Antiques

Bound book of ledger drawings by Kiowa master artist Etahdleuh Doanmoe

Kiowa drawings of captivity bring $396,500

DALLAS – A Kiowa warrior’s book of drawings documenting his captivity by the U.S. Army in 1875 sold for $396,500 in Heritage Auctions’ June 26 Ethnographic Art Auction, pushing the sale to more than $1 million. The bound book of 33 images is a stunning discovery of the earliest recorded drawings...

This black enamel, gold and seed pearl mourning brooch is classic for the early Victorian period; seed pearls symbolize tears. The white on black cameo set in gold and decorated by inset black enamel (taille d’epargne) is early to mid-Victorian and may be worn as a mourning piece or simply as a piece of jewelry with only decorative significance. The sharp contrast of black and white in cameos and black enamel on gold were strongly favored during the early to mid-Victorian era.

Identifying hairwork and mourning jewelry

By Dr. Anthony Cavo & Nancy Schuring The popularity of hairwork (jewelry and art made of human hair) reached its pinnacle during the Victorian era. The incorporation of human hair in jewelry began during the Middle Ages and achieved extensive popularity during the Georgian era, but the Victorians embraced the concept...

The technical qualities of outmoded photographic processes are sometimes very beautiful. Courtesy Joel Rotenberg Collection.

Vernacular photography celebrates everyday life

By Greg Bates The Peter Cohen Collection Peter Cohen used to frequent flea markets quite a bit in the late 1980s. The Greenwich Village, N.Y., resident had a broad range of interests. While checking out items, Cohen was stuck behind a woman who was making up her mind about a piece...

Pair of Louis XV giltwood fauteuils à la reine, made in France circa 1755-1760 by Jean Gourdin, $225,000.

18th century giltwood chairs auction for $225K

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A pair of French 18th century Louis XV giltwood fauteuils à la reine sold for $225,000 through Nye & Company Auctioneers‘ decorative arts auction, held online and in the firm’s showroom at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The chairs were the auction’s top lot. “The unexpected discovery...

This temple-sized Sino-Tibetan Buddha of Shakyamuni seated on a lotus pedestal sold for $9,680.

Chinese Huanghuali furniture polishes up $147K

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s June 16-17, 2018 sale was highlighted by exceptional offerings in Asian art and antiques with a selection of Chinese huanghuali furniture drawing bidders and collectors from around the globe. Notable prices were also achieved on the important offerings in Fine Art, Decorative Arts and Furnishings...

John James Audubon, Fish Hawk, Plate 81, hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate from Birds of America, London, 1830. Sold June 7, 2018 for $68,750. (Presale estimate $30,000-$50,000.)

Birds of America ‘Fish Hawk’ soars to $68,750

NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on June 7, 2018 brought to market landmarks from the history of cartography and ornithology. The nearly 400 lots traced important developments in science and natural history, especially in North America. Audubon’s Birds of America Leading the...

Jerome B. Secor ‘Freedman’s’ mechanical bank, circa 1880, American, one of fewer than 10 known examples, $132,000

Freedman’s Bank stashes away $130K during toy auction

VINELAND, N.J. – Family-owned Bertoia Auctions produced another big winner on April 27-28 as its 2018 Spring Signature Sale rang the register at $1.9 million. More than 1,000 lots of high-quality toys, banks, trains and Christmas antiques attracted an energetic crowd to Bertoia’s gallery. Hundreds of other bidders battled for favorites...

milk glass collectors convention

Milk glass collectors meeting in September

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Milk Glass Collectors Society [www.nmgcs.org] will hold its annual convention this year Sept. 14-15 in the Cleveland, Ohio area at the Cleveland Marriott East. The hotel is located at 26300 Harvard Road in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Room reservations may be made by calling 216-378-9191. Registration information...