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German artist’s concept creates gold rush on British beach

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Friday, 29 August 2014 10:27
View of Folkestone, a port city on the English Channel in southeast England. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. LONDON (AFP) – Thirty gold bars have been buried on a beach in Britain by a German artist, prompting a flood of bounty hunters with metal detectors to seek their fortune Friday.

The gold bars, worth a total of £10,000 (13,000 euros, $17,000), were buried in Folkestone, southern England, by Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer as part of an arts festival.

Members of the public will be allowed to keep any of the 24K bullion they find.

"There are 30 gold bars buried there, along with a lot of washers, so if you bring your metal detector you will find a lot of washers before you find any gold," festival curator Lewis Biggs told the BBC.

"We will never know if the gold has been found or not."

One treasure hunter, John Coker, told the Guardian newspaper: "It is the first art in the world where I've hopped in a car and drove to see it straight away, so that's something."

The bars, worth around £300 each, are a few centimeters long.

The Folkestone Triennial's website said the German artist behind the project was interested in "the disruption of the everyday."

"Sailstorfer is intent on expanding the notion of classical sculpture and Folkestone Digs is a continuation of his aim 'to make art that comes less from the head and more from the stomach,'" it said.



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View of Folkestone, a port city on the English Channel in southeast England. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 11:03
 

Vikings to return to England’s Rockingham Castle, Aug. 24-25

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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:29

Viking re-enactors of the type expected to invade Rockingham Castle on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 24 and 25, 2014. Image courtesy of Rockingham Castle

ROCKINGHAM, England – Battles, pageantry and a Viking invasion are on the agenda for Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday Aug. 25 at historic Rockingham Castle in England. Re-enactors will take on the role of the infamous Scandinavians who pillaged Britain from the late 8th century AD until the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Visitors to the event can expect to see realistic, entertaining battle displays, as opposing forces meet to the thunderous clash of steel. Additionally, life as it was in olden times will revisited in a tented encampment, where tradesmen will show off their skills making weapons and coins, weaving nets and brewing medicines. Storytellers will entertain, and anyone who wishes to do so can try their hand at archery.

The event will run from noon till 5 p.m. each day. For additional information on admission fees, directions and parking, visit www.rockinghamcastle.com.

About Rockingham Castle:

Located one mile north of Corby, Northamptonshire, England, Rockingham Castle was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and has been home to the Saunders Watson family for 450 years. Prior to the Watsons’ ownership, the castle was held by The Crown. Very few other homes in England have been continuously occupied for nearly 1,000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal castle.

Rockingham Castle was a popular haunt of writer Charles Dickens, who was a great friend of Richard and Lavinia Watson, ancestors of the current family. The castle is arguably the inspiration for Chesney Wold in one of Dickens’ greatest works, “Bleak House.”

Rockingham Castle was used as the set for the BBC English Civil War epic drama “By the Sword Divided.” It also featured in the Val Kilmer film “Top Secret!” A cricket pitch lies within the grounds of the castle and is home to the Old Eastonians Cricket Club.

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Viking re-enactors of the type expected to invade Rockingham Castle on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 24 and 25, 2014. Image courtesy of Rockingham CastleThe main gateway to Rockingham Castle, formerly a royal castle and hunting lodge, now home to the Saunders Watson family. Photo courtesy of Brian Coleman, geograph.org.uk, CC by SA 2.0 license 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:43
 

American Quilter’s Society celebrates 30th anniversary

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Friday, 08 August 2014 11:02

Closeup of section from a vibrant Baltimore applique and trapunto album quilt dated 1846. Auctioned Oct. 1, 2011 by Pook & Pook. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Pook & Pook.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (PRWEB) – American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, will conduct the Grand Rapids AQS QuiltWeek from Aug. 20-23 at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW.

More than 15,000 people are expected to converge on the Grand Rapids area to enjoy four days of the best in international quilt and textile artistry. Over 450 quilts will be on display, with more than $50,000 in prizes to be awarded at the event for quilting excellence. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek will be hosting a series of workshops with some of the top talent in the quilt industry and an extensive merchant mart comprised of both local and national vendors.

Included in AQS QuiltWeek’s celebrated exhibits is the SAQA Masters II exhibit featuring 35 quilts from some of today’s top quilting artists. Also on display is the Quilted in Honor traveling exhibit by Island Batik, which supports Operation Homefront, a not-for-profit organization providing financial assistance, food, repairs and help to the families of our United States service members and wounded warriors in need. Some special show highlights include the famous Quilt of Belonging, an immense, Canadian collaborative work of art, and the Quilts of Aileen Stannis.

Evening events feature world-renowned celebrities presenting their unique spin on fabric, quilting, and life, including dynamic sessions with Sue Nickels and Lyric Kinard. AQS certified quilt appraisers will be available at the event to appraise new or antique quilts for insurance replacement or fair market values from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There is an appraisal fee of $50 per quilt, payable at quilt check-in.

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek includes access to all special exhibits and the Merchant Mall with more than 200 vendor booths. Hours are Wednesday, Aug. 20, through Friday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket and additional information can be found at http://www.quiltweek.com/grand-rapids or by calling 1-270-898-7903. American Quilter’s Society has also arranged for steeply discounted hotel rates, which can be booked through the http://www.quiltweek.com/grand-rapids website. The event is open to the public.



