Santa Claus is a jolly old elf beloved of children and postcard collectors, but some artists of the early 1900s gave him a less than sentimental image. Even when they got the beard and costume right, they didn’t picture him as someone you’d want in your living room in the middle of the night.
A rare and desirable 1905 Wurlitzer Style 17 PianOrchestra in excellent working condition soared to $120,000 at a huge three-day auction held Oct. 5-7 by Showtime Auction Services.
Kaminski Auctions announces its largest sale of the year offering an eclectic mix of European furnishings, decorative and fine art on Saturday; Sunday features Americana, baseball memorabilia and a single owner folk art collection from Cape Cod.
The top lot of Woodbury Auction's Early Fall Fine Estates Auction is a sterling "w" brooch designed by Alexander Calder, which was offered for the first time at auction.
The top lot in Freeman’s recent sale of American furniture, silver, folk and decorative arts set a record for a blanket chest made by Johannes Spitler, which sold for $350,000. The auction generated excitement and interest among American and International institutions, private collectors and dealers and ultimately realized more than $1.74 million.
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...
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...
After the sale of the Hartford Connecticut Expo Center last September, Barn Star Productions and Frank Gaglio lost their venue for the popular Autumn Hartford Antiques Show. “It is with great disappointment and nearly a year of exhaustive searching that we have canceled our show for October 2012," Gaglio said.
“Days of the Pioneers,” a premier antique show and sale, will make its debut Sept. 14-15 at the Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.
If you think fine design is only for the rich, take a look at some of the work done by humble prison inmates during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Even among the wayward, there is still an urge to create.