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Georges Roux (1855–1929).  Night Party at the Universal Exhibition in 1889, under the Eiffel Tower, 1889.  Paris, Musée Carnavalet.  © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

Traveling Exhibition 'Paris 1900: City of Entertainment' Debuts in the U.S. This Fall

Released: August 15, 2018

The Frist Art Museum in Nashville will present Paris 1900: City of Entertainment, an exhibition that revives the splendor of the French capital at the turn of the twentieth century, when millions visited the site of the International Exposition. Organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts in Paris with additional loans from other Parisian museums, the exhibition will be on view in the Frist’s Ingram Gallery from October 12, 2018, through January 6, 2019. The Frist is the first of three venues in the United States to present this iteration of an exhibition that was originally on view ...


New York Classical Rosewood Work Table

Fine Americana Included In Schwenke Auctioneers 400 Lot August 14th Fine Estates Auction

Released: August 12, 2018

Featuring Asian Decorative Arts, Early Continental Furniture and Decorations, Americana and Folk Art, Fine Art and Estate Oriental Rugs  Woodbury, CT – On Tuesday, August 14th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its August Fine Estates Auction with an offering of over 400 lots of estate property which includes a broad selection of Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, folk art and American country furniture, early English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, and estate oriental rugs. According to owner...


Ernest Howard Shepard, ‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie‑the‑Pooh chapter 1, p.  15, 1926.  Pencil on paper.  © The Shepard Trust.  Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

'Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic' Opens at MFA Boston This Fall

Released: August 09, 2018

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from Sept.22, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019. The beloved teddy bear at the center of Winnie-the-Pooh, first published in 1926 and translated into more than 50 languages, is one of the most famous children’s book characters of all time. This exhibition traces the history and universal appeal of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrated by E. H. Shepard (1879–1976) through nearly 200 works drawn from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the Walt Disn...


Jean-Jacques Waltz (also known as Hansi) (French, 1873–1951), “Souscrivez au 4ème Emprunt…” (Subscribe to the 4th loan…), 1918.  Lithograph on paper, 31 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches.  Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Murray and Nancy Ann Blum.  GMOA 2017.79.

Georgia Museum Marks 100th Anniversary of World War I's End With Posters Exhibition

Released: August 09, 2018

This November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a war unlike any that had preceded it. As modern technology met antiquated military methods, millions died. The War to End All Wars also featured the use of state propaganda on a new and large scale. Posters were a particularly widespread form of propaganda, making a case for action through pictures as well as words. The exhibition “For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Blum Collection” presents a selection of these images, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia August 18 through...


One of JFK's iconic rocking chairs, this one used at the White House.  Sold for $60,000 at Eldred's.

ICONIC JOHN F. KENNEDY ROCKING CHAIR SELLS FOR $60,000 AT ELDRED’S AMERICANA & PAINTINGS AUCTION

Released: August 09, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. – A rocking chair used by President John F. Kennedy at the White House sold at auction for $60,000 August 3. The chair was part of a prominent collection of the president’s personal items that were auctioned at Eldred’s, an auction house located just 11 miles from both the Kennedy family’s famous compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., and the Cape Cod National Seashore that President Kennedy helped establish.   In fact, a fountain pen used by Kennedy to sign the bill that created the National Seashore, part of a collection of 15 pens Kennedy used to sign some of the most i...


Large group photo taken around 1911 of Henry Street Garage telephone linemen, some shown seated on motorcycles, cars and horse-drawn carriages ($2,000).

Historical phones and related items ring a bell with bidders at Bruneau & Co.'s Aug. 4 auction

Released: August 09, 2018

CRANSTON, R.I. – An original model of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson’s very first telephone from 1881 sold for $40,000 and a rare circa 1876 Bell Butter Stamp magneto telephone originally installed at a residence in Newport, Rhode Island in 1891 brought $27,500 at an historical telephone auction held August 4th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston.   The auction was held online and in Bruneau & Co.’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue. Featured were items from two regional chapters of the Telephone Pioneers of America Museum: the William J. Denver chapter #20 museum in...


Black leather crescent rocker designed by Wendell Castle (Am., 1932-2018) ($17,500).

