Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

  • Conde Nast
  • March 08, 2017 12:55
The morning chocolate by Pietro Longhi; Venice, 1775–1780

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

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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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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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Jewish Heirs Sue Germany Over $226 Million Medieval Treasure

  • February 24, 2015 14:41
A 16th century silver figure of Mary and infant Jesus, on display with the Welfenschatz collection in Berlin.

The heirs of Jewish art dealers who sold a trove of medieval treasures to the Nazis are suing the German state in a U.S. lawsuit. Gestapo founder Herman Goering orchestrated the sale in 1935 with four Jewish art dealers who received millions of dollars. The collection is now thought to be worth ...

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Winston Churchill's Belongings, Paintings Under the Hammer

  • Guardian
  • December 15, 2014 13:39
Winston Churchill

An auction of Winston Churchill's personal possessions is set for Dec. 17 at Sotheby's in London. A preview is underway of the items left by his last surviving child, Lady Mary Soames, who died last June, aged 91. A gallery of Churchill's own paintings, regarded as the most important group ever ...

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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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George Washington Wine Cooler Reaps $782,500 at Christie's

  • January 22, 2012 18:40
A George Washington wine cooler fetched $782,500, above its $600,000 estimate.

A wine cooler, which George Washington presented to Alexander Hamilton as a gift, far exceeded its expected sale price at auction, going for $782,500 on January 19th. The cooler was designed according to specifications given by George Washington himself...

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Record gold, silver prices spark antiques meltdown

  • Bloomberg
  • August 07, 2011 17:13
Antique silver pieces are being melted down as prices rise for precious metal.

A buffet of 18th- and 19th-century silver and gold boxes, candlesticks, flatware and salvers are increasingly heading to the furnace as prices for precious metals have soared in 2011. Collectors and attic raiders are...

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Spring Show attracts fresh crowd, steady sales

  • Art Newspaper
  • May 03, 2011 19:35
Reginald Marsh (1898–1954) New York City Women.  Tempera and watercolor on paper, 22 5/8 x 31 3/8 inches.  Questroyal Fine Art.

The inaugural Spring Show, organized by the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America, had a promising first-run at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. About 1,495 attendees, including a contingent of designers, celebrities, and collectors, enjoyed the opening night party on April 27. Over the ...

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New art fair finds a niche in Naples

  • Naplesnews.com
  • March 08, 2011 15:33
Hammer Galleries showed a collection of works by Renoir.

Veteran show organizer David Lester estimated that sales soared to between $10 million and $20 million at his inaugural Naples International Art & Antiques Show. About 80% of visitors to the new 4-day show were locals from the southwest Florida city of Naples, but Lester told Naplesnews.com ...

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Renoir to Richter, antique pistols to rare gems shine at Palm Beach fair

  • artinfo
  • February 09, 2011 18:07
Jeune Femme au Chapeau Noir by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, from Hammer Galleries, at the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach through Feb.  13, 2011.

Nearly 8,000 guests flocked to the gala preview of the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach last weekend. About 40,000 visitors are expected altogether to peruse the booths of 66 dealers, down from 84 last year. The 15th edition of the fair, which runs through Feb. 13 at the Palm ...

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Kroll painting, Chinese export smash auction estimates

  • September 16, 2010 16:30
Ten Chinese export armorial plates, ca.  1720, brought $16,157.50.

Ten Chinese Export armorial plates, conservatively estimated at $1,000 to $2,000, catapulted to a final bid of $16,157.50 (including 15% buyers premium) at Cleveland-based Aspire Auctions' recent sale ending Sept. 2. The Kang Hsi (circa 1720) plates, noted as heavily glazed with carved rims, ...

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Collectors' guide to Georg Jensen silver

  • Telegraph
  • August 19, 2010 15:13
Tazza designed by Georg Jensen sold for £2,750 at Christie's in London this year.

Judith Miller reveals the top ten things you should know before buying antique and new Georg Jensen silver, from popular patterns of hollowware to price ranges, as well as styles and forms to look out for. "Prices rose about 15 per cent over the past decade, but levelled out during the ...

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Turner landscape, silver wine cooler set records at Sotheby's

  • July 07, 2010 21:38
Turner's “Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino”

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles won J.M.W. Turner's ethereal final painting of Rome, “Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino” (1839) for $44.9 million (with fees) at a Sotheby's sale in London on Wednesday. In pristine condition, the work reached an auction record for the British master, soundly ...

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Fusco & Four to relaunch Ellis Boston Antiques Show

  • June 24, 2010 18:04
The Ellis Boston Antiques Show will take place at The Cyclorama, a post-Civil War circular domed building which is part of the Boston Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Boston's South End.

The Ellis Antiques Show, Boston's premier fair which ran for 49 years through 2008, will be resurrected for a comeback, October 13 to 16, 2011. Show producers Fusco & Four will relaunch the show at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for The Arts, with 40 exhibitors of the highest quality, drawn ...

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America's oldest hostelry hosts new antiques show

  • Community Advocate
  • May 06, 2010 22:24
Longfellow's Wayside Inn Historic Landmark, Sudbury, MA

Longfellow's Wayside Inn in historic Sudbury, Mass., is holding its inaugural Antiques Show May 14 through 16. Nearly 50 premier antiques dealers from around the country will offer American art, American and European furniture, ceramics, silver, books, jewelry, folk art and more. American ...

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$150 million expansion illuminates VMFA collections

  • Daily Press
  • May 05, 2010 13:58
The new James W.  and Frances G.  McGlothlin Wing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  (Photo by Travis Fullerton, © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

The venerable Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has added 165,000-square-feet in order to properly display its immense holdings.  Emerging from the vaults to new galleries will be the museum's Pre-Colombian and Native American collections. Permanent collection galleries will increase 50% in size ...

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Keno Auctions debuts with record-smashing Chippendale chest

  • Antiques and the Arts
  • May 04, 2010 20:43
The James Beekman Chippendale chest, New York, circa 1752, estimated at $200/600,000, sold for $1,428,000.

A record price for New York furniture was set at Leigh Keno's inaugral auction last weekend. The James Beekman Chippendale carved mahogany chest of drawers from the shop of Thomas Brookman, with carving attributed to Henry Hardcastle, circa 1752, estimated at $200/600,000, sold for ...

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Buzzworthy Americana at Philadelphia Antiques Show, Apr. 17-20

  • Phillyburbs.com
  • April 13, 2010 16:21
Two Plates, Made in China, about 1735 and about 1740.  Reeves Collection, Museum Purchase and Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis Roach Director

Exhibitor Todd Prickett, of C.L. Prickett, will showcase a "phenomenal" tall case clock made by Matthew Egerton. Prickett says, "It's the finest form, and...original feet, original surface."

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Imperial Russian box returns to the market

  • Luxist
  • April 01, 2010 23:00
An important Imperial Russian silver box to be offered April 11th at William J.  Jenack in Chester, NY.

A heated bidding battle took an Imperial Russian silver box, with a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate, to $400,000 at a William J. Jenack auction in 2008. The winning bidder never paid up so the box is back on the block April 11. Made by I.P. Khlebnikov, a craftsman who worked for the House of Fabergé ...

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