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. Read More +
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. Read More +
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. Read More +
This Irish sterling silver teapot, made by James Fray of Dublin in 1842 is one of the more than 245 pieces of fine silver headlining a major holiday sale Dec. 3, 2011. WOODBURY, Conn. – A fascinating single-owner collection of … Read More +
Furniture Detective: Here are a few quick fixes that will improve the look of your antique furniture for the holidays without investing a week or a fortune. 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 +
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 +
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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