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  • 14
    Nov

Passing the Smell Test – Telling Good Advice from the Bad

[caption id="attachment_2500850" align="alignright" width="251"] Gluing a small piece of veneer into a loose mortise before gluing in the tenon will create a tight wood joint. This is a repair that passes the “smell test.” (Fred Taylor photo)[/caption] Need some advice about furniture? Want to know how to repair that chair or fix that ugly spot on the table...

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  • 14
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: ‘Starving Artist’ Paintings

[caption id="attachment_2500844" align="alignright" width="259" caption="An example of an “Enrico” painting, otherwise known as a “starving art painting,” which were as mass-produced as a painting could be."][/caption] The 14th item in this series of Unloved Antiques is really more decorative arts than antique, but we get a huge number of requests for information regarding this item, more than for just...

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  • 9
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/09/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500766" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Green Lantern #3 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST),...

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  • 8
    Nov

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Nov. 7-11, 2011

(UPDATED: Tuesday, Nov. 8 11:43 a.m.) In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we see that Lady Gaga’s dress and a John Lennon sketch will top a rock ‘n’ roll auction, a writer questions whether venerable Christie’s has “jumped the shark,” and from St. Louis comes an article about how the economic downturn hit the collectibles...

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  • 8
    Nov

Period American Furniture to Lead Inaugural Stevens Flomaton, Ala., Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500737" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="This gorgeous mahogany acanthus carved bedroom suite, with bed, dressing table and chest, is among the many pieces of period American furniture that will be up for auction in the inaugural even at Stevens at Flomaton on Nov. 12, 2011."][/caption] FLOMATON, Ala. – Stevens Auction Company—already an auction powerhouse in the Southeast—is about to...

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Preview: Internet-Only Sale Hosted by Gordon S. Converse & Co.

[caption id="attachment_2500728" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="This solid cast bronzed and polished brass Chelsea clock set with ship's wheel and 3 ½ inch dials will be among the items up for auction in an online-only auction beginning on Nov. 18."][/caption] STRAFFORD, Pa. – More than 400 quality lots of merchandise, drawn from prominent estates and collections and in a wide...

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  • 7
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: But, It’s Museum Quality

Two previous “Rinker on Collectibles” columns dealt with “but, it’s _____” phrases, such as “but, it’s old” and “but, it’s real,” commonly heard in the antiques and collectibles trade. I asked readers to identify phrases I missed. A broad smile crossed my face when I read the e-mail calling my attention to: “But, it’s museum quality.” Before creating...

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  • 7
    Nov

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rosenthal Art Deco Urn

[caption id="attachment_2500822" align="aligncenter" width="202"] WorthPoint member Stella B. picked up this Rosenthal urn at a church bazaar, paying only $40 for it. She loves it and doesn’t plan on selling it, but wanted to know more about it. She engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask A Worthologist” service to find out.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500823" align="aligncenter" width="216"] The Rosenthal mark, along with the...

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  • 7
    Nov

Lichtenstein’s ‘I Can See The Whole Room! … And There’s Nobody In It!’ Fetches $43M

[caption id="attachment_2500794" align="alignright" width="298" caption="Roy Lichtenstein’s, “I Can See the Whole Room … and There’s Nobody in It!” set a new auction record of $43,202,500—a new world record for the artists—at an auction at Christie’s on Nov. 8, 2011."][/caption] NEW YORK – Roy Lichtenstein’s, “I Can See the Whole Room … and There’s Nobody in It!” set a...

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  • 7
    Nov

Made in the Shades: Art Nouveau Art Glass Illuminate Start-Up Collections

[caption id="attachment_2500803" align="alignright" width="232"] This four-arm Arts & Crafts style electric chandelier with pulled feather gold Aurene shades (unsigned) came from the former Gulliver’s Restaurant in Chicago. Even without a signature, the piece made a tidy sum of $2,990 at auction. (Photos courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] Louis Comfort Tiffany was not the only glassmaker producing...

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