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The top lot of the auction was this Diego Giacometti cast bronze,“Chat maitre-d’hotel,” circa 1967, in a pleasing reddish-brown patina, that earned $81,250.  It and many of the sale’s other top lots came from the collection of Eugene V.  and Clare E.  Thaw.

Storied Provenance Drives Millea Bros. Select Auction

Released: December 05, 2018

Realtors like to say it’s all about location, location and location. For Millea Bros., their November 15-17 Select auction was all about provenance, provenance and provenance. Renowned art dealer, collector and philanthropist Eugene Thaw died at age 90 in January, leaving behind a large estate that was auctioned at Christie’s and Millea Bros. His wife, Clare, had died in 2017. The treasure trove on offer here evinces Thaw’s keen eye and includes fine antiques, American folk art, European art spanning antiquities to Impressionism, Victorian era architectural models, and post-Impressionist...

William “Bill” Traylor, Untitled (Black Dog with Red Tongue), ca.  1939-40.  Opaque watercolor and pencil on cardboard, 16 x 13.75 in.

More than 100 Works of Folk Art Gifted to Mississippi Museum of Art by Artists Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowin

Released: December 03, 2018

Artists Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowin donated more than 100 works by self-taught artists to the Mississippi Museum of Art. They were subsequently honored at the Museum’s annual Rembrandt Society Dinner held on November 1. The works represent part of their personal collection of sculptures, paintings, and assemblages. The objects from the Demonte/McGowin collection add to a growing body of self-taught Southern artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. Of Mississippi-born artists, works by O.W. “Pappy” Kitchens, Mary T. Smith, James “Son Ford” Thomas, and Luster Willis a...

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Guy Mendes (American, b.  1948), Front Gate, Land of Pasaquan, near Buena Vista, GA, 1982, dye destruction print.  Courtesy of the artist.

High Museum Brings Photography and Self-Taught and Folk Art Collections Together to Explore The Art of Southern Backroads

Released: November 29, 2018

Take a road trip through the American South this spring With sculptures, paintings and rarely seen photographs, a new exhibition in Atlanta will explore the unconventional character of the Southern avant-garde This spring, the High Museum of Art will present “Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads,” an exhibition that celebrates the region’s self-taught artists and offers a rare look at how their worlds converged with contemporary American photography and literature.  On view March 2 through May 19, 2019, this exhibition is the first collaboration between the High Museum’s folk...

Anne Anderson, Orbit, Cotton, 79 x 78.5 inches

Stunning Textile Work on Display in Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts at The Westmoreland

Released: December 02, 2018

 Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, a touring exhibition that features some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being done today, will be on view at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art from December 15, 2018 through March 10, 2019. An opening reception will be held during Art on Tap, the Museum’s monthly happy hour, on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 5-7pm. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art and curated by Nancy Crow, a renowned fine art quilt maker herself, Circular Abstractions displays 41 quilts by 32 artists who were challenged to create works that interpreted the...

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19th century American Horn and Hide Armchair

iGavel Auctions Presents Online Decorative Arts Gifts for the Holidays

Released: November 27, 2018

Who doesn’t know the traditional gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas—partridge, doves, golden rings, and so on. That’s why this season iGavel is offering a different lineup of gifts for the 12 days of Christmas—and they are anything but traditional. And why would they be? iGavel broke with tradition long ago when it launched as one of the first online auction sites to offer unique items from the world of antiques, collectibles and fine art. So grab your songbook and sing along to iGavel’s version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and start bidding on! On the 12 days...

Mount Vernon Launches Smartglasses Augmented Reality Tour

Released: November 20, 2018

Beginning February 22, 2019, George Washington’s estate will formally offer a “Mount Vernon in AR” tour on the celebration of Washington’s 287 birthday on February 22, 2019. George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be one of the country’s first historic sites to integrate augmented reality tours on smartglasses into its regular visitor offerings. The “Mount Vernon in AR” tour invites guests to enjoy lesser-known stories of the first president’s estate revealed by immersive 3D imagery layered over a view of the real landscape. Holograms of George and Martha Washington, 360-degree recreations...

