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

ArtfixDaily / September 9th, 2015

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, ...

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

ArtfixDaily / March 12th, 2015

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. ...

Hawaii's Iolani Palace Recovers Long-Lost Furnishings

ArtfixDaily / February 25th, 2015

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 ...

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

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

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.

Keno Brothers Take Furniture Collection to Online Retailer One Kings Lane

ArtfixDaily / August 7th, 2014

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.

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

ArtfixDaily / January 27th, 2014

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.

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

ArtfixDaily / December 12th, 2013

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.

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

ArtfixDaily / October 2nd, 2013

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."

Catherine Sweeney Singer to Take Helm of Philadelphia Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / July 31st, 2013

Executive director of New York City's prestigious Winter Antiques Show, Catherine Sweeney Singer has now been named Director of the Philadelphia Antiques Show.

George Washington Signed Books Hit Auction Block

ArtfixDaily / April 16th, 2013

Seven books from George Washington's library at Mount Vernon, each signed by the president, will headline the June 4 sale of “The Library of a Distinguished American Book Collector”...

Oakland Museum Struck by 2 Burglaries

SFGate / January 9th, 2013

Valuable Gold Rush artifacts were stolen from the Oakland Museum of California in separate burglaries over the course of two months, according to police.

American Folk Art Museum to Return Most of Esmerian Gift

ArtfixDaily / January 2nd, 2013

Last month, a motion was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New York's American Folk Art Museum to relinquish 210 objects promised by former benefactor Ralph Esmerian.

Rarities at 2012 Auctions to go on Public Display

New York Times / January 1st, 2013

Private collectors and museum storage units yielded up several unusual pieces at auctions in 2012 that are now headed for public view.

Wendell D. Garrett, Decorative Arts Specialist, Remembered

Antiques & the Arts Weekly / November 20th, 2012

Wendell D. Garrett, well-known as an American decorative arts expert on the TV series "Antiques Roadshow" and as an editor of The Magazine Antiques, died in Williston, Vermont, on Nov. 14. He was 83.

Brad Pitt Debuts Art Deco-style Furniture Collection

ArtfixDaily / November 5th, 2012

Actor Brad Pitt is delving into the world of furniture design. His Art Nouveau and Art Deco-inspired collection will be launched in...

George Washington's Constitution Copy On View at Mount Vernon

CBS / September 17th, 2012

Nearly $10 million was spent to acquire George Washington's copy of the Constitution, complete with his handwritten notes on Presidential duties, for display at the Founding Father's Mount Vernon estate.

Smithsonian Buys Benjamin Franklin Suit; His 1778 Bust Reported Stolen in Penn.

Washington Post / August 30th, 2012

Donors have helped the Smithsonian purchase Benjamin Franklin’s three-piece silk suit worn on a pivotal diplomatic mission to France in 1778. Just last week, a valuable portrait bust of Franklin, also dated 1778, was reported stolen from a private home...

Naval Flag Collection Fetches $784,500 at Auction

Washington Post / May 1st, 2012

Eleven rare and historic naval flags brought a total of $784,500 at a Freeman's auction in Philadelphia, according to reports. Banners that flew over the course of two centuries from the USS Constitution...

Americana Week Tops $47 Million in Auction Sales

Antiques and the Arts / January 26th, 2012

Nearly $47 million was spent on American art and antiques at five auction houses during Americana Week in New York. About 2,000 lots were offered in sales from January 16 to 22 during the focused series of events that includes a host of related antiques fairs, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions. Five highlights from the sales:

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Receives $8 Million Grant

ArtfixDaily / January 25th, 2012

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, in Greensburg, Penn., has received the largest donation in its history, which will go towards its endowment and capital campaign. An $8 million grant from...