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New Hampshire antiques dealers' summer show set for Aug. 6-8

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Friday, 27 March 2015 16:48
Image courtesy of New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association date for the 58th annual New Hampshire Antiques Show is set for Aug. 6-8 at the Radisson Hotel Manchester.

This year’s show will feature 67 exhibitors from all over the country with a wide range of items from folk art to fine porcelain, country and formal furniture, paintings and prints and more.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show closes a week of antiques and shows known as Antiques Week in New Hampshire, a tourism draw for the state, attracting dealers and collectors from around the country, hoping to find that perfect piece of Americana. This annual tradition now in its 58th year brings together highly reputable dealers who, with a keen interest in educating visitors about antiques, save their most prized wares for the event. With on-site shipping and no sales tax this is the event to find that one-of-a-kind treasure you have been searching for.

Exhibitors offer a wide range of country and formal antique furniture and accessories including clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, woodenware, nautical and scientific items, metalware, glassware, pottery and ceramics, early lighting, samplers, Shaker furniture and accessories, decoys, architectural and garden ornaments, and books about antiques.

There are two new exhibitors joining the show this year, which include Pewter & Wood Antiques, Barbara Boardman Johnson, of Enfield, N.H., and Kelly Kinzle, New Oxford, Pa. Pewter & Wood Antiques specializes in 18th and 19th century American Antiques with emphasis on original first surface paint, as well as country furniture, painted smalls, folk art, textiles, hooked rugs, braided rugs, samplers, stoneware, toys, game boards, signs, pewter and decorative items. Kelly is “known for his inventory of tall case clocks, fire arms, Pennsylvania decorative arts and fire-fighting memorabilia.” “Both exhibitors will certainly be a welcome addition to the show,” said Tommy Thompson, president of the NH Antiques Dealers Association.

Show hours are: Thursday, Aug. 6, and Friday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $15 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday. Visitors under 30 (with proper ID) are admitted free. Free return visits to the show are available after initial admission.

For more information, visit www.nhada.org .



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Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 17:01
 

Vermont library to host traveling Smithsonian exhibition

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Monday, 16 March 2015 10:56
Some cave paintings were likely made as shown -- by mixing pigment with saliva inside the mouth and blowing the mixture onto a cave wall. Image is from the Smithsonian's exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History devoted to human origins. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian. Photo credit: Karen Carr Studio Inc. BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington's Fletcher Free Library is going to host a traveling exhibition about what it means to be human.

The library in Vermont's largest city is one of 19 libraries across the country that will host the traveling exhibition and programming around human evolution entitled "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?''

The exhibit, which will be in Burlington in early 2017, was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the American Library Association. It will include panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos.

Library Director Rubi Simon says officials understand evolution is a controversial topic and the library is happy to host respectful community conversations about it.

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Some cave paintings were likely made as shown -- by mixing pigment with saliva inside the mouth and blowing the mixture onto a cave wall. Image is from the Smithsonian's exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History devoted to human origins. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian. Photo credit: Karen Carr Studio Inc.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 11:10
 

It's party time March 14th on Antique Row in West Palm Beach

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Friday, 13 March 2015 16:20

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (ACNI) – The most fashionable street party in South Florida will take place on Saturday night, March 14th, with the return of Evening on Antique Row in West Palm Beach.

Presented by The Young Friends of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Evening on Antique Row features music, entertainment, cocktails, food trucks, shopping and a VIP after party. All profits benefit the society.

Don’t worry about traffic cramping your style if you attend. The six blocks of South Dixie Highway known as Antique Row (3300-3900 blocks) will be closed to through traffic from 6-9 p.m. After party rages till 11 p.m.

“Bring your antiques – there’s going to be an appraisal tent, which we expect will be very popular with party-goers,” said auctioneer Rico Baca, one half of “Rico and Wade,” who co-own the popular Antique Row business Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Palm Beach Modern is preparing a contemporary art fantasy space for party guests that reinterprets the Milk Bar in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

All antiques-related businesses in the Antique Row District participate in the festive event, which goes on rain or shine.

“Come early and stay late. It’s always a blast,” said Baca.

Palm Beach Modern Auctions is located at 3611 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, FL 33405.

Admission is $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Purchase tickets online (small service charge applies) at www.historicalsocietypbc.org .

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 17:59
 

TEFAF 2015 promises collectors fresh-to-the-market works

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Friday, 13 March 2015 09:08
Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Rueger in front of the Van Gogh watercolor exhibited by Dickinson at TEFAF 2015. Photo credit: Harry Heuts MAASTRICHT, Netherlands – Eagerly awaited by international collectors, TEFAF 2015 opened on Friday, March 13, at the MECC Maastricht. This annual event, one of the world’s leading art fairs, runs through March 22.

A remarkable watercolor in pristine condition, Le Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet à Fontvieille, June 1888, by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), which has not been seen in public for decades forms the highlight of Dickinson's stand. Pencil notes on the back of the paper reveal new information about the picture's early provenance linking it to seminal exhibitions of van Gogh's work in 1896/7 and 1912. Van Gogh was a great admirer of Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), and wrote to his brother about the artist's drawings in 1875. One such drawing, exhibited in the exhibition, to which he refers is titled L'Horizon (La Plain),1868 and can be found at this year's TEFAF on the stand of French & Co.

In response to the current needs of collectors and curators, dealers are going to great lengths to source material privately. Listed as missing since 1905, one of the great history paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) Dionysius Areopagite, a nobleman of Athens and disciple of St. Paul, can be seen on the stand of Lowell Libson Ltd.

Madrid dealer, Galeria Caylus (stand 379) is showing a rare double-sided miniature by the Spanish master Murillo (1617-1682), depicting Saint Joseph's Dream (recto) and Saint Francis in prayer (verso) painted in oil on copper, which was recently exhibited in an exhibition of Murillo's work that traveled from the Prado, Madrid to the Fondation Focus-Abengoa and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.

Four extraordinary monumental panels by Hubert Robert (1733-1808) were sourced privately and now occupy the back wall of the stand of Didier Aaron & Cie. Also from a private collection is an evocative painting of a lion by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), which is being shown by Galerie Eric Coatalem.

One of the greatest objects at the 2015 fair is The Liesborn Gospels, which is being shown by Les Enluminures. Described as one of the most valuable manuscripts of the gospel in private hands, this copy, which is in almost perfect condition, has an impeccable, virtually unbroken line of provenance and an asking price $6.5 million.

