Curious Objects & the stories behind them is now available for free each month on leading music and podcast apps (iTunes, SoundCloud).  Highlighted clips with commentary can also be found on our website.

Through interviews with leading figures in the world of fine and decorative arts, Curious Objects explores the hidden histories, the little-known facts, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies that breathe life and energy into antiques and works of art.

Since 1922, The Magazine ANTIQUES has been the leader in fine and decorative arts scholarship. We’re certain that you’ll enjoy this twenty-first century means of telling stories about the things we collect and cherish, and we hope you will share your feedback with us as we continue development in 2018.

 
 

Meet our host

 
 
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Host Benjamin Miller with Peter Schaffer of À la vieille Russie at the 2018 Winter Antiques Show
 
 
Host Benjamin Miller, is director of research at the silver firm S. J. Shrubsole and one of the rising young stars of the New York art and antiques scene.

An urbane compère in the mold of Dick Cavett, Ben combines the friendly graciousness of his native Tennessee with the polish of his Yale education.
 
 

Our episodes

 
 

#YourCuriousObjects 
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This time it’s your turn. These last two months, we’ve asked listeners to post their curious objects on Instagram, tagging #mycuriousobject and @antiquesmag.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Kevin Brown and His Qing-era Map of China 
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Benjamin Miller stops by the shop of his mentor Kevin Brown, founder of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, to peruse a monumental Qing-era map of China and its environs.

 
 
 
 

 
 

David Webb archivist Levi Higgs and the company’s storied Zebra bracelet 
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Instagram doyen Levi Higgs tells Ben Miller about a jewel- and enamel-bedazzled animal that can often be found on the red carpet.

 
 
 
 

 
 

ADA executive director Judy Loto and Her Entrancingly Engraved Powder Horn 
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Benjamin Miller speaks with Judy Loto, executive director of the Antiques Dealers’ Association and someone he calls an “antiques evangelist.”

 
 
 
 

 
 

A conversation with luthier Paul Becker 
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Benjamin Miller talks with Paul Becker, the fifth-generation owner and director of Chicago-based violin shop Carl Becker and Son.

 
 
 
 

 
 

Treasures of the Winter Antiques Show, Part 2 
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Part two of our special coverage of the 2018 Winter Antiques Show, featuring conversations with eight dealers of furniture, folk art, embroidery, and more.

 
 
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Treasures of the Winter Antiques Show, Part 1
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In this episode of Curious Objects & the stories behind them, part one of a special two-part series, Benjamin Miller speaks with nine dealers who exhibited this past January at the antiques world’s marquee event: the Winter Antiques Show.

 
 
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Historic Preservationist Wade Lege on Living in a Collection
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“When there was nothing else to do I would always daydream about some aspect of antiquity.”
 
 
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Dealer Michael Pashby on the secret history of the Windsor chair
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“It's a middle-class piece of furniture. It's not an important piece of furniture. . . . But it has a fascinating history.”
 
 
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Wartski expert Katherine Purcell on a René Lalique art nouveau necklace
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"Handle as much as you possibly can. One can read as many books as are available, one can look at as many images on the Internet as you care to, but it's the handling of the piece in the end that will give you the most possible information."
 
 
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Hirschl & Adler's Stuart Feld on an early American linen press
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“The form, the monumental scale, the extraordinary selection of woods—all of these come together in a piece that thus deserves the name of masterpiece”
 
 
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