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French Revival Period with HAND painted Galleries

Preserving the Piano during the Holidays and Beyond

Posted: December 02, 2014 12:44 Last Updated: | Jim Vogelman - JMV Piano Classics

Holiday parties mean festive foods, gifts galore, and guests gathered 'round the piano singing carols. But whether tickling the ivories, or planning to give or receive a piano this season, it's still important to know how to maintain its appeal and the quality of its sound for years to come. Jim Vogelman, President of JMV Classics, a Florida-based piano design company that specializes in creating unique, custom art case pianos, offers helpful tips on piano maintenance: Maintaining one's piano may also help maintain one's well-being   Recent studies show that active par...


Woodsculpted cutaway showing action on both decks with the feature of 70 handcarved wood figurines.

Gun Deck Cutaways -A Decorative and Definitive Art Form

Posted: April 30, 2014 11:41 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It is not surprising that this subject matter has not been recognized in the arts. However, it is a subject that warrants appreciation for its unique form of symmetry and balance when being viewed as a concept. Fine art is anything that is beyond the ordinary; a work which holds unprecedented merit at its finest level -regardless of medium. Money, nor an expert's opinion, cannot control it. What's factual is fine art is defined as "a form"..."a sculpture"...and/or "decorative piece". I can be further said by notables as "a knowledge made efficient by skill" (Genung) or "the expression o...


This model of the Beetle Whaleboat is produced completely in wood.  The model overall length which include the steering oar is 14" inches.  The scale is 1:32, 3/8" = 1'.

BEETLE Whaleboat Model -A Collector's Choice

Posted: March 24, 2014 15:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

When travelling in and around New England, it would not be surprising to discover a small, yet interesting multi-oared boat model displayed somewhere in a home, office, or library setting. This small double-ended type vessel would also be found in likely places such as antique shops, online galleries, and at notable maritime galleries -serving as a decorative art accent, or part of a collection. And, of course, these are very much part of the museum settings around the world for its simplistic yet esthetic design. The whaleboat has been the subject of countless stories and maritime...


This Arburo Orchestrion revolutionized the automated music industry by utilizing stand-alone instruments in its ingenious mechanism.  Each was special ordered and made entirely by hand.

Melodious Mechanical Marvels: Antique Music Boxes

Posted: January 20, 2014 16:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato Music has the ability to uplift, convey strong emotions and bring people from all walks of life closer together. The desire for reproducing and sharing this powerful art form is as old as music itself. Long before MP3s and CDs made their impact on the world, craftsmen sought to make music not only portable, but also accessible to a broader audience. It wasn’t until the invention of the music box did that idea become a reality. The first historical record of a mechanical ...


Allen Brisson-Smith for The New York Times

Art Donations - More Orphans Now and in the Future

Posted: November 11, 2013 18:10 Last Updated: | John Buxton

This New York Times article points out a serious problem in the art world that has been created as a result of the new AAM (American Association of Museums) collecting guidelines. Collectors that started after 1970 that are now downsizing as they enter their 60s are finding that they have limited options for passing on their collections. The options are pretty clearly limited for most to giving them to the family or selling them. The wealthiest collectors are creating trusts or foundations to circumvent issues where museums could be compelled to return objects that had been donated and had...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET – Volume 155 - November 2013

Posted: November 09, 2013 11:58 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

The Banksy Hunt & Art Market Hype! (by: Alyssa)   “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside” – Paul Cezanne, a quote that has truly inspired one artist that has been sparking headlines consistently during the month of October.  British born artist, Banksy, has been making his mark on New York since the first of October; promising one graffiti work of art a day scattered throughout the City for his show, “Better Out Than In.”  After the completion of each work he posts a picture to Instagram, which sends his followers o...


SCHLEETER, Howard.  "Campo Santo" oil glaze.  Sold for $13,420.

Art Suprised and Diamonds Shined at Clarke Auction's October 27th Sale.