Paper, as a distinct section, was first introduced to TEFAF in 2010. A highlight on the stand of Francesca Antonacci/Damiano Lapiccirella in TEFAF Paper is a pencil drawing on paper titled Dawn by Charles le Brun (1619-1690). The importance of drawing is underlined by a loan exhibition of 28 drawings from Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands, which can also be seen in this section. The exhibition shows drawings from the Renaissance to the 21st century and will include works by Michelangelo, Rafael, Hendrick Golzius, Jan van Goyen, Claude Lorrain and Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby (1683-1749), which is being exhibited on the stand of Shapero Rare Books, London, with 220 illustrations all hand-colored by the author himself, is the first book to include colored images of American birds. A sought-after, signed and numbered platinum palladium print, 1983, by Irving Penn (1917-2009) of a Woman in Moroccan Palace, 1951 is being shown by Hamiltons Gallery, London for an asking price of $1.5 million.

Works by major artists with a strong record on the secondary market form the backbone of TEFAF Modern. A monumental oil and mixed media work on canvas entitled Merkaba, 2004 by Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) occupies the rear wall of Beck & Eggeling's stand. One of Andy Warhol's most seminal images, Car Crash, a screen print, 1978, is a highlight on the stand of Galerie Bastian while Galerie Boulakia is exhibiting a large-scale acrylic, oilstick and xerox work entitled Red Joy by Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1984.

Work by the artist Lee U-Fan (b. 1936), an important member and one of the founders of the Mono-Ha group, a 1960s avant-garde movement in Japan that was one of the first Asian contemporary art movements to be recognised internationally, forms a highlight on the stand of Kukje Gallery: Dialogue is an oil on canvas work that dates from 2008.

Galerie Ludorff, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, will show an important oil-on-canvas work by Serge Poliakoff (1900-1969) titled, Gris et Rouge, 1964. Galerie Ludorff is one of a number of galleries at TEFAF that have created special exhibitions for the fair – theirs being a cabinet of exquisite watercolors by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Since its inception in 2009, TEFAF Design has become an important feature of the fair. At the 2015 edition, highlights from this section include a pair of Lounge Chairs by Maria Pergay on the stand of Demisch Danant; a coffee table with foldable frame by Mogens Lassen (1901-1987), which is being shown by Galerie Eric Philippe and a Shaker pine seat with birch turning and crest rail from New Hampshire, 1840, which is on the stand of Galerie Downtown François Laffanour, whose stand is entirely devoted to Shaker material.

A fabulous pearl and diamond locket, which once belonged to the Empress Eugénie can be found on the stand of S.J. Phillips. The extraordinary provenance includes the Roman jeweler Augusto Castellani and Alice Liddell, the girl who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It has an asking price of $5 million. An exquisitely worked and enamelled, Renaissance revival pendant with sapphires, emeralds and pearls, 1860, by Alexis Falize is being shown by Veronique Bamps.

There are a number of notable textiles being exhibited at the fair. Galerie Neuse is presenting a 15th-century wool tapestry from Arras , c. 1410-1415, entitled The Falcon's Bath, which is in a extraordinary state of presentation.

TEFAF is perceived as far more than an art air. Over the course of 10 days, it is the place where the art world meets. TEFAF is known not only for hosting 7,000 years of art history and the considerable sales it generates but for the friendships that are made, the ideas it spawns and the dialogues that are started.



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Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Rueger in front of the Van Gogh watercolor exhibited by Dickinson at TEFAF 2015. Photo credit: Harry Heuts
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 09:45
 

Hong Kong gets creative as Art Basel comes to town

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Written by LAURA MANNERING, AARON TAM, LIZ THOMAS   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:01
Panoramic view of the Hong Kong skyline taken from Victoria Peak. Image by Diliff. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. HONG KONG (AFP) – A flying forest, a styrofoam mausoleum and a giant seesaw will greet visitors to Hong Kong's Art Basel fair from Friday as the finance hub transforms into a creative playground.

The annual show comes as Hong Kong's status as a center for collectors grows, with artists, gallerists and celebrities gathering at the harborside convention center.

Greater China, grouping the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, maintained its market leader status in 2014, accounting for $5.6 billion in global art sales – closely followed by the United States – according to data firm Artprice.

But while the slick international display of Art Basel, which drew 60,000 visitors last year, is the headline event during Hong Kong's Art Week, smaller shows pop up all around town to coincide with the show – many of them throwing the spotlight back on grassroots talent.

"The art market in Hong Kong has seen such a boom in these last few years and yet local art is still pigeon-holed as 'emerging,'" says Katie de Tilly, of Hong Kong's central 10 Chancery Lane gallery and co-founder of the Chai Wan Mei Design Festival.

Chai Wan is a mainly residential area in the far east of Hong Kong Island, where former industrial warehouses are now home to galleries and local artists' studios.

"It's less polished than the whirl of the fairs and you really get a feel for Hong Kong's artistic soul," she said of the festival, which is in its fourth year.

Co-founder Claudia Albertini compared the Art Week buzz to the atmosphere at European fashion weeks.

"I don't think Hong Kong is far behind art cities like Miami and Berlin, it plays an important part on the global art stage," she said.

A new event, Art Central, will also take place from Saturday on the Hong Kong waterfront.

"The fair is completely rooted in our city, with a focus on Hong Kong galleries and artists, and regional market trends," said co-founder Tim Etchells.

 

'Natural curiosity'

 

Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off three years ago and is the newest addition to the international art show, which started in Switzerland in 1970 and also has a Miami Beach edition.

Champagne-soaked and glamorous it attracted celebrities including model Kate Moss and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to Hong Kong last year, with Victoria Beckham and Hollywood star Susan Sarandon set to attend this year.

Central to the display will be the large-scale "Encounters" pieces, including a suspended forest of olive trees by Irish artist Siobhán Hapaska, a mausoleum made from styrofoam boxes by Hong Kong-based Portuguese artist João Vasco Paiva and a giant seesawing log propped up by Indian Buddhist statues by Indian artist Tallur L.N.

The Asian artists on show will be displaying an experimental streak, while keeping true to their artistic traditions, says new Art Basel Hong Kong director Adeline Ooi.

"I think the artists are approaching the mediums in a more daring way," Ooi said.

"It's just a natural curiosity especially with the younger group."

Ooi added that collectors' appetites are also broadening as they look to snap up pieces from a variety of cultures.

