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SMU to host arts entrepreneurship educators conference June 6-7

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Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:55

James Hart, assistant professor and director of arts entrepreneurship at SMU Meadows, and co-organizer of the June 6-7 conference, shown here (center) teaching a class. Image courtesy of SMU Meadows School of the Art

DALLAS - Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas will host the inaugural Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference June 6-7, 2014. The conference, organized by James Hart, assistant professor and director of arts entrepreneurship at SMU Meadows, and Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts at North Carolina State University, includes two days of workshops and panel discussions dedicated to arts entrepreneurship education. The conference will focus on helping participants engage with new pedagogical techniques and the larger issues surrounding the field. Another key aspect of the conference will be to formalize an academic society of arts entrepreneurship educators.

“There is a growing national interest in how to teach arts entrepreneurship skills, especially at the college level,” said co-organizer Jim Hart. “Last summer, a small group of arts entrepreneurship educators met at North Carolina State University to establish the organization’s foundation. This conference is one of the outcomes. We invite entrepreneurship educators, program directors, students, working artists and the curious to join us.”

The event will include more than a dozen workshops and panels led by experts from around the country. Keynote speaker will be Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship education. Rachel Roberts, director of entrepreneurial musicianship at the New England Conservatory, will lead a panel on the challenges confronting new arts entrepreneurship programs. Ken Tabachnick, deputy dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, will chair a panel titled “Introducing Arts Entrepreneurship into Traditional Conservatory Training” and conference co-organizer Gary Beckman will present on “The Arts Business and Marketing Canvases.”

Cost of the symposium is $50 for educators and $35 for students; special hotel rates are also available. Registration deadline is May 23. For more information, contact James Hart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 214-768-7659. For registration information, contact Abigail Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 214-768-3425 or visit

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James Hart, assistant professor and director of arts entrepreneurship at SMU Meadows, and co-organizer of the June 6-7 conference, shown here (center) teaching a class. Image courtesy of SMU Meadows School of the Art

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:05

'Red Tails' WWII airmen plan reunion in upstate NY

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:34

The story of the Red Tails was told in a 2012 major motion picture starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Terence Howard. Fair use of low-resolution copyrighted image. Poster art copyright is believed to belong to 20th Century Fox.

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) - Some of the last surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airmen are planning to hold a reunion at an upstate New York aviation museum over Memorial Day weekend.

The Star-Gazette reports that six Tuskegee Airmen have been confirmed as guests for the event being held May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center outside Elmira.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the U.S. military. They enlisted in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War and trained in Tuskegee, Ala. They went on to become one of the war's most respected fighter squadrons. Their story was told in "Red Tails," a 20th Century Fox major motion picture released in 2012, starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Terence Howard.

The May reunion is being called "Return of the Red Tails,'' the squadron's nickname referring to the tails of their fighter planes, which were painted red.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr., a Red Tail squadron commander.


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The 332nd Fighter Group, a k a 'The Tuskegee Airmen,' flew aircraft with distinctive markings that earned the soldiers the nickname 'Red Tails.' U.S. Air Force photo

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:57

Asia Week New York reports record sales of $200M

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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:09
From: Oliver Forge / Brendan Lynch, a 15th century gilt bronze plaque depicting four offering goddesses, from the Tibetan Dentasil Monastery. Asia Week New York image. NEW YORK – Asia Week New York – the nine-day Asian art extravaganza – ended on a stupendous note: $200 million in sales, exceeding last year’s number by $25 million.

From the minute the 47 international galleries of Asia Week New York opened their doors on March 14, a whirlwind of activities invigorated the city. The annual event was celebrated with a magnificent reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 17, where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed more than 600 collectors, curators and Asian art specialists. The event ignited excitement that burned for the entire week, and the Asian art world buzzed with exhibitions and record-breaking auctions that were thronged with international buyers from mainland China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea and the United States.

“With an increase in overseas Chinese buyers, combined with many American museum curators and their patrons, Asia Week New York was a tremendous success this year,” said Carol Conover, chairman of Asia Week New York. “A record number of galleries – 47 – saw steady and heavy traffic throughout the week, and the four major auction houses saw sales reach new highs.”

Added Conover, who, in addition to her role as chair of Asia Week New York, is gallery director of Kaikodo LLC: “This was the best Asia Week my gallery has had since this initiative started six years ago. We saw many American clients we had not seen in the last few years, and of course, many more new Chinese buyers. There was great museum interest from institutions both in the U.S. and from abroad, and there was a definite increase in Chinese buyers.”

Accolades for Asia Week New York poured in from every quarter, as evidenced by the remarks of the participants:

Chinese specialist James Lally of J.J. Lally & Co. in New York said: “The results achieved during Asia Week were beyond satisfactory. I am glad to say that we had more collectors from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong participating this year than ever before, in every category and at every level.

“We did very well this week and had increased interest from museums,” said Nicholas Grindley, another purveyor of traditional Chinese works of art. He reported sales to major museums both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as to new Chinese buyers.

Conor Mahoney of the New York-based Chinese Porcelain Co. observed: “Due to the high quality of exhibitions, we noticed that Asia Week New York attracted a record number of Asian buyers.” Among the sales were Lotus Pod I & II, an ink drawing by Zhao Xu, 2013, and a rare Yue Yao stoneware lamp from the Western Jin Dynasty, A.D. 265–316.

Paris-based Christophe Hioco said, “We were pleased to meet so many visitors, both museum curators and American collectors, with a strong knowledge of Indian art.” He reported that 50 percent of his sales were to museums.

Also here from Paris was Antoine Barrère, who was delighted to see his regular clients as well as new people who expressed a great deal of interest. He also stated that he felt he developed more business contacts than ever before.

Marsha Vargas of the San Francisco-based Xanadu Gallery said that Asia Week New York was a good experience. “We sold a number of Tibetan ritual implements, including stupas and phurbas,” she said, adding that “Chinese buyers accounted for 95 percent of our sales.”

