October 18, 2013
Scripophily, the study and collection of stock and bond certificates, is a popular hobby. Many certificates have elaborate illustrations and information about long gone companies with romantic histories. Collectors look for...Continue Reading
October 16, 2013
Anyone who has been involved in the collecting world for even a short time, including both dealers and collectors, has had the experience of coming across a piece that has no identification on it. There are no signatures,...Continue Reading
This is an example of “Raku” studio pottery by Charles Chrisco. Chrisco was born and has lived in the Seagrove/ Jugtown area of North Carolina most of his life. The area is well known for its traditional utilitarian ware, such as salt glazed...Continue Reading
October 14, 2013
Antique and vintage bar ware is as old as alcoholic drinks. Today's collectors pursue everything from corkscrews to bottles, to wine bottle labels, corks, cocktail shakers, glassware, swizzle sticks and sommeliers' cups.
Lladro was founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juan, José and Vicente Lladró, in the village of Almàssera near Valencia. it wasn't until 1956 that they started producing the sculptures for which they are now best know for. The company has grown...Continue Reading
Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and for a brief period at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career took him outside his native France, to work for the famous Minton's porcelain works in England between 1850 and 1855 and in Brussels...
October 11, 2013
Vintage car collectors are constantly dealing with repairs and restoration on vehicles. Imagine how all their dreams came true when an auction of vintage cars was announced, to take place in Pierce, Nebraska on September 27-29,...Continue Reading
October 9, 2013
Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold a copy of the 1940 Batman #1 comic book for $576,625 in August. But, that's only part of the story. It seems that the same comic book had sold for $850,000 in May, 2012. The buyer, who purchased it...Continue Reading
This piece is a "Vernis Martin” Vitrine, dating from the first quarter of the 20th Century. It's in the Louis XV style, a style which originated in 18th Century France. This style was extremely popular in the past, and reproduced during the turn...
October 7, 2013
The necklace by artist Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) recently fetched $267,750 at Christie's auction house. It was made in the 1940s and consists of silver wire. Calder, famous for his mobiles, never soldered his pieces. He only...Continue Reading