But while Art Basel can shine a spotlight on new talent, Hong Kong-based art critic John Batten said the city needs to go further if it wants to be taken seriously as an art hub, including boosting the number of art museums.

Hong Kong, which is home to multiple gallery spaces, currently has just one museum dedicated to art, the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

"We are very poorly furbished by our public arts sector," says Batten.

"That's one of the reasons why this week has such a big buzz in Hong Kong, because we don't get much of it in the year."

The government is developing a new art and culture district on the Kowloon waterfront, where contemporary art museum "M+" is expected to boast a world-class collection.

For Ooi, Art Basel is a chance to highlight "the best that Asia can offer."

"It also shines the light on the Hong Kong scene ... you literally see the city light up in a different way."



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:28
 

New: Inland Vintage Market opens May 3, serves vast region east of LA

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:08
Co-promoters of the new Inland Vintage Market are (left to right): Tomi Heard, Karen Pierce and Joanna Heard. Photo by Linda Davidson. POMONA, Calif. – Sundays are about to be a lot more fun for Southern California flea marketers, especially those who live inland and east of LA. Starting May 3rd, the new Inland Vintage Market will be open for business on the first Sunday of every month, offering vendor space to sellers of antiques, collectibles and pre-1990 repurposed or handmade goods. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, in Parking Lots 9 and 10 on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona College.

The new venture is the brainchild of a management team whose members have owned and operated four secondhand stores over the past 30 years, including the popular Justuff the Yard Sale Store in Redlands.

Tomi Heard, who is in partnership with her mother, Karen Pierce, and sister-in-law Joanna Heard, said both sellers and regular flea market shoppers from the region have responded “very enthusiastically” to news of the Inland Vintage Market and its May 3 launch. They especially like its convenient location, she added.

“Although they are wonderful events, the big flea markets in LA and Long Beach are an hour’s drive from Ontario – even longer from San Bernardino. If you hit the traffic, the fun is over before it has even begun. In contrast, the Inland Vintage Market will be an easy 10-minute drive from Ontario,” she said.

The market will welcome a new category that has caught on in a big way with Pinterest fans and interior decorators: older handmade or creatively repurposed goods. The only stipulation is that anything offered for sale must be at least 20 years old, Heard said. Note: Vendors may not sell firearms or weapons of any type, explosives, automotive parts or illegal items.

There will be ample free parking at the show, and starting with the June 7 edition of the show, “Poly Trolley” – Cal Poly’s gourmet food truck – will be on hand to serve hungry shoppers fresh sandwiches, salads, Mexican food, Starbucks coffee and much more. (Light lunch fare will be available at the May 3 debut.) ATMs on the Cal Poly campus are an added convenience for shoppers.

“We believe our new market, with its broad mix of quality goods and easy accessibility to three heavily populated counties, could grow over time to accommodate as many as 800 vendors. There’s definitely enough space for that many sellers,” Heard said.

Each $90 vendor space is a generous 20ft by 20ft, with easy entry and adjacent parking for vehicles or trailers up to 20ft in length. Vendors may share a space if desired.

General admission to the Inland Vintage Market (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is $5. Children under 12 enter free if accompanied by an adult. There is plentiful free parking at the market site, which is handicapped accessible. Security will be onsite at all times.

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located at 3801 W. Temple Ave., at the junction of I-10, CA-71 and the 57, in Pomona, CA 91768.

Show vendors may view additional information and sign up for the show online at www.inlandvintagemarket.com , or they can call 909-222-0924 to reserve a space and pay with a credit card. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Co-promoters of the new Inland Vintage Market are (left to right): Tomi Heard, Karen Pierce and Joanna Heard. Photo by Linda Davidson.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:27
 

Oregon dealer plans to hold on to his 1849 'Beaver Coin'

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Written by EDWARD RUSSO, Eugene Register-Guard   
Friday, 06 March 2015 10:08
Sketch of the rare Beaver Coins in both denominations. From: 'Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature' by John B. Horner, first copyright 1919. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Owning rare, expensive coins is nothing new for David Nelkin, who regularly buys and sells them for a living.

But Nelkin, the owner of Eugene Coin and Jewelry, is particularly proud these days about his purchase last year of a high-priced, rare coin from Oregon's era before statehood.

Now, he's showing the 165-year-old “Beaver Coin” for the first time since he bought it.

“I'm just really ecstatic to own it,” Nelkin said. “It's like owning a fabled piece of art. I look at it that way. And because I'm from Oregon, it has that extra pull.”

Nelkin bought the $5 gold coin in August from a private collector, who had paid $257,000 for it at an auction three months earlier.

The coin was made in 1849, a decade before the Oregon Territory became a state.

It's unknown how many of the Oregon gold coins remain in existence. But fewer than 50 out of the 6,000 $5 coins made in Oregon City in the 19th century have been certified as authentic, Nelkin said.

Nelkin declined to say how much he paid the collector, except that it was more than $257,000.

“It's not about the money for me,” Nelkin said. “It's about the coin. The art of the coin. The preservation of the coin, and its connection to the history of Oregon.”

Nelkin, who keeps the coin in a bank safe deposit box, hasn't displayed the collectible since he bought it.

However, this week Nelkin will display it at the American Numismatic Association's National Money Show in Portland. The three-day event started on Thursday.

Made from about a quarter-ounce of pure gold from the California gold rush, the coin was among the “Beaver Coins” or “Beaver Money” produced by the private Oregon Exchange Co. mint.

On one side, the coin has an image of a beaver standing on a log. The engraving on the other includes the words “Oregon Exchange Company” and “Native Gold.”

In 1849, little federal money circulated in Oregon, and the territory needed a more efficient way to conduct commerce than bartering with beaver skins, wheat and other commodities, or using gold dust, according to the 1932 article “Pioneer Gold Money,” written by Leslie Scott and published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

A group of businessmen formed the nonprofit association, the Oregon Exchange Co., and started a private mint, Scott wrote. The mint produced the $5 gold pieces and 2,850 $10 gold coins for six months until September 1849, when territorial Gov. Joseph Lane – after whom Lane County is named – declared the operation illegal.

Because of their purity, many of the “Beaver Coins” were sold and melted for their gold after the federal mint in San Francisco began producing currency in 1854, Nelkin said.

Information about the early owners of the “Beaver Coin” bought by Nelkin doesn't exist, he said. But a written record emerged in 1963, when the coin started to be bought and sold by coin collectors.