“We have had a very strong response to our exhibition this year and have had many more visitors in particular on the first day and the open-house weekend,” said Brendan Lynch of the London-based Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch. “We’ve had visits from about 15 museum curators and directors. Sales were good, reflecting quality over quantity.” As well as their usual collection of Indian miniature paintings, Lynch reported that on opening day a private New York collector took home a highly important 15th-century gilt-bronze plaque from the Densatil Monastery in Tibet, depicting four offering goddesses, for a six-figure sum.

“It has been a very exciting week, with dozens of new faces coming into the gallery every day,” said Eric Zetterquist of his eponymous gallery. “More than half of my exhibition is sold, with strongest interest coming from American clients and institutions. Since I am one of the only venues with a significant collection of early Chinese ceramics, specialists of the field from all over the world came to see the exhibition.”

“We are very happy,” said Carlton Rochell of New York. He reported one of his best Asia Weeks ever with over $5 million in sales, almost 30 objects sold, and new purchasers, especially from mainland China.

This year, Asia Week New York welcomed a new partner: Presenting Sponsor Amanresorts, which spotlighted seven of its ne plus ultra resorts from four Asian countries, which include Amanfayun in Hangzhou, China, Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing, China, Amanbagh in Rajasthan, India, Aman-i-Khás in Ranthambore, India, Amangalla in Galle, Sri Lanka, Amanwella in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, and the Amankora in Bhutan.

Asia Week New York also continued its partnership with China Center New York, who returned for the second year as Supporting Sponsor. China Center is projected to open at One World Trade Center in early 2015, and will serve as a gateway for Chinese companies and individuals entering the U.S. to connect with American entities seeking new opportunities with China.

Dates for Asia Week New York are set for March 13–21.

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From: Oliver Forge / Brendan Lynch, a 15th century gilt bronze plaque depicting four offering goddesses, from the Tibetan Dentasil Monastery. Asia Week New York image. From Kaikodo: Mansheng Wang, 'Lotus Pond in Summer,' 2010. Asia Week New York image. From Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., Yangi Kazuo (1918-1979), asymmetrical sculpted vessel, 1970, glazed stoneware. Asia Week New York image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:55

Christie's Travel announces 'art journey' additions for 2014

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Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:38
Guests taking part in Christie's Travel's Geneva tour will be immersed in the world of fine jewelry and watches, with Christie's specialist Raymond Sancroft-Baker, shown here, leading the group. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2014.

NEW YORK - Christie's Travel, in association with Abercrombie & Kent, has added three new options to its recently launched series of specialist-led travel itineraries for 2014. A trip to Geneva in May is designed to accommodate anyone who missed out on the sold-out “Jewels of New York” trip with specialist Raymond Sancroft-Baker in November 2013, the first itinerary. A trip to Mexico with Latin American art expert Vivian Pfeiffer in early June will immerse guests in the vibrant Mexican art scene. And a trip to Basel for the world-famous art fair will depart in mid-June, hosted by Professor Dr. Dirk Boll, Christie’s Managing Director of Continental Europe.

The inaugural trips, to New York, India and the heart of Europe, booked up quickly, as the journeys are limited to small groups of just 12-15 people, allowing for maximum access to the Christie’s specialist hosting the tour, and to the collectors, gallery owners, artists and other venues included on the itineraries.

“Our aim is for our clients to see art before anybody else, to connect directly with the artist and with the culture that shaped them. We plan our trips to established centers of art and also upcoming events that we know are going to be at the forefront of the art market within the next few months,” said Karen Stone Talwar, International Managing Director of Christie’s Travel, in association with Abercrombie & Kent.

“I love introducing people and seeing what might happen,” Talwar explained. “I also love hearing an exchange of ideas take place, seeing a potential for collaboration. It’s always a real pleasure to me that the people who meet each other on these trips keep in touch, not just with me, but with each other.”

Geneva, Jewelry and Watches, May 11-14

Reprising his role as host of “The Jewels of New York: The JAR Experience,” in November 2013, long-time jewelry specialist Raymond Sancroft-Baker will accompany a group to Geneva May 11-14, in conjunction with Christie’s annual Magnificent Jewels auction (such as the 2013 auction, pictured above). Sancroft-Baker has worked with many of Christie’s top jewelry clients over the decades, including Elizabeth Taylor and HRH the Princess Margaret. Drawing on the luxury travel expertise of Abercrombie & Kent, and the connections of Christie’s jewelry department, the four-day

journey will be an immersion experience in the refined culture of fine jewelry. He’s able to relate stories not only of the beautiful jewels, but also of the fascinating personalities who have owned them.

The Geneva group will be treated to intimate conversations with top jewelry experts and guided tours of the ateliers of the major watch and jewelry houses, such as Chopard and Patek Philippe, for a behind-the-scenes view of the creation of some of the most beautiful timepieces and jewels in the world. The trip includes a champagne reception in the home of a private collector of both art and jewelry, and a trip to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which holds a number of important works by Marcel Duchamp. And, of course, there will be time to enjoy some of the great restaurants that line the shores of Lake Geneva.

The Arts of Mexico, May 29 –June 5

This journey to Mexico is designed to explore Mexico’s place in today’s art market, as well as provide an introduction to contemporary art in Mexico. Starting in Mexico City, and accompanied by Christie’s expert in Latin American art, Vivian Pfeiffer, the group will visit the studios of some of the country’s most important and prominent artists, and the new Jumex Museum, home of a 2,700-piece collection that mixes international stars such as Damien Hirst with Latin American artists such as Gabriel Orozco. There will also be time to explore the former home of Dolores Olmedo, who turned her hacienda into a private museum of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

The group then visits the picturesque colonial city of Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula, to visit Jorge Pardo’s home, which functions both as a sculpture and a residence, as well as the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, with a specialist archaeologist. Along the way, the group dines at some of Mexico’s best restaurants, and stays in the most magnificent hotels, to imbue the experience with an authentic taste of the country and its remarkable culture.

