This paperback book is in excellent condition. The cover is in excellent condition, with just a hint of edge wear. internally the pages are in excellent condition - clean, tight and unmarked - almost as new.
Roger Stewart depicts his stories of discovering remarkable objects and 'treasures' throughout his lifetime. After researching, collecting and selling antiques from early childhood, he describes his spectacular recent successes with uniquely exciting and profitable tales to tell.
Random Treasure is a true account of adventures in the world of antiques. Roger Stewart looks back on six decades of discovering lost and forgotten objects in second-hand shops and local salesrooms. Among many enthralling tales of exceptional items, the two stars are a pottery jug and a wooden statue, both masterpieces made five hundred years apart. It's been a profitable hobby too, with a 10 year tally of £250,000 in auction proceeds from objects bought for just £1,500. Random Treasure shows how to identify and authenticate antiques, how they rise and fall in value, whether provenance matters, and how real-life auctions work. There's also a light-hearted investigation of behavioural aspects of antique collecting, making the book a perfect read for those interested in popular psychology. What qualities are needed by enthusiasts to make spectacular finds? Does it require the connoisseur's expertise or the alchemist's magic, or can anyone succeed? And how can collectors prevent an innocent hobby from slipping into all consuming obsession and compulsion?