Massachusetts’ finest estates and collections coming May 21, 2011

More than 500 lots of top market antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry and watches, including a 12-piece R.J. Horner figural carved dining set is set to light up a May 21 sale in Pittsfield, Mass. The sale is punctuated by several pieces from Tiffany studios. A key find is a bronze inkwell with the fine figure of a crab, its claws reaching forward, pinching the coiled handles of the inkwell pot mounted with an oyster shell.
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Asian objects, fine clocks and Tabriz Persian carpet may headline April sale

Vintage clocks including a fine mahogany tall case clock signed by David Weatherly, an enamel moon disk dial attributed to Patton and Jones and an early 19th century mahogany tall case clock with a heroic painted dial signed by Abraham Cassell of Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) are just three of the lots auctioneer Gordon Converse says are generating tremendous buzz for his April 23, 2011 auction in Malvern, Pa.
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Americana Week 2011 shows shine a spotlight on America’s antiques heritage

A variety of  Big Apple auctions, shows and even museums shined a spotlight on American heritage during New York’s Americana Week. Held Jan. 21-23, 2011, venues emphasize the American heritage in fine art, home furnishings and furniture and folk art. The antiques shows were full with dealers from all across the country exhibiting what they have found in their own areas or in their travels that fits their own styles and tastes in Americana. Read More +

Faberge teamed with Civil War rarities in Feb. 19 auction

Although you can often find a pair of Carl Faberge silver figural candelabra alongside a selection or rare and important figural clocks, it’s rare to find them paired in a sale of Civil War uniforms and pistols. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is set to sell these and more in a marathon auction Feb. 19. In addition to Russian silver and estate jewelry, the auction will feature a metal-bodied Queen’s Lancer drum, 10 1/2 inches high by 15 1/2 inches wide, colorful and complete with two drumsticks.
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Belter, Dresden and clocks make up 600 fresh-to-market finds

More than 600 lots of fresh-to-the-market finds from five important estates  are coming to sale Jan. 15 by Stevens Auction Company. Furniture by famed artisan J. & J.W. Meeks will include a rosewood rococo laminated pierce-carved sofa in the Stanton Hall pattern and among the decorative accessories is a three-piece Dresden center bowl with figural renderings and flower décor.
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Alabama museum buys two rare Lehman political jars

Asheville, N.C.: Gail Andrews, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, knew what she wanted and it didn’t take her long to get it. The two political jars she sought crossed the block during the first hour of Brunk Auctions sale on November 13. Both were Alabama treasures made by one of the state’s most celebrated potters: German-born John Lehman (1825-circa 1885). Read More +