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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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....
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...Continue Reading