Nelkin, the eighth owner since 1963, first considered buying it in April through an online auction. He even asked the auction house to mail the coin to him so he could examine it. But Nelkin stayed on the sidelines because of steep bids.

Still, Nelkin had second thoughts after the collector bought the coin.

In August, Nelkin met the collector at a coin convention in Chicago. Nelkin once again examined the coin and decided that he had to buy it, even at a higher price. “I decided that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” he said.

Nelkin, 63, said he has no immediate plans to sell the coin. “When I get to be of a certain age and I want to pass it along to my children, all of those factors may come into play,” he said. “But I have no foreseeable plan for it, but to share it and show it and be its new caretaker.”

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Sketch of the rare Beaver Coins in both denominations. From: 'Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature' by John B. Horner, first copyright 1919. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:16
 

Picasso pottery featured at Kennedy Center’s Iberian arts festival

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Written by BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 11:09
'Owls,' 9 August 1950. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. WASHINGTON (AP) – While Pablo Picasso crafted thousands of ceramic pieces late in his career that reflected his Mediterranean and Spanish roots, this art was long overshadowed by his famous paintings and sculptures.

Now a major exhibition of Picasso's ceramics is making its U.S. debut as the centerpiece of a new Iberian arts festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Many people don't know about Picasso the ceramist, so curators brought together more than 140 pieces to showcase his work.

Picasso's approach was a departure from the centuries-old traditions of smooth and polished ceramics as he created his own shapes in clay and employed his own colorful painting style. Curators said they hope the exhibit surprises many visitors who already know some of Picasso's work.

“He would really reinvent ceramics ... he completely upended the way that you worked with clay” with a more roughhewn approach, said Josephine Matamoros, a Paris-based curator who created the exhibit.

The free exhibition opens Wednesday, requiring timed-entry tickets. “Picasso, Ceramist and the Mediterranean” will be on view through March 22. It was originally conceived for a Marseille-Provence 2013 cultural festival in France and last year and was shown at the National Museum of Ceramics near Paris.

As a ceramist, Picasso would transform traditional clay shapes, such as a water jug farmers would take into the fields. He molded the tall jug into the shape a woman, creating a kind of sculpture. In the case of an oval serving platter, Picasso painted a bull-fighting arena surrounded by spectators, evoking a favorite subject from his native Spain.

While living much of his life on the French Riviera and vowing not to return to Spain under its fascist regime, Picasso idealizes his homeland, curators said. His ceramics provide a window into Picasso's deep attachment to Mediterranean culture, Matamoros said. The artist would die in 1973 without ever returning to Spain.

The three-week, $6 million Iberian arts festival, “Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix,” will also feature theater, music, dance, design and fashion from Spain, Portugal and the regions they have influenced around the world for centuries.

Performance highlights include Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Baras; Latin-Grammy winner and Spanish singer Buika with Cuban artist Ivan “Melon” Lewis and theater from Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

Contemporary artists from Portugal, such as Nuno Vasa, have created visual art installations. Vasa from Lisbon, Portugal, created a full-size cable car out of cork – a major Portuguese export – as an homage to Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, who wrote about cable cars.

Festival curator Alicia Adams said she wanted to show the mix of cultures and traditions.

“It actually is about cultural exchange and transformation over a very long period of time because of the impact of the explorers from the 15th century from the Iberian peninsula and where they went,” Adams said. “These explorations changed the world.”

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Iberian Festival: http://www.kennedy-center.org/festivals/iberia/

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:04
 

NY toasts Lunar New Year with Chinese contemporary art displays

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:55
Steel sculpture titled 'Symbiosis' by Xu Jiang. China Central Academy of Fine Art image NEW YORK – As part of “Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China,” a series of arts and culture initiatives celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year throughout New York City, the China Central Academy of Fine Art is hosting a public exhibit of contemporary Chinese visual art at the David Rubenstein Atrium and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center now through Feb. 24.

Famous works, including some never previously exhibited outside China, will go on display from artists including:

  • Huang Jiancheng, chief designer of the famed China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo;
  • Xu Bing, awarded the U.S. State Department’s Medial of Arts in January 2015;
  • Xu Jiang, president of the China Academy of Art whose works have been featured at the Venice Biennale, San Paulo Biennale, and others;
  • Lv Shengzhong, specialist in the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting;
  • Chen Wenling, whose work has been shown by more than a dozen institutions including the China Museum of Art, Korea National Art Museum and Denver Art Museum, and who has received the Perth Coastal Sculpture Public Art prize and Arox international sculpture show grand prize;
  • Zhan Wang, whose signature Artificial Rocks series was the first ever Chinese contemporary sculputures to be featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through Feb. 21, four works will be featured at the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, including:

  • Huang Jiancheng will present his famed animated digital tapestry recreating the momentous ancient Chinese painting Along the River during the Qingming Festival, considered by many as the most significant classical Chinese painting in history. The digital artwork has never been exhibited outside of China, and was widely renowned as the centerpiece of the China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo;
  • Xu Bing will exhibit The Character of Characters, a grandiose hand-painted animation explaining the connection between Chinese characters and the temperament of people who write them;
  • Chen Wenling will discuss the symbolism of the era in "The Scene in the Future";
  • Lv Shengzhong, a CAFA professor of experimental art, will showcase his Square Earth, Round Heaven series of traditional Chinese paper cutting.

In addition to these works, the Atrium will be transformed into a contemporary artistic take on a traditional Chinese market, in Lv Shengzhong’s Creativity Bazaar, which will serve as both a real market showing handicrafts from across China and a contemporary art piece. The bazaar will assemble traditional and innovative Chinese craftworks and New Year storing items that are specially collected from across China, including from Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Museum, Hunan Provincial Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hubei Provincial Museum, CAFA Museum, Suzhou Museum and Ordos Museum. The bazaar, which will be available for both public viewing and participation, along with the ancient market presented in Huang’s work, together will form a unique comparison and offer audiences an opportunity to better understand Chinese New Year fairs and Chinese traditions of New Year storing.

Finally, upon the completion of the exhibit at the Atrium, two additional works of art will go on display at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24:

  • Zhan Wang, a professor at CAFA, will display his a piece from his signature sculpture Artificial Rocks, which was part of the first-ever Chinese contemporary sculpture to be featured at the Metropolitan Museum;
  • Xu Jiang, head of the Hangzhou-based China Academy of Art and whose work has been featured at the Venice Biennale, will showcase his steel sculpture Symbiosis, which combines nearly 400 sunflowers in an extravagant display.

