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$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...


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...


Oliver Ingraham Lay, "Two Friends" from the Everson Museum of Art.

Our Favorite 40 Museums – Part 1

Posted: September 10, 2013 14:39 Last Updated: | Jay Caldwell

As we celebrate our fortieth year in business we’d like to share some of the wonderful American art museums which have helped inform our understanding of American and European art. Sometimes built from personal collections, other times put together to fulfill a community need, these forty museums have allowed the public to engage with all types of art. In this four part series we would like to share with you some of our favorite US museums, with the understanding that this is just the beginning. *Note this list of museums are not in any particular order. 1. Everson Mus...


My History....

Posted: August 28, 2013 10:28 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

My great grandfather, M. Edwin Schillay, or Eddie as everyone called him, was an accountant here in New York City.  During the late 1930s / early 1940s one of his clients, an antique dealer, suggested that he would be a great fit in the antique business and should try it out.  My great grandfather gave it a go…he began booking trips to Europe, buying groups of paintings in bulk, packing them in 7 x 7 x 10 foot containers (which would hold 400 – 500 paintings), shipped them back to a New York rental space in the Manhattan Storage Warehouse and would sell them upon arrival.  ...


This incredible American Silver Dining Service for 12 boasts works crafted by Reed & Barton and Redlich & Co.

A Grand Dining Experience: The 224-Piece American Silver Dining Service

Posted: August 17, 2013 15:59 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There was a time when dining was much more than enjoying good food amongst family and friends, it was a luxurious event that could make or break one’s reputation in social circles. A household’s most expensive furnishings and accessories could be found in the dining room, but perhaps none reflected the taste and sophistication of the owner better, or more elegantly, than the silver. This is certainly the case with this outstanding American Silver Dining Service. Our suite for 12 guests comprises not only an exceptional Francis I sterling silver flatware service by Reed & Barton, but...


1981 Delorean.

Summer Heat Brings the Cool to Clarke Auction July 22nd.

Posted: July 21, 2013 15:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

      With the summer heat wave reaching its peak this weekend in the Northeast, Clarke Auction hopes to break the weather’s trend with some exceptionally cool lots in their sale on Monday July 22nd at 5pm.       A featured item in the sale is the ultra-cool 1981 Delorean to be sold without reserve at an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 on July 22nd. Ironic how the ‘80s icon of style is considered cool since the body is made of stainless steel and has been displayed in front of the Larchmont auction gallery for the past week during the recent heat wave.  I...


This incredibly rare pedestal desk bears numerous characteristics that suggest its creation by Thomas Chippendale himself.

The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

Posted: July 20, 2013 16:35 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure.  Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven characteristics attributed specifically to the master cabinetmaker. The use of the highest-quality Cuban mahogany, his signature "red wash", "triple-wheel" friction casters and locking mechanisms by London met...


"An Evening Market" is one of Petrus van Schendel's masterpieces.

A Light in Darkness: Masterful Nocturne Paintings

Posted: July 03, 2013 14:33 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

When we think about the role that light plays in painting, we most often consider the changing day-lit palettes of works by Claude Monet and other masters of the French Impressionist movement. However, a number of artists were enchanted by the unique nature that light takes on under the haze of darkness. These paintings of night-time scenes, or nocturnes, when created by masters such as John Atkinson Grimshaw and Petrus van Schendel, captured the otherworldly beauty and distinct intimacy of their subjects at the edge of light and dark. The term “nocturne” was coined by the great James M...


Richard Oelze, Archaic Fragment

The Surreal Deal: Rare Oelze Painting Discovered At Clarke Auction June 3rd.

Posted: May 24, 2013 15:06 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

In one of those rare and anticipated moments when an appraiser goes to a location to view what are usually copies, the opposite happened. Peering out from under an old sheet, Clarke Auction art specialist Nelia Moore and owner Ronan Clarke then discovered what would turn out to be a long lost and magnificent oil on canvas by the German surrealist artist Richard Oelze.  The large and intricate painting entitled Archaic Fragment was executed in 1935 when the artist was in Paris. The work was included in the major 1942 surrealist exhibition, First Papers of Surrealism, in New York ...


This incredible pietre dure plaque is comprised of numerous hardstones intricately inlaid to create a "painting of stone."

Beauty Set In Stone: The Art of Pietre Dure

Posted: April 22, 2013 16:10 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Pietre dure is one of the oldest decorative arts. With a meticulous eye and steady hand, a master of this hardstone inlay technique can literally “paint” a picture in stone. The art form developed in ancient Rome in the 4th century where the technique was known as opus sectile (“carved and cut work”). Much like mosaic, this new process utilized larger sections of materials such as marble and glass inlaid into floors and walls to compose an image or decorative pattern. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technique was brought to Byzantium, where it was used to grace the interiors ...


Globes, such as this pair of 18" examples from J.& W.  Cary, afforded their owner a wealth of information right at their fingertips.

Global Advantage: Antique Globes

Posted: February 26, 2013 16:41 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

“Knowledge is power.” –Sir Francis Bacon Arguably the most valuable tool in business today is the computer. Within seconds, an entrepreneur can answer any question, accessing information from around the world. For the 19th-century businessman, the globe often served that same role. In matters of commerce, especially shipping, geography and exploration, the globe was an invaluable asset when determining the best and most cost effective ways to get your goods from one point to another. Accuracy and timely information meant everything, and firms such as John Newton & Son, John and W...


