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Harbinger of Spring: Antique Garden Furniture Show & Sale

The Epoch Times / April 28th, 2010

From May 7 to 9, over 30 of America’s foremost dealers are offering their best quality pieces at the Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale at the New York Botanical Garden. Special events and lectures compliment the exhibitor offerings---from cast iron and marble fountains to early ...

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 ...

Country house sale: Givenchy gowns to sporting art

Luxist / April 21st, 2010

The contents of billionaire Patricia Kluge's Albemarle House, a lavish take on high-style country living in the English tradition, will be auctioned by Sotheby's on June 8 and 9. The grand 45-room estate in Albermarle County, Va., will be open May 31 for buyers of the auction catalog to preview ...

Los Angeles Antiques Show adds more Continental furniture dealers

Culture Kiosque / April 5th, 2010

New exhibitors to the Los Angeles Antiques Show this year are Bernard Steinitz of Paris and Carlton Hobbs of New York, both respected dealers of Continental furniture. From April 21 to 25, sixty-five exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe will be featured in room-setting vignettes ...

Antiques restorer is bent on authenticity

Kentucky.com / April 5th, 2010

Mason Roberts, 38, is part artist and craftsman, part detective and historian. One of a handful of top-level antiques restorers in Kentucky, Roberts examines each damaged piece carefully so that, he says, "you won't be able to tell I did anything" after the restoration. For example, he uses ...

Imperial Russian box returns to the market

Luxist / April 1st, 2010

A heated bidding battle took an Imperial Russian silver box, with a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate, to $400,000 at a William J. Jenack auction in 2008. The winning bidder never paid up so the box is back on the block April 11. Made by I.P. Khlebnikov, a craftsman who worked for the House of Fabergé ...

Catherine the Great's emerald at auction

Luxist / March 21st, 2010

Christie's is offering a brooch once owned by Catherine II of Russia, the powerful 18th-century monarch known for her taste in art and jewelry. The 60-to-70 carat emerald was a gift to Sophie Dorothea when she wed Catherine's son Tsar Paul I in 1776. The hexagonal cut Colombian emerald is ...

A sale chock-full of clocks

Luxist / March 8th, 2010

Nearly 500 lots, dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries, in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, is on offer at the Bonhams & Butterfields Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale in Los Angeles on March 29. With a focus on pieces of English, French, Italian, Spanish ...

U.S. returns stolen Peter the Great pendant to Russia

Seattle Times / March 4th, 2010

U.S. authorities seized a silver medallion with an engraved image of Peter the Great from a Seattle antiques dealer for repatriation to Russia. The piece had been stolen from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. Later, it was sold online. In 2007, a Hermitage curator's ...

The best of the best lures collectors to Maastricht

Financial Times / March 2nd, 2010

From a newly discovered “Winter Landscape with Skaters” (1611) by Adam van Breen – one of the earliest winter landscapes by any Dutch painter - offered by exhibitor John Mitchell, to a stunning Cycladic marble head from 2500-2400BC from dealer Rupert Wace, word is getting out about the treasures ...

British antiques dealers confident about upcoming London show season

Financial Times / February 28th, 2010

Operating below the billionaire-level of masterpiece buying is the traditional antique business which relies on venues such as the upcoming British Antiques Dealers Assoc. annual fair in Chelsea to showcase fresh goods. With the loss of the Grosvenor House fair, BADA, set for March 17 to ...

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 ...

Some antiques seen as 'safe haven' investments with aesthetic appeal

Financial Times / February 21st, 2010

According to antiques valuers in the U.K., auction prices have been climbing steadily for leading English silversmiths of the 18th and 19th centuries, including works by Paul de Lamerie, Hester Bateman and Paul Storr. Other strong categories include antique armor and jewellery, which increased 37 ...

Signs of Rebound in Antiques Market

New York Times Art / February 17th, 2010

After 12 months in which antiques sales were down and prices fell, collectors and dealers again flocked to major antique shows last month in New York. Red dots were plentiful, but according to some of the shows' exhibitors, there are still good buys to be had in certain categories, such as ...

London antiques dealer closing shop

Luxist / January 20th, 2010

One of London's major antiques dealerships, Sampson and Horne Antiques has announced that they are closing and their entire trading stock will be sold at Bonhams on April 28. The company is closing because one of the founders, Jonathan Horne, is ill and the other partner, Christopher Banks, has ...

A Bavarian Throne and Other Must-haves: Monumental furniture stars at Red Baron's Nov. auction

Luxist / November 2nd, 2009

This magnificent black walnut two-seated throne with pierce-carved armrests was once installed in a Bavarian castle. The piece was chosen to go in what would have been the most expensive residence in the United States, the Pinnacle, a 53,000-sq.-ft. home to be built in the Yellowstone Club in ...

Style-Mixing Guru: Designer Suzanne Tucker will speak at SF Fall Antiques Show

San Francisco Chronicle / October 25th, 2009

At this year's San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which will be held Thursday through Nov. 1, interior designer Suzanne Tucker will reveal her creative insights in a lecture based on her new book "Rooms to Remember: The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker." Tucker is known as especially adept at ...

Gilt-y Lot: Christie's offers $6.4 million "Cucci Cabinet"

Reuters / October 8th, 2009

LONDON - Christie's will offer for auction one of only three cabinets by Domenico Cucci known to survive, and expects the rare work to fetch around four million pounds ($6.4 million). The ornate Louis XIV cabinet, dated 1665 to 1675, is being sold by the March family, described by the auctioneer ...

Napoleonic Tendencies: Cherie Blair buys a pile of antique furniture

Daily Mail / September 13th, 2009

When her husband was Prime Minister she famously shopped for 99p bargains on eBay. But now Cherie Blair has discovered a taste for classic furniture, especially Napoleonic period pieces. She has recently spent more than £250,000 on antiques from Christie's and Sotheby's to furnish the family's ...

Upscale & Upbeat: Baltimore Antiques Show expects high turn-out, strong sales

Maryland Daily Record / September 3rd, 2009

Expectations are high for this weekend's 29th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest indoor antiques shows in the world, featuring 550 top-tier dealers. "The industry overall has been soft but nobody’s giving anything away — prices haven’t fallen,” said Kris Charamonde of the Palm ...