Contemporary Art in Basel, June 17 – 21

This trip to Basel is timed to coincide with the Art Basel Fair, the premier showcase for modern and contemporary works of art from over 300 leading galleries from around the world. Guests will have access to the pre-show private opening, or vernissage, and be guided around the fair by Professor Dr. Dirk Boll, Christie’s Managing Director of Continental Europe, who will provide any necessary information and introductions, while at the same time showing guests the very best that the fair has to offer.

The program will continue with a variety of privately led tours, both of public institutions and private collections. They include a retrospective of Gerhard Richter, one of the most important living artists, the kinetic works of the Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely at the Museum Tinguely, the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry, the renowned Kunstmuseum, the first major solo show of the U.S. artist Paul Chan at the Schaulager, and a private collection housed in a castle.

Upcoming trips

Christie’s Travel, in association with Abercrombie & Kent, is also putting the finishing touches on journeys conducted in Mandarin for Chinese clients to Paris for the Asian Art auctions at Christie’s Paris sale room, June 8–13, and to London in June for Impressionist and Modern Art Week, June 19-25. More trips are in the works for the fall to London, Boston, New York and Indonesia. Besides these planned itineraries, Christie’s Travel, in association with Abercrombie & Kent, will also work with clients to design a bespoke trip for a group of friends or an extended family wishing to celebrate a special event together. A Christie’s specialist can be engaged to help design an experience that will appeal to everybody, taking in individual interests. “Anything is possible,” Talwar said.

Each journey is designed by Christie’s experts, working with Abercrombie & Kent’s luxury travel experts with the purpose of sharing their knowledge and passion in their field, or region of the world. Each itinerary includes "Signature Moments" such as an invitation to a rarely seen private collection, an exclusive tour of an important exhibition ormuseum collection, and carefully selected social events that immerse the guest in the local arts and collecting culture.

Hotels and restaurants are selected to reflect the history and culture of the destination, ensuring the trips are as gastronomically delightful as they are artistically rich.

The team will work with each group to accommodate special requests to customize the experience, and extensions or add-ons are available. Guests stay at fine properties in each destination, and most meals are included. The trip lengths and costs vary. Transfers and local group transportation are included, but airfare is not.

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Guests taking part in Christie's Travel's Geneva tour will be immersed in the world of fine jewelry and watches, with Christie's specialist Raymond Sancroft-Baker, shown here, leading the group. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2014.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:05

Locals donate antiques for April 23 auction benefiting Pa. town carousel

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:03

3ft by 3ft wood galleon, circa 1900, hand made by inmates at New York’s Sing Sing prison.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. – Citizens of the historic eastern Pennsylvania city of Pottstown have banded together with additional supporters of The Carousel at Pottstown project to plan a fundraising auction for Wednesday, April 23rd. All profits from the event will go directly toward the ongoing restoration of a 1905 Philadelphia Toboggan Co., carousel for Pottstown’s city center.

An outstanding selection of donated antiques and quality collectibles will be offered at the auction, which will be held at Maurer & Wilson Auctioneers’ 132 E. 3rd Street gallery. Licensed auctioneers Kathy Maurer and Curt Wilson will preside over the uncataloged, country-style sale commencing at 10 a.m.

“Pottstown has always been known as a pickers’ paradise for rare antiques,” said Carousel at Pottstown committee spokesperson George Wausnock. “The people of our city have been very generous and supportive with our past fundraisers, but this time they’ve outdone themselves. We’ve received some terrific auction items, which will go a long way in helping us achieve our remaining goal of $400,000.”

One of the sale’s top highlights comes from veteran Pennsylvania auctioneer Ted Maurer, who happens to be Kathy Maurer’s father. He has donated a 3ft by 3ft galleon made around 1900 by inmates at New York’s Sing Sing prison. In addition to its impressive size, the model ship boasts hand-knotted rigging and realistic plank decks.

Among the toys to be auctioned are a Lionel Model 385E standard gauge train set with individual boxes, an early Steiff bear on wheels, and numerous tin and cast-iron toys, including an antique horse-drawn cast-iron circus wagon. Another sub-category is Disneyana, with featured lots including Mickey Mouse watches in their original boxes, and a boxed set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figures.

An enviable collection of milk glass includes musical milk-glass unicorns. Additionally, the auction includes rare stoneware, large and small advertising items, Oriental rugs, and an antique European carousel horse. A large, single-owner collection of commemorative knives includes coveted World’s Fair souvenirs.

The sports collectibles category is led by a rare, SGC-graded 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card. Other sports memorabilia runs the gamut of baseball, football, golf, boxing and car racing, with a number of racing photos and programs pertaining to Indianapolis and local racetracks. There are many other early, signed sports photos and ephemera items.

The auction is rounded out with a broad selection of old tools, quilts, comic books, Boy Scout memorabilia, kitchen utensils (including agate), and Beatles LPs.

The Wednesday, April 23, 2014 auction will be held at Maurer & Wilson Auctioneers’ gallery at 132 E. 3rd St., Pottstown, PA 19464, commencing at 10 a.m. The preview will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 4-6 p.m., and from 8-10 a.m. on auction day. The carousel committee welcomes any additional auction donations up to and including the day of the auction.

For additional information, call George Wausnock at 610-327-4062, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or call Fred Hoffman at 610-327-2871. To view images of the carousel’s progress, log on to

About the Derek Scott Saylor Memorial Carousel at Pottstown:

The Derek Scott Saylor Memorial Carousel Exhibition Center is located at 30 W. King Street in Pottstown. Phase I of the carousel project was completed in spring 2010. The carousel’s restored antique mechanism has been appraised at more than $1.3 million. Its restoration was accomplished through donations and volunteered services. Carousel animals are still available to sponsor. The Carousel at Pottstown is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization whose goal is to help revitalize downtown Pottstown and return revenue to the community with profits from the operating carousel. The carousel venue will also be available to rent for parties, reunions or other family-friendly and corporate gatherings.

