Posted by Yon Bard on March 25, 1999 at 15:03:29:
I have just attended a talk given by a noted ceramics collector. Her advice was that you should pick a focus, or theme, for your collecting, and then buy pieces only if they are 'important', in the sense that they make a significant historic or esthetic point within your focus area. As examples she gave dated pieces, or pieces related to archeological material, or similar pieces from different sources, showing the influence of one genre on another. After acquiring a piece, you should research it fully and publish an article about it. While collectors of tribal rugs may find it difficult to follow this advice because nothing is documented, yet if followed it can produce collections of much greater value - both monetary and scholarly - then just buying things just because we like them.
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