Manual toasters, tiger wood rolling pins, flour sifters, metal whisks: If this catalog of vintage kitchen gadgets brings back fond memories of days gone by, you aren’t alone. Even if you don’t have memorable kitchen experiences to draw on, or none you care to revisit, not to worry. As Antique Trader contributor Chriss Swaney points out in her cover story, “Clamoring for Kitchenalia,” PBS is dishing up an extra helping of kitchen nostalgia every week during its hit show “Downtown Abbey.”
The fresh attention on antique kitchen wares is turning up the heat in the kitchenalia market, as people flock to antiques shops and shows to accent their kitchens and collections with pieces of the past. Take a few minutes to learn more about this example of life imitating art.
Turning from wholesome to delightfully disturbing, in the latest Art Markets column, Mary Manion explores the emerging popularity of Dark Arts. This genre of art lays claim to the likes of John Henry Fuseli’s “The Nightmare” and the revolutionary piece “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, both boasting nightmarish themes — a common criteria shared by many Dark Arts.
As Manion points out, Dark Arts is about creating art from the stuff of dreams; or most likely, nightmares. Take a walk on the sinister side as you explore Dark Arts with Mary Manion.
Circling back to the wholesome side of the street, we find ourselves reminiscing about the long-running “Captain Kangaroo” children’s television program.
The costume worn by the iconic Dancing Bear character of the show sold for $207,019 recently during an auction by Nate D. Sanders Fine Autograph and Memorabilia, featuring “Captain Kangaroo” memorabilia. While the costume was expected to attract intense bidding, as some of the show’s other character costumes are in the Smithsonian, it finished well above even the most optimistic predictions.
Looking ahead to our Favorite Finds contest, we want to encourage you to be thinking about the stories you’d like to submit. The Favorite Finds contest and special issue feature your stories about your favorite antiques and collectibles. It’s one of our favorite issues, and we are looking forward to reading about your finds. We’ll officially launch the contest after July 1, but you can submit your entries at any time.
Additional special features, highlights and columns you’ll find in this digital issue include:
- Furniture Detective: Chair identification and table restoration tips
- Behind the Gavel: Forecasting antiques shop scenarios using Excel tools
- Picker’s List: Fielding calls for Amos Andrea’ dolls, beer glasses and Kokomo candy dishes
- Auction Previews: Steve McQueen’s ‘Yucatan’ trunks open for public sale; 8,000-piece Harrisburg Collection selling without reserve in marathon seven-day auction
- Auction Highlights: Firearms auction tallies $12.5M; 1950s floor lamp lights up $15,930
- Show Previews: Nashville Glass Show focusing on Fostoria Crown Collection
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