• 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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  • 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some them look quite convincing in their gilt frames with layers of dust, but they are all decorator prints, like the one pictured here by 
the Turner wall-art company. The Turner Manufacturing […]

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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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  • 15
    Nov

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Daniel Finamore on ‘Impressionists on the Water’

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Daniel Finamore, PhD, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., about the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs from Nov. 9 through Feb. 17, 2014. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer […]

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  • 3
    Sep

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

The antiques business began in July, 1886. At least, that’s the claim made by author Jonathan Gash in his book “Paid and Loving Eyes” (Penguin, 1993). Gash is the creator of the Lovejoy character, a roguish antiques dealer whose escapades are recounted in more than two dozen novels and 71 BBC television shows. I enjoyed […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Kemp and the newly Discovered Da Vinci Work

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Kemp, who discusses where science meets art to uncover the “La Bella Principessa,” a Leonardo Da Vinci work that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th-century portrait can turn into a work by the […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis of it the piece. I loved it, paid for my purchases and went on to the next sale. Later that day, I brought my newly acquired painting into the […]

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  • 30
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Corey Daniels Gallery

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis stops along busy U.S.-1 in Wells, Maine, and has a conversation with gallery owner Corey Daniels and gallery director/artist, Miles Spadone. Cory discusses his transitions from 18th-century period furniture to today’s contemporary art, which he displays in a beautiful setting. Check out the Corey Daniels Gallery […]

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  • 24
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren Lessing, the Mirken curator of education. They discuss the Lunder Collection and exhibition, which, at more than $100 […]

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