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The stunning King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Prime Provenance: The King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Posted: October 27, 2010 14:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Few things excite me more than discovering rare treasures that are distinguished by an incredible provenance. It's the provenance that turns a great piece into a phenomenal piece, and literally brings the events normally only read in history books to life. In the case of this amazing seven-piece Empire Bedroom Suite, made by Parisian ébéniste Antoine Krieger and owned by Egypt's last ruling king, Farouk I...can it get any better? The rule of the king can be described as tumultuous at best, but there is no denying Farouk's insatiable appetite for the best money could buy. Although he al...


Deep blue, violet and emerald hues shimmer in this magnificent ginger jar in the "Jewelled Tree" pattern with "Cat and Mouse and Copper Trees" panels

Elves, Nymphs and Fairies–Oh My!: Illustrious Fairyland Lustre by Wedgwood

Posted: September 28, 2010 07:50 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

An over-200-year-old company finds itself on the verge of financial ruin as war rages on. It's only savior an unknown artist who rises through the ranks by determination, persuasion and sheer talent, only to be fired when she has outlasted her usefulness.  Sounds more like soap-opera fodder than real life, but in 1915, porcelain artist Daisy Makeig-Jones' extraordinary line of Fairyland Lustre porcelain saved Wedgwood from bankruptcy during World War I. The design of each piece was rooted in fairytales that Makeig-Jones adored. Each literally burst with brilliant colors depicting s...


Edith Branson, Hands #114, Oil on board 15"x20".  Courtesy of Blue Heron Fine Art.

Edith Branson (1891 - 1976) An American Modernist

Posted: September 24, 2010 11:55 Last Updated: | James Puzinas

Edith Branson was an American modernist painter who created her own interpretation of the multitude of avant-garde movements that blossomed in Europe and New York City in the early 20th century. Most of Branson's work is reflective of her personal life as a young woman living in the 1920's and 1930's. Though not autobiographical, her surrealistic works introduce a woman's introspection into the many social changes of the day. Edith Branson was a significant contributor to the New York art scene both through her numerous exhibitions and in the roles she served as a director of the S...


"Portrait of Lydia Kuznetsova" by Ilya Efimovitch Repin, 1901.  Oil on canvas.

ALVR'S PARIS YEARS: INSIDE A DEALER'S LITTLE GOLD BOOK

Posted: September 13, 2010 15:03 Last Updated: | Laura Beach

PARIS, FRANCE  –  A La Vieille Russie is lifting the cover on a dealer’s most closely-guarded secret: its guest book, or livre d’or, containing the names of dozens of its best clients, colleagues and sources in the 1920s and 1930s.   The revelations are part of a selling exhibition that the Manhattan dealers in Russian art and antiques are mounting at Didier Aaron & Cie in Paris. Loosely timed to coincide with the Biennale des Antiquaires, the display opens September 16 at Aaron’s galleries at 118 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, minutes away from A La Vieille Russie’s forme...


This ivory-topped Doctor's Cane contains everything needed to make a house call.

The Un-cane-y World of Canes

Posted: August 26, 2010 13:51 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Canes and walking sticks, upon first mention, sound perhaps like the least interesting objects in the world to collect. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was a time when no well-heeled gentleman or lady would have been seen in public without his or her walking stick. These often elegantly decorated sticks were not used to give support for walking, but were accessories that were actually “worn” and were, in many instances, symbols of status and wealth. Many examples, especially those dated between the 19th and early 20th centuries, are made of materials such as gold, silv...


Stephen B.  O'Brien, Jr.

Decoy Episode Airs SUNDAY APRIL 18th on TLC's Accidental Fortune

Posted: April 16, 2010 14:22 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am happy to announce my cable TV debut this weekend! In February, I travelled to Texas to recreate my gallery for the filming of a TV show called ‘Accidental Fortune.’ We shipped out five boxes of decoys and artwork from Boston and I spent three days on location in San Antonio. The episode of Accidental Fortune will air at 8 PM and 11 PM on Sunday, April 18th on TLC. Tune in to watch the thrilling tale of discovery that surrounds several A.E. Crowell decoys!


