Fabulous Beasts & How to Collect Them
Almost Everyone Has A Favourite Animal
Do you love dogs? Or cats? Does watching a little brown hen cluck about, having dust baths and chasing bugs, make you smile?
Or do you prefer dragons? Or mermaids? Or unicorns?
But how much do you really know about these animals, these fabulous beasts? The social history of many animals – that is, the history of their interaction with people – can be fascinating.
But apart from intriguing folklore, for thousands of years people have produced and collected items depicting the animals important to them. Some are simply mass-produced tatt. They weren’t valuable then, and they’re not valuable now.
But some things are valuable.
Some things are increasing in value all the time.
How can you tell what’s what?
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In addition to writing books and magazine features, Debra Palmen has a degree in Social Anthropology and over 30 years’ experience as an antiques dealer. Based in Australia, she travels the world as an international antiques buyer.
In this unique series, Debra combines her tertiary qualifications and considerable professional experience. She explores the fascinating social histories of some of our favourite animals and highlights the antique and vintage collectables relating to each of them. She outlines what’s valuable, what’s not and why.
If you want to collect interesting antique and vintage pieces relating to your favourite animal, things that might even increase in value over time, you’ll find this series an entertaining and useful guide.