Antique R.S. Prussia centerpiece bowl and service set brings $4,300

Two lots of R.S. Prussia – a 15-inch carnation mold centerpiece bowl and a 13-piece service, also in the carnation mold – realized identical selling prices of $4,300 Jan. 22. The centerpiece bowl was an outstanding example, cobalt blue with floral décor and gold stencil highlights. It boasted great color and condition. The service consisted of a 12-inch chocolate pot, four cups, six saucers, a creamer and a sugar bowl.
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Singer’s ‘Snow In The City’ could top Jan. 29, 2011 fine art sale in Ohio

Several paintings by well known Ohio artist, Clyde Singer, are sure to warm up the bidding in Saturday’s fine art, furniture and decorative arts sale. How apropo that, "Snow In The City," dated 1954, a wonderful winter scene of a bustling city street, will cross the auction block just a week after the Ohio area was pummeled by record snow. "Snow In The City" is expected to sell for $8,000 – $12,000.
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19th-century Italian micromosaic expected to take top lot honors

A remarkable Italian micromosaic artwork depicting the Roman Forum and attributed to Vatican artist Cesare Roccheggiani has emerged from a Florida residence after nearly 90 years of unobtrusive display and will be auctioned on Jan. 30, 2011. The important estate discovery will be offered at Myers Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg as the star attraction in a 500-lot sale of fine European and Asian antiques.
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Tiffany peony border antique lighting fixture floor lamp brings $172,500

Dudley Browne, head of James D. Julia’s glass and lamp department, had a sneaking suspicion the firm’s Dec. 1-2 sale would break new ground. He noted a number of pre-auction cues, such as inquiries from new blood collectors and dealers as well as from veterans who perhaps hadn’t been as active in recent years. His suspicions were confirmed when the auction closed at a very strong $1.9 million in gross sales. The top lot is a spectacular Tiffany peony border floor lamp on a decorated senior base, which sold for $172,500.
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How good design saved McCoy Pottery

Collectors still make the pilgrimage to the McCoy home, to show off their finds and inquire about glazes, designs and eras. Nelson and Billie McCoy do their best to provide information, but as Nelson admits, "You’re talking about a span of more than 80 years. I look at a vase and say, ‘Did my father make it or did I?’" Who do the McCoys credit for the firm’s 142 years of success?
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Bidders investing in wine, Chinese pagoda cabinet brings $34,500

A gorgeous 19th century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet breezed to $34,500 at a Dec. 3-4 auction held in a new, state-of-the-art gallery in Hillsborough, N.C. The first day of the two-day sale was devoted entirely to wines, resulting in six bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (French, 2000), with the original tissue, selling for $12,880.
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Sinatra’s shirt may steal the spotlight in New Year’s antique auction

Frank Sinatra’s custom-made tuxedo shirt, Michael Jackson’s gilt-bronze clock and a stellar array of antiques and fine art awaits bidders in Don Presley Auctions’ Jan. 1-2 sale. Approximately 600 lots will be offered, with the contents ranging from antique ivory and exceptional bronzes to Liberace’s opulent fountains and an ensemble said to have been the property of Marilyn Monroe.
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Rare Arts & Crafts Movement discoveries may lead 20th century arts auction

Modern artwork including paintings, sculpture, and wall hangings, modern furniture are categories expected to dominate Skinner, Inc.’s 20th century furniture and decorative arts auction Dec. 18. Key periods of 20th century design will have take center stage including silver and art pottery from the Arts & Crafts movement. The auction also features antique lighting fixtures,Tiffany lighting, Art Deco lamps and wall sconces. Read More +

Oh! Tannenbaum: Verrecchi vintage Christmas tree pins a holiday delight

Influenced by their father’s jewelry engraving experience, Alfeo Verrecchi’s innovation and his brother Gino’s know-how built one of the world’s greatest costume jewelry companies. Gem-Craft cemented its history in American costume jewelry thanks in part to their wonderfully diverse line of Christmas tree pins. The Gem-Craft line was a fixture at Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Field, Saks Fifth Avenue and, soon after, America’s design culture. Read More +