Posted: November 04, 2013 09:44 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

In the fine art selection, a Howard Schleeter oil glaze entitled “Campo Santo” garnered a surprising amount of interest directly before the sale and brought nearly 15 times the high estimate of $900 with a selling price of $13,420. Even more impressive was the verso label dating it to 1941 with an original price tag of $25. Clarke art specialist Nelia Moore, who directly handled the consignment of the painting, was pleased with the outcome saying, “We knew this was an important regional painting but we did not anticipate such aggressive bidding from collectors and dealers across the countr...


$13,000 hammer.  De Forest, Roy D.  "Swamp Fever" Oil on Canvas.

Clarke Auction's Second September Sale Highlights

Posted: October 01, 2013 11:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Clarke Auction brought a respectable range of results from their mixed offering sale on September 29th, their second in September, to close out the first month of an extremely promising fall auction season. The fine art selections showed excellent results from both old masters and modern works. The mixture of fine technique and desirability brought in bidding for an exceptional Old Master oil on canvas of Piazza San Marco. The painting, in the manner of Guardi, created significant interest in presale viewings and exploded past its conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate, finally hammerin...


Collections from the Shango Art Gallery

What in the Heck are You Doing? - Issue 1

Posted: September 25, 2013 20:51 Last Updated: | John Buxton

Note from John:  "Having now spent over 3 decades listening to collectors, I have come to have some understanding of the problems and joys associated with collecting. This is the beginning of a series...entitled with a moderate sense of humor - What in the Heck Are You Doing? What In The Heck Are You Doing - Issue 1 Collecting almost anything can be one of the most frustrating, depressing, financially exhausting and embarrassing activity you will undertake in your life time. Well, that's the downside. Collecting can also be one of the most exhilarating, gratifying, and financially r...


OVIEDO, Ramon.  Oil on Canvas.

Falling Up: Clarke to Continue Fall Success with September 29th Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2013 14:36 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Just three weeks after a highly successful start to the fall auction season, the Clarke Auction team of appraisers has collectively created another quality sale of fine art, midcentury, silver, jewelry, antiques, and Asian items to be held on Sunday, September 8th at 12pm EST.   The fine art selection will begin the sale and will include a number of important estate fresh pieces. One of the most exciting pieces in the fine art selection is a Roy D. Deforest  polymer on canvas entitled “Swamp Fever.” The work is signed and dated 1982 with a Phoenix Art Museum label verso.&...


John Buxton, ISA CAPP

How Good is Your Story and Can You Prove It?

Posted: September 24, 2013 23:31 Last Updated: | John Buxton

The success of Antiques Roadshow focused the attention of fans and experts alike on the stories that are now brought to your televisions sets from all corners of the United States and Canada. As our experts intently question the owners of these fascinating objects, it may appear that the Roadshow invented the importance of a piece’s collection history. This notion is, of course, not true. Many of us who have been in the arts and antiques business for several years have always focused on this part of the valuation process. Your story is important and quite often interesting. More to the poi...


An autographed photo of Ali announcing The Rumble in the Jungle match between he and George Foreman in 1974.

The Rumble Heard Around the World: Muhammad Ali Memorabilia

Posted: August 27, 2013 14:31 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” –Muhammad Ali Gifted athlete. Magnetic personality. A true champion. With a quick tongue and left jab to match, Muhammad Ali could dispose of an opponent even before stepping into the boxing ring. His uncanny ability to posture himself as “The People’s Champion” proved to be much more than trash-talk. With a combination of superior hand speed and constant movement in the ring, Ali captivated audiences and won some of the most famed bouts in boxing history…effectively earning the originally self-imposed title of  “The Gre...


This beautiful candid of Monroe was taken in 1960 behind the scenes of "Let's Make Love"

What’s In A Name?: Marilyn Monroe Photographs by Lawrence Schiller

Posted: April 12, 2013 10:18 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Few names evoke thoughts of feminine beauty and Hollywood glamour quite like Marilyn Monroe. Arguably one of the most famous Americans in modern history, she captured hearts and imaginations around the world through the memorable characters she portrayed on the silver screen. Now, nearly 50 years later, it is the enduring images in these signed, limited-edition photographs taken by famed photographer, director and author, Lawrence Schiller, that are bringing this larger-than-life figure back in the spotlight. Many of them have never been printed until now. Schiller shot Marilyn in May o...


