Sèvres porcelain was favored by European royalty, the aristocracy of the 19th century, and the 20th century's great collectors. Its story begins in 1708, when, following frenzied experimentation, as German alchemist Johann Bottger discovered the formula for strong, delicate, translucent hard-paste porcelain. Learn...
Vintage music boxes are a delight to behold. The earliest music boxes were originally 18th century gentlemen's pocket watches that chimed the hours or tiny, decorative snuff containers that featured tiny, automated bells.
Like doodling with a pencil, wire artists, with pliers, a stretch of wire, and a stretch of the imagination, coax the linear into form. Some, like Alexander Calder, the “king of Wire” who invented the mobile in the 1920s, create whimsical, delicate, wired fantasies.
Russian lacquered boxes, miniature painted works of art that developed from icon painting in the 18th century, abound in depictions of folklore, fairy tales, costumes and traditions. There are four distinct styles, represented by four schools of Russian lacquer art, which are named for the villages of their creation, Fedoskino, Palekh, Mystera, and Kholui.
VandM.com, formerly known as Vintage and Modern, Inc., is an international, online marketplace that represents over 150 dealers of quality antique, vintage, and contemporary furniture, lighting, textiles, home accessories, jewelry, and art from around the world. By connecting buyers who seek one-of-a-kind items directly with sellers, it avoids middle...
Professional, museum-quality bases can elevate everyday items to pure art. We show you how to find museum bases, what antiques and collectibles look best mounted to these bases and how much they cost.
Sandra Mackintosh Buhalis, proprietor of the East Market Street Antique Shop, began her artistic life as a painter. She discovered she needed a more robust artistic outlet, so she eventually switched to sculpting large, wooden, totemic, elegant forms that bespoke her "longing for a rich and powerful connection with spirit."
Native Americans originally carved beads from natural materials like shells, coral, horn, and turquoise. Since the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, however, tribal beaders have preferred working with glass beads, especially fine seed beads.
Basketry is the art of weaving pliable vegetable fibers, like bark, straw, wood, or grass, into storage vessels through a variety of techniques.
THURMONT, Md. — Estate sales are not just about mossy mansions and hopeful heirs. They are sometimes living auctions, which either garner ready cash or clear out extensive collections to make way for more.