• 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn’t until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service to find out exactly what he had, and his inquiry was forwarded to me. Here’s […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously appeared on the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In Shanghai, the first stores […]

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  • 14
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver Offers a Cabinet Full of Charming Curiosities

中國出口銀器: 珍奇百寶屋 Sometimes I have to pinch myself; I must be one of the luckiest people on the planet because I get to see so many beautiful objects very single day. I am also lucky that Chinese silversmiths had a wicked sense of humor, which they often expressed in the objects they created. Other times […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern, Native-American and ethnographic art on March 14, 2014. “This auction is truly special,” said Teresa Dodge, owner of Artemis Gallery LIVE. “Our usual offering of authentic ancient art is complemented by […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host an exciting interview with Kagins Inc.’s, Donald Kagin, PhD, and David McCarthy, who are handling a once-in-a-century find—The Saddle Ridge Hoard; $10-million worth of rare gold coins—that was buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered by a couple out walking their dog on […]

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  • 7
    Mar

Wang Hing: Discovering the True Identity of a Silversmithing Genius

宏興: 發現一個天才的真正身份 The 1842 Treaty of Nanking became the catalyst for many changes in Canton; not only had a new order had been established in the China Trade itself but Chinese Export Silver went through a rapid metamorphosis. What had been faithful high-quality copies of the neo-classical Georgian style were transformed into overtly traditional Chinese […]

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  • 3
    Mar

A Very Chinese Purim Spiel: Chinese Export Silver Megillot

非常中國式的普珥節話劇 To many people, it will seem incongruous that a 19th-century Chinese silversmith in Canton would have created a megillah, but it’s not as strange as it initially appears. Albeit that Chinese megillot are rare, they come with what any megillah has—a long story. But this time it’s not just the scroll contained inside; the […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Catherine the Great Owned the Ultimate Collection of Chinese Silver Filigree Works

中國出口銀器: 凱薩琳大帝來了 Catherine the Great could never be called a simple girl; to do so would be a gross understatement of the reality that was this supremely extrovert empress. Looking at the image above, depicting Catherine the Great inaugurating the new Imperial Academy of Art in 1765 at the Shuvalov Palace in St Petersburg, it […]

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  • 27
    Feb

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

Whether it was fate or purely by accident, February seems to be a great month for prospecting for gold. Two years ago in February a worker renovating an old vineyard building in France discovered a treasure trove of nearly 500 U.S. Double Eagles gold coins that had been located in the rafters of that old building. […]

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  • 25
    Feb

Combining Chinese Export Silver with other Metals was Rare, but Beautiful

中國出口銀器也玩重金屬 It would be perfectly logical to expect Chinese Export Silver to be exactly what it says on the can; silver made for the export market in mind. The art of silversmithing is, after all, a very exacting and particular skill. To discover examples of this quite unique silver category that combine other metals—copper, in […]

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