This Week On The Collectors Show: John Nye


John Nye is an expert in American Antique Furniture Collecting and is the guest on The Collectors Show for the week of February 3, 2013.

John Nye is an expert in American Antique Furniture Collecting and is the guest on The Collectors Show for the week of February 3, 2013.

John Nye who is the owner of Nye and Company Auctioneers/Appraisers and a member of the group of experts who appear regularly on the popular PBS’ program, “The Antiques Roadshow” is the guest this week on The Collectors Show. To hear the interview with John Nye and other editions of The Collectors Show, go to: http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/the-collectors-show/.

Are American antique furniture collectors difficult or more discerning than their European counterparts? John Nye, the guest this week on The Collectors Show, shares his experiences with collectors who literally tear into pieces to see what is underneath the fabric and upholstery. Nye’s views of “quirky” are to do with the collectors themselves rather than what they are collecting. “People want to be able to buy the piece that has been restored the least,” Nye told host Harold Nicoll. “French and English collectors will look at a 200 year old piece and say ‘of course it has replacement parts, it’s 200 years old’. The American collector wants to see what parts of a piece were originally made.” It is those collectors who use bright lights, magnifying glasses and hours of time inspecting items before making the decision to bid or buy”.

The Nye and Company website is: http://nyeandcompany.com.

Motivation Is Behind Spotting Fakes

Nye also describes the difference between fakes and refurbishments. “The intent of the seller and the potential value of a counterfeit are part of what distinguish the difference,” Nye says. “If you have a piece that is not worth much, you wonder what would motivate the counterfeiter. The seller must have the motivation to deceive you about the piece. Intent is one of the keys.”

With years of experience, Nye has a mental catalogue of what to look for when appraising furniture and other antiques. “The seller has to be able to explain why physical irregularities are present in a piece,” he says. He gives an example. “If a chest of drawers has replaced feet, it will impact the value considerably. Sometimes the seller will claim that the feet in place are originals. But if you see dry rot or drag marks on the bottom, you know that these feet were not always there.” Nicoll describes this type of research as “forensic detection” in the antiques world. “There are bad apples in every industry,” Nye says. “An unlike the criminal justice system, in the antique business you are guilty until proven otherwise.”

John Nye who is the owner of Nye and Company Auctioneers/Appraisers and a member of the group of experts who appear regularly on The Antiques Roadshow.  John Nye’s appearance on The Collectors Show starts Monday, February 3, 2014.  As the program is podcast, there is no time of broadcast. The program can be heard anytime. In addition, the program can also be heard on iTunes.

The Collectors Show is fast becoming the number one destination on the Internet for people interested in collecting. Only founded in late August 2013 the program regularly attracts between 4,000 and 5,500 downloads per week.

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