Auction Report: Freeman’s Paintings and Prints Sale
With more than 300 lots in the Feb. 13 paintings and print sale, Freeman’s presents a collection that covers American, Asian, European and South American artists and works of art. The collection is safe with a few heavy hitters that have name appeal and great collectibility. Lot 27 and 28, two companion works by Erté […]
Great Finds: Just a Knock Away
There is a certain cachet applied to the antiques-and-collectibles world that sometimes mystifies even me. Some folks believe that people in the business who surround themselves with antiques live an esoteric life style and that the people in that world breathe rarified air, a sort of ethereal ether. “You must lead such an interesting life […]
Weekly News Roundup Feb. 2-Feb. 6, 2009
From The New York Times: Dear Amish Diary: After Floods, Made a Quilt An Ephrata, Pa., auction of Amish diaries brought in about $3,000—mostly from Amish bidders. The diaries aren’t exactly what most of us think of. Instead of juicy details about our high-school crushes, the writers of these notebooks recorded chores, recipes and other […]
Christie’s offering extra extraordinary art
Christie’s, the venerable auction house founded in 1766, is hosting sales of extraordinary art this week. The first, “The Scholar’s Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection,” is especially intriguing because of the collector. Julius Held was a distinguished professor of art history who amassed almost 1,000 items on his comparatively modest salary. He searched […]
WorthPoint Offers Valuable Consignment and Brokering Plans
WorthPoint is in a unique position to be the major source for information for all manner of antiques and collectibles from Mickey Mouse watches to Louis XVI armoires. The ability to search through sales records of over 300 auction companies should itself be the first step in evaluating the value of your one item or […]
Auction Report: Cowan’s Winter Sale
Cowan’s Feb. 7 Winter Fine and Decorative Arts Sale has 668 lots going up comprised in part from the collections of Joan Erikson, Sara C. Kaufman and William and Phyllis Gilmore, Cowan’s is welcoming in the new year with a diverse and interesting collection of art, antiques and collectibles. It may be a result of […]
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.
When Should I Restore an Antique or Fine Art Painting?
When you’re considering buying an item or a painting that needs repair, as an antique dealer, you might ask yourself what the increase in value will be after its restoration. While I usually recommend the members of my antique business club, the 31 Club, to allow the purchaser do the restoration, there is that rare […]