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 +

30 gallon butterfly crock brings $12,750 at Red Wing Collectors Society sale

Red Wing 30 gallon crock

A 30-gallon salt glaze crock with a cobalt butterfly decoration sold for $12,750 at the July 12, 2012 Red Wing Collectors Society auction. The RWCS celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year’s convention, which brought more than 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 11-14, 2012 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, pottery and dinnerware. Read More +