SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
A 3-inch long animated, jewel-encrusted silkworm recently sold at Sotheby's for $349,392 (including buyer's premium).
The description of the lot said, "the plump, realistic body comprising eleven sized segments edged with seed...Continue Reading
The marking “Prof T. Karner” on a Rosentahl porcelain figurine indicates the original creator was Professor Theodor Karner (1884-1966). Rosenthal, a company well-known for its high-quality porcelain figurines remains in production to this day....Continue Reading
Occasionally I'll get a call from a potential client who excitedly sends me an email regarding what they think is an incredible find. Some times the items are wonderful, or at least a good look at, but other times I have to be the bearer of bad...Continue Reading
September 3, 2013
The Pairpoint puffy bronze and glass owl lamp, pictured above, recently sold for $77,025 at a James Julia sale. The lamp has a glass owl shade and a base that consists of a lifelike cast metal owl. Julia also sold another one of...Continue Reading
This clockwork Dutchman Violinist is a Pre World War Two example made by the Schuco toy company in the 1930’s. This famous German toy maker originally formed as "Schreyer & Co" in 1912 , founded by Heinrich Muller and Heinrich Schreyer, the...Continue Reading
Artists and authors sometimes use Pseudonyms instead of their real name for a variety of reasons, families or governments unsympathetic to their work, or even to get around laws, taxation or even alimony. The piece pictured here was...Continue Reading
August 30, 2013
So, you've read the blog entry about estate planning, and you're up to the personal property portion of your assets. There are certain things you should be doing in order to prepare for the orderly transfer of this property by...Continue Reading
The history of glassmaking on the island of Murano in Italy dates back over 700 years. In 1292 the city Fathers concerned about the fire hazard in a city of wooden buildings banished the glassmakers to the island, where they've been ever since....Continue Reading
August 27, 2013
Who needs to do some estate planning? We all do.
Your estate may be divided into three categories: cash, stocks and bonds; real estate and personal property.
It is certainly possible to lose control of your estate. You lose control...Continue Reading
Hump Top Trunks like this in most cases date from the 1870s to about 1900, generally a rough idea of dating can be determined by examining the locks and fittings for the latest patent numbers and dates, which provide on average a time frame from...Continue Reading