Interview : Samuel Collin - Les Couloirs du Temps

Fervent defender and specialist of arts and popular traditions, this passionate transmits his passion for objects too often forgotten in our regions. Antiques dealer and collector in the soul, Samuel Collin presents every week on his booth, objects that will pique your curiosity.

What is your background ?

It is above all a passion that started very young. I started collecting military medals at 7 years old, after having recovered those of my grandparents. I then began to expand my collections with old weapons. I always mottled but I did not think to become an antiques dealer. After various professional experiences, I finally launched in 1992 and I opened a shop. At first I was a generalist, then I became interested in the pottery and more widely in folk art. My taste is also focused on the Haute Epoque.

Tell us about your specialty

Folk Art is defined as any artistic expression that is not based on theoretical training. It may be the peasant who has carved a wooden spoon to offer it to his fiancée or the craftsman who wanted to personalize, embellish his tool by adding a flower or a dog's head or a dedication of a potter to his grandmother on one of his pieces.
I'm interested in ceramics, especially in raw earth and glazed objects I also have a lot of glassware and carved wooden objects as well as ironwork. The tools also fascinate me, but it must be something that is out of ordinary or that the object is rare. I present fireplace accessories, usual potteries, old glassware, but always authentic and of peasant origin.
For me, art is above all Popular Art. The Lascaux Caves are a beautiful example.
I fight to make recognize this specialty at its fair value. Primitive arts which are popular arts are much better valued. Folk Art is related to regionalism. I always seem a little nerdy when I say that I defend Breton, Normand, Auvergne or Alsatian arts, while they are part of our culture, our civilization which unfortunately is very ignored

How do you find your pieces?          

These objects are hard to find. I hunt for antiques in unpackings, and I have many friends who call me when they have some interesting pieces. I'm passionate about research on objects. I do not consider myself as a good dealer but more like a collector because what motivates me the most is the research, both of the object and about the object.

What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you?

I moved to Paul Bert Serpette three weeks ago, and I'm very happy. For me, it's the market that is the most visible on internet and I think that in our time it is essential. It's the center Fleas, and in the minds of many customers, Fleas is Paul Bert Serpette.

What is the object of your booth that you would like to highlight? 

Being particularly specialized in ceramics, I would like to highlight this iron in glazed earth. It dates from 1909 and is in very good condition. This piece is really unique because the name of the person to whom it was intended or who realized it is inscribed on. It comes from Herbignac, which is also engraved on the piece, and which is a potter's center. The date is a little late and marks the end of the production of this center. This piece is a reference.