Visit fantastic.art.china.cn or follow www.facebook.com/chinanewyearnyc and www.twitter.com/chinanewyearnyc for more information.



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Steel sculpture titled 'Symbiosis' by Xu Jiang. China Central Academy of Fine Art image
Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 17:24
 

Marburger Farm gearing up for spring show, March 31-April 4

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 14:47

Under one of the dozen big tents at last fall's Marburger Farm Antique Show. Marburger Farm Antique Show  image.

ROUND TOP, Texas – You can tell who they are. The ones with tape measures, the notepads, the paint chips and the stylish comfortable shoes. At the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas interior design professionals jump into the glory of 10 tents and 12 buildings filled with 350 antiques dealers and artisans. On March 31-April 4 they will lead the way.

Dallas interior designer Kim Turner of KT Designs has shopped for clients at Marburger Farm since its very first show in 1997. “The thing about designers is time,” says Turner. “A good designer does not have time to shop the world or every market nearby. Marburger dealers are professionals at what they do too – they spend the time scouring the planet for the best antiques and they have the contacts all over the world. That’s what designers find at Marburger: not bulk bargains, but the absolutely best and most wonderful things in the world. I am always delighted at Marburger Farm to pay a fair price for something fabulous. Besides, I love the pimento cheese sandwiches.”

Many Marburger Farm exhibitors buy with interior design customers in mind, as well as their retail customers. Dealer Frederica Anderson of Amarillo, Texas, buys largely out of old Santa Fe, New Mexico estates, full of top French, English and American antiques and art. “The designers know how to spot the best piece in the booth,” says Anderson. “At Marburger I sell to a designer from Los Angeles – last time they bought a set of Italian chairs and an 18th century desk. I don’t get these all the time, but designers can spot them from across the show.” For the spring 2015 show, Anderson will offer early frames, a single-door French cabinet in dark wood, as well as a French side table and bench and an Italian Cassone chair. “Designers are looking for more contemporary lines, streamlined and simple. So I focus on antiques that are very old, but not too busy or detailed. Right now, designers want simple but old.”

Alan Hoops of Findlay, Ohio, says that designers are drawn to Marburger Farm because “Marburger is the biggest selection of the best dealers in one location anywhere – and most are professional dealers, not part-time. They are accustomed to dealing with designers and know what designers are looking for.” Hoops will offer well-priced white ironstone and transfer ware. “We just bought 140 pieces of white ironstone in Ohio, our largest selection ever.” Designers and collectors use the simple lines of ironstone dishes inside glass front cupboards or on open shelves or walls.

Dealer Stanley Hildreth of Sebasky & Hildreth from Staples, Minnesota, will offer 18th-19th century furniture and decorative arts, including Staffordshire, sterling and early textiles. A stunner from a Minneapolis estate will be an 18th century Queen Anne chinoiserie secretary in red and white lacquer. Sounds like the definition of the “one-of-a-kind” objects that designers expect to find at this one-of-a-kind show. Hildreth says that cost is a factor for designers, in comparison to the cost of buying new objects. “When it comes to the quality that a good designer wants, they can buy much more quality, dollar for dollar, with an antique than with high-quality new items. The really good new items are extremely expensive. An antique repurposed, re-covered, reimagined will always beat the new on quality and price.”

For amenities to make shopping easier and more fun, Marburger Farm offers a long list for every visitor: free parking and parking shuttle, mile-high pies and full-service breakfast and lunch cafe, show-wide WIFI and golf carts available for rent, the Blacksmith Shop bar, the official show magazine, “The Howdy,” and air-conditioned restrooms. A new benefit for interior designers will be the VIP program with Marburger’s on-site shipper, Distinguished Transport, offering VIP breakfast, swag bags and shipping and storage assistance.

The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens on Tuesday, March 31, with early buying from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. for $25 for adults, free for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission begins March 31 at 2 p.m. One admission is good all week, with the show running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets, group tickets and shopper WIFI are available. Parking is free. See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Get a sneak peek on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marburgerfarmantiqueshow or on the show blog at www.roundtop-marburger.com/blog



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Under one of the dozen big tents at last fall's Marburger Farm Antique Show. Marburger Farm Antique Show  image.

 Everything from small accents to huge statement pieces can easily be found at Marburger Farm Antique Show. Marburger Farm Antique Show  image.

The sun sets on the Marburger Farm Antique Show last fall. Another big show is on the horizon: March 31-April 4. Marburger Farm Antique Show  image.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 09:12
 

Ahlers & Ogletree's pop culture sale struck a responsive chord

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 17:28

1963 Gibson archtop stereo electric guitar (model ES345, serial #100506), with sunburst finish. Price realized: $8,500. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – Pop culture and baby boomer collectibles took center stage at Ahlers & Ogletree’s Feb. 8 Winter Estates Auction, as items connected to such iconic names as Elvis Presley and Ty Cobb attracted hordes of bidders both in-person and online and sold for dizzying dollars in the process. The auction was held in the firm’s gallery at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta.

LiveAuctioneers.com provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

“Frankly, we were caught off guard by the response we received from this auction, our first one featuring pop culture items,” said Robert Ahlers of Ahlers & Ogletree, adding, “I can assure you, it won’t be our last.” Ahlers & Ogletree has built its reputation on auctions featuring original art, fine estate jewelry and decorative accessories. These were also featured at the Feb. 8 auction.

But it wasn’t just the oil paintings and diamond rings that produced a standing-room only crowd of about 150 people, plus hundreds of Internt bidders. “They also came for the ’50s-era Coca-Cola machine, the 1963 Gibson guitar and the other pop culture items,” Ahlers remarked.

In all, over 500 lots came up for bid in an auction that was strong across all categories. “I knew that merchandise from the baby boomer generation was a niche market, but I didn’t realize it had such a strong and enthusiastic following,” Ahlers said. “Moving forward, we will actively pursue consignors with merchandise that was equal to the great items we had in our February auction.”

Following are highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are hammer.

A framed collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and autographs, including a Presley-signed copy of the sheet music for I Got Stung, recorded in Nashville in 1958, with his signature in black pen lower right, fetched $5,000. The presentation also contained photos of Elvis singing on stage and playing the piano. A plaque was inscribed “The King of Rock and Roll, 1935-1977.”

