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 +

Japan Society Gallery offering survey of Japanese Art Deco

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The Gallery at Japan Society considers this phenomenon from March 16 to June 10, 2012 in “Deco Japan: Shaping Modern Culture, 1920-1945.”

The exhibition assembles fine examples of the sophisticated craftsmanship and design one associates with Japan-in ceramics, lacquerware, glass, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, sculpture, painting, and lithography – contextualized by colorful ephemera and goods mass-produced for the modern home. Read More +