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3ft by 3ft wood galleon, circa 1900, hand made by inmates at New York’s Sing Sing prison. 

From the advertising section, a Coca-Cola advertising thermometer.

1953 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card, SGC graded VG/EX.

Early Steiff mohair bear on original wheeled platform.

Lionel Model 385E standard gauge train set with boxes.

World War II U.S. Navy enlistment poster, framed under glass.

Two-gallon stoneware jug with cobalt blue sunflower motif and embossed with manufacturer’s name ‘J.M. Harris, Easton, Pa.’

Selection of Disney items, including (left to right) Ingersoll $2 watch standee with attached Mickey Mouse watch, boxed set of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs figures, Pluto marionette, boxed Mickey Mouse watch.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:54

Trending upward: Marburger Farm Antique Show, April 1-5

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:58
Image courtesy Marberger Farm Antique Show. ROUND TOP, TEXAS – When the Marburger Farm Antique Show rings the opening cow bell on Tuesday April 1, what will be the trends that shoppers dash toward? Marburger’s 350 exhibitors from most states and many countries not only know the top trends – they create them.

“Shine is the new trend,” says St. Louis exhibitor Kara Fogerty. “Brass, chrome, metal, glass, Lucite, lacquer, crystal – if it shines, it sells at Marburger Farm.” Fogarty will arrive in Texas with a set of four 1980s stripped black and clear Lucite dining chairs. “I find myself polishing vintage brass pieces. Crystal chandeliers are back big and buyers want to mix in a pop of shine with more patinated antiques.”

“I think the trend is fun,” says Catherine Miles of Found Images, exhibiting in the artisan tent with lampshades bearing bold vintage images. “Today people buy things that make them laugh and feel good about the past.” Miles will bring over 200 lampshades and 75 vintage lamps. “The quirkier the lamp,” she says, “the better it is.”

“Drapes are back,” reports California exhibitor Elyan Reboul of French Touch Antiques. “Elegant and sophisticated textiles are being used alongside bleached antique woods.” Just back from shopping in the south of France and Avignon, Reboul will offer a 9-foot-tall Louis XVI tapestry in blues and yellows with a pastoral scene and a medallion. “Just beautiful,” he says, “In 20 years, I’ve never seen one like it.” He will also unpack 19th century Chinese silk drapes with birds, butterflies and flowers, as well as fancy chandeliers, garden antiques and “a wonderful embroidered yellow silk bed cover with gold trim from the late 19th century.”

“Function, function, function,” says Sterling McAndrew of Pennsylvania’s David Drummond Antiques. “If you can eat on it, sit on it, see yourself in it or write a letter on it, we will have it. People are looking for function, affordability and usability – of course there’s still the simple beauty of collections that do nothing but touch your spirit. That is an important function too.”

“I think the trend is uniqueness,” offers Steve Ball of Horsefeathers Antiques from Kansas. “People want something they’ve never seen before, not something cookie-cutter, but unique, rare and often one-of-a-kind handmade, not mass-produced.” Buying all over the country, Ball has gathered a pair of exceptional large French mirrors with hand-carved faces, vines and gilded wood. He will also unload an 1840s New England mahogany chest of drawers with a flower basket hand-carved on the top gallery of the one-of-a-kind piece, as well as all the Texas art he has mustered in the last six months.

Related to rare, the trend from David Fairbrother’s Mississippi perspective is quality. “People are using industrial pieces if they are really high-quality, the same with garden antiques. In traditional French furniture, the mediocre has quieted and what sells are the high quality, very nice pieces. These items are the most difficult to find. If someone wants quality, they can find it at Marburger Farm.”

Other trends are less about style and more about shifts in how the antiques business works today.

“Pinterest has changed the market,” says first time Marburger exhibitor Mike Wallace from St Louis. Dealers can see what homeowners pin and what they like.” Marburger dealers buy a bit ahead of the curve, but, says Wallace, “dealers are aware of how cutting-edge merchandise will work with the images that customers love.”


Shoppers will find fresh, fun, quality, rare and wonderful antiques, art and vintage objects at the April 1-5 show, smack in the heart of Texas, midway between Austin and Houston. Look for French, Swedish, English, American, Asian, industrial, mid-century modern, jewelry, art, silver, rugs, lighting, folk art and more.

The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens on Tuesday, April 1, 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 April 1 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 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets and group tickets are available.

Parking is free. Marburger hosts a man cave in the Blacksmith Shop. A full-service food pavilion and Blacksmith Bar will keep you energized and happy. Dogs on leash are always welcome.

Amid the spring sunshine and bluebonnets, who knows what new trends will emerge at what has been described again and again as “the best antique show in America”?

See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, the Marburger Farm blog, lodging, Facebook page, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:21

Paper money 'flies out of cases' at 20th annual CPMX

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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:17
Business was brisk at the Chicago Paper Money Expo. Image submitted by CPMX. CHICAGO – It's said March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. If a similar adage could be applied to a paper money show, there would have to be a modification made.

The 20th annual Chicago Paper Money Expo, March 6-9 at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., was gangbusters from the public opening on Friday, March 7, throughout the weekend. There was no lamb to be seen, just the lion.

"This year marked the 20th anniversary for CPMX, and the paper money community made it quite a celebration," said convention chairman Scott Tappa. "To a person, every dealer we talked with had a good show buying, selling or both. Friday's attendance was as good as it's ever been, and there was a strong crowd from beginning to end."

Echoing that was Joe Peruski of Monroe Currency and Coins, Monroe, Mich.

