• 13
    May

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair” or “gold joinery.” Kintsugi originated around the 15th century as a replacement for metal staples, the usual repair method of the time. Staples […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern, Native-American and ethnographic art on March 14, 2014. “This auction is truly special,” said Teresa Dodge, owner of Artemis Gallery LIVE. “Our usual offering of authentic ancient art is complemented by […]

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  • 4
    Dec

The Values of Antiquarian Books are not always Astronomic

When the Bay Psalm Book sold for a record $14.2 million on Nov. 26, I wasn’t surprised. After all, it was the very first book published in the United States, in 1640. Less than 2,000 were originally printed and only 11 are known to have survived. The book toured the country for quick visits to […]

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  • 14
    Sep

It’s All in the Marks: Strnact Pottery

This vase is made in the Art Nouveau style, circa 1900, and it was manufactured in Austria. The markings indicate that it was made by the Josef Strnact pottery from 1900 to 1933. The Strnact pottery, which employed more than 300 people in 1910, was founded by Josef Strnact, Jr., in 1881 in the former […]

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  • 13
    Sep

Ask a Worthologist: Edmands & Co. Crock

Dendra Y. picked up a crock at a local auction. Only later did she look at the name stamped on it and became curious. She contacted our Ask a Worthologist service and asked for more information. Her request was forwarded on to me. Here’s her question. “I bought this crock at an auction about six […]

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  • 17
    Jan

Hollywood Chiefs’ Rare Pre-Columbian Artworks Head to Auction

BOULDER COUNTY, Co. – Items from the pre-Columbian art collections of two Hollywood notables are set for auction on Feb. 1, including museum-quality pottery, carvings, masks, gold antiquities—and a piece once owned by famed pop artist Andy Warhol. The absentee, phone and Internet-only auction, to be hosted by Antiquities Saleroom, will include 110 lots with […]

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  • 15
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Great-Great-Grandma’s Spinning Wheels

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is something that once was almost a requirement in any antique shop: the spinning wheel. During the early years of the 20th century, there was a rebirth in interest in all things Americana that resulted in the market for antiques of the American Colonial and Federal […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Ancient Roman Pottery

In the previous installments of “Dining with Antiques,” we have so far covered a variety of vintage recipes and collectible dinnerware dating from the 1800s to the 1960s. This article, however, features some of the oldest collectibles on earth, along with some of the oldest recorded recipes. It is hard to believe, but ancient Roman […]

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  • 10
    Feb

Collecting Indian Antiquities: Know the Rules

With more than 2,000 years of constant cultural milieu, India is a very rich country when it comes to antiquities. It boasts a vast array of stone sculpture, terra cotta, objects made of stone, bone and ivory, jewelry, woodwork, seal, medals, coins, epigraphs, paintings, murals, rock art, manuscripts, textiles and other items that are considered […]

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  • 24
    Jan

Authenticating Ancient Chinese Jades Using Scientific Methods

By Janet G. Douglas Many collectors and museums have questions relating to the authentication of ancient Chinese jades in light of the current market where forgeries are commonplace. Today’s forgers are producing convincing fakes, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to rely on one’s eye and knowledge. It is only natural that people are looking […]

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