Without fate there would be no book.
Fate through a series of coincidences, has guided nearly every aspect in the creation, writing and publishing of my book Found Art of the Clans Erskine & Holland 1710—1965.
It began in 1970 when I was introduced to Thomas and Margaret Nesbit, friends of my parents. Over the years, I became close to Margaret through common interests in art, jewellery and Asian antiques, specifically Japanese netsukes, tsubas, inros, and paintings.
By 1990, Margaret had become dependent on me to help her with day-to -day activities. In 1997, I was her sole support and advocate. She had no children and I had become her surrogate daughter. She died in 2010 and left me all her tangible belongings.
My book focuses on most of the fifty-eight pieces that make up my collection of the Erskine and Holland family treasures that I inherited.
In 2010, several artifacts known to have belonged to family members mysteriously disappeared—paintings, rings, swords, and a watch. Where are they now? Where is the stolen Wallace Box?
I hope readers of my book will be able to solve some of these mysteries.