"Stuff just flew out the case yesterday and I'm not the only dealer saying that. There are other dealers saying, 'Wow, stuff just left,'" Peruski said of Friday's bourse activity. "We were slammed for about three hours or so. It was just one thing after another."

Peruski said his sales were of a little bit of everything, with about 70 percent of his CPMX business going to collectors and the other 30 percent to dealers.

Angela Henley of Unlimited Currency, Greenville, Ind., also found that collectors were out in force and ready to buy.

"This is a collector's show," she said of CPMX. "People came on a mission. They wanted this note. They found this note. And they paid for this note. And they were very happy to have it."

Collector activity, she said, was especially strong on Friday.

"Friday is usually pretty slow," Henley said. "But Friday, yesterday, was like a Saturday. Until 1 or 2 o'clock yesterday there were people everywhere. Every time I turned around there were two or three more, and they weren't just looking. They were like, 'Oh, I've been looking for that. How much? $500? OK. Just write it up.'"

She said sales were brisk in Fractionals, North Africa and Hawaii emergency issues, Federal Reserve Bank Notes and other high-graded PCGS and PMG notes.

"This show was surprising and successful," said John Markis of Trusted Traditions, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "The volume was there from the very moment. There was a lot of traffic. There was a lot of sales. Optimism was at a high point. Availability was sparse, thus the prices were strong.

"Overall I'm glad I was here and I can't wait until next year."

"We've had a very good to decent show," said Tom Surina of Tom Surina LCC, Old Bridge, N.J. "I think the key was that we brought a diversified inventory. So we've sold a little bit of everything." This included large-size type, Fractionals and obsoletes.

"Overall we are very, very happy with the show," Surina added.

"There was good traffic yesterday [Friday] and today is looking OK so far," said Jim Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Currency, Fort Worth, Texas. Large-size type, he found, was especially strong. But the market for nationals has been hit or miss, depending on state.

"The show here has been really good," said Glen Jorde of Lake Region Coin & Currency, Devils Lake, N.D., adding that there was good public traffic on Friday.

"There's a lot of new interest," with world currency and large-size U.S. being the strong points, he said. "Every show is a little different. Some shows I sell more national currency or large-size type, but here it has been a healthy mix."

Another dealer satisfied with interest in world currency was Stephen Barber of S&P Collectibles, Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It's been a great show this year as far as world paper money goes," Barber said. "Attendance seems as good as last year. Perhaps it's a little higher. I know from a selling standpoint, it's been a good show."

He characterized the world currency market as strong, but also country dependent. Right now, British Commonwealth issues are doing well, along with some of the Middle East countries, but there is some weakness for some South America issues and those of Australia.

"The show has been excellent," said George Warner, Sheridan, Wyo. Warner, who deals mainly in world paper money, noted, "there's been a lot of interest in a variety of different countries."

The 21st annual CPMX is slated for March 5-8, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill. For additional information, visit or contact convention chairman Scott Tappa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 800-726-9966 ext. 13428.




Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:40

ASA appraisers to teach classes at NY School of Interior Design

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:15
RESTON, Va. – Beginning this spring, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will offer Principles of Valuation classes taught by accredited senior appraiser members of the AmericanSociety of Appraisers (ASA).

The four-part series of ASA courses are designed for prospective personal property appraisers. The classes focus upon valuation theory and methods that are common to many areas of expertise. These classes are of interest not only to those working with antiques and design but also fine art, vintage automobiles, books & manuscripts, oriental carpets and more. The Principles of Valuation course of study offers instruction about valuation as well as an opportunity to meet and collaborate with appraisers from many fields.

“ASA courses in personal property valuation support the goal of offering professionals the knowledge they need to advance their careers and broaden their skills,” said Sandra J. Tropper, ASA. “We are delighted to begin ASA appraisal studies classes at the E. 70th Street campus of NYSID’s Institute for Continuing & Professional Studies.”

Tropper, who is the current education chair for the Society’s personal property discipline, says: “We look forward to working with NYSID to help prospective and current appraisers meet increasingly rigorous IRS qualification standards.”

The NYSID spring 2014 schedule offers the first of four intensive classes to be held April 10-13, 2014.

To register or for more information visit NYSID online, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 212-472-1500.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:30

Ono, Goldsworthy, Bronstein picked for Folkestone Triennial

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:26

Pablo Bronstein, 'Four Alternate Designs for a Lighthouse in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor,' 2014, Courtesy Herald St.

FOLKESTONE, UK – The Creative Foundation today announced details of the artists commissioned for the third edition of Folkestone Triennial, one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions. Internationally recognised artists have been commissioned to create a collection of new artworks to be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces under the title “Lookout.” Folkestone Triennial runs from Aug. 30 to Nov. 2.

The artists are: Jyll Bradley; Pablo Bronstein; Strange Cargo; Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright; Tim Etchells; Andy Goldsworthy; Ian Hamilton Finlay; John Harle and Tom Pickard; Emma Hart; Alex Hartley; Will Kwan; Gabriel Lester; Amina Menia; muf Architecture/Art; Yoko Ono; Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects; rootoftwo; Sarah Staton, and Something & Son.

These artists have been invited to make new work in relation to specific sites in Folkestone. The result is artworks that relate directly to the town and its socio-economic and cultural history, as well as exploring universal issues. Some commissions will rejuvenate existing sites, others will create new environments in the town, involve and collaborate with the local communities, and address aspects of our daily lives that affect people on a global scale, such as climate change, environment, sustainability, technology and communication.

Lewis Biggs, curator of Folkestone Triennial, said: “I'm very proud to be curator for an exhibition that is fast becoming a focus of interest around the world. The Folkestone Triennial presents a very special opportunity for artists who want the challenge of showing outside the gallery, museum or saleroom. I have been careful to invite only artists whose works fits the opportunity; who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world and who want to engage with a broader audience.”

