• 26
    Oct

Collecting Classic Horror Books—Tales that Scared Our Great-Great-Grandparents

[caption id="attachment_2487006" align="alignright" width="291" caption="Illustration by Christina Rossetti’s brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, for the first edition of “Goblin Market and Other Poem,” 1862. "][/caption] “Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry ‘Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ ” Thus begins Christina Rossetti’s 1859 epic poem, “Goblin Market.” This tale of horror (first published in 1862)...

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  • 26
    Oct

The King of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe Offers Various Avenues of Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2486990" align="alignleft" width="269" caption="Edgar Allen Poe offers various avenues of collectibles."][/caption] As the undisputed father of terror and the grotesque, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) wrote more than 150 poems, essays and short stories, as well as a couple of novels, a play and even a textbook. Many artists have interpreted his poems and short stories, creating hundreds...

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  • 26
    Oct

Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley

The distinctive style of coastal New Jersey decoys was shaped by the method of hunting used in the area. The sneak box was used as the primary type of gunning boat. A sneak box was a small boat about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide, built low to the water for one gunner. It could be rowed...

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  • 26
    Oct

Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected

[caption id="attachment_2487024" align="alignright" width="368" caption="In this photo the solid wood underlayment has shrunk under the veneer of the skirt of this Federal era fold over game table telegraphing the damage to the surface."][/caption] The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When a tree is felled it...

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  • 21
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/21/09

[caption id="attachment_2486954" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Puppy Power: Bo Obama"][/caption] I don't get Manga. Never have. I love anime but I just never got into manga. I read Lone Wolf and Cub and Akira cover-to-cover and loved both, but that's where my manga buying ended. Well not totally true; I read and loved Osamu Tezuka's Buddah and Phoenix. So, four...

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  • 20
    Oct

Before Use in Home Décor, Model Boats Battled for Supremacy on the Ponds

Pond boats have been used extensively in home decorating for 20 plus years. They have a simplicity and beauty of line that complements interior décor from modern to traditional to funk. They grace our homes now but in their previous lives, they spent plenty of time on ponds, natural and manmade, for the sake of fun and the...

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  • 20
    Oct

‘Come See the Strange, the Unusual . . . the Circus Side Show Collectibles’

[caption id="attachment_2486921" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Freaks, Geeks & Strange Girls,” by Randy Johnson, Jim Secreto and Teddy Varndell, has dozens of illustrations of the colorful side-show banners. Many are full-page illustrations with several fold-out pages. It comes in paperback and hardback and sells for $25 to $35."][/caption] The circus side show dominated the midway. The flashy banner line and...

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  • 20
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 19 to October 23

In this week’s art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find an art collector turning down $1 million for stolen Warhols, Elvis’ hair and Streisand’s “A” selling high and a storied Parisian restaurant cleaning out its cellar and auctioning some of the wine. From The New York Times: Insurance Waived in Warhol Theft Case Hmmm. As noted here earlier,...

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  • 20
    Oct

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Presents Four Exhibitions with a Cincinnati Flavor

CINCINNATI – Eisele Gallery of Fine Art has pulled together an outstanding collection of over 750 original works of art with a common theme—the artists and/or subject matter that have strong ties to Cincinnati and the Northern Ohio region, which will open on Oct. 23 will be on display in the Gallery and online until Jan. 15, 2010...

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  • 19
    Oct

Canadian Art Dealer’s Purchase Is Lost Da Vinci Portrait

[caption id="attachment_248687" align="alignright" width="303" caption="This portrait of a young woman’s profile in chalk, pen and ink on vellum has been determined to be by Leonardo Da Vinci."][/caption] A Canadian art dealer bought a portrait for $19,000 two years ago has turned out to be a good investment, indeed, as the work has been determined to be a piece...

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