Lot 1124 - ASA AMES (American, 1823 – 1851) Figure of a boy, exceptionally carved and painted with great sensitivity, wood and original polychrome paint, USA, ca.  1840 43” x 15” x 8” $30,000–40,000

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Figure of a Young Boy Confirmed as the Work of American Folk Art Sculptor Asa Ames

Released: November 20, 2018

Lambertville, NJ - Rago’s December 1 Curiouser and Curiouser auction is filled with beautiful, intriguing and remarkable objects, as well as significant discoveries. The most important of these discoveries is a major find in the American folk art field: a forty-three inch high figure of a young boy, a tender yet serious carving in original polychrome paint, purchased over 20 years ago in the Buffalo, New York area. Hitherto unidentified (and still an attribution as of production of the print auction catalog), this sculpture, ca 1840, has now been confirmed as the work of Asa Ames (1823...

Teapot, 1771-1772, marked by Andrew Fogelberg, Swedish/English, sterling silver and wood, London, gift of Angus Sladen of Hampshire, England, a descendent of the fourth earl of Dunmore

The 71st Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum Examines “Hidden Treasures: New Findings and Rediscoveries” Feb. 22-26, 2019

Released: November 18, 2018

Material culture enthusiasts are invited to join curators, conservators, collectors, scholars and aficionados to reexamine forgotten objects and reassess long-known items Feb. 22-26, 2019 at the 71st Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, “Hidden Treasures: New Findings and Rediscoveries.” Forum highlights include the keynote presentation “Journal of a Georgian” by independent British researcher Mike Rendell. Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Beth Carver Wees presents “Jewelry for America,” while scholar Sumpter Priddy discusses regional Baroque furniture and social historian Amanda Vick...

This elegant home was filled with high end furnishings and striking antiques.  The room size rug and the chandelier here are among the items on offer.

Waterfront Westport Estate To Lead Benefit Shop Foundation Auction Dec. 5

Released: November 14, 2018

When John Edelman bought his Westport, Conn., home that sits on the water, it came with a collection of high-end design furniture and European antiques. John, who is CEO of Design Within Reach in Stamford, and his wife, Bonnie, favor the Midcentury Modern aesthetic however so they are donating the entire collection to The Benefit Shop Foundation, which will showcase it in its monthly Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, December 5, at 10 am. The auction will include important European furniture, period Regency pieces, George III antiques, finely tailored English antiques, French Country, Asi...

Attributed to, Joseph Oldof Pierre, Haitian, 1955– 1984, Vodou Flag or Banner (Erzulie Danthor), early 1980s, satin, sequins, and glass beads; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc.  at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Robert Cargo Folk Art Collection; Gift of Caroline Cargo, AFI.235.2013

'Imagining Jesus Through the Ages' Spans 500 Years of Artistic Interpretation

Released: November 07, 2018

This winter, Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, presents Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages (Dec. 8, 2018, to April 22, 2019). Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production in Europe, and elsewhere, was dominated by Christian themes. This religious art served many purposes, from embellishing altars and aiding in private devotion, to educating the faithful and acting as propaganda either for or against the church during the Protestant Reformation. Jesus is Christianity’s central figure, and Christians believe he is th...

Spermo Cutting In Whales On Japan, 1822, ca.  1823, J.  Fisher (life dates uncertain).  Oil on canvas; 18 3/4 x 24 3/4 in.  Nantucket Historical Association Collection, gift of the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association

The Winter Show 2019 Loan Exhibition 'Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World' Features the Nantucket Historical Association

Released: November 02, 2018

The Winter Show has announced its 2019 loan exhibition Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World, celebrating 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA). The Winter Show’s annual loan exhibition offers visitors a focused look at exceptional collections of art, antiques, and design from leading historic institutions, reflecting the quality, range, and expertise of the fair’s exhibitors. From January 18-27, 2019, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, The Winter Show celebrates its 65th year as the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featurin...

Wesley Willis' "The Chicago Skyline, Sears Tower, Chicago River...," 1986.

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow

Released: November 01, 2018

In the world of self-taught art, Chicago is renowned as a center for the recognition of this genre. In fact, the emergence of self-taught and outsider art in the United States is closely linked to Chicago, often cited as the first place this historically under-appreciated art form gained a toehold in the American art scene. However, outside the genre's enthusiasts, Chicago has not been well recognized for its leading role. The story of the city's impact on the acceptance of non-mainstream art across the country and the world is finally told through an exhibition, now at Intuit: The Center ...