Black leather crescent rocker designed by Wendell Castle brings $17,500 at Nye & Co. auction

Released: August 06, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – It didn’t come with a sushi roll, ginger salad and miso soup, but a darling cinnabar bento box, offered together with a cloisonné teapot and dish, gaveled for $23,750 to take top lot honors at a two-day weekday auction held July 25th and 26th by Nye & Company Auctioneers. The sale was held online and in Nye’s gallery, at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield.   Headlining the auction were items from the estate home in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island known as “Wawapek” – the Queen Anne-style residence of the de Forests, a family so deeply rooted in New York history it dat...


One-page letter written in French by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), signed and dated Mat 22, 1807, and written from what is now Poland (est.  $2,000-$2,400).

Items signed by Lincoln, Einstein, Napoleon, others in University Archives' online auction, Aug. 22

Released: August 06, 2018

WESTPORT, Conn. – Important, historical items signed by Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe are just part of the incredible selection of autographed documents, books, manuscripts and relics set to come up for bid in University Archives’ next online-only auction, slated for Wednesday, August 22nd, at 10:30 am Eastern time. In all, 298 lots will be offered.   Other names in the auction include such diverse luminaries as Napoleon Bonaparte, Catherine the Great, Ty Cobb, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woody Guthrie, Ernest Hemingway, Bruce Lee, J. D. Salinger, Joseph Stalin and Orvil...


Joseph B.  Thomas, Hounds and Hunting through the Ages, Derrydale Press: New York, 1928.  First edition.  Estimate: $600-900

Online Sale of Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson at Doyle.com

Released: August 03, 2018

Following the successful online sale of Angling Books, Doyle is now auctioning a selection of Hunting Books assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. The current sale comprising over 200 lots of books is being presented as a timed online-only auction on Doyle.com. Bidding will close on Tuesday, August 14 beginning at Noon EDT. All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle on Friday, August 10 and Monday, August 13. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The auction offers books covering all aspects of hunting around the world: big game...


This Baird Coca-Cola advertising clock, circa 1889, with its original 12-inch paper dial featuring a Seth Thomas movement ($25/40,000) reads “Coca-Cola, The Ideal Brain Tonic - Delightful Summer and Winter Beverage, Specific for Headache.”

Clock Collection, Advertising & Country Store Items To Drive Fontaine’s Auction Aug. 25

Released: July 30, 2018

       It all started with the purchase of a roll-top desk and a clock to go with the desk. One clock became two, two became three and over the past 45 years, a collection was born.        A grouping of over 50 clocks from the Jerry Maltz collection of advertising clocks is going on the block during Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques, clocks and advertising auction on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 am, preceded by a discovery session of 100 uncatalogued lots at 10 am.      The main auction comprises 275 lots of antiques and accessories, including the Jerry Maltz collection along with over 100...


5th Camp Dux, Opera Balilla, 1935.  Lithograph (divided back).  Leonard A.  Lauder Postcard Archive—Promised gift of Leonard A.  Lauder.

The Art of Influence: Propaganda Postcards from the Era of World Wars

Released: August 01, 2018

Loose lips might sink ships! Strong men, to the front! “The Art of Influence: Propaganda Postcards from the Era of World Wars” on view now through Jan. 21, 2019, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presents approximately 150 postcards from World War I through the end of World War II, a time of conflict and upheaval on a global scale. With pithy slogans and bold colors, striking graphics and biting caricatures, postcards from the first half of the 20th century conveyed messages that were easily understood and remembered. This is art with an agenda, meant to justify war, lionize leaders, dem...


“Woman and Cats” a lithography, 1969, (edition of 100).  By Will Barnet -- an American artist known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting the human figure and animals, both in casual scenes of daily life and in transcendent dreamlike worlds.

The Fifth Annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair Kicks Off Brooklyn Book Week

Released: July 31, 2018

More Than Just Books, the BABF Has Everything:  Great Shopping, Fascinating Talks, Special Exhibits and a Birthday Celebration- (Frankenstein Turns 200 This Year!) It’s big!  Book lovers by the hundreds, will be heading to Brooklyn this Fall for what has become one of the largest and most popular literary events in the country.  Brooklyn Book Week, as it is informally known, is a week-long celebration of books both old and new.   It kicks off with the return of the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (BABF) to Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center, September 8 & 9.    The 100-exhibitor Fair...


Unmarked, 17.5-inch-tall Wave Crest vase (10 inches across handles), with a hand-painted scenic decor on front and back and gilt metal feet.

