Antiquities

Chinese export hand mirror brings $5,500

This Chinese export hand mirror certainly reflected the buyer’s passion for Asian antiques.  Bringing $5,500, the mirror is composed of metal with enameling and Nephrite jade carved plaques on each side of the handle and the back side of the top. The circa 19th-century mirror measures 9 1/2 inches by 5 inches and was...

A slow economic recovery hurts archive preservation, too

The last year saw many historical auctions perform better than most auctioneers and industry spotters could have ever predicted. This growing trend doesn’t get a lot of critical attention in the mainstream media, well, except for the six-figure price tags. It appears our nation’s history is being sold off to the highest (private) bidder....

Collecting clubs, societies ready for 2011 activities

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Antiques and collectibles collecting clubs and societies are making plans earlier than usual for their 2011 shows and conventions. The Association of Collecting Clubs (ACC) already has well over 500 club events posted on their Club-Sponsored Events Calendar. According to Larry Krug, ACC co-founder, the club-Sponsored Events Calendar is the only...

Estimated at $10K, Dragon jar soars to $7.6M

SAN FRANCISCO — A blue and white porcelain Dragon jar sold for $7,658,000 in the Fine Asian Works of Art sale Dec. 13 at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco. The 360-lot sale brought more than $19 million with the vast majority of the lots fetching multiples of their estimates. The excitement in the...

Skinner announces new blog

Skinner Inc., one of the world’s premier auction houses, has announced a launch of their new blog. With galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Mass., Skinner is a leading auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art. The auction house conducts auctions year-round in both locations. Skinner’s specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts,...