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Dealer Dave Hornik-Unger.

1 How did you choose your focus?

It was a natural progression from being an obsessive collector of Art Deco period items.

2 How do you decide what to exhibit?

Choosing what to buy is all about quality, the better the piece, the harder to find, but it is well worth the chase.

What goes to a fair is a difficult balancing act taking into account price range, type of fair, catchment area (eg are the houses large Georgian piles or smaller properties); but, most importantly, past experience.

The main challenge remains the same as it has been for a very long time: convincing a client that it is better to spend £200 on a quality item rather than £20 on ten items. You invest £200 but throw away £20 ten times.

3 What are you offering this summer?

The theme is ‘Space, the final frontier’. I will exhibit several planetary lights and lamps including Saturn-ring ceiling lights both large and small, tube lamps with glass ring decoration, acid etched globes with comets, stars and other celestial bodies.

4 What is the exhibition not to miss this year?

The Tutankhamun exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. It will be the final chance to see these 150 magnificent objects.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Espresso (the lifeblood of the antiques dealer).


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