A mid-to-late 1950s Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine by Vendo, beautifully restored and bright red, changed hands for $3,000. The machine, designed to hold 81 bottles, had shelves that were adjustable to hold 6-ounce, 10-ounce or 12-ounce bottles. The machine stood 58 ½ inches tall by 27 inches wide. It came with the keys, for retrieving dimes from the 10-cent mechanism.

A baseball signed by the legendary Ty Cobb, showing his signature and the date in ballpoint pen (“Ty Cobb, 12/16/59”) brought $2,250. The ball, housed in an acrylic box with black base, had been given to the consignor’s wife when Cobb was in treatment at a hospital where she worked. The signature was consistent with other balls signed by Cobb late in life.

A 1963 Gibson archtop stereo electric guitar (model ES345, serial #100506), with sunburst finish and two PAF Humbucker pickups, gaveled for $8,500. The guitar, about 41 inches long, boasted maple plywood top and sides, mother of pearl double parallelogram fret markers on the mahogany neck, the Gibson logo on top of the front headstock and a hard case.

A late 19th or early 20th century Melchior Brothers Imperial oak and leather barber’s chair rose to $3,000. The chair featured a full recline, adjustable footrest and hydraulic lift. The square-back tufted leather upholstery back and seat were surmounted with an adjustable headrest. The whole was edged in silver-colored rivets and nickel-plated arm supports over an ornate plating footrest.

The auction’s top two lots came from the fine art category, as a pair of gouache under glass renderings of ducks in flight by Athos Menaboni (Italian/American, 1895-1990), titled Mallard and Black Duck, realized $10,000 and $9,000 respectively. Both works were framed, pencil-signed and titled by Menaboni, who was primarily a bird painter, as well as a decorator and an illustrator.

Rounding out just some of the day’s top lots, a men’s Rolex Presidential 18K yellow gold watch with gold textured bark finish dial with diamond markers, with case, sold for $9,000; and a mid-20th century Chinese Export porcelain saucer form bowl with a hand-painted exterior showing prunus fruit trees, vine and leaves, with the Qianlong Period mark, hit $1,300.

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Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


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1963 Gibson archtop stereo electric guitar (model ES345, serial #100506), with sunburst finish. Price realized: $8,500. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Framed collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and autographs, including a Presley-signed copy of the sheet music for ‘I Got Stung!’ Price realized: $5,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Mid-to-late 1950s Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine by Vendo, beautifully restored and bright red. Price realized: $3,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Baseball signed by baseball legend Ty Cobb, showing his signature and the date (12/16/59) in ballpoint pen. Price realized: $2,250. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Late 19th or early 20th century Melchior Brothers Imperial oak and leather barber’s chair. Price realized: $3,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

A pair of gouache under glass renderings of ducks in flight by Athos Menaboni (Italian/American 1895-1990) brought $10,000 and $9,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Men’s Rolex Presidential 18K yellow gold watch with gold textured bark finish dial with diamond markers. Price realized: $9,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:05
 

Cotswolds Art & Antiques Fair at Blenheim Palace April 16-19

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:56

Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd, Martin Brothers vase decorated with grotesque character fish, 1899, £5,500. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image

WOODSTOCK, UK – The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair returns to the elegant setting of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, April 16-19. Now in its fourth year, the fair takes place in the Orangery overlooking the magnificent Formal Gardens of the Palace.

The 24 exhibitors, all members of the Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association, can boast to being part of the “best of the best fairs” in having the best specialist dealers in the UK, exhibiting the best stock available in the best stately home with the finest view in England.

The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association (CADA) is the pre-eminent of the regional trade associations with many of its 50 members exhibiting at the top London and international fairs. New faces at the fair this year are Delomosne & Son Ltd., antique dealers from Chippenham handling English and Irish 18th & 19th century glass and porcelain. All works are for sale with prices ranging up to £100,000.

The charm of the fair is the unique opportunity to hunt for exceptional and quirky antiques and fine art to be from all corners of the Cotswolds without having to travel the length and breadth of the area. The very best of every discipline is showcased including furniture, pictures, silver, early needlework, antique boxes, sculpture, clocks and barometers, carpets and textiles, jewelry, Oriental and English ceramics, garden ornaments and many other decorative objects.

Highlights within the fair include a number of rare needleworks dating from the 17th century from Witney Antiques including a delightful English silk work embroidery of a lady playing the lute surrounded by small insects, animals and birds, circa 1660. Another is a sampler finished in 1723, just one year after the building of Blenheim Palace had been completed. From David Pickup is an unusual, if not unique, English brass chandelier dated 1688.

Collectors of ceramics will enjoy spotting a very good early Pratt ware large model of a spotted cat, circa 1800, price £3,750 along with a very good quality 18th century Derby porcelain large figure of Britannia, price £1,250 from Andrew Dando.

Chairman of the Association, John Howard, the leading specialist dealer in 18th and 19th century British pottery has sourced a rare English delftware pottery blue charger with the royal portrait of Queen Anne with the initials A R, along with an excellent provenance. The price is £17,500. More art pottery in the form of a Martin Brothers vase is a grotesque character fish from 1899, priced £5,500 by Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd. Chinese ceramics are well represented by Catherine Hunt Oriental Ceramics such as a transitional double gourd bottle vase for £13,500 and a Kangxi Islamic-style bottle vase for £4,000. Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts specializes in a wide range of post 1860s design such as an Art Nouveau Galle cameo vase of seule fleur form, got £1,350, and an Arts and Crafts sea green glass vinaigrette by James Powell & Sons, circa 1907 for £650.

Decorators are always asked to find antique carpets and textiles and this year's highlight from Legge Carpets is a Suzani from Uzbekistan from the late 19th century, a silk embroidery on hand-woven linen. A quite exceptional early George III period mahogany coffer/box from W.R. Harvey (Antiques) & Co. Ltd., priced £2,250, would enhance any Cotswolds manor house.

Paintings are well represented in the fair and the Kyffin Gallery is showing an oil on canvas of Polperro, Cornwall by Dutch artist Hendrik Jan Wolter (1873-1952). Born in Holland in 1873 he considered himself a passionate plein-air painter and was inspired by painting water, sea and harbors.

Régate à Henley, an oil on panel painted by Jacques Emile Blanche (1861-1942) in 1920 can be found on Trinity House Paintings Ltd. stand. Sarah Colegrave deals in 19th and 20th century pictures and she is bringing Arriving at the Ball an oil by Cyrus Cincinnato Cuneo (1879-1916), price £2,500. Cuneo tragically died from blood poisoning at the age of 37 caused by the accidental stab of a hatpin at a dance. Also on Colegrave’s stand is a watercolor of the UK's very first sex symbol, Frances Day, the golden girl of the 1930s painted by Robert Stewart Sherriffs (1906-1960), price £1,800.

