Every Sunday afternoon BBC TV puts out a programme on antiques. It’s mostly quite interesting, not only because of the antiques themselves, but also because of the locations. The locations are usually in the wonderful gardens and / or parks of castles, palaces or similar large houses. These buildings, themselves, are usually antique, from an architectural aspect.
People bring along their various belongings where, experts classify and value them, which they do in the friendliest, entertaining way.
Other TV channels have programmes where items are sold at auction. Sometimes teams A and B compete in buying and then auctioning objects to see which can make the most profit.
Then there are car-boot sales (The boot of a British car is the compartment at the back for carrying luggage, etc.)
Cars park in a field, then the drivers take out the goods they want to sell. Quite often, genuine, valuable antiques exchange hands here, sometimes for peanuts.
Many buildings including old houses, are classified according to their individual history, so that it’s quite possible to buy an old house with the idea of renovating it; then finding out that it has a historical classification. This means that the buyer may be refused permission to change the structure. Hard luck!
All this antique activity has got me wondering. Will there always be antiques in the future? By which I mean, will, for example, our now modern houses, ever be seen as antique by our grandchildren’s grandchildren? All the concrete buildings lining our streets today – will they ever be seen as antique?
The same applies to our modern often minimalist furniture and other household articles. It’s hard to believe that they ever will. Nevertheless, ‘ever’ can be a long time. Will our modern buildings last for ‘ever’?
Some of you out there, may be involved in these areas. Perhaps you may be able to put my mind at rest, about some of my uncertainties.
Your feedback would be very welcome.
Put out: in this context to transmit a TV or radio programme.
Programme: here, any show which transmited on TV or radio.
Belongings: the things which we own.
Value: here, a verb meaning to suggest how much money something is worth.
Genuine: real, for example a genuine Rembrandt painting is one painted by Rembrandt and not by someone else.
Valuable: worth a lot of money.
Concrete: please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete
Minimalist furniture: please see here : http://www.articlealley.com/article_1094838_47.html
The BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
The Antiques Roadshow: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/