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Closeup of section from a vibrant Baltimore applique and trapunto album quilt dated 1846. Auctioned Oct. 1, 2011 by Pook & Pook. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Pook & Pook. 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 12:38
 

One of Europe’s finest classic car collections to be auctioned Sept. 4

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:58
From The Stradale Collection, a fantastic selection of high-quality original cars. All will be auctioned Sept. 4 in London at the inaugural Salon Prive Sale conducted by Silverstone Auctions, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. LONDON - Silverstone Auctions is set to offer one of Europe's finest collections of road-going classic cars to come to market, at The Sale at Salon Privé on September 4 in London. Internet live bidding will be available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers.

Henry Pearman, the founder and CEO of Eagle – the world's premier Jaguar E-Type specialist – has overseen the creation of this unique collection of high-quality and original cars, known as the Stradale Collection, applying the same energy, passion and attention to detail for which Eagle is world renowned.

The star of the historic road car collection is considered to be one of the all-time “ultimate” Ferraris – a very rare 1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, estimated at between £1.75 and £2.25 million. One of just 122 ever produced, the car was delivered new in 1971 to US casino owner William F. Harrah and has covered just 3,955 miles from new. As a testament to its supreme original state, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2009 and is presented in black with red leather interior.

Other iconic Italian models include one of just 349 Ferrari F50s to be built, this example with just 6,219 miles recorded and estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000, as well as its predecessor, the iconic F40, with only 10,738 miles driven and in exemplary order – also estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000. An example of the original supercar, and regarded by many as the best, is an exceptionally original but mechanically fresh 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 presented in its original striking yellow. It, too, is estimated at £600,000 and £750,000.

Some special British models also will be featured, most notably a 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower. Regarded as one of the most charismatic cars of all time, this example is number 25, the final car in the first batch of just 50 produced. Estimated at between £2.2 and £2.5 million, the car enjoyed a trouble free 3,000km run in the inaugural Blower Bentley International Rally in 2010, which celebrated the car’s 80th anniversary at Le Mans.

Also within the British models is probably the most famous convertible Aston Martin of all, a sister car to HRH Prince Charles’s DB6 Mk 2 Volante, the model immortalized by His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Royal Wedding. One of only 38 ever produced, and just 17 to feature the preferred manual gearbox, this is estimated at £820,000 - £920,000. A rare blue example of a Lotus Elan Drophead Sprint carries an estimate of between £35,000 and £45,000.

Commenting on the Stradale Collection, Pearman said: “Having chosen Salon Privé to launch our Eagle E-Type Speedster to the world back in 2009, as well as to celebrate the E-Type’s 50th anniversary in 2011, we knew the new joint venture between the UK’s finest concours event and Silverstone Auctions was the perfect opportunity to release some of the very best road cars from the collection.”

“It is truly a living collection, so is subject to change from time to time, and we’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have recently acquired arguably the very best Audi R8 – the ex-works and 2004 Le Mans winner, to join the growing number of competition cars within the collection.”

The first car for the collection was acquired in 2000 and over the last 14 years has evolved to include some incredibly famous road and racecars, with 14 thoughtfully grouped road-going cars presented under the hammer at Syon House.

Speaking on behalf of Silverstone Auctions, Sales Manager Paul Campbell said: “I am delighted that we will be bringing one of the country’s most important classic car collections to auction. The Stradale collection includes a series of iconic cars from the Daytona Spyder to the F50 and F40. Collectively, they are undoubtedly some of the most desirable cars to come to market in recent years, and The Sale at Salon Privé is the perfect venue at which to sell them.”

Watch for the fully illustrated catalog to publish soon at www.LiveAuctioneers.com . For current information, please visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/salon-prive or www.salonprivelondon.com/auction/

About Eagle:

Eagle, the world’s Premier E-Type specialist, was established 30 years ago with a sole focus and dedication to this iconic Jaguar. Eagle’s restoration quality and approach set new standards within the industry in the supply and upgrading of the Jaguar E-Type. While this remains at the core of Eagle, the company has applied its unique expertise for the E-Type to design, develop and create the ultimate E-Type, the Eagle Speedster and Low Drag GT variations, described by Jeremy Clarkson as “Absolute Perfection.”

About Silverstone Auctions:

Formed in 2011, Silverstone Auctions is a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia.

The company holds the exclusive automotive auction rights for Silverstone circuit and host sales as stand-alone events as well as an integrated element of some of Europe's biggest motorsport events such as the Silverstone Classic Festival.

In addition to sales at the circuit, it also host a number of auctions each year at other major classic car events including the NEC Classic Motor Show, Race Retro and for the first time in 2014, Salon Privé.

About Salon Privé:

Salon Privé is a boutique three day automotive Garden Party which opens on Wednesday September 3rd with the crème de la crème of classic cars from around the world competing in the internationally-renowned Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. Tickets to the event start from just £75 with full hospitality packages which include Pommery champagne, lobster luncheon, complimentary bar, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas, from £195. Please call the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205 or visit www.salonprivelondon.com .

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From The Stradale Collection, a fantastic selection of high-quality original cars. All will be auctioned Sept. 4 in London at the inaugural Salon Prive Sale conducted by Silverstone Auctions, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:35
 

Ky. park marks anniversary of Revolutionary War battle

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:33
Monument at the Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, photographed in 2006 during a memorial service marking the 224th anniversary of the battle. Image by Kevin Myers. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

MOUNT OLIVET, Ky. (AP) – A weekend re-enactment this month will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Blue Licks in northern Kentucky.

The Revolutionary War battle re-enactment is set for Aug. 16-17 at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Admission is free.

The park will celebrate the reopening of Pioneer Museum, which will offer free admission for the weekend.

The re-enactment commemorates the 1782 battle that included Daniel Boone and other pioneers along the Licking River. The outnumbered pioneers were defeated by British soldiers and Native Americans. The 70 pioneers who died included Boone's youngest son, Israel.

