Curious Objects & the stories behind them
By Curious Objects by Benjamin Miller
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Through interviews with leading figures in the world of fine and decorative arts, Curious Objects & the stories behind them—a podcast from The Magazine Antiques—explores the hidden histories, the little-known facts, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies that breathe life and energy into antiques and works of art.
||CleanIntroducing the New Antiquarians||For the Winter Show’s 2019 diamond jubilee, Curio…||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlass Act: John Stuart Gordon and the Vitreous Curiosities of Yale||Ben Miller talks to John Stuart Gordon about glas…||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReading Congress the Riot Act: Henry Highland Garnet’s “Memorial Discourse”||Rare book dealers Heather O'Donnell and Rebecca R…||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Year in the Books||Happy birthday, Curious Objects! In this special …||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe House that Vanderbilt: Gilded Age Mansions of Newport, RI||A virtual tour of the suite of Gilded Age mansion…||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#YourCuriousObjects||This time it's your turn. For the last two months…||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Brown and His Qing-era Map of China||The founder of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps goe…||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Webb Archivist Levi Higgs and the Company’s Storied Zebra Bracelet||Instagram doyen Levi Higgs tells Ben Miller about…||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRare Book Dealer Judy Loto on a Mysterious Engraved Powder Horn||Antiques Dealers' Association executive director …||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Music: A Conversation with Luthier Paul Becker||Benjamin Miller talks with Paul Becker, the fifth…||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTreasures of the Winter Antiques Show, Part 2||In this episode of Curious Objects & the stories …||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTreasures of the Winter Antiques Show, Part 1||In this episode of Curious Objects & the stories …||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistoric Preservationist Wade Lege on Living in a Collection||Preservationist and independent collector Wade Le…||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWartski Expert Katherine Purcell: Poetry in Jewelry||A conversation with Katherine Purcell of Wartski …||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealer Stuart Feld: An 'Expert in Everything’ and an early American linen press||Stuart Feld talks about his many areas of experti…||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Pashby: Secret History of the Windsor Chair||The two-hundred-year story you've never heard beh…||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Ben Miller as Interviewer
As has been commented, I loved all the offshoots from the object in question - learning bits of trivial (and less so) history, small details about the item, and (in this episode, at least) some really good advice about buying antiques.
But, I most enjoyed that Ben Miller has the ability to play two complementary roles - antiques professional (he specializes in silver) and curious everyperson, making sure things don't get too "inside" for the average listener.
Fascinating stories -- excited for this one!
As a mild antique enthusiast, I came to this podcast skeptically open-minded. What I found, though, was absolutely fascinating. I came away with enough dinner-party facts to last a lifetime, and a new appreciation for the many objects I encounter in my daily lives (none of which, sadly, are really as nice as the Windsor chair discussed in the first episode!). Excited to add this to my weekly rotation!
A reminder that history helps us look at the world with more depth
I really enjoyed this interview. It answered a lot of questions that I didn’t know I was curious about. Why are some chairs painted and not others? Why are some chairs stamped and others not? How did companies vertically integrate their operations in the 1800s? How did that looks like from a logistics point of view? Also is all old furniture fancy furniture? Do I get the best price at an auction? This a delightful plunge into the world of antiques and the rich history that informs our present.