Artist Program

Yoko Ono has proposed several works conceived especially for the exhibition. One text work will appear in many places in Folkestone, including The Leas, where Yoko Ono staged an event at the Metropole Arts Centre in 1966. She has also written a new “instruction,” an invitation to the people of Folkestone, which will be exhibited in Quarterhouse.

Andy Goldsworthy will collect clay from Folkestone’s beaches to create two installations in a space on the Old High Street. The installations will become the opportunity for making a new video work through time-lapse photography, examining the passing of time, the (economic) tide and the cycle of urban regeneration and decay.

Pablo Bronstein will pay homage to the development of English architectural vocabulary by designing a monumental sculpture in the manner of the 18th century Baroque architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. An invocation of possible beach hut architecture, it will be located among the actual beach huts on the lower promenade of the Coastal Park. Pablo Bronstein's sculpture is an UP Projects production for the Triennial realized with a grant from the Creative Foundation.

Gabriel Lester's sculpture for the Harbor Railway Viaduct will be made out of bamboo, inspired by the use of bamboo scaffolding seen while he was living in China. Visitors will be invited to climb into the sculpture to take a new perspective over the harbor, the viaduct and their possible futures.

Jyll Bradley's major new sculptural installation will be at the Old Gas Works site, the very place where electric light was first generated for Folkestone but which has been derelict and inaccessible for years. Green/Light, which makes use of traditional hop-stringing skills to create a web of color and light, will be an exciting, immersive, reflective space inviting the regeneration of the site for the local community.

Alex Hartley will use the imposing architecture of Folkestone’s Grand Burstin Hotel as the location for his project, Vigil. Using state of the art climbing technology, a lookout will be suspended from the highest point of the hotel and inhabited for the duration of the Triennial.

Something & Son are using the flat roof of the Glassworks Sixth Form Center to address the world’s impending food crisis, and recruiting the students to take responsibility for a food-themed architectural installation. Amusefood riffs on seaside amusement arcades and the food that fuels them, while aiming for environmental sustainability by growing, cooking and serving fish, chips and mushy peas all on the same urban site.

muf Architecture/Art will redevelop an area known as Payers Park, which is currently dilapidated and negatively perceived. muf have been working with many different local groups to transform the area into a new park carefully designed for a variety of uses and users, creating a new social space and encouraging passage through the area. This project will be made available for public use through a partnership between the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Kent County Council, Creative Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Shepway District Council who will manage the park.

Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects will use the iconic brick structure of the mainline Foord Road Viaduct as the backdrop for a wind-powered lift that will carry people to the top of the viaduct offering stunning views over the Creative Quarter and Folkestone Harbor.

Locally based Strange Cargo will use artistic sleight of hand to transform the railway bridge by Folkestone Central Railway Station into a Lucky Gateway to the town. The Luckiest Place on Earth will enlist the help of many participants from the local community. This artwork is a Strange Cargo production for the Triennial realised with a grant from the Creative Foundation.

Artist collaborators rootoftwo are creating five Whithervanes, 21st century weather vanes that track and measure the production of fear on the Internet. The Whithervanes will rotate and change color in response to the position and level of fear generated by the world’s media, and they can also respond to passers-by via Twitter. This “early worrying system” highlights how much our contemporary media, policy and political frameworks utilize fear as a persuasive method.

A previously unrealized artwork by Ian Hamilton Finlay will be commissioned posthumously by Folkestone Triennial. A “detached sentence” by this artist-poet who loved the sea will be written on the Harbor Arm Lighthouse.

Sarah Staton's Steve, a personified sculptural pavilion, will be sited on The Stade – originally a working area but now given over to leisure and tourism. With playful references to 20th century sculptural traditions e.g. Henry Moore, Richard Serra, Steve is conceived as a quirky but friendly monument to the person of the future combining traditional sculptural materials and new technology.

Locally based artists Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright will use sculptural installations to invite reflection on the global and growing importance of water in the future. Their work rediscovers the hidden waterways of the Pent Stream, an untapped and unseen resource that flows from the hills to the harbor that was a foundation of Folkestone's past prosperity.

Celebrated composer and saxophonist John Harle and poet and lyricist Tom Pickard will collaborate with the Folkestone Futures Choir to create a choral work Lookout, an aspirational artist-led anthem formally structured as a dialogue between generations. It has been inspired on the one hand by the Complaints Choir, an international art project by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (in which people to sing out their complaints), and on the other by local research into the benefits of the arts to health.

Amina Menia's installation on Tontine Street will create a dialogue between past and future through elaborating on the urban myths still carried by a derelict gap in the fabric of the street marking the place where, in 1917, sixty people lost their lives, killed by a single bomb.

Will Kwan's sculptural intervention will be sited in The Vinery, a former glass-roofed sitting area, perched on the cliff edge on The Leas, overlooking the English Channel and ships passing en route between Europe and Asia. His work will play on the “chinoiserie” present in English culture over the past 300 years and the current positioning of China in the national and international consciousness of the future.

Tim Etchells' new large scale neon work is titled: Is Why the Place. Inspired by the dramatic surroundings of the disused railway station in the harbor, whose atmosphere and curving walls create a formally stunning and challenging environment, the artist recalls and meditates on the station's former activity and questions its future.

Emma Hart will create a large-scale and complex sculptural installation on the two domestic floors above a shop on Tontine Street with views out over the street. The work will be based on a lectern as a formal metaphor for “taking a position” and expressing this in public – the lectern as a fulcrum between the private and the public.

Folkestone Triennial 2014 has been supported by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Arts Council England and the Folkestone Estate.