The Lyle collection of Wave Crest, American Brilliant Cut Glass, Kelva and Nakara will be auctioned Sept. 7-8

Released: August 01, 2018

DOUGLASS, Kan. – The lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle – dedicated collectors of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass whose items have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits – will be sold without reserve in a two-day auction slated for Sept. 7th-8th by Woody Auction, in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, Kansas.   The Lyles, who hail from Washington state, began collecting glassware pieces decades ago, with their main focus being on items produced by the C.F. Monroe Company (Meriden Conn., 1882-...


Oak calf-shed door marked with magical symbols to protect livestock.  From Laxfield, Suffolk, 19th century.  183 x 94 cm.

Need a Bit of Magic? The Ashmolean's 'Spellbound' Exhibition Has a 16th-Century Crystal Ball and Unicorn Horn

Released: July 30, 2018

The Ashmolean’s autumn exhibition (Aug. 31, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019) explores the history of a fascinating cultural phenomenon – magic.  SPELLBOUND will display 180 objects from 12th-century Europe to newly commissioned contemporary artworks.  They range from the beautiful and mysterious (crystal balls, books of spells), the bizarre and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), to the profoundly touching (the testimony of women accused of witchcraft, the lovers’ padlocks cut from Leeds Centenary Bridge).  The exhibition explores the inner lives of our ancestors, offering an ...


The Authentication Company, LLC marks and identifies petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising items, to ensure their originality and authenticity.

The Authentication Company marks and identifies petroliana, automobilia to ensure originality, authenticity

Released: July 30, 2018

NOKOMIS, Ill. – A new company has been formed to mark and identify petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising items as a means for ensuring their originality and authenticity. It’s The Authentication Company, LLC and it specializes in marking original period-correct items, to include signs, globes, cans, metal thermometers, displays and various other advertising items.   The Authentication Company, LLC (nicknamed TAC, pronounced ‘tack’), is the brainchild of two men: Dan Matthews (an auctioneer who specializes in petroliana and authored two books on the subject) and Joey Whiteside...


One of John F.  Kennedy's iconic rocking chairs, used by the president at the White House.

Rocking Chairs and other Rare JFK Memorabilia Up for Auction on August 3

Released: July 23, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. – President Kennedy’s last doodles before he was assassinated, a rocking chair he used at the White House and a study for the official presidential portrait are among the 23 lots of John F. Kennedy memorabilia Eldred’s will be auctioning August 3 as part of its Americana and Paintings Auction. The sale will take place at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod, just 11 miles from the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port.   “How appropriate that some of Kennedy’s personal items would be auctioned here on Cape Cod, a place he loved so much,” said Joshua El...


The first phone / emergency box ever installed in the Yukon Territory in Canada, at the time of the Gold Rush, circa 1900.

Historical telephones and related items from two Verizon museum chapters will be auctioned August 4th

Released: July 27, 2018

CRANSTON, R.I. – An historical telephone auction featuring items from two regional chapters of Verizon’s Telephone Pioneers of America Museum – one the William J. Denver chapter #20 museum in Providence, R.I., the other the Excelsior Chapter #98 in Buffalo. N.Y. – will be held on Saturday, August 4th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, R.I.   The auction comprises an exciting and rare collection of historical telephones, photographs, maps, cables, prototypes, ephemera and more, ranging from the first phone/emergency call box ever installed in the Yukon i...


“Miss G.  Townsend” Fashion Doll, 1870s, France (Gift of Edward Starr, Jr., 1976-58-9)

Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal

Released: July 25, 2018

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal, an exhibition (Nov. 11, 2018, to March 3, 2019) starring four extraordinary dolls and their extravagant wardrobes. Known as Miss Fanchon, Miss G. Townsend, Miss French Mary, and Marie Antoinette, they were made in France in the 1860s and 1870s. The ultimate toys for privileged girls of this period, these dolls reflected the world of adult fashion, being fully equipped with miniature versions of the myriad garments, accessories, and other personal possessions of a well-to-do...


International Fine Print Dealers Association Announces the 2018 Exhibitors for the Fine Art Print Fair

Released: July 19, 2018

New York, July 19, 2018 – The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is pleased to announce the list of exhibitors for this year’s Fine Art Print Fair. The annual fair takes place on October 25-28 at the River Pavilion, Javits Center, with a benefit preview the evening of October 24. The Fine Art Print Fair is the most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking -- works of graphic art that have been conceived by the artist to be realized as an original work of art, rather than a copy of a work in another medium. For more than 30 years, the IFPDA has...


