Author Archives: Mark F. Moran

How good design saved McCoy Pottery

Collectors still make the pilgrimage to the McCoy home, to show off their finds and inquire about glazes, designs and eras. Nelson and Billie McCoy do their best to provide information, but as Nelson admits, "You're talking about a span of more than 80 years. I look at a vase and...

New museums entice art lovers to Belgium

BRUSSELS, Belgium — When not attending the 2010 edition of the Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair in January, a group of American writers, designers and style bloggers also had the chance to visit some of the country’s museums, both long established and brand-spanking new. Here are two of the latter.

Every picture (on this bookcase) tells a story

BRUSSELS, Belgium — It’s one thing to find a maker’s mark on a piece of furniture. It’s quite another to find an elaborate history encoded on a piece dating from the early 20th century, but written in the language of the ancient Egyptians.

Museum treasures highlight BRAFA 2010

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The 55th Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair launched Jan. 22 with a new green look, more than 100 dealers and a renewed optimism for the world economy. The fair will be held through Jan. 31.

Cheeseheads welcome Antiques Roadshow

MADISON, Wis. — Marking the halfway point in its 2009 tour, the Antiques Roadshow caravan pulled into Wisconsin’s capital July 11. More than 22,000 people sought tickets for the event, and those lucky collectors who made it inside Alliant Energy Center brought a trove ...

Majolica was once high-tech trend

In 1851, California had been the nation’s 31st state for only four months, and Millard Fillmore was U.S. president; ... And an English potter was hoping that his new interpretation of a centuries-old style of ceramics would be well received at the “Great Exhibition of the Industries of All Nations” set...