Author Archives: Zac Bissonnette

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How to present your antiques inventory for a new wave of buyers

A decade or two ago, auction houses, antiques dealers and show promoters could get away with non-salesmanship. Anyone with Internet access has access to more antiques inventory than any dealer could ever hope to show — and dealers have to step up their game. There's more art than science behind staging and merchandising: Those...

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New novel plots murder during Brimfield antiques shows

  A Killing in Antiques: A Lucy St. Elmo Antiques Mystery Mary Moody, Penguin Publishing, 320 pages, $6.99, 978-0-451234186 Available in both print and eBook editions   The world of antiques and collectibles has always been fertile ground for mystery writers, perhaps most notably with Lawrence Block’s long-running series starring Bernie Rhodenbarr, a rare...

Brimfield Antiques Show through the eyes of a young collector

Dealer after dealer report the same story about this year's Brimfield antiques shows: All things industrial are hot, and all things traditional are cold. One dealer's blunt assessment of the antiques business remains unchanged: "If you work twice as hard for half the money, everything is fine," says Gary Moise, owner of Orange Trading...

Erte Art Deco design

A child prodigy, the Art Deco work of Romain de Tirtoff, aka, Erté, continues to influence art, sculpture and design. This brief history of the famous fashion artist shows how he learned to craft his signature style and how the antiques auction market treats his original work, limited-edition prints and works inspired by his...