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Welcome to the FUTURES Antiques website! It has grown and improved daily since 1996! Please relax, browse, and if you have questions – ASK!
Thanks, Ronn Ives, owner

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FUTURES Antiques has experienced a “crash” of all Galleries which contain Antiques (and other subjects). 

Please be patient. 

This will be solved as soon as is possible!  Thanks.

(In the meantime, enjoy the “Archives” section of writings about antiques, design, history, and various other subjects, and see the “News” page for more about this “crash”.)


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FUTURES Antiques:  Broadening your Perspective through History and Rants; Guiding you through the Morass of here-today-gone-tomorrow cabbage-headed Scams vs cool-headed Investments; Increasing your Sensitivity to the Beautiful, Smart, Inventive, and Horrific; Strengthening your Self Confidence with guaranteed Long-lasting Hipness; and Giving you the Cozy Glow of knowing YOU BELONG HERE.  Ahh.    

To view the FUTURES INVENTORY COLLECTION: click the “Shop” button (above, in the black navigation bar, or use the link below). If you want MORE INFORMATION on an item (larger view, history, condition, dimensions, price, etc.) click on the FIRST of its THUMBNAIL photos.

Back to the “SHOP” page:

FUTURES Antiques deals exclusively in the last century – OUR century – of Art, Design, Collectibles, and Cultural Artifacts. Since 1991, I have offered high-style, investment-level furnishings, design, and art; fine mid-range collectibles; profoundly low-class kitsch; and category-defying cultural artifacts. DAILY changes are made to this site:  New items are posted in the “Shop” page galleries and on Facebook, and just-purchased items are moved to the “Sold” gallery. Also, I rant and ponder Art, Design, business, and Life from my personal trench on the “News & Opinions”, “Archives”, and bonus Gallery pages. You’re invited to blog-in!

I continue photographing and posting my backlog of additional Antiques, Design, and Art. If they lack information, please revisit them in a day or two. If there is something in which you are especially interested and want an alert as soon as possible, please email your request.

If you have further questions, please ask! (Also check the “Policies” page). We all know the Web can be a complicated, sometimes intentionally vague place… especially for unique Antiques, Design, and Art. Rest assured I insist on total transparency AND security for the both of us here at FUTURES Antiques.

My customers are from:

U.S.A., United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Qatar, Venezuela, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dominican Republic, France, Hungary, Belgium, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Sweden, Egypt, the U.A.E., Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Malaysia, the Philippines, Czech Republic, Belarus, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, Yugoslavia, China, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Thailand, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Taiwan, Serbia, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Vietnam, Latvia, Estonia, the Russian Federation, Croatia, Morocco, Trinidad, Tobago, Monaco, Peru, Slovenia, Singapore, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Jordan, Bermuda, Malta, Cyprus, Macau, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mongolia, Georgia, Lebanon, Barbados, Uganda, Honduras, Bolivia, the Syrian Arab Republic, El Salvador, Ukraine, the Bahamas, Reunion, Sri Lanka, Mauritania, Armenia, French Polynesia, Yemen, Anguilla, Fiji, Brunei Darussalem, and now Oman!!!!!


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The Top Ten Questions at FUTURES ANTIQUES

  1. “How do you find all this great stuff?”
    I average 30-40 hours of “hunting” per week – on the road, the phone, the web, in the mail, etc., PLUS, having established FUTURES more than twenty years ago, people contact me first when they locate or are ready to sell interesting, top condition items.
  2. “Does this thing work?”
    Yes, “it” does. If I say it does, it DOES.  End of discussion.
  3. “Do you have an early 1800’s dining set?”
    No. I specialize in the 20th century. THIS is what I KNOW and LOVE.  On the rare occasion I seem to wander outside my perimeters, you can assume I forgot my medications that day.
  4. “Do you buy things?”
    Yes, often.  If you have items for sale, I’ll be happy to look them over. (Please see below * and do not send unsolicited photos.  First contact me.)  I’m fair and honest – as witnessed by the folks that sell to me on a regular basis.  And, on [rare] occasion, I will consider consignments, trades, and barters.
  5. “Do you offer layaway, charges, appraisals *, etc.?”
    We all need help once in awhile, so yes, I do what I can. I offer Master Card & Visa & Discover services, “24 hour holds”, layaways, gift certificates, delivery, shipping, research, and appraisals.  (*For those of you who watch too much television and have what I call “Antiques Road Show Fever”:  No, I do NOT offer “free” appraisals any more than YOU do YOUR job without compensation.  My research/appraisal fee is $75.00 per hour – with a one hour minimum – IF I feel there is a chance I can help you.)  Most of you might think my stating this unnecessary but, believe me, I get 2-10 calls per week from brain-leeches wanting everything for the price of nothing.)
  6. “Can you find a 1927 Chicago 15-bolt aluminum self-winding Cogsworth Dilto-Graph for me?”
    Yes – or at least I’ll try! One of my world-wide services is to locate specific items for those who know what they want but are too busy or vulnerable to hunt alone. And, I should add, whenever I acquire new data (designer, value, etc.) about items you’ve purchased FROM FUTURES, I try to reach you with the information. (This has more than tripled the value of some of my customer’s purchases overnight. I love doing that.) It’s another reason to stay in touch!
  7. “Why don’t you sell damaged antiques?”
    There are more than enough businesses filling that market.
  8. “Can you…?”
    Can I?  First, let me say that if you have bothered to read this far, I already like you. You read!  If you haven’t (duh!), or if you’re the “efficient” type who scans only the first and last sentences of a paragraph, you won’t know I have said “Yes, on occasion (and when not a consignment) I can reduce the price of some items.” So, anyhow… THIS is the last sentence of this paragraph. And I’ve said what I needed to say.  Know what I mean?
  9. “Do you ‘do’ eBay?”
    No, I have not, DO NOT, and will not “do” eBay.)
  10. “Do your prices include PACKING, SHIPPING, and INSURANCE?”  Seriously?  No, my prices do NOT include those costs.

