The history of Japanese cloisonné

Meiji cloisonné

Although certain artists often exhibit characteristic techniques and motifs, no two pieces of Japanese cloisonné are exactly alike. Experts say prices range across the board from less than $200 for more commercial pieces up to the six-figure range for the most exceptional examples, however rare Japanese cloisonné remain underpriced in relation to the talent, training, effort and time required for their creation. Read More +

Welcome to the hobby of antique bottle collecting

Michael Polak antique bottles

Bottle expert Michael Polak joins Antique Trader as a columnist on issues important to bottle collectors. Known as the author of “The Bottle Bible” Polak has a long history in the hobby and will share news from bottle clubs shows and sales, upcoming auctions and pricing results and ongoing bottle hobby events. He kicks off with a few antique bottles from Tonopah and Goldfield, Nev. Read More +

More than 2,000 dealers turn out for Madison Bouckville Antiques Week 2012

Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival 2012

The little hamlet of Bouckville had its front yards, hay fields and pastures covered with tents filled with antiques for many thousands of shoppers Aug. 11-19. Ranging in size from one exhibiting dealer in front of a single house in the center of the village to the biggest field known as the Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival with about 500 exhibitors, there were antiques of all varieties for the shoppers to peruse and purchase. Read More +

30 gallon butterfly crock brings $12,750 at Red Wing Collectors Society sale

Red Wing 30 gallon crock

A 30-gallon salt glaze crock with a cobalt butterfly decoration sold for $12,750 at the July 12, 2012 Red Wing Collectors Society auction. The RWCS celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year’s convention, which brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 11-14, 2012 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, pottery and dinnerware. Read More +

The evolution of the cookie jar

vintage Alice in Wonderland cookie jar

Cookie jars evolved from the elegant British biscuit jars found on Victorian-era tables. As the biscuit jar was adapted for use in America, it migrated from the dining table to the kitchen and, by the late 1920s, it was common to find a green-glass jar (or pink or clear), often with an applied label and a screw-top lid, on kitchen counters in the typical American home. Read More +