How Sèvres survived the French Revolution and why it’s so hard to avoid fakes and pastiches

sevres floral holdersSèvres porcelain was favored by European royalty, the aristocracy of the 19th century, and the 20th century’s great collectors. Its story begins in 1708, when, following frenzied experimentation, as German alchemist Johann Bottger discovered the formula for strong, delicate, translucent hard-paste porcelain. Learn more about this exquisite art and how the market treats the difference between Sèvres and Sèvres-style porcelain.
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Ancient Egyptian necklaces and other fine antiques to be auctioned online on Proxibid

An auction Aug. 13, 2011 includes three breathtaking pieces of antiquity that were displayed in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian Jewel Room for more than 25 years. Two necklaces dating back to the Armana Period 1130 B.C., were crafted during the New Kingdom, which was a time when art and design was at its height. Colors were vibrant, which can be seen in the reds, yellow and greens used in the glazed composition pendants on two of the three necklaces up for auction. The third necklace is a beautiful example of an amulet necklace with the female protector, Bastet.

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Weekly Antiques Auction Ads: Aug. 9-23, 2011

Each week AntiqueTrader.com features all half-page and full page advertisements from the most recent edition of the print magazine, extending our commitment to help our customers find new customers. In this space you’ll see fresh updates to the latest advertisements featuring direct links to the advertisers’ websites. Click on the thumbnail to view or download the entire advertisement!
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30 gallon double leaf stoneware crock brings $5,000 at Red Wing Collectors Society Convention

A 30 gallon salt glaze crock with two leaves brought the highest bid at this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society auction in July. Although unsigned, its perfect condition drove the bidding to $5,000. The 35th Annual RWCS Convention July 6-9, 2011 brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware. Other items of interest in this year’s auction included a 2 gallon Ice Water cooler selling for $2,600 and a 12 gallon salt glaze leaf crock bringing $1,900.
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How eBay’s fraud protection plan boosts your sales (even if you don’t sell on eBay)

Columnist Wayne Jordan says eBay’s Fraud Protection Program is a response to the atmosphere of distrust – distrust that has existed in the art and antiques market for decades. Without trust, a loyal user base cannot be established, and without loyal customers a company cannot grow. He gives credit to eBay for making an effort to sort all of this out and claims the company’s efforts to control fraud help all online sellers. Read More +

Western Pennsylvania’s Scalp Level Art School paintings earning national recognition

A September 2011 sale offers a rare glimpse at the work of a group of painters strongly tied to Western Pennsylvania. Like the Hudson River School, the Scalp Level School was a loosely knit group of artists who trekked into the woods to capture the fading beauty of America’s countryside. Iinstead of leaving New York City to paint scenic views of the Hudson River Valley or the Catskills, they left the smoky streets of Pittsburgh to paint sweeping landscapes near Johnston, Pa., and beyond.
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Readers’ Letters: Disappointed in show cancellation; Good examples of bad business behavior

Subscribers give feedback on why show promoters should make their events easy and convenient for attendees to visit by allowing pets at outdoor antiques fairs; how one auctioneer cheated a bidder out of a rare Hopalong Cassidy lunch box and wonderful comment on Antique Trader’s new format and free Picker’s List want ad service (only for subscribers).
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Former FBI agent turned author Robert Wittman’s first-ever art crime seminar a ‘hit’ with attendees

Former FBI agent and author Robert Wittman’s first-ever seminar June 13, 2011 on how the art business can protect itself against the growing threat of art crime attracted 13 attendees, including Antique Trader columnist Caroline Ashleigh. The week, consisting of five days of instruction and discussion with field experts, was a one-of-a-kind seminar in which each participant personally interacted with the material and presenters. The result was a seminar described by participants as unmatched in quality of topics, expert presentations, and atmosphere.
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Fostoria glass rarities show up at 12th annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show in Nashville

Dealers at the 12th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show packed the Tennessee State Fairgrounds with elegant and depression glass, July 16-17, 2011 including some rare pieces. Two of the rarer pieces at the show included a Fostoria American soap dish and a Cambridge glass owl lamp. The Fostoria soap dish was complete with lid and was priced at $3,500. The owl lamp was priced at $2,100.
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