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Artist List:

Jyll Bradley

Born 1966 in Folkestone, UK

Lives and works in London


Pablo Bronstein

Born 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lives and works in London & Deal


Strange Cargo

Established 1995 in Folkestone, UK

Artistic Director is Brigitte Orasinski; Diane Dever & Jonathan Wright

Dever was born in 1974 in County Mayo, Ireland. Wright was born in 1961 in London.
 Both live and work in Folkestone


Tim Etchells

Born 1962 in Sheffield, UK

Lives and works in Sheffield


Andy Goldsworthy

Born 1956 in Cheshire, UK

Lives and works in southwest Scotland


Ian Hamilton Finlay

Born 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas,

Died 2006 in Edinburgh


John Harle and Tom Pickard

Born 1956 and 1946

both in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Emma Hart

Born 1974 in Croydon, UK

Lives and works in London


Alex Hartley

Born 1963 in West Byfleet, UK

Lives and works in Devon and London


Will Kwan

Born 1978 in Hong Kong

Lives and Works in Toronto


Gabriel Lester

Born 1972 in Amsterdam

Lives and works in Amsterdam


Amina Menia

Born 1976 in Algiers, Algeria

Lives and works in Algiers


muf Architecture/Art

Founded in 1994, muf is a collaboration of artists, architects and urban designers

based in London


Yoko Ono

Born 1933 in Tokyo

Lives and works in New York


Marjetica Potrč and Ooze Architects

Potrč was born in 1953 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lives and works in Ljubljana

Ooze Architects was founded in 2008

are based in Rotterdam and Paris



Founded in 1999 and based in Detroit, USA

design duo rootoftwo consists of John Marshall (b.1972, UK) and Cezanne Charles (b.1973, USA)


Sarah Staton

Born 1961 in London

Lives and works in Sheffield and London


Something & Son

Founded in 2008 by Andrew Merritt (b. 1980, UK) and Paul Smyth (b.1984, UK)

Something & Son are based in London


About Folkestone Triennial

Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art outside the gallery context presented in the UK. It takes place in the seaside town of Folkestone, the coast of England nearest to continental Europe. Artists of international standing are invited to use the town as their “canvas,” utilizing public spaces to create striking new art that reflects issues affecting both the town and the wider world. Artists commissioned to take part in previous triennials include Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Martin Creed and Richard Wilson.

Inaugurated in 2008, the Triennial takes place every three years and is one of the five key projects of the Creative Foundation. A second project is Folkestone Artworks, the collection of permanent artworks resulting from previous Triennial commissions.

About The Creative Foundation

The Creative Foundation is an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders, the Creative Foundation is transforming the town making it a better place to live, work, visit and study. Established in 2002 the Creative Foundation has a remarkable record of success having already transformed the old town of Folkestone, around the scenic harbor, into a Creative Quarter populated by artists and home to creative industries and a university outpost. Three hundred jobs have been created and ninety buildings have been restored in the Creative Quarter and the Quarterhouse, a performance venue for music, theatre, dance and comedy has been built. The area has been animated by two internationally acclaimed visual art Triennials; Folkestone Artworks is a significant and permanent contemporary art collection, a full performance program and an annual Book Festival.

Lewis Biggs

Lewis Biggs was chief executive and artistic director of Liverpool Biennial from 2000-2011, during which time the 10-week Biennial Festival became one of the most exciting and best attended arts events in the country. Internationally recognized as “the UK’s Biennial,” the 2010 Festival attracted nearly 1 million visits by over 500,000 visitors. Lewis Biggs was director of Tate Liverpool 1990-2000, and has been commissioning art outside the gallery context since co-curating ‘Artranspennine’ with Robert Hopper in 1998. For Liverpool Biennial, he brought Anthony Gormley’s Another Place to Crosby Beach in 2005, and in 2007 commissioned Turning the Place Over, from Folkestone Triennial 2008 artist Richard Wilson. These and other initiatives contributed to Liverpool’s program as European Capital of Culture 2008. Lewis Biggs is currently a visiting professor in contemporary art at Liverpool John Moores and honorary professor at Glasgow University (School of Art). He is an international adviser on art at Shanghai University. In 2013 he was a curator for the Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, Japan).


Pablo Bronstein, 'Four Alternate Designs for a Lighthouse in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor,' 2014, Courtesy Herald St. 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:22

UK's Knebworth House gardens to host sculpture exhibit

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:41

Fiamma Colonna Montagu, Portal 'Worlds within Worlds,' 2013, ceramic stoneware, 2 meters x 2 meters. Image courtesy British Art Portfolio.

STEVENAGE, England – Works by 19 contemporary artists will comprise “Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth,” a new exhibition taking place in the idyllic setting of the gardens of Knebworth House, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX from July 9 to Aug. 31.

The exhibition has been curated by British Art Portfolio in association with Knebworth and this is their first sculpture show to be held in the gardens.

The show will feature the work of 19 contemporary sculptors each displaying two or three pieces using materials such as bronze, wood, marble, stone, copper and stainless steel in a wide range of subjects and styles to suit all budgets. In choosing the sculptors British Art Portfolio has incorporated established names alongside inspiring new talent to create a show that will enlighten, provoke, excite and charm visitors.

The gardens at Knebworth were largely influenced by Sir Edwin Lutyens who married into the Lytton family in 1897. He created a series of “garden rooms” each with a different feel, which will be cleverly highlighted by the placing of each sculpture.

“The gardens are the perfect place for sculpture and it is exciting to introduce manmade art into the landscape, as differing areas of the gardens offer new surprises round every corner,” said Louise Newton of British Art Portfolio.

Highlights of the show include work by David Worthington who was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2009. He sat on the Council of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, was elected a fellow in 2009 and vice president in 2010. He is bringing Stamen and Erythrocyte. John Sydney Carter finds inspiration for his work from his love of the sea, be it bird life, fish or sailing his yawl. His work can be found on the steps of the Anglo-American Building, Carlton House Terrace, London, the P & O Building, two major pieces at the University of Leicester and currently he is working on The Bulb, a 10-meter-high landmark sculpture. For this exhibition he is bringing Heron Form. Ivor Abrahams RA is showing Tableau Balance.

