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 +

Mystical and practical: Art and antiques playing vital role in Emerald Isle’s economy

This Paul Henry painting of Dugort Bay, Ireland, circa 1920, fetched $48,574 at Bonhams recent 20th Century British and Irish Art auction. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

The growing appreciation and international interest in Irish antiques is not lost on many of those who call Ireland home — and who see multiple benefits of a healthy and globally connected antiques sector. As Ireland continues to fight its way back from a devastating recession that has plagued the country for the past three to four years, a strengthening export market for Ireland (with more than 50 percent of exporters reporting growth in 2012) holds promise. 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 +