The Arburo Orchestrion Organ creates incredible music previously accomplished by a full orchestra

Orchestrion Organ Brings Music to Life

Posted: July 25, 2012 16:18 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

You enter a room filled with spirited music; the rhythm grabbing you immediately as it travels through the air. Drums keep time to a bright organ and accordion melody peppered with the crisp ring of a triangle. Certainly such a lively and delightful sound would be the collaborative effort of several talented musicians...right?  A complete musical band set within a sleek Art Deco cabinet, this remarkable Orchestrion Organ by the Belgian firm of Arburo has the ability to create an incredible level of sound. High air pressure is used to control the workings within via a large bellows....


Nantucket Sleigh Ride - Wood Sculpture

Whaling - The Advent of Art Collecting

Posted: June 01, 2012 07:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Documents, motion pictures, lectures, and annual gatherings -all are mediums working together to bring back the era of whaling. With this year's celebration at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic Connecticut, with the restoration of whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN, more art venues are honing in on whaling themes in high numbers. At homes on Cape Cod, shoreline communities in and around New England, and maritime communities -worldwide, the whale has been an integral part of our culture. In history and art, there is no comparison to the degree of interest this mammal has promoted. Each year there are co...


Maritime artist and shipmodel specialist Rex Stewart restoring Van Ryper T2 Tanker

Damaged Van Ryper Models -The Great Investment / Rex Stewart

Posted: May 20, 2012 09:38 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Some years ago it was suggested that I build waterline models for profitable sales, similiar to the work of noted builder Charles Van Ryper. At that time I was not familiar with his work, nor did I know the history about his contemporary "Art Deco' style which emerged when he produced his Travel Series prior to the Second World War. Today, in the maritime arts, especially in the Collectible market of ship models, there seem to be a strong resurgence of collectors sprouting up in America and across the atlantic relative to the antique shipmodels of Charles Van Ryper. This is due, in part,...


MAYFLOWER II Miniature on cradle base

Miniature Collectibles - The Stewart Collection of Classic Ships

Posted: April 15, 2012 08:31 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It's evident on the collectible's circuit that miniature ship models have taken on a new perspective as an artform. In recent times it has been garnered the distinctive titleship as being a highend collectible under the auctioneer's hammer -and bidding participants who look upon these tiny gems, with awe and appreciation, anticipate ownership. These ship miniatures have been bought, sold, and appraised for hundreds (sometimes thousand of dollars) -attesting to the fact that these are, indeed, highly desirable art pieces. Ship models, or rather, the ship model has long been regarded in ...


Indianapolis Motor Speedway poster from inaugural race, 1909, fetches $24,000

1909 Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Cagle Estate brings $24,000 at Antique Helper

Posted: April 04, 2012 10:41 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

March 25 might have marked the season opener for the 2012 Indy Car Series, but that wasn’t the only Indy Car- event that piqued the interest of auto racing fans that weekend;  they were also keeping a watchful eye on Antique Helper’s March 24 Art & Antiques Auction, featuring racing memorabilia from the estate of Clarence Cagle.   This wasn’t the first time Antique Helper played host to an important auto racing memorabilia auction.  In 2006, the company presented The Duesenberg Estate and in June of 2011, Antique Helper joined forces with retired racer Jigger S...


Miniature shipmodel BATAVIA c.1628

SHIP MODEL Miniature - Defining the art

Posted: March 26, 2012 10:34 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It has been long regarded that ship models exist as a craftsman's art and has never been taken seriously as a true artform. On the contrary... Over the years, as both artist and historian, I have studied this art trend -and to my amazement and awe, found that the artist and the artform has, in my most humble observation, been a medium much sought after. Moreover, with the recent passing of noted British artist Donald McNarry, world-wide collectors have scowered the maritime searching for his signature miniatures since his retirement from the medium in 1983. At the auction house of Chri...


