• 11
    Mar

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

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

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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  • 5
    Feb

Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif

中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a traditional Chinese decorative motif and theme often seen in the Tang and Yuan Dynasties, yet a rarity in Chinese Export Silver. It’s a mystery I haven’t yet fully got to the […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

QUESTION: I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide at its widest part. The plate is 9 ½ inches in diameter. The vessel is marked “Italy / 1391” on the base. What information can you provide? – CM, Reading, […]

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  • 30
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: Art Nouveau-Style Amphora Pottery

This large Art Nouveau bust (left) was made by the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora pottery factory, circa 1896. The pottery was located in what once was Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria, but is now part of the Czech Republic. This pottery is best known for its Art Nouveau-style pieces, which reached their peak of popularity circa […]

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  • 10
    Dec

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Roseville Pottery, Brilliant Cut Glass Collections to lead Multi-Estate Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss.— to include around 200 pieces of Roseville pottery collected over the course of 40 years, about 50 pieces of brilliant cut glass, dozens of pre-1900 copper kettles and more—will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for […]

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  • 12
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Capodimonte Ceramics

I don’t have a week go by that I don’t get a call or email about a “fantastic” piece of Italian porcelain by “Capodimonte.” It’s nearly always claimed to be an inheritance, as I don’t recall actually meeting anyone who admits to buying a piece of it. For those of you unfamiliar with this type […]

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  • 29
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, was Paul’s brother. I found a great deal of information about Viktor but very little about Paul on the […]

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