• 1
    Oct

East Meets West Sale Includes Art of Three Continents

MALVERN, Pa. — Asian objects, including Chinese furniture, fine arts and porcelains, will be sold alongside items from the Western culture like traditional artwork, antique clocks and period furniture at an “East Meets West” auction slated for Friday, Oct. 4, by Gordon S. Converse & Company. The auction will feature approximately 350 lots from East, […]

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  • 1
    Oct

Medley of Advertising Collectibles to Cross Block in October

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The lifetime collection of advertising collectors Don and Diane Sayrizi and consignments from more than 100 other collectors will be offered at a three-day sale beginning Oct. 4. Showtime Auction Services will host the auction. The auction will feature many collection categories including salesman’s samples, petroliana, automobilia, general store, country store, […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Elaine Miller on Glass and Ceramic Restoration

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis conducts a fascinating interview with noted glass and ceramic conservator Elaine Miller, where she discusses the art of restoration/repair and her passion for putting the puzzles back together as well as maintaining the integrity of fine objects. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director […]

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s Raining Rookies: Dual-Class Offers NHL Card Collectors Wild Opportunities

The puck is about to drop on the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season, and due to the lockout-shortened season of last year, collectors have a unique opportunity. Due to rules instituted by the NHL Players’ Association—which, in part, governs licensing deals with trading-card manufacturers—only a handful of players were eligible for rookie cards. As a […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to take home part of the celebrated David Fore Collection of Indian Coins. This concluding auction was well received and in a buoyant market lots achieved some fabulous and worthy prices. The sale, facilitated […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Is It a Set? Does It Matter? Harlequin Furniture Sets or Suites an Accepted Practice

That’s a great set of dining room chairs you bought at auction. Sounds like you got a real good deal on them, too. But I do have a question or two. Why is the back a little different on that one chair? And doesn’t that other chair seem a little too low? Oh, and that […]

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that attempted to cash in on the prestige of famous […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

The antiques and collectibles market is not a laissez-faire economy. According to Wikipedia, laissez-faire is “an economic environment in which transactions are free from government regulations, tariffs and subsidies, with only enough regulation to protect property rights. This phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means ‘let (them) do,’ but it broadly implies ‘let it be,’ […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one thing both cultures shared was a penchant for drinking alcohol. Alcohol and silver have always made a good marriage; silver has been used to elevate the consumption of alcohol to a higher […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the estate coffers? Answer: liquidating the tangible personal property. Of course, anyone who has ever served as an estate executor already knows this. To the uninitiated, let […]

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