Important Bronze, Illegibly Signed

Rebuilding with Art: Clarke Auction's November 18th Sale Provides Renewal After Sandy.

Posted: November 14, 2012 08:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

After Hurricane Sandy, we are all reminded that we may lose our possessions, but we never lose our need to be surrounded by beauty and brightness. A force of nature forces changes in landscape, residence, and environment, so why not a change in what we fill our homes and our lives with? Clarke Auction, Westchester's Premier Auction House, appreciates the severity of destruction that Sandy has left behind, down to a personal level. They also appreciate people's need to rebuild and renew.  On Sunday November 18th, Clarke Auction will provide over 400 lots of beauty and structure in...


Paul Evans Sculptured Dining Table

A Rosewood By Any Other Name : Arne Vodder, Eames, and Evans at Clarke Auction's October 21st Sale.

Posted: October 16, 2012 13:55 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Midcentury Modern furniture has been recently challenging the idea that only fine art is art. The combination of functionality, design foresight, elegance, and edginess has made the midcentury modern market bring fine art numbers at auction over the last several months.     Clarke Auction in Larchmont, NY, Westchester's Premier Auction House, has successfully navigated the rough economy of late by providing its bidders with exceptional midcentury selections in its last several sales. The upcoming Sunday, October 21st sale at Clarke Auction will maintain the reputation for ...


Indianapolis 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal Smiths, 1913

1913 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Sweepstakes Trophy at Antique Helper Auctions

Posted: October 04, 2012 12:08 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

We have had the privilege to offer some fantastic Indy 500 and auto racing-related treasures over the years. Thanks to the Duesenberg and Clarence Cagle Estates, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with retired racer Jigger Sirois, we have all become, in some shape or form, race fans. For many of us, racing has always been a big deal. For others, it’s been the collections and rich history of auto racing that served as the bait. We can unequivocally state that we all love auto racing and all of the interesting and amazing bits and pieces of memorabilia that go with it. ...


Lot 57: ARA, Krishna.  Gouache on Cardboard of Figures.

Indian Artist Krishna Hawlaji Ara Painting to Highlight Art at Clarke Auction

Posted: September 19, 2012 15:09 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

A beautiful and significant painting by renowned Indian artist Krishna Hawlaji Ara is coming to the block at Clarke Auction in Westchester, NY on Sunday Sept. 30th.   The painting, a gouache on paper of multiple figures including beggars and a dog, is to be sold in as found condition.   Ara, a founding member of the Progressive Artists Group in Bomaby (now Mumbai), was the first contemporary Indian painter to meticulously use the female nude as a subject not straying from the limits of naturism unlike his colleagues such as F.N. Souza. His work was rooted in the delig...


Jasper Cropsey Oil on Canvas

Another Cropsey Discovered in New York.

Posted: September 06, 2012 10:08 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

A fresh to market oil by Hudson River School artist, Jasper Cropsey,  was recently authenticated by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation with the help of Clarke’s Fine Art Specialist, Nelia Moore, and will be put up for auction at Clarke’s Larchmont, NY location on September 10th, 2012. The Cropsey oil had been kept away in a private collection since the mid 1960’s and was unavailable to the market until now. The emergence of this newly discovered Cropsey comes a little more than a year after a Clarke Auction consigner brought in two unknown paintings, which were later verified...


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....


20th Century by HKFA

Off the Shoulder and In the Shop

Posted: June 11, 2012 15:33 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It's official, 20th Century by HKFA is open.  There is something quite fulfilling about having the key to your own shop.  Opening the door each day and enjoying what it means to be 'open'.  Open to new customers, open to new possibilities, open to new ideas.     The Grand Opening was a wonderful event, old friends stopped by, new clients came in and the folks in the neighborhood welcomed us with open arms.  Fishtown is becoming an arts destination.  It's the rebirth of a neighborhood.  A neighborhood that was open to it.  In these old buil...


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 ...


20th Century Traditions - The Store (almost!)

Flea Market Finds...

Posted: April 02, 2012 17:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Or what finds YOU at the flea market.  As you may know, I am re-examining my roots and heading back to Philly to open my own antique store.  The antique and design scene there is growing at a break neck pace as new locales are created and new traditions begun.  I have been writing about the store and looking at ways to become involved in this growing scene.  One of those ideas was to set up at a local flea market...   Flea markets are where I began to first understand antiques and where I began my business those ten years ago in New York City.  So, it se...


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...


the kids and me in Winter...  can't wait for Spring!

Spring has Sprung!

Posted: March 14, 2012 11:19 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

20th Century Traditions.  It's more than a blog.  It's an idea.  A blending of what is to come with the foundation of what has been built.  It's a starting point from which to re-invent.  It's the embodiment of Spring.  It's the beginning of my newest venture.  A store in Philadelphia.   Philly was my home for many years before moving to New York City.  It's wonderful to go home again.  People always say that it can't be done, but that is because they are expecting to see what they knew.  I am expecting to see the rebirth of the ...


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