handbook" 2003 Octopus edition with 10,000 items.
The run-of-the-mill stuff that keeps the auction houses and the dealers in business is touched on more lightly, perhaps just enough to let us know that we don't really have anything tucked away in the attic that might be worth selling. Although some of the recent interesting collectibles are within affordable price ranges because they are still on their way up.
But we can still dream, and many of the pictures in the book are stunning, giving us a sumptuous feast for our eyes. And one never knows, when the blue moon is full it might just happen; having been educated by drooling over the treasures within, one might come across a bargain that has escaped the dealer's gimlet gaze!
Better than ever this year, it is a must-have for all Antiques enthusiasts.
However, if you want more historical and in-depth information about the items, rather than what is effectively a summary of what has recently sold for how much, then the 2013 Miller's Antiques Encyclopaedia is well worth buying also!
Finally, if you are really into the details of purchasing or selling then you will definitely need a couple of pocket books, Miller's Antiques Marks and of course Jackson's, to make sure of correctly identifying and dating the items you are interested in.