• 26
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Rosewater Sprinklers Created for the Islamic World

It was back in 2012 when I first wrote an article about Chinese Export Silver that was clearly made for the Islamic world. A year of further research has brought to light much more information; what was already an interesting niche in an even more interesting silver category has now become all the richer for […]

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  • 26
    Jul

Kiowa Cradleboard Showcases Native American Artifact Auction

SANTA FE, N.M.—A full-size, all-original Native American cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards will be the featured lot at an upcoming auction of Native American artifacts, art and related collectibles slated for Aug. 9 and 10. The auction, billed as “Best of Santa Fe 2013,” will be conducted by Allard Auctions. Approximately 900 lots […]

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  • 26
    Jul

Auction Report: 19th-C. Half Tester Bed, Grandfather Clock Shine at Stevens Auction

JACKSON, Tenn. – A mahogany half tester youth-size bed made around 1860 by C. Lee gaveled for $29,900, and a fine R.J. Horner carved oak nine-tube grandfather clock from about 1890 chimed on time for $21,850 at an on-site sale of the contents of Green Gables, one of Jackson’s stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, […]

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  • 26
    Jul

The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza to Debut at Sotheby’s Exhibition

NEW YORK – The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza, a public exhibition highlighting both the historic and contemporary works of the Paris-based maitre joaillier, has been announced by Sotheby’s with a November debut in New York. The exhibition will comprise approximately 25 select vignettes exploring the house’s library of jewels that remains hardly unrivaled in […]

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  • 25
    Jul

Kevin Smith’s Low-Key Celebrity Auctions Benefits The Wayne Foundation

Celebrity auctions come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are for charitable causes, while some are estate liquidations. You’ll find celebrities auctioning off their prized possessions or even themselves with proceeds going to their favorite charities. Most celebrities use famous auction houses like Christie’s, but some like to take their offerings directly to […]

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  • 24
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren Lessing, the Mirken curator of education. They discuss the Lunder Collection and exhibition, which, at more than $100 […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers from American department stores flooded the town of Sonneberg, known as the Toy Capital […]

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  • 22
    Jul

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded at will was a giant step in human gastronomic history. But it also created a number of problems/opportunities for future diners. One of the problems is centered on the very thing that […]

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