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I don't see a distinction. People collect mass produced items like pottery (say Wedgewood) and the price goes up just the same.

I think my distinction is between items made in vast quantities and those made in small amounts by individuals or modest workshops.

I'm not suggesting that Wedgewood get more profit when some of their older pieces become more valuable. It's a different initial transaction.

Just because an item is functional doesn't mean it can't have aesthetic qualities. Look at Navajo blankets and pots. They are now appreciated more for their aesthetic looks than when they were originally made. And this is exactly the type of item where I think that profit from subsequent sale should be rebated to the creators (or the tribe).

By the way chairs have become a popular art form in the woodworking community. It's sort of like variations on a theme, with woodworkers showing their design creativity as much as their craftsmanship. Some of them can't even be sat on. I remember seeing one with a big spike sticking up through the seat.

The US magazine "Fine Woodworking" has samples of creative work in every issue.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 06:21:47 PM EST

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