Elizabeth Harvey-Lee, specialist print dealer is bringing an original etching from 1898 of Rudyard Kipling by William Strang RA, who was an admirer of Kipling and etched his portrait several times. It is priced £850. Among the many watercolors with Newman Fine Art is one of interest to local residents of The Town Hall and North & South Bridge Street, Banbury, Oxon, by William Frederick Austin (1833-1899), signed and dated 1863. It is priced £1,850. Lovers of marine art will enjoy Frigate Getting Underway, signed and dated 1854 by William Joy (1803-1866) from Stuart Boyd Fine Art.

Howards Jewelers of Stratford is taking two stands, one creating a sparkling display of jewelry including a stunning Victorian diamond and enamel serpent bangle, circa 1870 and a broad selection of silver on the second. Tobias Birch of Montpellier Clocks has a couple of stunning highlights including a rare and small English rosewood mantel clock, circa 1830, and a fine and rare long-case regulator of the best “Mudge & Dutton” quality, circa 1790.

Garden design is well represented by Architectural Heritage who has a huge range of antique statuary such as a pair of decorative wrought iron garden gates, circa 1900 for £1,800, a late 19th century sundial and a stained and painted glass window from circa 1860 illustrating the “Arms of England,” which are the armorial bearings of Richard I or Coeur de Lion, priced £1,800.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

For details log on to the Cotswolds Art & Antiques' Dealers website: www.thecada.org.



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Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd, Martin Brothers vase decorated with grotesque character fish, 1899, £5,500. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image 

Andrew Dando, early 19th century Pratt ware moneybox in the form of a house, Yorkshire, circa 1820, 14.5cm, £875.The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image 

Andrew Dando, early Pratt ware large model of a spotted cat, Staffordshire or Yorkshire, circa 1800, 17.3cm, £3,750. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image 

 Architectural Heritage, 19th century, circa 1860, stained and painted glass window, height 62cm, £1,800. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image

David Pickup, rare late 17th century brass chandelier, English, dated 1688. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image 

 Joanna Booth, Brussels tapestry, Flemish, circa 1560, woven in wool and silk, 270 x 190 cm. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image

John Noott Galleries, John Emms (1844-1912), ‘Sharing Supper,’ 12in x 16in. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image 

 Peter Bunting Antiques, portrait of a young lady, English, circa 1720, oil on canvas, £3,500. The Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers' Association Fair image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:25
 

Gen. Sherman's burning of Columbia recalled 150 years later

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:25

Ruins seen from the capitol, Columbia, South Carolina, 1865, as photographed by George N. Barnard (1819-1902), U.S. Army

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – University scholars, specialists in historic foods and members of the public are gathering to recall the 150th anniversary of Union Gen. William Sherman's capture and burning of the South Carolina capitol in Columbia.

A daylong symposium is being held at the Columbia Museum of Art on Tuesday. A lunch featuring foods from the era and afternoon panel discussions are included.

The University of South Carolina is hosting the event. Scholars from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and USC are discussing topics such as the emancipation of blacks, the evolution of warfare and how the burning created an urban disaster.

Registration is required for the talks. Other events are free and open to the public, including the unveiling of a historical marker.

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 Ruins seen from the capitol, Columbia, South Carolina, 1865, as photographed by George N. Barnard (1819-1902), U.S. Army

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:39
 

Int'l Society of Appraisers' conference set for March 20-23 in Philly

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:15

CHICAGO –The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) annual conference, Assets 2015, will bring together hundreds of personal property appraisers from across the United States and Canada, March 20-23 in Philadelphia. Taking place at the newly restored Radisson Blu–Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, the 2015 conference will feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers, special events, optional tours and more.

This year's conference has attracted a roster of speakers and sponsors that read like a Who’s Who of industry leaders. Speakers include renowned scholars from Winterthur and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, premier gallerists, distinguished principals and department heads from Christie’s, Freeman’s, Gurr Johns, NYU and the IRS.

“Record support for Assets this year reflects ISA's growing reputation for offering the gold standard in appraising art and antiques,” said ISA President Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP. “Each and every program segment reflects ISA’s unique collaborative approach to the discipline of appraising: marrying scholarship to appraisal theory and methodology and an inviting collaborative culture of shared expertise.”

The diverse conference program and associated programs have been developed by combining product knowledge, scholarship and advanced methodology with practical, accessible tools to improve appraisal proficiency, and grow a client base.

The educational program includes:

• General sessions, applicable across valuation disciplines.

• Specific break-out sessions for antiques, residential contents and fine art, designed for dealers and appraisers.

• Premium tours of Philadelphia’s mural art, museums, and galleries.

• A Lunch and Learn session to deepen knowledge through collaboration and discussion.

Beyond the educational programs, the conference schedule includes new member functions, exhibitor displays, museum tours and plenty of networking opportunities, from luncheons to smaller social events.

In addition to the appraisal-related content of auction specialists, IRS appraisers, art advisory experts, and decorative art scholars, ISA is pleased to feature business development authority Shelly Berman-Rubera, founder & President of Small Business Results, as the conference closing speaker. Berman-Rubera will be presenting on growing and propelling appraisal practice revenue. ISA appraisers have regularly requested expert advice and consultancy on growing and expanding the professional appraisal practice. Through the combination of credentials and experience, Berman-Rubera offers small business owners, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals unique and inspiring business development consulting and programs. All personal property appraisers, from the solo professional to the large multi-office practices will benefit from this closing presentation.

Event sponsors for Assets 2015 include Artnet, Bonhams, Chubb, Collector Systems, Eli Wilner & Co., EstateSales.net, Freeman's Auction, Great Gatsby's, Heritage, Jackson’s, Modernism.com, Prices 4 Antiques, The Potomack Company, Stevens Company, Quinn’s, William Bunch Auctions and Worthpoint.

“For the first time in ISA's history, exhibition space has sold out,” says Charleston-Rosenberg. “Only a handful of advertising opportunities to partner with ISA at conference remain. Networking with ISA professional and qualified appraisers and presenting to ISA membership, the largest of the professional personal property appraisal organizations, has become increasingly attractive to business allies and expert presenters alike.”