Palazzo Strozzi's exhibition 'Art and Illusion' featured Pere Borrell Del Caso's (1835-1910) Escaping Criticism, 1874.  Oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm.  Collection of the Bank of Spain.

Most popular Fall 2009 press releases on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 31, 2009 12:19 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The three most-read press releases on ARTFIXdaily, published in the ArtWire section between September 1 and December 31, 2009, highlighted museum exhibitions: 1. Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of Trompe-l'loeil from Antiquity to the Present. On view through January 24, 2010, this major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, explores the art of optical illusion with 140 artworks. From Roman antiquity to Old Masters to present-day painters, artists whose work masterfully "fools the eye" seems to perenially delight viewers. 2. Paintings by Jay Connaway on view at Portland Muse...


Chelsea Antiques Fair ranked as the number 1 viewed event on ARTFIXdaily's fall 2009 calendar.

Most popular fall art events on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 30, 2009 20:59 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

The top three fall art events, garnering the greatest number of views by ARTFIXdaily readers, were listed in the Calendar section from September 1 to December 31, 2009: 1. Chelsea Antiques Fair. Held twice annually, this five-year-old London antiques show takes place in the 17th-century style Old Town Hall on King's Road. About 35 exhibitors, including many BADA and LAPADA members, are focused on educating the collector; there is an extra emphasis on encouraging new collectors at this relaxed venue. The 2010 dates are: March 17-21, Sept. 22-26. 2. Identity Theft: How a Cropsey became a...


Chet Reneson - Winter Marsh

A Painter's Passions: Watercolors by Chet Reneson

Posted: October 19, 2009 12:39 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by renowned sporting artist Chet Reneson that will run from October 15 – December 15, 2009. The exhibition features a variety of subjects near and dear to Reneson, including five sporting scenes and four Bahamian paintings. I am particularly thrilled to present a snowy-blowy duck hunting scene that perfectly captures the bluster of a winter hunt, as well as a grouse shooting work and an intense image of two Bahamian fishermen hauling a great white shark into their boat.           &nbsp...


Call for events listings: ARTFIXdaily's fall calendar debuts Sept.  1.

Full-swing into Fall Events: Promote your news on ARTFIXDaily

Posted: August 20, 2009 16:32 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

ARTFIXdaily is compiling a comprehensive Fall 2009-Winter 2010 Events Calendar of international exhibitions, auctions, and shows. Museums, galleries, auction houses, historic sites, art fairs, artists, and art institutions are invited to send calendar listings for inclusion. Simply send us the event title, date, location, contact name, phone number or e-mail, an image, and URL. E-mail your Arts Event to info@artfixdaily.com. Art world professionals may also contribute press releases to our ArtWire marketing service. E-mail the press release as a Word doc along with up to three images...


Copley Fine Art Auctions' press release, event, and blog ranked among the most popular content with ARTIFXdaily readers.

Summer Hit List: What's Popular on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: August 14, 2009 16:06 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

The most viewed blogs, events, and news releases running on the BETA version of ARTFIXdaily, from June 1 to August 15, 2009, featured intruiging lawsuits, exciting decoy auctions, and noteworthy contemporary artists. Top three blog posts: 1. Brooke Astor's Favorite Painting at Heart of Trial 2. Elmer Crowell Decoys Star on Cable News 3. Shock 'n' Awe; Chris Jordan's Green Theme Mega-Art Most popular events: 1. Susan Van Campen: Watercolors exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York 2. Copley Fine Art Auctions' The Sporting Sale 2009 3. Art-40-Basel, the i...


Canvasback Pair by John “Daddy” Holly (1819-1892) or James T.  Holly (1855-1935), Havre de Grace, MD, c.  1885 ($155,250)

Records tumble at Copley’s 2009 $4.16 million Sporting Sale

Posted: August 07, 2009 09:41 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

On July 15 and 16, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its annual sporting sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2009 auction shot over its $3.5 million low estimate settling in at $4.16 million, making it the most successful in the company’s history. In this landmark sale, 23 of the 25 highest estimated lots sold. Commenting on the auction, Copley Chairman Stephen B. O’Brien Jr. said, “To be up thirty percent from last year’s totals in this economy is a testament to the hard work of our entire staff, and the trust that our clients place in us. We make every effort to deliver a pleasurable experi...


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