The weekend will feature pioneer camps, entertainment, historical programs and two battle re-enactments at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Monument at the Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, photographed in 2006 during a memorial service marking the 224th anniversary of the battle. Image by Kevin Myers. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:47
 

10th annual Traverse City film festival boosts attendance

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:05
Michigan native Kristen Bell, at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, will have her hand prints on the Hollywood-style 'walk of fame' in front the the State Theatre in Traverse City, Mich. Image by Gage Skidmore. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Filmmaker Michael Moore says the 10th annual Traverse City Film Festival was the most popular yet, with 131,000 admissions – an increase of 12,000 over last year.

The six-day festival ended Sunday. It included showings of 128 feature films, 85 shorts, 12 film school classes, 10 “cinema salon” outdoor discussions and five panels with directors and actors. The festival brought 110 filmmakers and guests to discuss their work.

Among new twists were showings of movies on a boat cruising Grand Traverse Bay and free screenings at The Buzz, a theater at InsideOut Gallery.

A festival auction is raising funds for a Hollywood-style “walk of fame” in front of the historic State Theatre. It will feature handprints from Madonna, Susan Sarandon and Kristen Bell, among other luminaries.

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Michigan native Kristen Bell, at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International, will have her hand prints on the Hollywood-style 'walk of fame' in front the the State Theatre in Traverse City, Mich. Image by Gage Skidmore. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:22
 

Fossil identification event set at Ashfall park in Neb.

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:45

Fossil of a Teloceras in volcanic ash at the Ashfall State Historic Park. This file is licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

ROYAL, Neb. (AP) - Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park has scheduled Aug. 9 as its Fossil and Artifact Identification Day.

The event is set to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park near Royal in northeast Nebraska.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln paleontologist Mike Voorhies and Rob Bozell, highway archaeology program manager at the State Historical Society, will help identify items. Visitors may bring a single item or a whole collection to be identified. Past discoveries include bones from camels, mastodons and mammoths; stone points; pottery; and a petrified tree trunk.

Ashfall Fossil Beds is a national natural landmark with complete fossilized skeletons left in place for viewing. Visitors may watch paleontologists unearth rhinos and other animals entombed by ash from a supervolcano eruption 12 million years ago.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:56
 

New York Print Week, Nov. 3-9, rolls out robust schedule

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Friday, 01 August 2014 09:46
Pablo Picasso, 'B250 Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse.' 1933, Paris, from the Caisse à remords, drypoint with scraper printed on Arches paper, stamp signed lower right, one of 20 artist's proofs, published by Galerie Louis Leiris, 1981. Courtesy: John Szoke Gallery, New York, N.Y. NEW YORK – In its on-going effort to celebrate the fine art of printmaking, the International Fine Print Dealers Association announces that New York Print Week will take place Nov. 3-9 with a round of special exhibitions at numerous museums and libraries, as well as cultural institutions, satellite fairs and IFPDA-member galleries throughout metropolitan New York.

"New York Print Week extends the enthusiasm generated by the Print Fair to numerous venues throughout New York City where people can engage with artists, collectors and curators to enrich their knowledge of printmaking," said Michele Senecal, executive director of IFPDA. "It also affords them the opportunity to view prints in context with paintings, drawings or sculpture.

According to Senecal, in addition to the flagship IFPDA Print Fair and satellite fairs, the following museum and galleries will mount shows. "We are privileged that these important cultural institutions are part of New York Print Week."

Among the many print exhibitions that will be on view in museums are: “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters,” Museum of Modern Art; “Kandinsky: Before Abstraction:1901-1911,” the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; “Sublime: The Prints by J.W.M. Turner and Thomas Moran,” at The New York Public Library; “Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo: The Jansma Master Prints Collection from the Grand Rapids Art Museum,” Museum of Biblical Art; “New Prints 2014/Autumn,” International Print Center New York; and “InkSplash 2014,” Rockaway Artists Alliance Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway Point, NY 11695.

In addition to the IFPDA Print Fair, which opens for its five-day run on Nov. 5, at the Park Avenue Armory, several IFPDA members will mount exhibitions at their galleries. They include:

– “New Projects, Gemini G.E.L.” at Joni Moisant Weyl, 535 West 24th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011 | www.joniweyl.com

– Alyson Shotz's recent bodies of work, “Topographic Iterations, Recumbent Folds, and Imaginary Sculptures,” at Carolina Nitsch Project Room, 534 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10011 | www.carolinanitsch.com

– “Kenny Scharf Monoprints,” a series of new monoprints at Pace Prints, 521 W. 26th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001 www.paceprints.com

– “James Rosenquist F-111 (South, West, North, East) and Drawings from the '70s” atSenior & Shopmaker Gallery, 210 11th Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001 | www.seniorandshopmaker.com

– “Jacob Kainen: Very Large Monotypes: From 1935 to 1942” at Pia Gallo with Conrad Graeber Fine Art, 53 E. 64th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065| www.piagallo.com

– “Pat Keck Color Woodcuts: A Survey 1994-2014” at G.W. Einstein Co., 98 Riverside Drive, #9D, New York, NY 10024 | www.patkeck.com

To coincide with the IFPDA Print Fair, three satellite fairs are also taking place. They include:

– Editions/Artists' Books Fair features over 40 contemporary publishers and dealers who will present their latest prints, multiples and artists books. The fair is partnering with Christie's Education to present a series of lectures and guided tours. 540 W. 21st St., Ground Floor | www.eabfair.org

– Fourteen art dealers – from old masters to contemporary including Japanese prints and contemporary printmakers – will exhibit at the New York Satellite Print Fair, Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021 | www.nysatellite-printfair.com

– The eighth edition of Brooklyn's alternative fair, Prints Gone Wild will be held for one night only on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., Littlefield NYC, 622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY www.cannonballpress.com

For more information visit, www.printfair.com or phone 212-674-6095.



