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New York Observer's Top 50 Art Collectors

New York Observer / February 3rd, 2011

From stockpiles of Matisses to flocks of duck decoys, early works by Koons to ravishing Rothkos and Renoirs and rooms full of Chippendale and Biedermeier furniture, or even Damien Hirst's infamous shark, New York's leading collectors have amassed a wide array of art and antiques. View the New ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

Kentucky butter churn fetches auction record of $55,200

Maysville Online / December 28th, 2010

In October, Knoxville-based Case Antiques Inc., Auctions and Appraisals sold an eight gallon stoneware butter churn, made and decorated in Maysville, Kentucky, by Isaac Thomas, for $55,200, a record price for Kentucky pottery.

Custer's last flag won for $2.2m at auction

Boston Globe / December 12th, 2010

The only surviving American flag from General Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn sold at a Sotheby's sale for $2.2 million on Saturday. Custer and 200 of his troops perished in their famous battle against Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in 1876. The war-torn U.S. ...

Preview the new wing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston Globe / November 14th, 2010

The much-anticipated $500 million Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is set to open to the puplic on Saturday, Nov. 20. Admission is free that day. The 53 new galleries, designed by Foster + Partners, holds about 5,000 works from the museum’s American collections, more ...

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, ...

Patriotic Expressions: Flag imagery in antique folk art

ArtfixDaily / August 9th, 2010

 Old Glory has proven to be a long-popular image in antique American folk art. Far before Jasper Johns's iconic 'Flag' painting made headlines in May, when one version fetched $28.6 million at a Christie's auction, the American flag in actual or stylized form has consistently been ...

Ralph Cahoon's mermaids showcased in new exhibit

Cape Cod Times / August 8th, 2010

"Chasing the Mermaids," a special exhibition dedicated to the most popular subject matter of Cape Cod folk artist Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), is on view through Sept. 18 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts. The museum was Ralph and Martha Cahoons' home and studio from 1945 ...

Circus Day in America

ArtfixDaily / July 15th, 2010

A lively exhibition at Vermont's Shelburne Museum is a multi-sensory experience celebrating Circus Day, the once-popular holiday which brought entire communities together. During the Golden Age of the American circus (1870-1950) schools closed, factories shut down, and farmers left their fields ...

Fusco & Four to relaunch Ellis Boston Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2010

The Ellis Antiques Show, Boston's premier fair which ran for 49 years through 2008, will be resurrected for a comeback, October 13 to 16, 2011. Show producers Fusco & Four will relaunch the show at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for The Arts, with 40 exhibitors of the highest quality, drawn ...

Functional Beauties: Hooked rugs cover Maine this summer

ArtfixDaily / June 13th, 2010

Antique hooked rugs are a folk art form prized by collectors for their originality and artistry. This summer, both the Farnsworth Art Museum and renowned textiles specialist Laura Fisher are celebrating the best of historic hooked rugs in separate, special exhibitions on the Maine coast. Since ...

Top ten things to know about the American flag

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2010

Many people think that the flag we love so much as Americans was born alongside the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, or at least in the general vicinity of that day, but it was actually brought to life by the Flag Act of 1777, passed by Congress on June 14th of that year. York, ...

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, ...

Fresh-to-market rarities at Thomaston Place weekend auction

Village Soup / May 18th, 2010

A canvas-on-panel fireboard depicting a fantastical Garden of Eden scene, by naïve Revivalist Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900), has been plucked for auction from a Brunswick, Maine, home.  This re-discovered piece of Americana, with a pre-sale estimate of ...

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 ...

Bird decoy sales take off this week

Chicago Sun-Times / April 20th, 2010

Folk art and antique decoy collectors have descended upon the 45th National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show for room-to-room trading this week at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The theme this year is Southern Decoys. The resort will also host a corresponding ...

Enthusiasm for Americana at TAAS

Maine Antique Digest / March 22nd, 2010

From William and Mary gate-leg tables to Art Deco silver, The American Antiques Show saw some swift sales last January, but nothing was selling like hotcakes, according to Maine Antique Digest's recap of the Americana Week event in New York. "It is a good time for savvy money to be in the ...

The appeal of duck decoys

Clevelan Plain-Dealer / March 7th, 2010

The collecting bug hit Jon Deeter, of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association (ODCCA), with the gift of an old, beat-up decoy carved in the 1930s. He now pursues the thrill of hunting down antique decoys, especially vintage Mason Decoy Factory. The 33rd annual ODCCA Show on March ...

Steady sales in Americana

Maine Antiques Digest / February 24th, 2010

Maine Antique Digest's Lita Solis-Cohen recaps the January Americana sale at Christie's which reaped a decent $5,681,025 (including buyers' premiums) for 398 lots sold. The recession-induced dip in the antiques market was evident with American furniture. Lots in the $50,000 range proved soft with ...

Bradford painting, mocha pottery on the block in Boston

Auction Central News / February 23rd, 2010

A luminous William Bradford oil depicting a whaleship off New Bedford (est. $60,000-$80,000) is among the highlights in Skinner's March 7 Americana auction. Also of note is an elegant Simon Willard tall clock in a classic Roxbury case (est. $30,000-$50,000), an enormous collection of mocha ...