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Circus Day in America

ArtfixDaily / July 15th, 2010

A lively exhibition at Vermont's Shelburne Museum is a multi-sensory experience celebrating Circus Day, the once-popular holiday which brought entire communities together. During the Golden Age of the American circus (1870-1950) schools closed, factories shut down, and farmers left their fields ...

Fusco & Four to relaunch Ellis Boston Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2010

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 ...

Functional Beauties: Hooked rugs cover Maine this summer

ArtfixDaily / June 13th, 2010

Antique hooked rugs are a folk art form prized by collectors for their originality and artistry. This summer, both the Farnsworth Art Museum and renowned textiles specialist Laura Fisher are celebrating the best of historic hooked rugs in separate, special exhibitions on the Maine coast. Since ...

Top ten things to know about the American flag

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2010

Many people think that the flag we love so much as Americans was born alongside the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, or at least in the general vicinity of that day, but it was actually brought to life by the Flag Act of 1777, passed by Congress on June 14th of that year. York, ...

Antiques found in Silicon Valley; Ceramics, Americana to feature in two fairs

ArtfixDaily / May 24th, 2010

"Antiques Roadshow" will air its last episode taped in San Jose on Thursday night. The heart of the high-tech region yielded up some treasures including a circa 1815 chronometer and a suite of lithographs by marine artist Frederic Cozzens (1846-1928). Also in San Jose, the new Vintage Glass, ...

Fresh-to-market rarities at Thomaston Place weekend auction

Village Soup / May 18th, 2010

A canvas-on-panel fireboard depicting a fantastical Garden of Eden scene, by naïve Revivalist Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900), has been plucked for auction from a Brunswick, Maine, home.  This re-discovered piece of Americana, with a pre-sale estimate of ...

America's oldest hostelry hosts new antiques show

Community Advocate / May 6th, 2010

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 ...

Bird decoy sales take off this week

Chicago Sun-Times / April 20th, 2010

Folk art and antique decoy collectors have descended upon the 45th National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show for room-to-room trading this week at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The theme this year is Southern Decoys. The resort will also host a corresponding ...

Enthusiasm for Americana at TAAS

Maine Antique Digest / March 22nd, 2010

From William and Mary gate-leg tables to Art Deco silver, The American Antiques Show saw some swift sales last January, but nothing was selling like hotcakes, according to Maine Antique Digest's recap of the Americana Week event in New York. "It is a good time for savvy money to be in the ...

The appeal of duck decoys

Clevelan Plain-Dealer / March 7th, 2010

The collecting bug hit Jon Deeter, of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association (ODCCA), with the gift of an old, beat-up decoy carved in the 1930s. He now pursues the thrill of hunting down antique decoys, especially vintage Mason Decoy Factory. The 33rd annual ODCCA Show on March ...

Steady sales in Americana

Maine Antiques Digest / February 24th, 2010

Maine Antique Digest's Lita Solis-Cohen recaps the January Americana sale at Christie's which reaped a decent $5,681,025 (including buyers' premiums) for 398 lots sold. The recession-induced dip in the antiques market was evident with American furniture. Lots in the $50,000 range proved soft with ...

Bradford painting, mocha pottery on the block in Boston

Auction Central News / February 23rd, 2010

A luminous William Bradford oil depicting a whaleship off New Bedford (est. $60,000-$80,000) is among the highlights in Skinner's March 7 Americana auction. Also of note is an elegant Simon Willard tall clock in a classic Roxbury case (est. $30,000-$50,000), an enormous collection of mocha ...

Signs of Rebound in Antiques Market

New York Times Art / February 17th, 2010

After 12 months in which antiques sales were down and prices fell, collectors and dealers again flocked to major antique shows last month in New York. Red dots were plentiful, but according to some of the shows' exhibitors, there are still good buys to be had in certain categories, such as ...

Leigh Keno's auction premiere to offer a boat-load of Americana

Hartford Courant / February 11th, 2010

Recently, American antiques expert Leigh Keno, of "Antiques Roadshow" fame, has been making many housecalls looking for objects for his newest venture — the inaugural auction of Keno Auctions, to be held at the Marriott Stamford (CT.) on May 1 and 2. He's already amassed an impressive sale ...

American Charmer: Folk artist Grandma Moses on the block in Nov.

Citizen Times / October 29th, 2009

Just in time for the holidays, "Grandmother's House We Go,” by self-taught artist Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses, New York and Virginia, 1860-1961), is up for sale at North Carolina's Brunk Auctions on Nov. 14. Her 1940 painting depicts a family in a horse-drawn sleigh crossing a bridge ...

$48k Schoolgirl Stitches: Southern sampler snags auction record

Maine Antiques Digest / October 27th, 2009

A rare and exceptionally well-preserved silk-on-linen sampler stitched by Sarah Ann Gibbons in 1834 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, its colors bright and clear, opened at $9000 and quickly moved past the $20,000/30,000 estimate last July. Virginia auctioneer Jeffrey Evans brought the hammer down at ...

Creative Spaces: Mixing folk art, antique styles in a Spanish Colonial

Architectural Digest / October 12th, 2009

“Each object becomes a piece of art,” Malibu-based designer Karin Blake says of her treatment of folk art in her clients' Los Angeles house. She placed an antique rocking horse on an 1890 sideboard with an oil by Rufino Tamayo. Her signature style is a blend of antiques, often from unexpected ...

Quilts come in from the cold, with V&A collection as an art show

London Times / September 2nd, 2009

It is one of the common threads that runs through the great art collections of the world — among the masterpieces of Velázquez and Manet, Rennaissance frescoes, and the Venus de Milo, you are unlikely ever to come across a quilt. Now, though, the craft once disparaged as a pastime for bored women ...