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Pablo Picasso, 'B250 Sculpture, Tête de Marie-Thérèse.' 1933, Paris, from the Caisse à remords, drypoint with scraper printed on Arches paper, stamp signed lower right, one of 20 artist's proofs, published by Galerie Louis Leiris, 1981. Courtesy: John Szoke Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:02
 

Marburger Farm show taps Fountain of Youthfulness, Sept. 30-Oct. 4

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:11
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ROUND TOP, Texas – While, other antique shows strategize how to attract younger buyers, the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top strategizes how to make the aisles big enough for baby strollers to pass both ways. Younger shoppers in their 20s, 30s and 40s abound at the blockbuster show held twice a year in central Texas. Expect to see multiple generations, interior designers, store buyers, moms, dads, dogs, grandparents, hipsters and celebrities enjoying the 43 acres of antiques assembled by 350 top exhibitors from across the U.S. and around the world.

“Marburger Farm attracts younger buyers because it is not a traditional antique show,” said exhibitor Christopher English of Antediluvian Antiques & Curiosities from Lake Placid, N.Y. “Just the amazing booth displays at Marburger are worth the trip, plus such exciting merchandise – there is no other show like it.” What do younger shoppers like? “They like old things, but with a ‘wow’ factor,” English continued. “Weird things like Victorian taxidermy and tramp art, the unusual and the curious.” English will arrive in Texas with plenty of curiosities, including lodge and Adirondack antiques, high-end decorative antiques and a life-size carved wooden cow from the Borden Dairy family estate.

The mix of Marburger Farm merchandise includes French, Swedish, English, American, Asian, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, jewelry, art, silver, rugs, lighting, folk art and more. With dealers spilling out of 10 huge tents and 12 historic buildings, shoppers will seek sustenance for more shopping at the full-service Marburger Café and refreshment at the Blacksmith Shop bar with ice-cold beer and “Marburitas.”

In the Artisan Tent shoppers will find Marburger artisan Dakota Pratt, himself a young adult, who started coming to Marburger from California with his parents to sell one-of-a-kind sculptures made from bottle caps and other vintage components. Now an Austin resident, Pratt sells his art at Marburger to all age groups. “At any age, Marburger buyers are adventurous. But for many shoppers my age, Marburger Farm is the place to be, it has its own uniqueness and you just want to be there.” At the fall show Pratt will unveil an oversize wooden carved ram’s head covered in Shiner Bock bottle caps as well as a new line of furniture in the tradition of early Texas horn furniture, but with each horn carved from wood with exposed grain, wired together with a bottle cap seat that is more comfortable than the originals.

For Michigan exhibitor Mike Roberts, “Young buyers are looking for bargains. You can’t just have one price range. We shop all summer for garden antiques such as urns and marble statues, plus Italian, French, art, ironstone and American antiques. They will be priced from $6 to $6,000. Some antiques have gone down a little in price such as Victorian and country, so young people are snapping these up at good values. You can’t make it hard. You have to help new buyers get started.”

Another thing you can’t do? “You can’t just show up at a show to sell anymore,” said Marburger artisan Dolan Geiman. “Social media leading up to the show helps to cultivate younger buyers. They like the sneak peek and they arrive already excited and interested.” What are they most excited about? “They like iconic pieces, such as carved long horns, but with an edge, iconic with a twist. Marburger Farm is one of the few shows where younger buyers are ready to buy large-scale major pieces. They get rolling pretty fast.” Geiman will offer two- and three-dimensional art on reclaimed wood with a hint of his Southern roots in fresh contemporary colors, as well as an epic collage 8 feet in length.

Sterling silver dealer Carol O’Steen of Tallahassee, Fla., sells to all age groups at Marburger, but she finds that younger buyers are starting to want quality antiques such as the silver serving pieces and the nearly 800 figural and monogrammed napkin rings that she will offer. “When young people settle down with a house and a job, they want nice things. I’ll have young couples come looking for napkin rings with their initials. Some just like the graphics of any initials! A young man once showed up at Marburger with a single silver spoon that he had eaten cereal from as a child. He wanted to find out what the pattern was and to get more pieces. Young people give a lot of gifts – baby gifts, wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, house-warming gifts, so antique silver or silver plate is a great choice for gifts. Silver is timeless.”

“Timeless” is how Marburger exhibitor Shannon Vance of Stash describes her collection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Vance scours the U.S. for antique and vintage fabric, jackets, boots, old Levis and T-shirts, some silk-screened with new art. “Our look and pieces are timeless for anyone from teens to people in their 70s,” said Vance. For the fall show, she has collaborated with a New York artist to create oil paintings on a collection of WWI and WWII military clothing, jackets and pants. “Young people especially are drawn to things that are timeless, one-of-a kind, handmade, unique,” said Vance. “And the cost averages $45 per piece.”

Marburger Farm exhibitors use the summer months to buy at all price ranges, in all styles, all over the world, with their containers arriving just in time for the fall show. Rebecca Looten of Monsoon Imports has two shipments coming to Marburger, “the biggest load I have ever had,” she said. Buying in India for 10 years, Looten will unpack ancient Mughal-era marble platters, 2 and 3 feet long, used for early dough bowls and weddings, but now appreciated as sculpture. Nearby will be colonial era architectural trim pieces repurposed into mirror frames and furniture. For younger buyers, Looten is experimenting with mid-century retro objects from India. “It’s more of an urban antique, very clean-lined and simple, lots of teak and more neutral colors. It’s a fresh look that I think will mix well with the older pieces.”

