Crowell great blue heron decoy earns $31,050

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An extremely rare miniature great blue heron made by renowned American carver A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) sold for $31,050. It was an auction record for a Crowell miniature, breaking the previous mark set about five minutes earlier, when the lot immediately preceding the blue heron – an American egret standing 8 1/2 inches tall and boasting the superb original paint – changed hands for $25,875. Read More +

More than 2,000 dealers turn out for Madison Bouckville Antiques Week 2012

Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival 2012

The little hamlet of Bouckville had its front yards, hay fields and pastures covered with tents filled with antiques for many thousands of shoppers Aug. 11-19. Ranging in size from one exhibiting dealer in front of a single house in the center of the village to the biggest field known as the Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival with about 500 exhibitors, there were antiques of all varieties for the shoppers to peruse and purchase. Read More +

America’s tramp art legacy

tramp art frame

In the new book, “A Legacy in Tramp Art”, author Clifford Wallach writes of artists who toiled in wood and of the people who include tramp art in collections. He presents tramp art as an important art movement in regard to the artistic legacy of the common man who produced art not in the schools or workshops that taught or produced art, but in their homes. Tramp art, Wallach shows, defines folk art in its purest sense. Read More +

Rare Pennsylvania parade hat may sell for $30,000 in antique advertising auction

A wealth of rare antique signs, figures and other promotional items will be offered April 20-21, 2012 at Morphy Auction. The 1,260-lot sale incorporates an array of signage, with the centerpiece being the revered Coca-Cola advertising collection of the late Michael Narvaez. Also featured is an exceptional parade hat for Diligent Fire Company, possibly of Jim Thorpe, Pa., 1860s, which could bring $20,000 to $30,000. Read More +

Noted antiques dealer David Horst to head Americana division at Morphy Auctions

David Horst Americana Morphy's Auction

Pennsylvania antiques dealer David Horst has joined Morphy Auctions as chief consultant to the company’s Americana department. Horst will handle consignments and cataloging of all Americana and folk art auctioned by Morphy’s. Horst developed a specialty in stoneware and ceramics, with a particular expertise in mocha spatter and gaudy Dutch; as well as Pennsylvania German antiques of all types, including painted furniture. Read More +