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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...

This black enamel, gold and seed pearl mourning brooch is classic for the early Victorian period; seed pearls symbolize tears. The white on black cameo set in gold and decorated by inset black enamel (taille d’epargne) is early to mid-Victorian and may be worn as a mourning piece or simply as a piece of jewelry with only decorative significance. The sharp contrast of black and white in cameos and black enamel on gold were strongly favored during the early to mid-Victorian era.

Identifying hairwork and mourning jewelry

By Dr. Anthony Cavo & Nancy Schuring The popularity of hairwork (jewelry and art made of human hair) reached its pinnacle during the Victorian era. The incorporation of human hair in jewelry began during the Middle Ages and achieved extensive popularity during the Georgian era, but the Victorians embraced the concept...

A final step in the evolution of the chiffonier was the chifforette with the placement of the doors on top of a chest that opened to reveal sliding trays similar to those of a linen press.

Marrying functions results in new furniture forms

While we tend to think of furniture at the least as just inanimate objects or as functional art at best, we have to admit that as forms evolve they do have a tendency to create related families. One unique creation inspires the creation of another similar and related but still somehow...

Quai du Louvre en Hiver, oil on canvas, signed lower right, framed; 8” x 12 1/2” (sight), 14 3/4” x 19” (frame), $12,500. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions

Esteem is rising for Édouard Léon Cortès art

Paintings of Paris, scenes from the Left Bank – the City of Light with the Eiffel Tower hovering in the background. It was an old Hollywood movie cliché, the painter with his easel near the sidewalk café, peddling his work to tourists. The number of Paris street scenes produced and sold...

See which collectibles markets are thriving

When terrified Chicken Little declared “the sky is falling,” was she referring to the Antiques & Collectibles business? One would think so, given recent headlines. Here are just a few: “Why your collectibles are actually worthless” [https://bit.ly/2OY6uNX] “People no longer go into antique shops” [https://bbc.in/2N6AIxH] “How low will market for antiques...

Boy Holding Screaming Baby (Big Brother’s Dilemma)

ARI on the hunt for stolen Norman Rockwell paintings

According to a theft alert released August 24, Art Recovery International (ARI) is searching for two stolen Norman Rockwell paintings. The first stolen painting is Rockwell’s oil on canvas Boy Holding Screaming Baby (Big Brother’s Dilemma), 1921, which measures 61 x 50.8 cm. The second is the much later and smaller...

Lee & Roxanne Bernard of Lee Bernard Antiques, Jackson, WI will share a favorite at the exhibit, stating, “We have one exceptional old composition candy container that has two tabby cats, gray & brown, popping out of a barrel that we bought years ago when we had our first two cats, one of which was gray, the other brown.”

Fall WADA show gives a nod to antique candy containers

By Debbie McArdle Candy containers and their history The 19th century candy container was early packaging and merchandising at its best, designed to delight the affluent child, first with the candy and, afterwards, with the toy that remained. The early 1900s were the golden years for candy containers. The first commercially...