Marburger Farm will also feature benefit booths for Dwell with Dignity of Dallas and for the Brookwood Community near Houston. The Brookwood exhibit offers plants grown by and specialty décor, garden and kitchen items made by the special needs adults who are served by the residential community near Houston. See www.brookwoodcommunity.org. Dwell with Dignity will offer a donation-fee bag check near the Marburger Food Pavilion. Founded by interior designers, Dwell with Dignity transforms donated furnishings into dignified interiors for families escaping poverty and homelessness. At the end of each Marburger Farm week, the show’s dealers donate antiques and vintage objects that will go back to Dallas to be used in dwellings or to be sold in the Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio sale Oct. 9- Nov. 8 in the Dallas Design District. See www.dwellwithdignity.org .

The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 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 Sept. 30 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, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets and group tickets 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 or on the show blog at www.roundtop-marburger.com/blog .



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:30
 

Michaan’s sponsors seminar for appraisers Aug. 28-29

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Monday, 28 July 2014 15:51
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions will host nine presentations over the course of two days, Aug. 27-28, in the San Francisco Bay area. The Foundation for Appraisal Education has put together a diverse group of presenters and topics that provides both ARC and fine art appraisers with learning opportunities and professional development credits for ISA Members.

The seminar begins with a reception at St. George’s Spirits in Alameda on Aug. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Presenters for Thursday, Aug. 28:

  • Allen Michaan of Michaan’s Auctions on Tiffany Studios and His Famous Works;
  • Susan Lahey, ISA AM, MA, of Eastern Art Consultants Inc. on Contemporary Chinese Art;
  • Brian Witherell, Witherell’s Auction House on the Gold Rush;
  • Peter Fairbanks, AAA, Montgomery Gallery on California Art;
  • Steve Cabella, of Modern I on Mid-century Modern.

Presenters for Friday, Aug. 29:

  • Panel discussion on “Problems of Art Authentication: What’s An Expert to Do?” Includes: Hilarie Faberman, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Stanford Museum; Ben Marks, art news writer, CollectorsWeekly.com; Michaan’s Legal Counsel;
  • Harry Huang, Asian Arts Expert, Michaan’s Auctions, on Certified Organic Snuff Bottles;
  • Laura Woolley, AAA, The Collector’s Lab, on the Value of Celebrity;
  • Rick McDaniels, MacBeath Lumber, Wood Identification.

For more information about the Foundation for Appraisal Education and a registration form go to the website www.foundationforappraisaleducation.org.

To secure a hotel reservation, contact Hawthorn Suites on 1628 Webster St., Alameda Calif. For the group rate of $139/night, refer to group code: MCAC.

Hotel phone: 510-522-1000. Deadline for group rate is Aug. 5.

For general questions, contact FAE Board Member Kim Kolker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Allyson Bradley at Michaan’s Auctions, 501-740-0220, ext. 105.

For more information about the seminar location: www.michaans.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 16:57
 

Comic-Con: Wrap-Up

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Written by J.C. VAUGHN   
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:36
There were literally thousands of fans in costume, also known as “cosplayers,” at the convention. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich. SAN DIEGO – Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Comic-Con International: San Diego, saw the Hollywood PR machine in full force, literally thousands of attendees in costume, and plenty of transactions going on from comic books and T-shirts to movie prop replicas and limited edition hardcover books.

Attendees filled numerous panel discussions, the show floor and seemingly every bit of walking space between the San Diego Convention Center and the entire historic Gaslamp Quarter. Local hotels, restaurants, cabs, car services and pedi-cabs reported brisk – and frequently overflowing – business.

The Marvel Comics booth was mobbed at different times with cast visits from the upcoming Ant-Man feature including star Paul Rudd and from ABC TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and their presentations in Hall H – scene of a significant portion of the Hollywood-related panels – were heavily attended. In addition to Rudd and the Ant-Man cast, Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen and the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast, the company’s Marvel Studio also featured updates about the next Avengers feature, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is now in production.

DC Comics, which this year outstripped Marvel in the comics-to-TV business with The CW’s Arrow and such news series as The Flash, Gotham, iZombie and Constantine, has lagged significantly behind Marvel in the comics-to-film arena. DC’s parent studio, Warner Bros., looks to narrow that gap quickly. Among the projects they highlighted was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the new film which will start the rapid build-up a Justice League feature. At their panel, they revealed not only new images of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively, as the title characters, but also the first shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Back on the show floor, the buzz in the comic book dealer portion of the room centered on strong sales for back issue comics and original comic art. Among the points of discussion were the continued early sales of the first comics certified by the new third party, independent grading company, Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), and eBay’s announcement that Pristine Comics would put a CGC-certified 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, up for bid on the site.

One of the most frequent types of announcement at the convention for many years has been pending comic book crossovers, which bring two or more properties together. Most often it’s strictly comic book titles involved, but occasionally transmedia properties get the treatment. This year’s show featured two of note: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained will meet Zorro in a series co-produced DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes will be co-produced by IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios.

