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Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Colleene Fesko on the Cape Ann School

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Colleene Fesko, who is frequently seen on the hit PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. Martin and Colleene talk about the John Gale Art Collection of Cape Ann School paintings. She also discusses the Internet’s changing effects on the art market, fakes […]

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Unloved Antiques: ‘Starving Artist’ Paintings

The 14th item in this series of Unloved Antiques is really more decorative arts than antique, but we get a huge number of requests for information regarding this item, more than for just about anything else. It’s what I call the “starving artist” painting. Based on the number I see, I think every home in North […]

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Identifying Historical Fire Brigade Buckets Painted by ‘The Borden Limner’

I came from a town right outside of a small New Hampshire historical harbor city, Portsmouth. It was first settled in 1630 and has wonderful early brick architecture and early wooden homes and structures. It is a treasure trove of regional antiques of all sorts. There are many renowned pieces originating from Portsmouth, including exceptional […]

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Navigating the Stormy Seas of Maritime Art Collecting

The greatest expansion of maritime trade, and perhaps the greatest output of steam and sailing ships, occurred between 1850 and 1920. Coincidentally, this period is often referred to as the “Golden Age of Ship Portraiture.” The Civil War (1861-1865) was the first American war that used vessels driven by steam instead of sailing ships. Few […]

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Buying into the Hype: Trophy Antiques and Collectibles

The concept of a trophy wife is an ancient one. Bathsheba and Cleopatra are examples. A 1950 issue of The Economist magazine called attention to the practice of victorious warriors marrying beautiful women captured in battle. Monarchs often married wives where the trophy rested more in political alliances and land acquisition than physical beauty. Charles […]

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Simple Tips Can Help You Salvage Keepsakes After a Fire

A fire can have devastating effects for anyone. Now, imagine your collection of art, antiques or collectibles suffering through a fire. A horrible thought. While insurance may help to soothe the loss, there may be items which carry huge sentimental (not to mention monetary) value. Salvaging the items becomes important, and there is a right […]

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Bugs with an Eye for Art: Insects Can Destroy Art and Antique Treasures

I have had customers come to me with oil painting on which they recently noticed small holes developing near the edges of the canvas and also found small piles of wood dust on the floor under the paintings. They took the paintings off the wall and discovered that the back of the frames and stretchers […]

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Reversing the Effects of Time: What to do with Damaged Art and Antiques

Q – I have several old oil paintings that have been in my family for years. They have become discolored and the paint is beginning to flake. I would like to have them cleaned and restored for my grandchildren. Is it safe to attempt cleaning myself, or where can I go to have this type […]

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Ernest Montaut: A Collectible Automobilia Artist

Not too many years ago the automobile was considered the work of madmen, determined to corrupt the morals of our society, not to mention upset the enterprise of the blacksmith, the horse breeder and the harness maker. (They weren’t far from the truth.) It is difficult for the current generation to understand how the automobile caught the world’s imagination.

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Illustrator: Aubrey Vincent Beardsley 1872-1898

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was born in Brighton on 21 August 1872 and early showed artistic ability, acting and playing in concerts with his sister Mabel and producing drawings of recognized merit. The Beardsley family’s means were modest, and by 1888 Aubrey had quit school to work as a clerk. At the age of nineteen Aubrey […]

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