• 25 Jun
    2014

Jomar Memorabilia Hits the Internet; Circus Collectors & Enthusiasts Rejoice

Unless you are a circus enthusiast, the name Jomar probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Even an experienced antique collector can rarely identify what it is. Mention Jomar to a circus history enthusiast, though, and he will immediately recognize the name of John Ringling’s private railroad car. The name “Jomar” was created by combining the […]

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  • 14 Apr
    2014

The Enamel Revival Phenomenon and its Relationship to Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 琺瑯的復興現象 The art of cloisonné is often looked upon as a Chinese art and, in some respects, it is a correct assumption. However, cloisonné, as a technique, finds its roots back in the 13-century B.C. Mycenaean era and the Mediterranean—or at least the earliest known examples are to be found there. Since this is […]

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  • 17 Mar
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing it on eBay, I tried to research its value. I found no information on Abe Books, Amazon, eBay or WorthpPoint. I am considering an opening bid request of $12, but am concerned the request is too low. What […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2014

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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  • 11 Mar
    2014

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the day off work, it’s a slight non-entity. Yes, you have people who use the day to drink themselves silly in the many pubs around the country (mainly because they have […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2014

Collector’s Minute: Cybis Ticonderoga Carousel Horse Bicentennial Collectible

Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there is a great interest by the public to share in the moment through purchasing some memento or […]

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  • 6 Mar
    2014

Works by De Kooning, Chinese & Asian Antiques to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim Soutine and Angel Botello, plus Chinese objects and other Asian antiques will headline an estates auction slated for Saturday, March 15, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, at 1034 Gateway Blvd. here […]

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  • 4 Mar
    2014

The Collector’s Minute: Chalkware and Plaster Busts

Chalkware or plaster busts like this generally can date from the turn of the 19th century through to the 1950s. While not mass-produced in the modern sense, they were made in large numbers, and many were given away as carnival prizes or sold in “five and dime”–type department stores. A great many were also used […]

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  • 3 Mar
    2014

It’s All in the Marks: ‘Dresden Lace’ Pieces in the Style of Meissen

One thing that leads new collectors of porcelain figurines down the wrong path is judging a figurine’s vintage by its style, rather than other indicators of production dates. A piece depicting an18th-century social event, like the one above, at first glance looks similar to 18th & 19th-century pieces by the Meissen porcelain works in Germany. […]

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  • 25 Feb
    2014

Rinker on Collectibles: A 21st-Century Perspective on Collector Value

The antiques and collectibles trade utilizes three basic monetary values—collector, decorator and reuse. Each value is complex, breaking into four or more subcategories. Antiques and collectibles value is relative—not just in terms of time, place, and the desires and prejudices of the participants involved in the buy-sell process, but also in respect to the primary […]

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