With over 30 years of collecting, picking, dealing and researching Canadian antiques, folk art and collectibles, Ottawa-born Shaun Markey has assembled a fascinating collection of stories. Canadiana, from cupboards and harvest tables to paintings, carvings, pottery, toys and collectibles, come to life in the 184 pages.
Shaun takes us from adventure to adventure, sharing insights and lessons learned along the way. His passion for regional history and detail add depth to his stories. One can feel his excitement, his triumphs and his disappointments. You want to keep reading. Historical facts and geographical details help the reader put the stories into context. Shaun, who has been buying and selling at shows in Ottawa, Bowmanville and LaChute etc., says his interest in antiques was sparked by a grainy, early 1900s black and white photo of his paternal grandmother's family's log homestead in Throoptown, Ontario.
Shaun shares what he has learned over the decades, including practical tips and cautions. Folk Art in the Attic is illustrated with excellent quality photos of the items and people in the stories. This fascinating insight into the world of Canadian antiques, folk art and collectibles would make an ideal gift for anyone with similar interests. A great read.
The author/journalist can be reached through his Facebook page below.
Paperback, 184 pages, $19.99, published in 2014 by Sonderho Press. Available at Chapters Indigo, Amazon.ca and Facebook at facebook.com/shaunmarkeyantiques
Reviewed by Margaret McAulay