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Step Inside a Legendary Americana Collection, Including the Dietrich Family's Recreated Living Room, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

ArtfixDaily / February 4th, 2020

Through June 7, 2020, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a selection of rare and noteworthy examples of American fine and decorative arts drawn from the collection of the late H. Richard Dietrich, Jr. (1938-2007). A Collector’s Vision: Highlights from the Dietrich American ...

5 Things to To Do During NYC's Americana Week

ArtfixDaily / January 21st, 2020

New York's signature Americana Week continues through February 2, with a number of fairs, auctions, gallery and museum exhibitions and events centered on American art and antiques, and other categories, offering a mix of historic period objects deftly combined with contemporary works to reflect ...

From the Colonial to the Contemporary: The Philadelphia Show Expands and Rebrands

ArtfixDaily / January 20th, 2020

Celebrating its 58th edition showcasing America’s preeminent antiques and fine art dealers, The Philadelphia Show has a new look and a new approach. Nearly 60 dealers, featuring works from the 17th to the 21st centuries, will gather from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at ...

'Priceless' Artifacts Taken in Massive Heist at the Dresden Green Vault, While Its Most Famous Treasures Are On Loan to the Met

ArtfixDaily / November 25th, 2019

The world's "biggest jewelry heist" overnight at a German museum has missed the prized Dresden Green Diamond and other signature treasures that are currently on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe. A ...

Empire State Building Sparkled Green to Draw Attention to A Special Exhibit at the Met

ArtfixDaily / November 18th, 2019

Gather the kids (young and old) for the ultimate in STEAM immersion: science, technology, engineering, art and math all come together in an unprecedented gathering of historic treasures in New York. Of note, there is a glittering green delight. Highlighting that the world's largest natural ...

5 Finds to Preview From 2019's AADLA Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in NYC, Oct. 31-Nov. 4

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2019

{{image}} The Art & Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) will present their third annual Fine Art & Antiques Show—with 24 dealers—for a 5-day run starting Thursday October 31st at the St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Wallace Hall, 980 Park Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side. ...

Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 2019

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2018

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

Conde Nast / March 8th, 2017

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

Quirky to Classic Americana Served Up at Sotheby's

Sotheby's / January 21st, 2016

Cornelius Vanderbilt's gold cigar case. A New Orleans Voodoo Clock. And "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled" are what Sotheby's says are on offer this week as part of Americana Week in New York. City-wide auctions, shows, exhibitions and events kicked off on ...

Hawaii's Iolani Palace Recovers Long-Lost Furnishings

ArtfixDaily / February 25th, 2015

Parisian-made china and Sheffield plate silverware that once graced King Kalakaua's table are among a trove of furnishings that have recently been returned to Iolani Palace, the royal residence in Hawaii. Sold off at auction in the early 1900s,  the dispersion of royal property followed ...

Jewish Heirs Sue Germany Over $226 Million Medieval Treasure

ArtfixDaily / February 24th, 2015

The heirs of Jewish art dealers who sold a trove of medieval treasures to the Nazis are suing the German state in a U.S. lawsuit. Gestapo founder Herman Goering orchestrated the sale in 1935 with four Jewish art dealers who received millions of dollars. The collection is now thought to be worth ...

Winston Churchill's Belongings, Paintings Under the Hammer

Guardian / December 15th, 2014

An auction of Winston Churchill's personal possessions is set for Dec. 17 at Sotheby's in London. A preview is underway of the items left by his last surviving child, Lady Mary Soames, who died last June, aged 91. A gallery of Churchill's own paintings, regarded as the most important group ever ...

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

George Washington Wine Cooler Reaps $782,500 at Christie's

ArtfixDaily / January 22nd, 2012

A wine cooler, which George Washington presented to Alexander Hamilton as a gift, far exceeded its expected sale price at auction, going for $782,500 on January 19th. The cooler was designed according to specifications given by George Washington himself...

Record gold, silver prices spark antiques meltdown

Bloomberg / August 7th, 2011

A buffet of 18th- and 19th-century silver and gold boxes, candlesticks, flatware and salvers are increasingly heading to the furnace as prices for precious metals have soared in 2011. Collectors and attic raiders are...

Spring Show attracts fresh crowd, steady sales

Art Newspaper / May 3rd, 2011

The inaugural Spring Show, organized by the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America, had a promising first-run at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. About 1,495 attendees, including a contingent of designers, celebrities, and collectors, enjoyed the opening night party on April 27. Over the ...

New art fair finds a niche in Naples

Naplesnews.com / March 8th, 2011

Veteran show organizer David Lester estimated that sales soared to between $10 million and $20 million at his inaugural Naples International Art & Antiques Show. About 80% of visitors to the new 4-day show were locals from the southwest Florida city of Naples, but Lester told Naplesnews.com ...

Renoir to Richter, antique pistols to rare gems shine at Palm Beach fair

artinfo / February 9th, 2011

Nearly 8,000 guests flocked to the gala preview of the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach last weekend. About 40,000 visitors are expected altogether to peruse the booths of 66 dealers, down from 84 last year. The 15th edition of the fair, which runs through Feb. 13 at the Palm ...

Kroll painting, Chinese export smash auction estimates

ArtfixDaily / September 16th, 2010

Ten Chinese Export armorial plates, conservatively estimated at $1,000 to $2,000, catapulted to a final bid of $16,157.50 (including 15% buyers premium) at Cleveland-based Aspire Auctions' recent sale ending Sept. 2. The Kang Hsi (circa 1720) plates, noted as heavily glazed with carved rims, ...