Beatriz Milhazes's "Purple Dahlia," 2015, was a highlight sold at the Fine Art Print Fair

From Unique Masterworks to New Editions: A World of Discovery at the 2018 Fine Art Print Fair

Released: October 30, 2018

The Fine Art Print Fair, the largest fair devoted to printmaking, concluded its 27th annual run on Sunday, October 28th, showcasing works from 80 exhibitors, spanning old master to contemporary, unique masterworks to new editions. 27 international exhibitors participated from the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland, as well as five distinguished first-time exhibitors. Artist highlights include Vija Clemins, Eugené Delacroix, Edvard Munch, Carmen Herrera, Kiki Smith, and Bruce Nauman. Exhibitors sold a wide variety of works across the boar...

A Passion for Prints: The Fine Art Print Fair Opens With Packed VIP Preview, Curators & Collectors Breakfast, Award Winners and Museum-Quality Works of Art

Released: October 25, 2018

The Fine Art Print Fair, the largest fair devoted to printmaking, made its return to the River Pavilion, Javits Center, opening its doors to a passionate community of new and seasoned collectors alike. The packed VIP Preview on Wednesday evening, welcomed over 2,600 private collectors, museum curators and connoisseurs from all over the world, who perused the booths set in the light and airy River Pavilion. The Fair, which runs through Sunday, October 28, showcases works from 80 exhibitors, spanning old master to contemporary, unique masterworks to new editions. "The energy of the prin...

Lot 542: Lynn Chadwick Beast IX $60,000 - 90,000


Released: October 26, 2018

Lambertville, NJ - On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Rago will hold auctions of American + European Art and Post-War + Contemporary Art. Included among the more than 700 lots of paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and works on paper are three segments of single-owner collections: The Collection of Joshua P. Smith (Part Three); Tierras y Materias: Works from the Collection of Clara Diament Sujo; and works from the Allan Stone Collection. Joshua P. Smith (1942-2005) made collecting, curating, and caring for art his life’s work. This third installment of his collection includes over ...

SASANO TAKA carved wood-13 in.high Edo period-19 century


Released: October 24, 2018

Tucked away on the fifth floor of the Fine Arts Building at 22 East 80 St. off Madison is a unique show of everyday objects, utilitarian and decorative, which were created and used by the Japanese populace and reveal the aesthetic sensibility that pervaded their culture over hundreds of years. Carole Davenport has gathered sculpture paintings, ceramics and textiles which bear testimony to their design sense, often vigorous, often unassuming, drawn from nature, everyday life, even religion. The Japanese are great abstractionists as evidenced by a Brancusiesque wooden carving of a hawk fro...

Oil paintings will feature an oil on canvas by the renowned artist and designer Louis C.  Tiffany (American, 1848-1933), titled Woods Landscape, signed lower left.

Paintings by Louis C. Tiffany, Wilson Irvine will be part of Nye & Company's October 30th auction

Released: October 22, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nearly 500 lots of fine and decorative arts in a wide range of categories will come up for bid at Nye & Company Auctioneers’ Estate Treasures Auction on Tuesday, October 30th, online and in Nye & Company’s gallery at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield. Offered will be quality antiques and collectibles, mostly pulled from prominent estates and collections.   Highlights include several private Connecticut collections of English and American furniture; items out of a New York City estate, to include art glass and sculptures; merchandise from three North Shore, Long I...

John Dunkley (Jamaica, 1891–1947) Banana Plantation c.  1945 Mixed media on plywood 29 1/8 x 17 5/8 in.  National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, gift of Cassie Dunkley Photo by Franz Marzouca

American Folk Art Museum presents John Dunkley: Neither Day Nor Night

Released: September 10, 2018

(New York, NY, September 10, 2018) The exhibition John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from October 30, 2018 to February 24, 2019.  Organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), this is the first exhibition of the work of Jamaican artist John Dunkley outside of his native country.  The exhibition is curated by Diana Nawi, independent curator and co-artistic director of Prospect 5, New Orleans, with Nicole Smythe-Johnson, independent curator, and David Boxer, curatorial advisor.  Valérie Rousseau, Ph.D., curator of self-taught art an...

Paa Joe (1947, Ghana) [Fort] Gross-Friedrichsburg – Princestown.  1683 Brandenburg, 1717-24 Ahanta, 1724 Neths, 1872 Britain 2004–2005 and 2017 Accra, Ghana Emele wood and enamel 40 x 100 x 70 in.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York Photo © Paa Joe, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

American Folk Art Museum presents PAA Joe: Gates of No Return

Released: October 17, 2018

(New York, NY, October 17, 2018) The exhibition Paa Joe: Gates of No Return will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from October 30, 2018 to February 24, 2019. The exhibition will feature seven large-scale architectural models, created by artist Paa Joe (1947, Ghana), of still-existing castles and forts on the Gold Coast of West Africa, now Ghana. From the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, these buildings were used as posts in the European gold trade and as way stations for more than six million Africans who were sold into slavery and sent on ships to the Americas an...

