• 24
    Mar

Reproduction or Antique? How Best to Enhance a Doll Collection

When talking with a doll collector, the conversation inevitably turns to those dolls that make up our “dolly dreams.” We secretly envision going to a yard, garage or estate sale where we find that elusive doll sitting on a box or shelve wearing an impatient look that says: “Well, I have been waiting all day for you to...

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  • 24
    Mar

Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 24, 1943

Lt. Reichard's WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary. To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here. January 1943 Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed...

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  • 23
    Mar

The Main Types of Under-Glaze Decorations in Japanese Porcelain

There are five main types of under-glaze decoration that were used in the Arita kilns: Blue and white, sometsuke in Japanese; Iron pigment, tetsue in Japanese; a copper-based glaze, shinshayu in Japanese; a technique wherein the image is rendered by leaving it impressed into the body of the piece; and using the clear over-glaze as a contrast agent,...

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  • 23
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: March 23-27, 2009

Finishing out the week in art, antiques and collectibles news is John McEnroe's role in the Salandar implosion, a green light for the Michael Jackson sale, TEFAF Maastricht's biggest buzz, art thieves in England, a 1939 Grand Prix car and two museums' plans to deaccession pieces of their collections. From The New York Daily News: Tennis great John...

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  • 23
    Mar

Heritage Comic Book Auction has Worthologist Reconsidering Fiscal Responsibilities

[caption id="attachment_2479647" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Page 15 from Marvel's Defenders #1 (1972) drawn by silver-age legend Sal Buscema and inked by Frank Giacoia."][/caption] I receive a weekly newsletter from the Heritage Auction Galleries that is usually full of amazing comics and comic memorabilia that are so far out of my price range it makes me want to cry. Not...

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  • 23
    Mar

Antique Art Furniture: The Aesthetic Movement

Furniture is sometimes described as being “functional art.” The functioning part is generally obvious. The table has to stand up straight, the drawers have to open and close and the bed has to keep you up at night. But the art part? Since the definition of what is actually art is so open to interpretation, one man’s art...

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  • 23
    Mar

Collectible Book Terminology Part 6 – Recognizing First Editions

Vintage books offered for sale by individuals are very often misidentified as first editions. In fact, online auction sites are full of old books that are casually and incorrectly represented as firsts. Some publishers clearly state “First Printing” or “First Edition” on their books’ title pages, which make identification easy. But most first editions are very difficult to...

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  • 23
    Mar

Mystery of ‘Chandler’ Paintings Solved with a Little Detective Work

[caption id="attachment_2479620" align="aligncenter" width="540"] A painting signed simply with the name “Chandler” turns out to have been created by the “W. H. Chandler and Co.” of New York City. Founded by William Henry Chandler, the company produced paintings for sale in department stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Seascapes, like this one, were the rarest of...

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  • 23
    Mar

Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 23, 1943

Lt. Reichard's WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary. To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here. January 1943 Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed...

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  • 22
    Mar

Auction Report: Bonhams European Furniture and Decorative Arts

A connoisseur’s auction, bar none, Bonhams and Butterfields presents an extraordinary collection of more than 1,500 hundred lots in this, not to be missed, Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction on March 30. The highlights of the sale include: Lot 1196, a Louis XVI-style bronze mounted amboynas-and-mahogany vitrine stamped with the maker’s mark, Henry Dossen 1878. The...

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