About the International Society of Appraisers:

Founded in 1979, the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations representing the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers in the United States and Canada. ISA is a not-for-profit association, formed to support member needs and to enhance public trust by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising.

ISA is recognized for hosting the finest personal property appraisal conferences in the profession. Visit ISA at www.isa-appraisers.org for speaker bios and to register for Assets 2015.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:02
 

UK’s Petworth House site of antiques & art fair May 8-10

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:52
'On the Dunes' by Edward Brian Seago, oil on canvas, £100,000-150,000 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited image PETWORTH, UK – The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is organizing a brand new event – The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair – on the grounds of Petworth House, the magnificent National Trust property in West Sussex, which inspired such great British artists as J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Scheduled for Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10, the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair will be held in a marquee in the 700-acre deer park, which surrounds the late 17th century mansion and borders the Sussex town of Petworth.

A wonderful excuse to visit the fair this May is that each ticket also gains free entry to Petworth House (and Park) to see all its treasures, including paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Van Dyck. In a reciprocal arrangement, Petworth House ticket holders and National Trust members can also have free entry to the fair.

A treat is in store for art lovers, with several exhibitors offering a wide range of paintings and sculptures from antique to contemporary. Horton London is bringing Auguste Rodin’s Femme qui se peigne, a 24cm-tall bronze, inscribed "A. Rodin" and numbered 1 of 8, priced at £25,000 and A Water Party, oil on canvas signed by John James Chalon (1778-1854) and dated 1836, £3,600.

Haynes Fine Art of Broadway has collections of oil and watercolor paintings by Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803-1902), Heywood Hardy (1894-1933) and Edward Brian Seago (1910-1974), including Seago’s On the Dunes, oil on canvas, with a price guide of £100,000 to £150,000.

Worthing based Wilsons Antiques has paintings celebrating the Sussex coast with Thomas Bush Hardy’s watercolor of Littlehampton Harbour, circa 1880, priced at £2,750. Other Sussex exhibitors include Petworth dealer Ronald G. Chambers Antiques offering a wide range of the finest quality mahogany, rosewood and walnut antique furniture dating from 1700 to 1910; Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, from the nearby hamlet of Egdean, selling contemporary art and sculpture; Tim Saltwell with Regency and Edwardian fine furniture and interior accessories, including a fine Napoleon III gilt bronze and blue Celeste Sèvres-style porcelain mantel clock, circa 1870, £7,950; and Garret & Hurst Sculpture bringing 19th century bronzes, including a fine early signed bronze cast of Giselle by pioneer of animalier sculpture Pierre-Jules Mêne (1810-1879).

Spectacular pieces of jewelry can be found from a number of dealers at the fair. London-based Richard Ogden Ltd. is bringing an Edwardian openwork platinum brooch set with a large cushion cut aquamarine of approximately 24 carats and rose cut diamonds, selling for £3,800 and an unusual, quirky tsavorite garnet and diamond set grasshopper brooch, mounted in 18K white and yellow gold with cabochon ruby set eyes, £5,275.

There is a great opportunity to pick up antique furniture from a number of specialists. Freshfords Fine Antiques from Bath is bringing a George III mahogany inlaid secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster and London, circa 1795, £13,850.

With over 30 antiques shops, Petworth itself is a favored destination for collectors of antiques, fine and decorative art, so it seems fitting to add a stylish antiques fair to the area. Some 35 specialist dealers, predominantly members of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers and the British Antique Dealers' Association, will showcase their finest wares including traditional furniture, jewelry, silver, antique and contemporary paintings and sculpture, glass, clocks, Oriental rugs and carpets, objets d’art and much more.

Unique to this new event is a sculpture park with a number of art dealers providing differing works of art for outdoors, with works by local and other artists shown by Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, The Jerram Gallery and others.

Ingrid Nilson, director of the Antiques Dealers Fair Limited said, “We are most grateful to the National Trust for inviting us to hold this new event. We are excited to work with them and have the support of the Petworth Antiques & Decorative Arts Association and the Petworth Business Association and are looking forward to building a thoroughly attractive event for visitors from far and wide. The grand 17th century Petworth House boasts an internationally important art collection. Together with its ‘Capability Brown’ landscaped country park, it will provide a magnificent backdrop for our newest fair.”

Refreshments are available throughout the day. Tickets for the antiques fair cost £10 each and can be bought in advance from organizers – The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited – or at the door. There will also be free parking for antiques fair visitors in a specially located nearby car park. For tickets or more information contact The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited on +44 (0)1797 252030 or visit the website www.petworthparkfair.com

 




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'On the Dunes' by Edward Brian Seago, oil on canvas, £100,000-150,000 from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited image Eighteen carat gold tsavorite garnet, diamond and ruby set grasshopper brooch, £5,275 from Richard Ogden Ltd. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited image The Antrobus Basket by Joseph Story and William Elliott, London, 1810, £8,950 from Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd. The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited image Petworth House and Park, the magnificent National Trust property in West Sussex, site of the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, May 8-10. Martin Offer image
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:55
 

Lincoln funeral re-enactment could be boon for Springfield

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Monday, 02 February 2015 10:09
Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois. Image by Robert Lawton. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Springfield officials say the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral could be a windfall for the city, which is preparing a series of tributes that include a re-enactment of the funeral in May.

An exhibition called “Remembering Lincoln” opens Sunday at the Illinois State Museum, beginning a celebration that leads up to a three-day tribute and re-enactment of Lincoln's funeral that begins May 1. Lincoln was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield on May 4, 1865.

Hotel rooms are already being booked for that weekend, said Gina Gemberling, acting executive director of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. But many are still available, she told The State Journal-Register.

Old Capitol Goods, the official vendor for the Lincoln Funeral Coalition, has memorabilia such as “Honest Abe” posters and T-shirts that read, “Abraham Lincoln Farewell Tour.” There are also commemorative U.S. flags with 36 stars, replicas of the flag that draped Lincoln's coffin.

“We have people coming from outside the United States and all over the country,” store co-owner Dana Homann said. “There's going to be a lot going on, and it's not just the funeral procession.”

Springfield hosted a 200th anniversary celebration for Lincoln's birthday in 2009, and hotels saw rooms booked weeks in advance. Visitors included President Barack Obama, and shop owners said business boomed.

“We were up about 30 percent that year,” Homann said. “The recession hit in 2008, and we were spared.”

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois. Image by Robert Lawton. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 10:15
 
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