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From the Editor: French Quarter secrets come alive during Mardi Gras

In the latest issue (Feb. 19) of Antique Trader we delve into the festive and fascinating traditions behind Mardi Gras invitations, as well as bold antiques business tips and artistic mastery.

One of the best quotes I’ve read in a long time can be found in our Feb. 19, 2014 issue, in the cover story about Mardi Gras invitations. In relation to the closely guarded traditions surrounding this fascinating and festive category of collectibles, famed collector Arthur Hardy, a fifth generation New Orleanian said, “We take our traditions of secrecy very seriously in New Orleans.”

I for one am happy you do, Mr. Hardy. It certainly adds to the mystique and intrigue of

Feb. 19, 2014 issue

Feb. 19, 2014 issue

Mardi Gras and New Orleans in general. Join our print editor Karen Knapstein for a journey into the collectible world of Carnival season. Check it out>>

If you’re in the mood to help out a fellow collector, we have just the thing, Antique Trader Picker's List. In this issue a couple of readers are looking for a American brilliant period cut glass “Chester” pattern sugar bowl, and the boom for a Structo Fire Truck, among other things. Of course, if you are in search of an elusive “this” or a memory-laden “that,” consider taking advantage of this exclusive subscriber benefit and submit it to Picker’s List at Antique Trader, 700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990. Some of the best people to turn to are people who share your collecting enthusiasms.

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In her Art Markets column, Mary Manion explores the life and work of Johann Berthelsen, a creative force in both music and painting. One of the things I enjoyed most about the column, and I think you may as well, is the way Manion explains his approach to his art. She writes, “The artist’s mastery of light and dark, worked to perfection through the subtle gestures of his brush…”

In the Knowing Your Business column, we introduce you to Lofty, a newcomer to the fine antiques and art online marketplace.

May the coming weeks bring you opportunities to find the treasures you seek, and adventures that introduce you to new treasures, too.


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