Mystical and practical: Art and antiques playing vital role in Emerald Isle’s economy

This Paul Henry painting of Dugort Bay, Ireland, circa 1920, fetched $48,574 at Bonhams recent 20th Century British and Irish Art auction. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

The growing appreciation and international interest in Irish antiques is not lost on many of those who call Ireland home — and who see multiple benefits of a healthy and globally connected antiques sector. As Ireland continues to fight its way back from a devastating recession that has plagued the country for the past three to four years, a strengthening export market for Ireland (with more than 50 percent of exporters reporting growth in 2012) holds promise. 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 +

Dealers and collectors bid a soggy farewell to 2011′s Brimfield antiques show season

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Weather again menaced Brimfield for this season’s final gathering September 6-11, 2011 with rain Tuesday and a storm Wednesday overnight called the hundred year rainfall by the weather reporters on TV and radio. The rain was so severe it saturated the field at Mays Antiques Market preventing dealers from driving onto the grounds for Thursday’s opening. The show did eventually open Friday with about half the dealers who were still in town ready to show and sell. Read More +