Holt Printing of Declaration of Independence Fetches Record Price at Auction

  • Watertown Daily Times
  • November 12, 2017 16:41
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

One of five known 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence printed in New York by John Holt sold for a record price to a California collector at auction on Saturday. Blanchard's in Potsdam, New York, sold the newly-discovered document for $1.5 million, setting a world record for any New ...

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Newly Found Copy of Declaration of Independence at Auction in Nov.

  • New York Times
  • October 08, 2017 23:19
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

A trove of historical documents belonging to a descendant of early British settlers in Long Island will emerge for the first time on the auction market next month, reports the New York Times. The star lot of the consignment is a copy of the Declaration of Independence--a rare and newly ...

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Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

  • May 11, 2017 18:04
The East Room of the White House, 1990s.

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady Jacqueline ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Hamilton Musical Set Designer Installs Display for Sotheby's Americana Week

  • January 11, 2017 15:28
Edward Hicks, Penn's Treaty (estimate $800,000/1.2 million)

David Korins, set designer for the Broadway hit Hamilton, served as creative director for Sotheby's installation of Americana Week in New York. Previews opened Wednesday for the blockbuster sales series, from Jan. 18 to 21, with art and objects that span centuries of American craftsmanship. ...

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Items From 'Modernist Icon' The Four Seasons Restaurant at Auction

  • Dezeen
  • June 16, 2016 20:45
Barcelona chairs and ottomans by van der Rohe.

The Philip Johnson-designed The Four Seasons restaurant in New York is considered by many as "one of the rarest phenomena in Modernism." The restuarant is an unusual intact example of the International Style shown through its architecture and every element of decor. Wright will auction off ...

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Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges House Withdrawn From Auction, Its Contents Snapped Up

  • February 23, 2016 11:35
 Dining Room of the Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges Residence featuring works by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Alex Katz, and Frank Lloyd Wright sold at auction to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction at LAMA

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) withdrew the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, from its February 21 sale of Modern Art & Design. The cantilevered redwood-and-brick residence, the only Californian example of Wright's Usonian housing, carried a pre-sale ...

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Sotheby's Loses $12 Million on Taubman Sale, But Wins Top Auction Price For Americana Week

  • January 25, 2016 14:25
Angel Gabriel weathervane from The American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin sold for $1.3 million.

Sotheby’s secured an overall total of $18.9 million for its Americana Week auctions ending Sunday. The news came after Friday's announcement that the auction house had an estimated $12 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2015 as a result of the A. Alfred Taubman sale, featuring works from the ...

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Quirky to Classic Americana Served Up at Sotheby's

  • Sotheby's
  • January 21, 2016 22:12
The living room of Irvin and Anita Schorsch’s Pennsylvania home, Hidden Glen Farms.

Cornelius Vanderbilt's gold cigar case. A New Orleans Voodoo Clock. And "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled" are what Sotheby's says are on offer this week as part of Americana Week in New York. City-wide auctions, shows, exhibitions and events kicked off on Wednesday, ...

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

  • October 22, 2015 16:11
Shell cameo of an angel in high relief from exhibitor Arthur Guy Kaplan.

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock to find treasures at the San Francisco ...

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Public Re-Opening of Gracie Mansion will Showcase Art Additions

  • October 14, 2015 12:50
Watercolor portraits of Pierre Toussaint and his wife, Juliette Noel Toussaint, circa 1825, attributed to Anthony Meucci

Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor of New York City, has once again been transformed. Built in 1799, the stately Federal style mansion (East End Ave and 88th St.) underwent a $7-million restoration in 2002, and when first occupied in 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his ...

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Adirondack Museum's Antiques Show and Sale Opens This Weekend

  • September 13, 2015 14:38
Baxter Mountain, Keene Valley, Adirondacks, 1865, by William Richardson Tyler (1825 - 1896) is one of the historical fine art pieces presented by Saratoga Fine Art at the Adirondack Museum’s Antiques Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.  19 and 20.

On the heels of its popular Rustic Furniture Fair last weekend, the Adirondack Museum will host the country's top dealers in art, antiques and vintage pieces embodying the mountain "Great Camp" style this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ablaze in the bright hues of ...

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On the Market: Landscape Architect Lockwood de Forest's Santa Barbara Home

  • September 09, 2015 14:40
Lockwood de Forest estate

Lockwood de Forest III (1896-1949) was an astute painter of poetic landscapes like his father, the renowned artist-designer Lockwood de Forest Jr. (1850-1932). Yet the younger de Forest (known professionally at Lockwood de Forest Jr.) chose instead to design landscapes, particluarly California ...

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Colonial Williamsburg Offers to Help Protect Iraq's Artifacts, Cyber Attack Follows

  • March 12, 2015 22:27
Screenshot of history.org, the official website of Colonial Williamsburg

The website of Colonial Williamsburg -- www.history.org -- was hacked last weekend in one of several cyber attacks on U.S. websites by a group claiming to be Islamic State. The incident followed an event at Colonial Williamsburg where president Mitchell Reiss, a former senior U.S. diplomat, ...

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Hawaii's Iolani Palace Recovers Long-Lost Furnishings

  • February 25, 2015 22:06
Raising American Flag at United States Annexation Ceremony at ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii.  The American marines performing the ceremony are from the USS Philadelphia.  Collection: Ray Jerome Baker Collection.  1898.

Parisian-made china and Sheffield plate silverware that once graced King Kalakaua's table are among a trove of furnishings that have recently been returned to Iolani Palace, the royal residence in Hawaii. Sold off at auction in the early 1900s,  the dispersion of royal property followed the ...

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Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

  • New York Times
  • August 27, 2014 23:38
Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin.

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

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Keno Brothers Take Furniture Collection to Online Retailer One Kings Lane

  • August 07, 2014 15:59
Checkerboard sideboard, designed by Keno Bros.  Sale price: $3,299.

American antique specialists Leigh and Leslie Keno, widely-known for their "Antiques Roadshow" television appearances, are bringing their own line of furniture to the masses through "flash sale" Website One Kings Lane.

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Americana Week: Buyers Find Plenty of Treasures, from Folk to Fancy

  • January 28, 2014 00:30
Guests mingling in front of the Peabody Essex Museum loan exhibition.

For collectors and curators looking for the unusual, the beautiful, the "best of the best," or simply a take-home slice of Americana, Antiques Week in New York offered it all.

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Sotheby's Sued by S.C Johnson Over Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture

  • December 12, 2013 23:21
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed desk (lot 147) estimated at $400,000 to $600,000 at Sotheby's.

Household products maker S.C. Johnson has sued Sotheby's over the upcoming sale of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed desk and chair set made for the company's headquarters.

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"Making It in America" Exhibition to Open at RISD Museum

  • October 02, 2013 22:17
Frank Weston Benson, Lady Trying on a Hat , 1904, Gift of Walter Callender, Henry D.  Sharpe, Howard L.  Clark, William Gammell , and Isaac C.  Bates.  Courtesy of the RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

More than 100 outstanding works of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s collection illuminate connections between American ambitions and the making of art in "Making It in America."

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