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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...

A pair of cast iron campana style urns on integral plinths, the shallow wide brimmed lobbed bowls above waisted socles, the stepped plinths with impressed crazed patterning. English, 1870s.

Garden antiques freshen outdoor living spaces

Gardens are our little pockets of calm where we can escape the city, relax and recharge. Despite the benefits of time outside, gardens often get left neglected or in need of TLC. A quick and effective way to bring your space back to life is to add architectural items such as...

Scarce Toppie the Elephant lunch box.

Collectibles Wanted: Collectors looking to buy

Collectibles Wanted: Toppie the Elephant lunchbox My name is Allen Woodall, curator of The Lunchbox Museum here in Columbus, Georgia. I’ve been looking for a 1957 Toppie Lunchbox for quite some time for the museum. I’ve acquired the matching thermos. It’s predominantly yellow and red and it features Toppie the elephant....

French enameled jewelry casket available on Ruby Lane

Ooh La La: French antiques aplenty on Ruby Lane

Search for “French” on RubyLane.com and before you pops up more than 5,000 different selections of French antiques from the half million items available through the online marketplace. Antiques & Uncommon Treasure of San Marcos, California, offers a unique early 19th century mother-of-pearl Palais Royal tazza (currently sale priced at $447)....

Antoinette Rahn

Antique Trader editor sends a fond farewell

Antique Trader editor takes new position It’s been a few weeks since we’ve connected. During this time, which we’ve taken to calling the ‘summer hiatus,’ a lot has gone on. One of the things to have occurred is a change in leadership of this celebrated antique and collectibles reference. After nearly...