It is hard for me to imagine not knowing what I know about English furniture. When I walk into an auction house, it is usually quite clear to me what is of the 18th or early 19th centuries and what isn’t. I make my living through really bad cataloguing. Fortunately, it happens a lot everywhere.
What exactly marks something to make it of an era?I am not so sure, but I have, on more than one occasion, found myself tearing out the door to get to some sale somewhere because I have seen a thumbnail photograph of something coming up for sale in some venue around the U.S. I have yet to regret any of those things that have galvanized me into action. They have all been superlative lots.
The real marks, the age, the color, the materials, the design add up to a whole which bespeak an era. Objects are made in an era and the people of that era die. The new people to make similar objects either don’t have access to or the desire to make things as they were before. There is a loss and a gain here. It makes a great deal of sense to me.