Archive for 2013

OCT
06
2013

Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852) Bronze

By mwilcox

Cumber

This piece is by Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852), a French sculptor, who like many of the period produced Decorative Art bronzes designed to appeal to the growing middle class eagar to display their new found wealth. Cumberworth entered the...

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OCT
03
2013

TAXIDERMY: COLLECTIBLES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

By judith

Rabbits

October 3, 2013

Some of us find the stuffing of dead animals repulsive, but the collecting world loves them.

Taxidermy is an art that reached its heyday in the second half of the 19th century. Victorians loved these items. Even today, hunters...

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OCT
03
2013

"Bonheur du jour"

By mwilcox

Bondesk

A "Bonheur du Jour" is a form of a small lady's small writing table, usually with a cabinet of some sort at the front with cubby-holes for letters and storage for pens, paper and ink. These desks first became very fashionable with the ladies...

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OCT
02
2013

WEMYSS WARE - HOT COMMODITY IN BRITAIN

By judith

Wemyss

October 2, 2013

Wemyss Ware was first produced in 1892 by immigrant Czech designer/decorator Karel Nekola and local pottery-owner Robert Heron in Fife, Scotland. The name of the pottery comes from the Wemyss family, who owned the Wemyss Castle on...

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OCT
01
2013

Majolica Cheese Domes, Real and Repro

By mwilcox

CheesedomeoneCheesedome2

The cheese dome on the right is in the style of mid Victorian Majolica Blackberry Beehive examples by Minton, but is a 20th Century reproduction. Most earlier pieces made by the " Big Name" companies such as Minton's, George Jones or...

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SEP
30
2013

AUCTION ESTIMATES - HOW HELPFUL ARE THEY?

By judith

Auction

September 30, 2013

Recently, a brooch shaped like an eye and containing a watch, designed by Pablo Picasso for his wife, sold at auction for $148,800, which was more than twelve times the pre-sale estimate. The brooch is 3 inches long and has a...

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SEP
30
2013

Jacobean Reviva

By mwilcox

Jacosuite

One style of furniture confuses more people than any other is the "Jacobean Revival Style", the style getting it's name from the fact it was loosely designed to resemble furniture made during the reign of James the 1st ( 1603-24), but uses design...

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SEP
28
2013

LUXURY ITEMS: GOOD INVESTMENTS?

By judith

Classiccar

September 29, 2013

Ever wonder how luxury items appreciate from year to year? Or not?

I am constantly hearing from appraisal clients who bought some item or other, expecting it to appreciate and were very upset to learn that it had not. This is...

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SEP
27
2013

Bradley & Hubbard - ``Gone with the Wind``

By mwilcox

Gonelamps
The Bradley & Hubbard company (1854-1940), while best known now for their line of oil lamps, the company actually produced a large line of decorative cast iron and brass products from thermometers, tables & fern stands to elevator grills....

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SEP
26
2013

OCCUPIED JAPAN CERAMICS - POST WAR TREASURES

By judith

Occupiedjapan

September 26, 2013

From 1947 until 1952, Japan was occupied by American forces, after their defeat in World War II. Japanese manufacturers continued to produce their wares during this period, and began one of the collecting world's most beloved...

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