Many of the objects are not “valuable” in a standard way – in fact we see this supposed “value” vary widely over the years – following the fashion of the art market. Value is often defined by the importance of an event – like a wedding or a birth – or by the importance of a person – a grandmother or ancestor.

We often do not do expensive, invisible repairs on such pieces, but fix them durably and inconspicuously so that they can return to their place in someone’s life.

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