Antiques

Regency penwork sycamore chinoiserie sewing box with engraved brass side handles, on brass ball feet containing fully fitted sewing tray and two personalized cards, 5 3/4” x 11” x 9”, circa 1815, $6,967, available at www.1stdibs.com. Courtesy of 1stdibs.com

Inked Fantasy: Fall for the charms of penwork decor

Penwork, a 20th century term for a lavish, linear decorative technique, was popular in England and Scotland from about 1780 to 1850. Its delightful images, which were applied with fine quill pens, imitate costly Indian ivory-work, rich wood veneers, and lacquered Oriental designs found in great country houses. Where penwork designs...

Erte bronze sculpture, good condition, includes COA. “Amazon,” 1985, signed signature on base, artist proof #9/37, approximately 17” x 14” x 6”, $2,000.

The Art of Erté: Auctioneer sells single-owner collection

All Erte auction results are from J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s July 22 auction: The Art of Erté. Photos courtesy of the auctioneer.   This article was originally published in Antique Trader magazine. If you like what you’ve read here, consider subscribing to the print or digital versions of Antique Trader it’s...

The gatelegs don’t leave a lot of room for human legs under the table. (Fred Taylor photo)

Expanding tables grow to suit needs

In today’s contemporary dining room, whether in traditional styling or a more modern look, the usual centerpiece is the table. And that table usually is in a well-defined form that consists of two platforms joined in the center, supported by a series of legs or pedestals. The two platforms can then...

Bound book of ledger drawings by Kiowa master artist Etahdleuh Doanmoe

Kiowa drawings of captivity bring $396,500

DALLAS – A Kiowa warrior’s book of drawings documenting his captivity by the U.S. Army in 1875 sold for $396,500 in Heritage Auctions’ June 26 Ethnographic Art Auction, pushing the sale to more than $1 million. The bound book of 33 images is a stunning discovery of the earliest recorded drawings...