Of note for collectors and historians, IDW’s imprint The Library of American Comics (LOAC) won two Eisner Awards. They took the Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips category for Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, and Best Comics-Related Book for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth. LOAC, headed by industry veteran Dean Mullaney, has set the gold standard with its archival collections of historically significant comic strips from Terry and the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie to Dick Tracy and Rip Kirby and its biographies of Noel Sickles, Milton Caniff, and most recently Alex Toth,

With another San Diego show in the books, there’s still a full slate of conventions ahead for the comic book and pop culture business, but many are already planning their returns for San Diego 2015.



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There were literally thousands of fans in costume, also known as “cosplayers,” at the convention. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich. Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Warner Bros. image. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Warner Bros. image.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 13:25
 

Special Report: Comic-Con: Day 2

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Written by J.C. VAUGHN   
Friday, 25 July 2014 14:45

Actor Seth Green (left) moderated the NASA panel with special guest Buzz Aldrin. Photo by D.G. Amas.

SAN DIEGO – The second day – also known as the official Day One – of Comic-Con International: San Diego saw activities ranging from the comic book-centric to the much wider world of popular culture as a whole.

In the section of the hall where the bulk of the comic book dealers occupy the floor space, deals were going down with almost startling regularity, with many dealers reporting a strong business on higher-end items.

Among the auction houses, Heritage Auctions had both rare, vintage, high grade comics and original comic art on display from upcoming auctions, and other auction houses did likewise.

The day saw the first sales of comics certified by Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), the new independent, third-party grading company started by Steve Borock, the longtime CGC President and Primary Grader, after a multiyear stint at Heritage.

Veteran Chicago area retailer Jamie Graham of Graham Crackers Comics marked his 30 consecutive year of setting up at the show. In addition to selling the first CBCS certified comic, he reported strong sales as well.

On the pop culture side, the day began with a panel featuring Kiefer Sutherland and director-executive producer Jon Cassar from the recently completed 24: Live Another Day.

Cassar, who authored a book of photographs from his long stint on the original 24, asked questions of Sutherland ranging from most embarrassing moments to the future of the franchise, which is reportedly largely in the hands of its fans.

“The 24 panel was one easily of the best panel discussions about the making of an iconic show that I've seen in the 15 years I’ve been attending such things,” one veteran collectibles industry professional said.

It was just the first of the big panels generally located in the expansive Hall H or the semi-expansive Room 20. Many more will follow over the remaining three days.

Elsewhere in the San Diego Convention Center, Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar touted the long overdue release of the 1966-1969 series Batman on Blu-ray and DVD. Tied up for years by legal issues, the Batman: The Complete TV Series features the entire series remastered into high quality images. A limited edition includes reproductions of Adam West's shooting scripts for the first two episodes, a recreation of the 1966 trading cards, and a Matchbox Batmobile.

The continuing trend that has seen a steady – almost quantum – rise in cosplayers (fans who attend in full costume) has the convention center and the streets around town flooded with characters both familiar and obscure.

As if to show the range of what Comic-Con can offer, the convention hosted its first NASA panel with Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module pilot and the second man to ever walk on the moon.



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Actor Seth Green (left) moderated the NASA panel with special guest Buzz Aldrin. Photo by D.G. Amas. 

San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter starts just across the street from the convention center, offering many different eateries. Photo by D.G. Amas. 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from the BBC’s 'Sherlock' were among the new character statues on display. Photo by D.G. Amas.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:10
 

Special Report: Comic-Con, Day 1

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:10
San Diego Convention Center, site of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which kicked off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, and continues through Sunday, July 27. Photo by D.G. Amas. SAN DIEGO – It’s the day before Preview Night at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Over the last few days, San Diego International Airport has bubbled quietly with the steady influx of vendors from comic book and original comic art dealers to movie studio minions, all of whom arrived early to set up booths, finish presentations and sweat the last minute details before the opening of the largest pop culture convention in North America.

Today, though, that steady stream will turn into a deluge. Starting tonight and then through the next four days, a tidal wave of fans will cascade through the airport, through the beautiful old Santa Fe rail station and across the interstate highways into downtown San Diego, where the event simply takes over the city.

As recently as 1994, when the San Diego Convention Center was half its present size, there was actually another convention going on at the same time. Its attendance reported at about 30,000 over the course of the convention.

Even though the convention center has doubled in size since then, the show’s attendance has been capped in realm of 130,000 for several years now. Events have expanded to include the hotels on either side of the convention center. By late afternoon Pacific Time, the fashionable, pedestrian-friendly Gaslamp Quarter will team with walkers headed to and from the hall. Area restaurants will have unpleasant wait-lists.

The attendance cap continues to be cause for concern to many. San Diego is scheduled to break ground in Spring 2015 on a major expansion of the facility as Comic-Con’s dominance of the field is not as crystal clear as it once was.

Over the last few years, it’s become clear the ReedPop’s New York Comic Con will give San Diego a run for its money in terms of attendance. Both conventions are just about maxed out due to their present facilities, but San Diego seems to have figured out a path forward while Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center and government officials thus far have offered little in the way of solutions.

In terms of influence and staying power, the title is not yet really up for grabs. San Diego remains king.

Wednesday’s activities will occur mainly on the show floor, as fans take in displays and see what the vendors have to offer. Traditionally, Preview Night, which is theoretically exclusively for the attendees who purchased admission to the four full days, Thursday-Sunday, has only limited panel activities.

This year’s Wednesday night activities focus on sneak peeks for four television properties based on DC Comics characters (the pilots for the live action shows The Flash, iZombie and Constantine, and the return of animated Teen Titans Go).



