A reader wonders how to identify a Japanese Sumida Gawa bowl and another gets a free appraisal of an odd steel lock box with built-in alarm.
Kathy Flood surveys America's top auction houses to see where antique jewelry’s been and where it’s heading. See why vintage watches and large diamonds remain strong sellers.
Readers respond to a letter complaining about dealers who brag about lucrative margins, but refute claims dealers rip off customers when making a profit.
Exactly two years ago, as a rare copy of George Washington’s own map of Yorktown sold for more than $1.1 million, we warned about the threat of theft from museum holdings. This month a pair of “historians” are facing jail time for doing just that: accused of raiding document archives of small and medium-sized...
Second only to the stunning photography, “Symbols on Chinese Porcelain” offers valuable context on why this porcelain style matters to the fine-art world, collectors and even philosophers. The book reveals the secrets of the symbols of good luck and the visual imagery of Chinese decorative elements by means of approximately 80 masterpieces of Chinese...
Mexican artists may have been introduced to modernity through photography, and one of the foremost Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Hugo Brehme (1882-1954), has been cited as an influence on the country’s best known artist from the period, Diego Rivera. Brehme was a German immigrant imbued with the European Romantic tradition, which...
Feb. 7, 2012 is a big day for admirers of Charles Dickens. It’s the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1812. As a postcard subject, Dickens is a rewarding challenge. By the early 1900s, he was a national icon in Britain and appeared in many highly collectible sets.
A reader raises issues with eBay and another questions Goodwill.com's shipping practices. Another reader wonders why some dealers brag about how little they spend on their inventory within earshot of their customers.
When it comes to antiques, price doesn't reflect value: proper identification relating a good story tells prospective buyers why an item is valuable.
Columnist Wayne Jordan argues haggling is bad for the antiques business and explains customers and dealers would be better served by negotiating: Haggling is all about price; negotiating is about an exchange of value.