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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 / 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Frenzy for fresh-to-the-market: Rare and early Derby ceramics smash auction records

Derby Telegraph / August 25th, 2009

Lichfield, U.K. - A huge private collection of rare Derby ceramics estimated to fetch up to £80,000 at auction was hammered down for a record-breaking £250,000 on Aug. 20. Around 250 figurines, vases and tableware, some dating back to the 1750s, were sold by Richard Winterton Auctioneers, in ...