Every corner and aisle at Don Presley's auction gallery is brimming with decorative pieces of old gold, soft silver, rouge marble and jade – key inclusions from among the 1,000+ lots selected for a two-day event packed with antiques 'fit for royalty.'
The Virginia Historical Society is hosting a special program called With a Collector’s Eye: An Institute on Southern Furniture. The event will feature two sessions taught by guest instructor Sumpter Priddy III.
A circa 1860 museum-quality mechanical rosewood drop-front secretary desk attributed to renowned American furniture maker Thomas Brooks, earned top lot honors when it sold for $21,280 Dec. 31, 2011. The secretary retains its original finish and stands nearly 10 feet tall.
Three lots in Bonhams' March 19 fine European furniture and decorative arts sale are in a horse race to top lot honors. From three lots are from the estate of Stella Wilson of Napa, Calif., and each carries pre-auction estimates of roughly between $10,000 to $15,000.
A folk-carved stone sculpture of two people seated side-by-side, by Tennessee artist William Edmonson could take top lot honors Feb. 11, 2011 during a diverse antique sale. In addition, there will be music boxes, pottery, bronzes, firearms, a collection of fine sterling, antique slot machines, jewelry and hundreds of related and decorative accessories.
Hundreds of select, handpicked items from three prominent Virginia estates – in Franklin, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, plus other consignments – will be sold at auction Saturday, Feb. 4.
Over 300 people were in attendance (and more than 450 registered to bid online) during Cordier Auctions' two day antique and fine art auction, the inaugural auction in their new Harrisburg, Pa., salesroom Nov. 5-6. Among the highlights, a lady's Cartier Art Deco diamond wristwatch realized $21,000.
It is tempting to date a piece of antique furniture by looking at a book with pictures of antique furniture and find one that is like the piece you are considering purchasing. But the style doesn't guarantee the age or that it's antique.
A group of fine Chinese furniture took the spotlight at a $12.8-million auction of fine Asian works of art Dec. 20-21. A rare pair of zitan and hongmu recessed leg altar tables, 18th/19th century, from the Carlisle estate soared to $2,714,500 against fierce bidding.
Lois Travis of Storm Lake, Iowa, began her illustrious collecting journey with Christmas seals at the age of 10. Now, after spending more than 70 years amassing collection after collection, 91-year-old Lois has decided it’s time to scale down and send many of her cherished finds to new homes. A three-day no-reserve auction, Nov....