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 The Ten Truths About Collecting: (I wish someone had told me these things!)

  1. OLD does NOT equal interesting or valuable. You can step outside, pick up a rock, and it will be older than any antique on the planet. So what?
  2. Just because “Gramma” had it doesn’t make it antique. In THIS country, older people are legally allowed to exit their homes, shop, buy new things – even junk from China – and take them home.
  3. You cannot drag EVERY thing around with you for your entire life. There ARE times when you must choose what is to be left behind. DON’T do this at the last moment.
  4. Damaged items are always worth less than ones in excellent to mint condition. Flawed items are NOT investments. They may be for your enjoyment… which is wonderful… but accept the difference and don’t delude yourself!
  5. Whether you’re on a tight budget or are a billionaire, you should know it is ALWAYS smarter to buy one GREAT thing than ten mediocre things.  Always.  ALWAYS. 
  6. Mental laziness is a curse that follows a person everywhere. Learn all you can about that which interests you.  Of the thousands of people you will meet, only a few will share with you complete and accurate knowledge… they are under no obligation to do so… and you are not Entitled to demand it.
  7. Never rush your decisions. If by pausing, you lose something, oh well, you lost it and you move on. Chances are it wasn’t an original Van Gogh (despite the fantasies fed you by television appraisal / picker / greed shows).
  8. Request in writing item claims of concern. Anyone unwilling to stand by their statements should be looked upon with suspicion. However, this does NOT give you the right to be rude or accusatory.
  9. “Refinished, redone, restored, refurbished, repaired, recovered…” ALL the “re” words mean the value of an item was decreased but seldom ENTIRELY destroyed. (Plus, I have NO attachment to original, old electric appliance wiring. Rewiring is a good practice. I’d rather not burn down my home.)
  10. Finally, I wish someone else had written this list decades ago and made me read it once a year until it was memorized.


How do YOU spell “Art Deco”?

c. 1917-1941

But for scholars and serious enthusiasts, the term “Art Deco” has been used and abused for decades. I’m NOW here to CORRECT THAT! (Laughter heard in the background…) Let me try, at least:

  • De Stijl: Dutch, less industrial in appearance than upcoming movements, but geometric, with visible construction, and often painted in primary colors. Examples: Gerrit Rietfeld’s armchair of 1917, and the paintings of Piet Mondrian.
  • Bauhaus: German design inspired by industrial production – strict, formal, and “masculine” – with little or no adornment or hidden construction. No nonsense. Examples: 1925 “Wassily” chair by Marcel Breuer, and the 1929 “Brno” chair by Mies van der Rohe.
  • Art Deco: This term was coined in the late 1960’s as an historical response to the 1925 Paris “Exposition of Decorative Arts”. Note its use of exotic materials, high style, hand crafting, costliness, and extreme detailing in a floral/”feminine” fashion. Examples: the furniture of Jacques Ruhlmann, and the iron work of Edgar Brandt.
  • Egyptian, Mayan, etc.: Decorative styles with a taste for “far away” places, inspired especially by the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb, and the opening of the 1925 Paris Exposition. Designs are laden with references to past cultures. Examples: the 1926 silent film “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang, and the 1928 interior of the Chrysler Building by Oscar Bach.
  • Skyscraper: This is the “Americanization” of the 1925 Paris Expo, expressing American optimism and power (pre-stock market crash of 1929), with vertical, geometric, machine, jazz, and narrative references. Examples: 1927 furniture by Abel Faidy and Paul Frankl, the 1929 Chanin Building and the Empire State Building (NYC) completed in 1931. (These designs are also called “Zig Zag” or “Jazz”.)
  • Machine Age: The Bauhaus begins going international, being interpreted with less than Germanic restraint. Objects are meant to appear machine made even if hand made. Examples: the ceramics of Keith Murray, the George Washington Bridge by O. H. Ommann (NYC), and the lighting designs of J. LeChevalier. (These designs are also called “Industrial”.)
  • Art Moderne: This is the Machine Age with added adornment, less geometry, and less focus on the “functional/rational”. Call it the “feminization” of the machine, especially in Hollywood films. Examples: interior scenes in the 1930’s movies of Busby Berkeley or Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers.
  • Streamline: The Bauhaus meets the automobile. The Machine Age gets windswept. Design goes horizontal – consciously designed to look as though built for speed, even if superfluous. Examples: furniture by Norman Bel Geddes and Kem Weber, and the 1933 Chrysler “Airflow”.
  • Organic: After twenty five years of rationalism and geometric expression, form begins taking on human attributes – becoming curved, asymmetrical, and ergonomic. Examples: 1930’s furniture by Bruno Mathsson, and 1940’s furniture by Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Isamu Noguchi.

Does that help?