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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

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 ...

New Islamic art gallery debuts in Detroit

Crains Detroit / February 21st, 2010

The Detroit Institute of Arts will unveil a new 3,350-square-foot gallery on Feb. 28 with a rotating collection of 168 of the museum's 1,400 Islamic artworks. “This is a phenomenon going on around the world. Almost everyone is getting a new Islamic gallery,” curator Heather Ecker says. Works on ...

Collecting Federal-period Tucker china

Cape May County Herald / February 8th, 2010

Made briefly from 1826 to 1838, fragile Tucker china pieces are rare. William Ellis Tucker was a bright, enterprising Quaker in Philadelphia who taught himself the process of making porcelain. He enlisted other painters to depict American landscapes and city scapes on pieces ...

Penchant for Porcelain: Collectors keep clamoring for ceramics

New York Times Art / September 11th, 2009

A Bonhams sale of English pottery and porcelain demonstrated last week that ceramics is one of the few areas of the art market still immune from financial speculation.

Old Shards to New Video: LACMA exhibits 1,000 years of Korean history

LA Times Arts / September 13th, 2009

In May 1965, two months after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its doors, Yook Young-soo, the wife of Park Chung-hee, president of the Republic of Korea, paid a visit. She was so disappointed with the paltry display of Korean art that she gave the fledgling institution 23 ceramic ...