December 7, 2013
Items from the estate of the late Maurice Sendak, famed author and illustrator of books such as Where The Wild Things Are, were sold at Hakes Americana and Collectibles in November 2013. One of the top lots at the online...Continue Reading
December 5, 20113
Santa Claus has not always been jolly. In fact, in the past, as well as in the present in some cultures, he's been downright mean, and some Christmas collectibles reflect that.
Belznickle was a German character, raggedy and...Continue Reading
These pieces that looks like bronze figurines are in fact 1920's car radiator “Mascots” which was part of the radiator cap. This pair designed by Gleb Derujinsky, (Russian/American, Bronxville, NY, 1888-1975). Gleb W. Derujinsky was born in...
This armchair is in the Jacobean Revival style, the style getting it's name from the fact these pieces use stylistic motifs from early English pieces made during the late 16th to mid 17th Century. Most of these pieces where produced during the...Continue Reading
December 1, 2013
Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. A revolt by the people forced him to flee, along with his wife, Imelda Marcos, family members and friends. Allegedly the family and their allies took $10...Continue Reading
The Stereoscope was a wonder in it's day, its 3D capability did not require special glasses, a 60" screen or even electricity.In the comfort of one's own home you could look at thousands of views from all over the world, some even in full color....Continue Reading
November 27th, 2013
Six tons of elephant ivory confiscated by U.S. authorities since 1989, when the global ban went into effect, was crushed on November 14, 2013 at the National Wildlife Property Repository outside Denver. The crushed remains of...Continue Reading
What we now know as Royal Dux was originally founded in 1853 in Duchov (Dux) in what's now the Czech Republic. The company's original production was utility ware and not the Art Nouveau style pottery and figurines it's best known for today. The...Continue Reading
November 24, 2013
This is an increasingly tangled tale, and it is not likely to be unraveled anytime soon.
1,400 paintings were seized by authorities from Cornelius Gurlitt in Germany. Gurlitt's father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, was an art dealer who...Continue Reading
It's not uncommon for a famous company to have its product copied or its trademark plagerized to trade on their good name. A lot of this went on during the last quarter of the 19th Century In Europe, as smaller potteries and decorating studios...Continue Reading