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San Diego Convention Center, site of Comic-Con International: San Diego, which kicked off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, and continues through Sunday, July 27. Photo by D.G. Amas. When the show opens around 6 p.m. (it’s always a bit earlier, but that’s the posted time), wide open walking space in front of the San Diego Convention Center are a distant and enticing memory. Photo by D.G. Amas.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 14:45
 

Antique show promises treasures to be found in El Dorado

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:41
Main Street, El Dorado, Ark. Image by Chris Litherland. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) – An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods.

The El Dorado News-Times reports the Union County Antique Dealers Association will host a sale that starts Friday and ends Saturday. It will be at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The event is part of an initiative to make El Dorado and southern Arkansas the go-to destination for antique dealers and collectors.

Antique dealers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will be selling items that include furniture, rugs, glassware and pottery.

The president of the Union County Antique Dealers Association says about 500 to 600 people attended the show last year.

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Information from: El Dorado News-Times, http://www.eldoradonews.com

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Main Street, El Dorado, Ark. Image by Chris Litherland. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:51
 

Rare Elvis items featured in first-ever Auction at Graceland, Aug. 14

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:25
The cover of the printed catalog for the Aug. 14 'Auction at Graceland' features a photo of Elvis Presley in front of his beloved Memphis home, Graceland. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Highlights of the rare Elvis Presley artifacts to be included in the first-ever “Auction at Graceland” were announced today, along with registration and catalog ordering details for the auction, which will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Fans and collectors from around the world are expected to participate on site and online through LiveAuctioneers for this unprecedented auction, featuring artifacts authenticated by the new Graceland Authenticated.

Among the items in the auction are rare and unique artifacts from the collection of Greg Page, founding member of The Wiggles® and one of the world’s biggest and most well-known Elvis Presley collectors. Page’s items include Elvis’ 1976 Cadillac Seville, a Martin D-28 and Elvis’ copy of the original script for his first film, “Love Me Tender.” All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

The auction will be held on site at Graceland and powered by LiveAuctioneers (www.LiveAuctioneers.com ) for online bidding. Online auction registration and online bidding will start on August 1, 2014, when the full list of auction items and images will be released online. Visit Graceland.com/Auction for a link to the online auction site.

The official print catalog is now available for ordering, featuring over 70 pages includes photos and details of all the auction items, plus two special bonus ticket replicas– one from Elvis’ 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert and one from Elvis’ 1961 concert at Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor -- direct from the Graceland Archives. This exclusive catalog offers an up-close look at these special pieces of Elvis history and is a wonderful collector’s item. More details on purchasing the catalog and auction registration are available at Graceland.com/Auction.

All of the Items included in the auction have been thoroughly authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, a new Graceland affiliated authentication and appraisal service for collectors and fans. Graceland Authenticated sets a new standard for pop culture authentication and appraisal to ensure pop culture artifact accuracy and provide evaluations of privately owned collections.

Featured among the 72 items to be included in the August 14th auction are:

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNATURE ON LIBRARY CARD

A signed library card was found by the librarian at the school Elvis attended in Tupelo and this is one of the earliest known signatures from the would be King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Once Librarian realized Elvis’ fame, she searched through all of the books borrowed from the library by Elvis to find his signature. This example is accompanied by a letter from the archives of Graceland stating that the archives has no full Elvis Presley signature pre-dating the one appearing on the offered library card.

1976 CADILLAC SEVILLE

It is estimated that Elvis bought more than 200 Cadillacs in his life, family, friends, strangers, and, of course, his own private collection. Elvis' 1976 maroon and silver Cadillac Seville - V8 automatic is the last known Cadillac driven by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This was also the last Cadillac that Elvis purchased for his personal use.

LOVE ME TENDER SCRIPT

This is Elvis' own copy of the original script for the very first Elvis Presley movie, Love Me Tender. The script's original title, The Reno Brothers, is stamped on the front and spine of the script. That title was passed over because the young singing sensation had a new hit song out: "Love Me Tender." That new title is handwritten in blue ink both directly above the stamped original title and in the upper right hand corner. Stamped in the upper left is the message "Please forward to: ELVIS PRESLEY."

1969 LAS VEGAS SHOW AGREEMENT

A blue folder entitled, “Agreement Between Elvis Presley and Las Vegas International,” contains a 13-page typed agreement. This contract is for the first of Elvis’ 15 Las Vegas engagements. Not only was this Elvis’ first concert appearance since 1961, but it set a Las Vegas record for both attendance and gross ticket sales. After opening night, Elvis performed two shows a day for the remainder of the engagement. The contract stipulates payment of $100,000 per week.

1975 MARTIN D-28 GUITAR

This Martin D-28 Guitar was gifted by Elvis to his friend and bodyguard, Sam Thompson, in January of 1977 and comes with a letter of authenticity from Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley.

GEMSTONE, DIAMOND AND GOLD LION MASK PENDANT AND CHAIN

This 18kt gold custom made pendant is set with 24 diamonds, 2 emeralds and one ruby. This pendant was created at Elvis’ request by Memphis jeweler, Lowell Hays. The piece was worn by Elvis on many occasions, including when he met President Nixon in the Oval Office at The White House.

For more information about how to submit items for consideration for authentication services by Graceland Authenticated and for consideration to be included in future Graceland Authenticated auctions, plus details on authentication service and auction fees, visit Graceland.com/Auction.

About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), based in Memphis, manages the operations of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, its related exhibits and attractions, including the Heartbreak Hotel, as well as the Graceland archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide. Graceland is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the famous home each year. In 2013, Graceland was voted the #1 Iconic American Attraction by USA Today and 10Best.com readers. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.

