• 6
    Oct

Renoir Lithograph Tops Dallas Auction Gallery Auction

DALLAS – Dallas Auction Gallery recently hosted an important auction featuring a Pierre Auguste Renoir, "Le Chapeau Epingle" lithograph in sanguine, a pair of Chinese carved ivory foo-lions, an important Chinese Ming Zhengde Imperial blue and white porcelain table screen, a regency style carved marble garden bench, a Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener Table de Salon, a Chinese Qing Dynasty...

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  • 6
    Oct

Thomas Butterworth, Andrew Wyeth Works Highlight Converse Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486554" align="aligncenter" width="507" caption="A half-dozen collographs (prints on paper) by Andrew Wyeth are expected to be a highlight at the upcoming Oct. 21 auction to be hosted by Gordon S. Converse & Co."][/caption] WAYNE, Pa. – Some 200 lots of fine art, period American furniture, decorative accessories—including a pair of oils by Thomas Butterworth and a half-dozen...

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  • 6
    Oct

Gatling Guns Hits the Mark at Fontaine’s Civil War, Firearms and Militaria Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486572" align="alignright" width="350" caption="The top lot of the Civil War, Firearms and Militaria Auction held by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery was this spectacular Colt Model 1883 .45 caliber Gatling gun, which realized $172,500."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Colt Model 1883 .45 caliber Gatling gun—the 19th-century precursor to the modern-day machine gun—scored a bull’s eye when it soared to...

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  • 6
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Venetian Murano Glass

[caption id="attachment_2486452" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="This Venetian Murano pheasant (circa 1960) measures 19 inches long and stands about 10 inches tall. Comparable examples by unknown artists sel in the $150 to $300 range."][/caption] Murano glass has a very long history. In 1292, an ordinance was passed in the city of Venice that banished glass making to the island of...

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  • 30
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/30/09

[caption id="attachment_2486497" align="alignright" width="420" caption="Spiderwoman"][/caption] Maybe it was the iTunes motion comic, or writer Brian Michael Bendis' undying love for her, but one thing is for certain: me naming Spiderwoman #1 as a speculator spick of the week did not make the title sell out last week. However, it did sell out. Marvel issued a press release earlier...

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  • 29
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find a chess set used in an Ingmar Bergman film selling high, potentially fake Frida Kahlo collectibles and an attempt to save a glass archive. From Bloomberg: Bergman Chess Pieces, Headset Stir Swedish Bid Frenzy Possessions of Ingmar Bergman, the influential and prolific Swedish director who died two years ago, went...

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  • 29
    Sep

Collecting the Omega Speedmaster is All About the Details

[caption id="attachment_2486464" align="alignright" width="282" caption="A Professional model Omega Speedmaster, with spearpoint second hand. The Speedmaster is one of the most challenging modern watches to collect because the number of changes made to the line over the last 50 years."][/caption] I have been a collector and a dealer in watches for more than 35 years. It is said that...

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  • 29
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: The Laughing Buddha Figure

[caption id="attachment_2486441" align="alignright" width="258" caption="A modern Chinese example of a laughing Buddha."][/caption] "Laughing Buddha" is the common English name for the Buddhist figure variously known as Budai or Hotei. He is the interpretation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya (translated as Mílè Fó in Chinese), the predicted Buddha who would succeed Gautama Buddha in the future. This Buddha is based...

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  • 29
    Sep

Living with Country Antiques: Fixing a Table with a Sticky Top

[caption id="attachment_2486484" align="alignright" width="350" caption="When trying to clean a country farm table, if simple soap and warm water doesn’t work, don’t despair, there are other options."][/caption] I received a letter from a reader, asking about a country farm table with a particular problem: “We found it at an outdoor antiques show last fall. It sat in our garage...

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  • 28
    Sep

Harry Rinker’s Hypothetical New Book: Not Appropriate for ‘The Big House’

I am addicted to the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), much to the chagrin of my wife Linda who finds many of the movies dated and boring. Robert Osborne, TCM’s host, quotes Lauren Bacall as saying, “every movie is a new movie if you haven’t seen it before.” I agree. Further, once is not enough. “Casablanca” and...

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