Banishing the “blahs” at Original York Antiques Show

the merchandise at York will include 18th and 19th century period American and English furniture, as well as country pieces in original paint, fine early porcelain and pottery (including Chinese export and Staffordshire), Oriental carpets, quilts, hooked rugs, samplers and other textiles, estate jewelry, Native American pottery and weavings, early kitchen and fireplace items, and much more. Arion strives to guarantee the scope of merchandise offered will be as broad as possible so visitors can find a “new” treasure at the show. Read More +

Winter Antiques Show benefitting South Bronx

John Bennett, ceramic vases, circa. 1880. (Photo courtesy The Preservation Society of Newport County)

The Winter Antiques Show, slated for Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2013, celebrates its 59th year as America’s most distinguished antiques show, featuring exceptional objects exhibited by 73 specialists in American, English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s. All net proceeds from the show benefit East Side House Settlement and contribute substantially to its work in the South Bronx. Read More +

Eastern Artifacts: Eastern art and culture inspire and excite collectors in the West

This 16th century copper alloy figure of Syamatara, a bodhisattva dressed in bejeweled raiment inlaid with many turquoise cabochons, sold for $32,500 (against an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000) at Bonhams Oct. 2, 2012. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

Asian art in any form offers a unique blend of the decorative and the functional. The richness of the materials and treatments utilized transforms even “everyday” objects into dazzling works of art. Among the myriad of items receiving this Cinderella treatment: bowls, vases, planters, chess sets, snuff bottles, rugs, robes, tapestries, tables, trays, jars, screens, incense burners, cabinets and tea caddies. Even a simple item such an oil lamp could be reborn through imaginative artistry: a Chinese version from the 1920s, its exterior worked in cloisonné, emerged as a colorful, ferocious dragon. Read More +