This Month on Curious Objects
The first American flag Peter Keim collected was a hand-sewn thirteen-star specimen that he found poking out of a paper bag at a farm sale. Happily for Keim, the flag turned out to be a hand-sewn beaut from 1862, worth $10,000. Keim now owns approximately four hundred American flags.
Through interviews with leading figures in the world of fine and decorative arts, we explore the hidden histories, the little-known facts, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies that breathe life and energy into antiques and works of art.
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Benjamin Miller, Host
Director of Research at S.J. Shrubsole since 2016 and one of the rising stars of the New York art and antiques scene. After leaving his native Tennessee, Ben earned his bachelor's degree at Yale. He is a specialist in antique silver, estate jewelry, and anything old with a good story. Together with Michael Diaz-Griffith he is the co-founder of the New Antiquarians, a community of interest for the next generation of art and antiques enthusiasts. Many of these stories are illustrated on his Instagram, @objectiveinterest.
Michael Diaz-Griffith, Co-host
Through his consultancy, Material Cult, Michael Diaz-Griffith advises art galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and non-profits on strategy, communications, and design. A former director of the Winter Show, America's longest-running art and antiques fair, he now sits on the Show's steering committee and serves as co-chair of its Young Collectors Night. He co-directs the New Antiquarians community of interest with Ben. Michael writes about art and architectural history under his Instagram handle, @michaeldiazgriffith.