• 5 Mar
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp

QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]

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  • 25 Feb
    2014

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on the Harry Bertoia Exhibit

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with Richard Wright of Wright20 about his new New York City location hosting the Harry Bertoia Exhibition, as well as the life and works of Bertoia, from his famous diamond chairs to installations and highly regarded sounding sculptures. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, […]

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  • 19 Feb
    2014

Fine Art, Design, Orientalia, and Clocks on the Block at Hess Fine Auctions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – More than 125 lots of rare and highly collectible Orientalia, fine art, design pieces, tribal art, antiquities, clocks and more will be sold in an Internet and catalog auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, by Hess Fine Auctions, with assistance from ATN Properties, LLC. Both companies are headquartered in St. Petersburg, […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2014

Jenny Lind Beds: Jenny Didn’t Really Sleep Here

A lot of curious and spurious information has polluted the modern vocabulary of antique furniture in the last 100 years. Some of this was done inadvertently, some through ignorance promulgated by people who say a lot more than they really know and some of it through commercial attempts to establish a brand name or just […]

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  • 12 Feb
    2014

Watch Your Names: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Victorian Style’

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to names and descriptions of older and antique furniture, what you see, or what you hear, is not always what you get? A sofa can be couch or divan, a settee, a love seat or a settle. A closet can be an armoire, a wardrobe, a chifferobe […]

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  • 7 Feb
    2014

Ask A Worthologist: The Mermaid Lamp

Albert T. likes to pick up things that need a little repair, fix them and then resell them. He bought this lamp quite inexpensively, and it had been sitting in his shop on for a couple of months. Then he saw a photo of a similar lamp. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” […]

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  • 5 Feb
    2014

The Credenza: It’s not just for Grandma’s Holiday Platters and Doilies

Over the past few years, you may have noticed a growing trend involving the ever-versatile piece of furniture called a credenza, buffet or sideboard. The credenza has been around for generations but usually served its purpose in a dining room or kitchen area storing the utilitarian items of every day cooking, as well as Holiday […]

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  • 29 Jan
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. It looks as though the chair was made in the late 19th or early 20th century and manufactured. Can you identify the style and period […]

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  • 20 Jan
    2014

The Collector’s Minute: Hepplewhite Style

The piece pictured here is a mahogany butler’s desk. It’s in the “Hepplewhite style,” which was popular from the late 18th century through the 1820s. Desks like this got their name because they could be used by household staff while standing up, as butlers would—the desk containing what was needed to run the day-to-day business […]

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  • 20 Dec
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession […]

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