Record Breaking, Six-Figure Prices Sends Cowan’s Fall Americana Auction Soaring to $1.4M

Released: October 10, 2018

For the first time since offering the Marge Schott Collection in 2006, Cowan’s sells four lots for over $100,000 in a single auction. CINCINNATI -- Four historic lots created a bidding frenzy that sent prices soaring past their estimates into six figures at Cowan’s Fall Americana, Including Fine & Decorative Art: Premier Auction on October 6, 2018. The $1.4M auction saw nearly 1,000 bidders participate in person, over the phone, or on one of three online bidding platforms as they competed over 537 lots.   “This really was a special auction,” said Sam Cowan, Cowan’s Director of Fi...

This Tiffany Studios leaded Dogwood floor lamp with a 22 inch-diameter “Holden” shaped shade with eight rows of staggered brick pattern allover mottled dogwood flowers ($50/75,000).

Fontaine’s Offers Tiffany Lamps, Fast Cars And Estate Antiques Auction Oct. 20

Released: October 11, 2018

   Expected to literally drive Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques and estates auction on Saturday, October 20, at 11 am will be seven antique and vintage cars along with a select grouping of fine luxury goods ranging from Tiffany Studios lamps to silver and bronze decorative pieces. Auction previews the week of the sale are Friday 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 9 am. to 11 am.    This auction will feature 400 lots of antiques and fine art, including Victorian, early American, Arts and Crafts and Mid-Century furniture and accessories, 19th and 20th Century lighting, antique and classic car...

The top lot of this auction was a pair of gilt bronze 15-light chandeliers, with three figural maidens, that sold above high estimate at $51,425.

Statement Antiques Go Big At Fontaine’s Antiques, Fine Art Auction

Released: October 09, 2018

   In recent years, Midcentury Modern has been attracting a big buzz at auctions but traditional antiques made a big splash at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques and fine art auction on September 22. The auction achieved robust prices across the board with a wealth of choice antiques from fine art to lighting, including several statement pieces that will transform their new homes.    “The auction grossing over $1,000,000 was extremely diverse and we were pleased to see buyers embrace traditional antiques, such as Tiffany table lamps, gilt chandeliers and marble statuary,” said John Font...

"Lincoln White House Chairs." Set Twelve American Late Classical Dining Chairs.

President Lincoln’s Chairs and Michael Jackson’s Coffee Table – Among 500 Lots of Diverse Fine Estate Property at Schwenke October 10th Auction

Released: October 02, 2018

On Wednesday, October 10th Schwenke Auctioneers will conduct its October Fine Estates Auction with a diverse offering of 502 lots consigned from several separate estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The auction 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. Special items of interest among the Americana lots being sol...

Oil on canvas painting by Michelangelo Lovelace, Sr.  (Am., b.  1960), titled Stand Up and Be Counted, 48 inches by 45 inches, signed and dated “10/2008” lower right, signed verso (est.  $3,000-$5,000).

Artworks by prominent African-American artists will headline Gray's October 10th auction in Cleveland

Released: October 02, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A collection of fine art by prominent and important African-American artists will be a featured part of Gray’s Auctioneers’ upcoming Fine Art, Furniture, Jewelry & Decorative Art Auction planned for Wednesday, October 10th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, starting at 11 am Eastern time. Asian artworks and decorative pieces will also be offered.   For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be available through, and at and Telephone and absentee bids will a...

View of The Winter Show 2018, Courtesy The Winter Show.  Photo by Simon Cherry

The 65-Year-Old Winter Antiques Show Gets a Reboot With New Name, Executive Director and Exhibitors

Released: October 01, 2018

The Winter Show, previously known as The Winter Antiques Show, has announced the participating exhibitors of its 2019 edition, to be held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City from January 18-27, 2019. Under the leadership of new Executive Director Helen Allen, New York’s longest-running art, antiques, and design fair celebrates its 65th Anniversary Sapphire Jubilee. The 2019 edition will feature 70 exhibitors presenting a dynamic mix of fine and decorative arts from around the world, dating from ancient times through the present day. In 2018, The Winter Show changed its name...

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