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Early 20th c. decorative arts soar at Rago auction

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2010

Rago Arts and Auction Center totalled a strong $5.6 million for 1,380 lots in its 20th c. Design sale, from October 1 to 3. Pieces dating from the early 20th century, including Roycroft furniture and metalwork, which completely sold-out, elicited fierce bidding "at levels not seen since 2007," ...

TRIO OF EXHIBITIONS ILLUMINATING POST-WAR JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS AT JOAN B. MIRVISS LTD.

ArtfixDaily / September 29th, 2010

Continuing with her on-going effort to present cutting-edge contemporary Japanese ceramics, Joan B. Mirviss will present three consecutive exhibitions illuminating the world of post-war contemporary ceramics in Japan. Never before has a comparable series of exhibitions of this magnitude been ...

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, ...

Solid sales at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / September 4th, 2010

The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, ...

Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery

ARTFIXdaily ArtWire / June 27th, 2010

Clear as Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery, edited by Warren Payne, is a ground-breaking new book on the art pottery produced in Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. From Cornelison Bybee to Waco, Louisville Pottery Co. (Cherokee) to Hadley, ...

A decadent Meissen tea set unveiled in London

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2010

The ultimate high tea accessory for summer is part of an extensive Meissen collection assembled by London's David Brower Antiques in celebration of the German porcelain manufacturer’s 300th anniversary.  Nestled on quaint Kensington Church Street, amongst the largest collection of ...

Gilbert Stuart to star in Grogan & Co.'s June auction

ArtfixDaily / June 2nd, 2010

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), famous for his presidential portraits of George Washington, also depicted the American leader’s war enemy. General Charles Rainsford, a British officer responsible for recruiting Hessian soldiers to fight the colonists during the Revolutionary War, was painted in ...

Antiques found in Silicon Valley; Ceramics, Americana to feature in two fairs

ArtfixDaily / May 24th, 2010

"Antiques Roadshow" will air its last episode taped in San Jose on Thursday night. The heart of the high-tech region yielded up some treasures including a circa 1815 chronometer and a suite of lithographs by marine artist Frederic Cozzens (1846-1928). Also in San Jose, the new Vintage Glass, ...

Connecticut country home, pile of antiques on the block

/ May 19th, 2010

In an American antiques circles, Litchfield, Connecticut, and its rural surroundings, is a favorite destination. Established dealers such as father-and-son Peter Tillou and Jeffrey Tillou are a mainstay in this classic New England town in the Northwest Hills. For those looking to settle into ...

Wedgwood Museum woes

BBC / May 13th, 2010

The collections of Britain's Wedgwood Museum, a repository of artifacts chronicling the pottery firm's 250-year history, is in jeopardy. Opened in 2008, the museum was hard hit by the economic downturn, went into administration last year with £400m in debts and a hole in its pension fund. ...

America's oldest hostelry hosts new antiques show

Community Advocate / May 6th, 2010

Longfellow's Wayside Inn in historic Sudbury, Mass., is holding its inaugural Antiques Show May 14 through 16. Nearly 50 premier antiques dealers from around the country will offer American art, American and European furniture, ceramics, silver, books, jewelry, folk art and more. American ...

Keno Auctions debuts with record-smashing Chippendale chest

Antiques and the Arts / May 4th, 2010

A record price for New York furniture was set at Leigh Keno's inaugral auction last weekend. The James Beekman Chippendale carved mahogany chest of drawers from the shop of Thomas Brookman, with carving attributed to Henry Hardcastle, circa 1752, estimated at $200/600,000, sold for ...

Staffordshire figures one highlight of Sampson and Horne sale

Telegraph / April 22nd, 2010

Bonhams will offer some 800 lots from the inventory of legendary antique dealers Sampson and Horne next week in London. Jonathan Horne and his late business partner Alistair Sampson were world-renowned for their cache of early British pottery and English country furniture. Part of the ...

Art pottery in the spotlight nationwide

News-Herald / April 19th, 2010

Rookwood, Weller, Grueby and Roseville---art pottery is the focus of a convention in Ohio this week. The American Art Pottery Association event attracts die-hard collectors who will be gathering for a 350-lot auction and two-day sale with 45 dealers. Even with the credit crisis-era depressing ...

LACMA committee steps up for new acquisitions

LA Times / April 19th, 2010

More than six dozen couples helped raise $1.8 million for new acquistions to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collections over the weekend. The Annual Collectors Committee Weekend has been likenend to an "American Idol" competition with several curators taking stage to passionately promote ...

Buzzworthy Americana at Philadelphia Antiques Show, Apr. 17-20

Phillyburbs.com / April 13th, 2010

Exhibitor Todd Prickett, of C.L. Prickett, will showcase a "phenomenal" tall case clock made by Matthew Egerton. Prickett says, "It's the finest form, and...original feet, original surface."

Philadelphia Antiques Show loan exhibit is "A Call to Arms"

Antiques and the Arts / March 24th, 2010

From April 17 to 20, the Philadelphia Antiques Show will showcase a loan exhibit, "A Call to Arms: Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the British and American Markets, 1700–1850," an homage to renowned dealer Elinor Gordon (1918–2009), the specialist in Chinese Export porcelain who exhibited at the ...

Sneak Peak: Chinese export on view at TEFAF

Luxist / March 14th, 2010

For serious collectors of Chinese export porcelain, TEFAF, the Maastricht art fair going on now through March 21, has some choice examples for sale. Highlights offered by Cohen & Cohen Gallery (Booth 246) include a striking pair of three foot tall Famille Rose Baluster vases and covers that ...

Treasure hunt on in Maastricht

New York Times / March 14th, 2010

The talk of TEFAF, so far, are a pearl-dropping neoclassical clock, a $25 million Giacometti sculpture, and the new works on paper section including such gems as Gainsborough drawings and Irving Penn photographs. Opening night, some collectors grumbled that there were no big-ticket paintings ...

Imperial Chinese vase soars to €110,000 at Irish country auction

Daily Mail / March 4th, 2010

A Chinese vase sold for 1,000 times its estimate of £130 at Sheppards Irish Auction House. The stunned audience saw the piece hammered down for a staggering €110,000 (£99,990) after an intense bidding war between a dealer and collector who had flown in for the sale. The 12-inch blue and white ...