Clarence Cagle

Antique Helper to offer Fresh-to-the Market Indy 500 Memorabilia from Clarence Cagle Estate March 24

Posted: March 20, 2012 08:41 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

  It’s not every day that we get to offer fresh-to-the market Indy 500 Memorabilia.  It’s also not every day that you can say that the items offered once belonged to Clarence Cagle.  Clarence Cagle wasn’t just another guy at the track.   Ask anyone who grew up in Speedway or around the Indy 500 scene and they’re sure to have a tale to tell about the man who worked for 30 years as Track Superintendent, then Vice President of Speedway Corp.    He was known to work 20 hour days at the track; he called it his baby. Taking on the job in 1946...


Maritime artist Rex Stewart working on a contemporary shadowbox titled - Midday Endeavor

Maritime Shadowboxes - Defining A Contemporary Style

Posted: March 08, 2012 06:22 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Shadowboxes came into vogue as sailor keepsakes during the 18th century when crews placed in this window-framed box items that denoted a sailor or officer's career while with a ship. This was the early shadowbox. Since then, the shadowbox has developed into pictureque two-dimensional form containing either cultural or maritime-related subjects. As the American maritime market grew in the mid-70s, so did the shadowbox. These were bulky wall pieces that centered around a shipmodel that was plaed in a setting with other vessels or coastal scenes which either depicted a lighthouse or town. T...


The mid-section of steamboat MARY POWELL c.1887 -Collector's Model

Investing in the model steamboat of the 19th Century - A Rare Collectible

Posted: March 03, 2012 13:27 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Fall River Line models are extremely attractive and worthy of exhibition anywhere. As a collectible their value rarely diminish as I've recently discovered. The next area of interest in New England would be the island steamers that operated around Cape Cod between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. These are beautiful one of a kind pieces that are rarely seen in today's market. Once they are on the circuit for auction they are gathered up quickly; inpart, because of their rarity and collectible status. The Northeast carried an extensive line of steamboats of various types. Collectors have ...


The Antique Helper staff, outside of Antique Helper Auctions, Indianapolis.  November, 2011

Sell It With A Flourish

Posted: January 12, 2012 12:05 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

Some folks like to do things in a big way.  They enjoy the spotlight, and blossom with a little extra attention.  We’re sort of that way, too, so we understand.  Even when it comes to selling an antique or collectible, we think it’s always more fun to make a splash.  Why do anything the conventional way when you can make it fun? Do you remember that Super Hero Auction we had last year?  We had national news coverage for that event, plus plenty of local headlines and spots on our local news networks.  Our own John discovered he looked good in...


This extremely rare and delightful carousel horse by Philadelphia Toboggan is one of the earliest made by the renowned company

Hot to Trot Collectibles: Antique Carousel Horses

Posted: January 05, 2012 09:41 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There was a time when no amusement park or playground was complete without a carousel ride. Children and even adults could take pleasure in a whimsical ride atop an array of horses and other fanciful creatures carved by the most skilled artisans of the day. Though quality examples of these nostalgic masterpieces come few and far between on the market, that doesn't seem to deter the demand for these magnificent figures. The carousel reached its golden age in early 20th-century America, and lasted until the Great Depression of 1929. This roughly 25-year period saw the creation of carousel ...


The "History of Australia" billiard table is considered among the most important ever created

A Table of 1,000 Words: The “History of Australia” Billiard Table

Posted: August 31, 2011 16:28 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

One of the most fascinating aspects of collecting antiques is the story each piece has to tell. Each and every antique and work of art in our 30,000 square-foot French Quarter gallery embodies a moment in history that makes it beyond compare. This breathtaking billiard table is certainly no exception. Known as the "History of Australia" Billiard Table, this award-winning, hand-carved masterpiece with a matching score board has it all: royal provenance, peerless craftsmanship and an impressive international exhibition history to boot. Carved from Australian blackwood by renowned carve...


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