• 3
    Jun

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art is starting some well-deserved attention outside of Japan. As I’ve noted in a previous article, if you are interested […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed with layers of paper. Some were made of blown glass, marble or metal. The maps were divided and cut into panels (gores) […]

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  • 28
    May

Protecting Your Sole Proprietor Estate Assets in the Case of Unexpected Death

You’ve worked long and hard to build your business. You have a great reputation, strong cash flow, a solid asset base, and reliable employees. You operate “lean and mean” as a sole proprietorship. You may be a car mechanic, consultant, plumber, eBayer, building contractor, landscaper, professional or other entrepreneur. Then you die unexpectedly without an […]

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  • 22
    May

$25.3-Million Pogue Coin Collection Sale is Numismatic History in the Making

I have been involved in the numismatic field for more than four decades. In that time, I’ve had the privilege to catalog common coins and rarities, analyze the U.S. coin market via public and private sales, and maintain one of the most respected price guides and newsletters for U.S. coins. In the course of a […]

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  • 22
    May

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, a record price. Other Rockwells are selling in the millions—“After the Prom” sold at Sotheby’s for $9.1 million in May 2014. “The Rookie” sold at Christie’s in May 2014 for […]

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  • 20
    May

As the need for Estate Liquidation Companies rise, so does the need for Estate Sale Licensing

The headline of the consumer complaint post was brash: “They literally stole our whole house: they sold $42,527 worth of items and gave us a check for $1,682.” The details of this homeowners’ plight were tragic: he had been “ripped off” by an estate sale company. According to the story on ripoffreport.com (specific company/client has […]

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  • 18
    May

WorthPoint Sells Online Marketplace GoAntiques.com to Gemr

In a move designed to streamline its information data business, WorthPoint has announced the sale of its GoAntiques.com online marketplace to Gemr.com, a social marketplace for collectors. WorthPoint founder Will Seippel, who acquired GoAntiques in 2008, said the sale only included the online dealer mall. WorthPoint is keeping everything acquired with GoAntiques that has to […]

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  • 13
    May

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair” or “gold joinery.” Kintsugi originated around the 15th century as a replacement for metal staples, the usual repair method of the time. Staples […]

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  • 13
    May

加州淘⾦金热对中国银器和⾹香港的影响

深⼊入研究发现,中国外销银是⺫⽬目前看来最复杂和最多样的银类品种。⽆无法任取⼀一 件这种银器物⽽而知其然,其内涵传递的信息远⽐比其外观要多。拾⼀一件外销银如同握⼀一 颗⼿手榴弹,其中满裹着各种历史、⽂文化和艺术价值,随时准备引爆⽽而揭开⼀一个个秘密。.   然⽽而中国外销银背负着⼀一个⻓长达50年或更⻓长时期的错误命名,从没有给予它⼀一个 接近真相的适合头衔,其需求与产⽣生并⾮非物如其名。尽管在18世纪末⾄至1840年这60多 年的时间⾥里,当时⼀一⼤大批重要的新古典银出现显然是为了“出⼝口市场”⽽而制作,多数银 ⾸首先因此⽽而⽣生产,⽽而后另外⼀一些产品则是供国内消费,以旅居中国的⻄西⽅方居民或新兴 中国的中产阶级为主。 仅在最近⼤大量的勘校性研究后发现,⼀一些被⻄西⽅方认为是“制造者”⾝身份的⼈人,实际 上并不是制造者,他们是零售银匠或零售商,其银制品仅是其中⼀一种特别商品。鉴定 银器标识背后的⼈人物,在这时空中,经常能够带⼈人进⼊入⼀一个⽆无法预料的旅程,其中这 样⼀一个银器标识就是⾹香港的“Chong Woo(⻓长和)”。 具有“⻓长和”标识的银器总为稀缺品,可往往与优质产品⽆无关,但是此银器标识⼜又 没有特别明确的样式。该标识能够追溯到英国殖民统治早期(具体⽽而⾔言是1849年 起),这清楚地表明曾有⼈人懂得严格控制银器的⼯工艺与样式质量。 与许多中国零售银匠标识⼀一样,“⻓长和”之名完全是虚构的名称,该标识背后的真 实⼈人物是招⾬雨⽥田(Chiu Yu Tin,常称招成林),他是⾹香港岛最早的移民者之⼀一,仅14 岁⼩小⼩小年纪就去到那⾥里谋⽣生。他出⽣生在南海县⼀一个贫苦的家庭,该县距⼲⼴广州不远。有趣的是,许多重要的⼲⼴广州零售银匠来⾃自佛⼭山南海县。招⾬雨⽥田可能与银匠世家有某些密 切联系。 但是我们所知道的是在1849年,招⾬雨⽥田赚到了⾜足够的钱能够让其开展奢侈品⽣生 意,并且在1853年的⾹香港名录中显⽰示他是⼀一位承办商或“中国⼩小⼯工艺品”⽅方⾯面的商⼈人。1849年在美国历史上也是⼀一个吉祥年,詹姆斯·∙⻢马歇尔(James Marshall)第⼀一次在当 时苏特锯⽊木⼚厂中(Su@er’s Sawmill)发现了⾦金⼦子,也就是今天称之为萨克拉曼多的地 ⽅方,距离三藩市不远。 我们也很快知道在⾹香港运营开启后的1851年,来⾃自⾹香港的“华⼈人⻓长和(Chinaman Chungwoo)”的商品进⼊入到美国三藩市的海关记录条⺫⽬目中,包括总价值为426美元的 茶、丝及其他多种品⺫⽬目,船运⾄至于三藩市的三个独⽴立商⼈人。后来船运的货物也包括有 漆器、银器、家具、围⼱巾、床罩,甚⾄至还有⼥女鞋。 “长和”船运货物的价值在1850年代急 剧上涨,特别是当鸦片成为常规货物运 载至美国。招雨田当时可能还年轻,但 是他从商却是使用当时典型的中国贸易 策略。他创建了一个“联号”网络 —— 一连串可信赖的商人而他们又常常源自 同一家族或为同乡。这样的贸易链条有 着复杂的所有权结构,许多方面不无相 似,从而形成一个合作或相互的团体, 各成员管其账目,并由同一个组织者或 主要持股人赚取保费,这里则是指招雨 田。 虽然不清楚第一个三藩市运营是否由招 雨田单独持有或管理持股,然而此后记 录中清晰显示有“长和”之名且它是 “永和生”号(Wing Wo Sang)的一个 姊妹公司,两者互有联系。但是,我们 知道一个贸易网络由招雨田发展起来了所有权,通过他的南北行(Nam Pak Hong)业务延伸至智力、秘鲁、巴拿马和大多 东南亚地区,以广茂泰行(Kwong Mou Tai Hang)之名进行交易。 “长和”肯定是诸多中国企业家的香港商号之一,他很快意识到全世界新兴市场 将占据世界半壁江山,在加州的潜力如同镜面景象很多方面将发生在香港。唯一不同 之处在于香港缺金子,但是两地的富饶发展不约而同产生了对高质量产品的需求。 […]

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  • 13
    May

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver […]

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