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Click to view LiveAuctioneers' special preview video of Elvis auction highlights from the Aug. 14, 2014 Auction at Graceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78SHrPQE0vY&list=PLrQwQz47fpZK5of_XnKe9mr3Mp_Cugxiy

Click to view a fascinating video about 'Gifts from Elvis,' produced by LiveAuctioneers in association with the Aug. 14, 2014 Auction at Graceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH4viYoN8mA&list=PLrQwQz47fpZK5of_XnKe9mr3Mp_Cugxiy

Click to view LiveAuctioneers' video about Elvis Presley's love of cars and motorcycles, a special feature produced in association with the Aug. 14, 2014 Auction at Graceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mC3mpqs06Q&list=PLrQwQz47fpZK5of_XnKe9mr3Mp_Cugxiy

Click to view LiveAuctioneers' video about Elvis Presley's military years and the Elvis-signed military pass that is a highlight of the Aug. 14, 2014 Auction at Graceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti673gjwnSw&list=UU0bMRJffbcDs0k7FOee0DmA


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The cover of the printed catalog for the Aug. 14 'Auction at Graceland' features a photo of Elvis Presley in front of his beloved Memphis home, Graceland. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. 18K gold pendant custom made for Elvis Presley by Memphis jeweler Lowell Hays. Set with 24 diamonds, two emeralds and one ruby, the piece was worn by Elvis on many occasions, including when he visited President Nixon at The White House. Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. Elvis Presley's personal script for the film 'Love Me Tender,' which was originally titled 'The Reno Brothers.' Photo Courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN. This 1976 maroon and silver Cadillac Seville V8 automatic is the last known Cadillac driven by Elvis Presley. It is also the last Cadillac that Elvis purchased for his personal use. Photo courtesy of Graceland, Memphis, TN.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:43
 

Duncan & Miller glass show highlights once-thriving Pa. industry

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Written by DEBORAH WEISBERG, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review   
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:17
Duncan & Miller No. 50 Block and Rosette water pitcher, early 20th century, 7 inches high. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Jeffrey Evans & Associates. WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Glass collectors gathered over the weekend to celebrate what once was clearly a part of the region's industrial heritage at the 39th annual Duncan & Miller Glass Show & Sale at the Washington County Fair Ground and Expo Center.

The event raised funds for the National Duncan & Miller Glass Museum in Washington and provided enthusiasts with an opportunity to purchase collectibles and to learn how southwestern Pennsylvania once produced more than half of the world's decorative and utilitarian glass.

“The show is pretty spectacular,” said Arlene Ricker of North Strabane, a volunteer with the National Duncan Glass Society, which runs the museum and organizes the two-day event.

Ricker became involved with the society through her own Duncan & Miller Glass Co. collection, including the signature swan.

“They did a lot of interesting things over the years. They went through the same design phases the rest of the decorator world went through, but the swan is their iconic piece,” she said. “The production of each one required 14 skilled craftsmen.”

At its peak, Duncan & Miller was one of the region's most successful glassmakers, out-competing dozens of neighboring companies in quality and design, said museum committee chairwoman Sherry Cooper of East Washington.

“Duncan & Miller sold their glass at Bailey Banks & Biddle, Kaufmann's, Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston – stores of that caliber. Like all the companies, they stayed alive by producing millions of items for barbershops and bars. But their forte was high-end tableware, on par with Orrefors, Baccarat and Saint-Louis.”

The company's roots date to the mid-1800s, when glassmaking procedures were rapidly advancing and coal was readily available to fuel the furnaces used to melt sand to be made into glass. “It's rumored that factory workers from some companies would simply dig coal out of nearby hillsides,” Cooper said.

George Duncan was a partner in Ripley & Co. at 10th and Carson streets on the South Side, Cooper said. “After Ripley died, Duncan bought out the heirs in 1874 and named the company after himself.”

He produced blown and pressed glass pieces and, with the rise of the middle class, began making tableware with a soda ash and calcium carbonate formula (soda lime) that yielded a cheap alternative to leaded glass.

After Duncan died and his South Side factory burned down, his sons moved operations to Washington, opening a state-of-the-art factory in 1893. Their renowned designer, John Ernest Miller, moved with them and became a partner in 1900.

“Miller designed the iron molds that became pitchers, creamers and other items, and was excellent at it,” said Cooper. “There are a number of patents in his name.”

The company employed skilled craftsmen who could execute Miller's work, she said. “Being able to blow glass into an iron mold and have pieces release cleanly without chipping or breaking is an art.”

It was a winning combination that would spawn generations of collectors.

“The company was unbelievably successful. They shipped glass all over the world,” said Cooper, who once spied a Duncan & Miller swan at a London flea market.

Duncan & Miller's heyday was during World War II, when Czech- and Italian-made glass, including then-popular animal-shaped novelties, couldn't leave Europe. “That's when Duncan designed their beautiful, graceful swan,” Cooper said.

After the war, though, machine-made glass was becoming popular, and Duncan & Miller, failing to compete, ceased operations in 1955. “It was the end of an era,” Cooper said.

Because of the company's place in Washington County history, a group of local residents, eager to preserve the heritage, joined in 1975 to form the National Duncan Glass Society.

Heirs of a Duncan factory employee sold the society a period home, circa 1910, at a favorable price so it could be turned into a museum that exhibits rare glass and glassmaking techniques, Cooper said. “There's also a gift shop where we sell Duncan & Miller pieces that people have donated to us. Proceeds help support our society.”

Online:

http://bit.ly/WmEyId

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://www.pghtrib.com

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Duncan & Miller No. 50 Block and Rosette water pitcher, early 20th century, 7 inches high. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Jeffrey Evans & Associates.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:41
 
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