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The holiday season puts us in the buying mode; wringing hands and fretting over the “perfect” gift for each friend and family member. When looking for those special gifts, many think about giving antiques - maybe for newlyweds setting up a first home, for a collector of a specialized item such as Imari porcelain, or in hopes of encouraging someone to start a collection.

Mr. Bernie Karr, owner of Hyde Park Antiques, 836 Broadway, New York City, has dealt in quality English antiques for thirty- five years. He specializes in late 17th century to mid nineteenth century furniture, art and accessories. Museums such as the Victoria and Albert in London and the National Museums of France have acquired pieces from his shop. When asked what advice he would give to young collectors (or any collector) he offers three basic criteria. He says, “I started giving this advice twenty years ago, and it still holds true today.”
With this advice in mind and your Christmas list is hand, consider these options. If a fine chest for the entry is not in the budget for your new wife, look for a pure Pembroke table. Likewise, if a pair of good silver candelabra is out of reach, find a quality pair of brass candlesticks. An alternative to a room size oriental rug might be a wonderful runner for the entry and live with bare floors in the dining room. Or give someone a book on antiques and help them become knowledgeable in the subject.

*Published in NFocus magazine in December 1999.

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