Alfred A.  Hart (American, 1816-1908), Locomotive on Trestle, near American River, 1865, albumen stereograph, Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Traveling Exhibition Features the Transcontinental Railroad and the American West

Released: July 19, 2018

Union Pacific, in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum and the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa, announced a new traveling exhibition in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West celebrates the “Meeting of the Rails” at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, through the photographs and stereographs of Andrew Joseph Russell (1830–1902) and Alfred A. Hart (1816–1908). Drawn exclusively from the Union Pacific Historic Collection, located at the Union Pacific ...


Five-ounce Chinese 'Beloved Unicorn' gold coin, one of only 99 minted and in proof condition ($32,535).

Five-ounce Chinese 'Beloved Unicorn' gold coin brings $32,535 at Holabird's June 22-26 auction

Released: July 17, 2018

RENO, Nev. – Who says there’s no such things as unicorns? A five-ounce Chinese ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin sold for $32,535 to take top lot honors at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day June Treasures from Pacific Shores auction held June 22-26 in Reno. The runner-up lot was an astounding ore specimen collection from Nevada’s mining past ($15,625).   The auction was loaded with nearly 3,600 lots covering many categories, including numismatics, mining, minerals, general Americana, railroad, tokens, antique bottles, gaming, firearms and weaponry, Wells Fargo and Express coll...


Sir William Jardine, Baronet, British Salmonidae.  London.  Est.  $150-250

Gone Fishing: Doyle to Auction Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson

Released: July 13, 2018

Doyle will auction an extensive collection of angling books assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. Comprising over 350 lots, the current offering of property from this remarkable collection is being presented in a timed online-only auction on Doyle.com. The Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson offers a wide range of material, from rare works dating to the 18th century to finely produced recent publications. Fishing for trout, salmon and fly-fishing are well represented, as are deep sea and sport-fishing. Featured are copies of important titles with inscriptions...


Original calendar art by Howard Pyle (Am., 1853-1911), signed "H.  Pyle" lower left and depicting a woman with a jug and ravens, plus 11 loose calendar pages.

Original calendar art by Howard Pyle (Am., 1853-1911) will be in Nye & Company's July 25-26 auction

Released: July 13, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Items from the estate home in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island known as “Wawapek” – the Queen Anne-style residence of the de Forests, a family so deeply rooted in New York history it dates back 300 years to the days of the early Huguenot settlers in Manhattan – will come up for bid in a two-day sale planned for July 25-26 by Nye & Company Auctioneers.   The auction will be held in Nye & Company’s gallery, located at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield. The full catalog is available for viewing now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, as well as on the internet bidding platfor...


Firestone porcelain motorcycle tires sign with excellent color and graphics.

Vintage automotive and motorcycle advertising signs will highlight Henslin's July 24-25 auction

Released: July 12, 2018

BIRD ISLAND, Minn. – A massive two-day, two-ring auction – with Day 1 dedicated to cars and automotive collectibles and Day 2 to motorcycles, motorcycle parts and memorabilia – will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24th and 25th, by Henslin Auctions, Inc., in the Island Ballroom, located on East Edge Highway (U.S. Route 212) in Bird Island, west of Minneapolis.   Nearly all of what’s contained in both auction days comprises items from the owner of Stella’s Body Shop in Springfield, Minn., a lifelong motorcycle, car and “rat rod” enthusiast. Offered will be an all-original two-doo...


Lot 365: Leonetto Cappiello, Carnaval / Vinho do Porto, 1911.  Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Rare Cappiello Posters Encourage Drinking: Temperance Society Says No at Swann Galleries

Released: July 10, 2018

Swann Galleries’ auction of Vintage Posters on August 1 brings to market the largest selection of food and drink advertisements the house has ever offered, along with premier examples of Art Nouveau, wartime propaganda and resort posters. Leading the sale is Alphonse Mucha’s exquisite quartet, Times of the Day, 1899. Four allegorical women in diaphanous gowns represent Morning Awakening, Daytime Dash, Evening Reverie and Nightly Rest. The set carries an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Also available are the iconic Bières de la Meuse, 1897, and Salon des Cent, 1896 (each $8,000 to $12,000...


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