Tag Archives: Toleware

The Investment that Never Loses Value: Second in a Three-Part Series “Why Buy Antiques?”

Anybody can buy “collectible” items to display on a shelf. You see ads for them all the time: “Hand painted!” “Limited edition!” “Design of enduring value!” But will they hold their value? They may. Then again, they may not. One … Continue reading

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Toleware: Beautiful at Any Price

“Toleware” comes from the French “tolé peinte” (painted metal). In the 1600s, Japan had stopped trading with Europe, placing their famous decorative pieces out of reach. In addition, the British no longer had access to the sumac-sap lacquer used to … Continue reading

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Do. Not. Throw. Anything. Out.

About a year or so ago I looked at my overflowing jewelry box. I’ve always preferred costume jewelry to the “real thing,” probably so I would be free to do what I did with it when I tired of it. … Continue reading

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