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. Read More +
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. Read More +
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 … Read More +
NEWMAN GROVE, Neb. — Beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 8, the Community Center, downtown Newman Grove, Neb., will be the site of a one-day estate-auction event clearing the collections of Ron Wiese and the late Jackie Wiese. Fowlkes Realty & … Read More +
Weather again menaced Brimfield for this season’s final gathering September 6-11, 2011 with rain Tuesday and a storm Wednesday overnight called the hundred year rainfall by the weather reporters on TV and radio. The rain was so severe it saturated the field at Mays Antiques Market preventing dealers from driving onto the grounds for Thursday’s opening. The show did eventually open Friday with about half the dealers who were still in town ready to show and sell. Read More +
Stella Show Promotions filled Ohio Village, the State’s historical reproduction village, with The Country Living Fair for the fourth year at this site. Open for the weekend of September 16-18 the Friday attendance topped 10,000 which was typical of the tremendous draw this show has had for its six year history. Read More +
Select offerings from the estate of award-winning stage, television and film actor John Forsythe, including set of late George III ladder-back chairs and a Regency faux rosewood and parcel gilt stool, offered during Bonhams Sept. 25, 2011 Sunset Estate Auction in Los Angeles.
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If you were able to ask an appraiser on TV or an auctioneer could they, in fact, precisely define the concept of patina for you? Probably not. As it turns out, the definition of patina is a lot like the definition of pornography. It’s hard to say what it is but you know it when you see it.
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In the midst of the government’s debt crisis deliberations, New Orleans Auction Galleries hosted one ofits most successful sales to date July 30-31, 2011, showing signs of strength in the luxury and auction markets. An elaborate Chinese carved coral group brought $67,650, far surpassing the pre-auction estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Other notable sales in the category included a colorful Chinese Famille Rose porcelain plaque set in a custom wooden frame and stand hammered for an astounding $67,650, and a Mughal-style jade handled dagger which sold for $34,440 following ten minutes of bidding.
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An antique discovery clock auction, Aug. 27, 2011 is loaded with more than 500 rare and vintage clocks from a single-owner collection. Included in the sale are American large wall clocks and case clocks, grandfather clocks and examples from England, France and Germany. This more than just a clock action. Tucked inside the sale are pendulums, weights, watchmakers’ benches and multi-drawer cabinets, watch and clock ephemera and advertising signs.
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