Mother and daughter, Marzia Colonna and Fiamma Colonna Montagu, are both showing very diverse pieces of work: from Marzia are bronzes Seeker, Earth and Sea and Winged Figure 1. Her public work can be found in Winchester, Salisbury Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey. Marzia's daughter Fiamma has had her work described as "a combination of Brancusi and Tony Cragg" by Glen Lowrie, director of MOMA, New York. Fiamma works primarily in large-scale ceramic forms and installations. For this show she is making an installation of a portal titled Ancient Flowers. Sophie Dickens has acquired a name for creating sculptures by applying pieces of wood onto a steel armature, making a very complex achievement appear seemingly effortless. Chinese Horse is an excellent example.

For this exhibition the work Helen Denerley is showing is themed on predators such as crocodiles, hunting dogs and an Amur leopard. She is best known for her larger than life scrap metal giraffes on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. Mark Coreth, an animalier sculptor, is showing a pair of life-size running cheetah. His most dramatic commission to date has been an enormous 16-foot-high life-size charging elephant, the subject of a half-hour documentary on the Discovery Channel. Animals and wildlife are a constant source of delight and inspiration to Jo Seccombe who is bringing Lizards Larking and a fragmented ram titled Amun Re. Another of Britain's leading animal sculptors, Tessa Pullan, who was apprenticed to John Skeaping RA for three years, is bringing a life-size stag and hind in bronze. Geoffrey Dashwood, internationally recognized as one of the leading artists of avian sculpture, whose work is typified by the application of multicolored patinas, such as can be seen in this monumental peacock in bronze.

Rupert Merton is showing Tree Form I and Tree Form II using cold cast resin bronze; a 2-meter-high Cone made out of reclaimed copper and steel comes from Cary Norman; Link and Podhenge are both symbolic sculptures in cast stone by Felicia Fletcher and the stainless steel Symbiosis 1 is by Jane Clarke; Penumbra in Portuguese rosa marble is by Jonathan Loxley; Julian Rena working primarily with stone is bringing Crack 2 made from Kilkenny limestone; Wait in Portland limestone is by Luke Dickinson who trained as a stone carver and his latest commission can be found at the Homerton Hospital in east London.

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Fiamma Colonna Montagu, Portal 'Worlds within Worlds,' 2013, ceramic stoneware, 2 meters x 2 meters. Image courtesy British Art Portfolio.

Sally Mathews, 'Zebra,' steel, approx 7 feet x 5 feet 8 inches. Image courtesy British Art Portfolio.

Ivor Abrahams RA, 'Tableau Balance,' bronze, numbered 2/10, 38 x 28.5 cm. Image courtesy British Art Portfolio.

Felicia Fletcher, 'Celtic Knot,' cast stone. Image courtesy British Art Portfolio.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:33

NH Antiques Show returns to downtown Manchester Aug. 7-9

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Friday, 07 March 2014 13:11

At a past NHADA show, Cherry Gallery showed rustic antiques, always a favorite with buyers at the annual summer event. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson.

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association will present the 57th annual New Hampshire Antiques Show on Aug. 7-9 at the downtown Radisson Hotel Manchester.

The NH Antiques Show features 67 exhibitors from all over the Northeast with a wide range of items from folk art to fine porcelain, country and formal furniture, paintings and prints and more.

“There’s nothing like this show anywhere in America,” hailed Maine Antique Digest. The show attracts thousands of buyers and enthusiasts from all around the country seeking high-quality antiques at reasonable prices.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show closes a week of antiques, auctions and shows known as Antiques Week in New Hampshire, a tourism draw for the state, attracting dealers and collectors from around the country. This annual tradition 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 perfect piece of Americana.

“Participating in the NH Antiques Show is an immense honor. The show’s reputation in the antiques arena is legendary due in large measure to the dealers’ fresh-to-the market and astutely selected acquisitions,” noted Doug and Bev Norwood of the Norwoods’ Spirit of America, second year exhibitors at the show.

New exhibitors include John H. Rogers Antiques of New London, N.H., and third-generation antiques dealer Michael Black of Milford, N.H. John Rogers’ specialty is early kitchen wooden ware and kitchen items such as butter paddles, burl bowls and butter prints. Michael Black has grown up in the antiquing world, “the learning curve has lasted a lifetime and always been interesting. Waking up every day and going on a treasure hunt creates a psychologically compelling and rewarding drive.”

Show hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors under 30 (with proper ID) will be admitted free. Free return visits to the show are available after initial admission.

For more information, visit


At a past NHADA show, Cherry Gallery showed rustic antiques, always a favorite with buyers at the annual summer event. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson. 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 13:30

New Chelsea Art Fair
 brings top UK galleries to King's Road

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Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:08
Lilford Gallery, Mark Karasick, 'Sabine'. Image courtesy of Chelsea Art Fair.

LONDON – After last year's successful relaunch of the new Chelsea Art Fair under the directorship of Ben Cooper, it will be returning to the Chelsea Old Town Hall and open to the public from Thursday, April 10, to Sunday, April 13. Offering an equally wide selection of well-known artists and some new discoveries, 40 of the most respected modern and contemporary art galleries from around the country will bring their highlights – many shown on the London Fair scene for the first time.

Flat and three-dimensional works of art with prices up to £50,000, making this the perfect fair for keen collectors and first-time buyers alike. The chic boutique fair encourages visitors to take their time to look around and talk to dealers in a relaxing, contemporary atmosphere.

This year, the fair sees some of the best galleries from Cornwall and Devon exhibiting on the King's Road, including Falmouth-based Beside the Wave, Lighthouse Gallery and Stoneman Gallery from Penzance and Totnes dealer White Space Art. They are bringing a wide range of art depicting the South West of England and artists from the region.

For the first time Didier Ltd. will be selling iconic jewelry by leading 20th-century painters, sculptors, designers and architects, and as such bringing a new dimension to the fair, which will work well with some jewelry by other contemporary artists sold by some of the exhibiting galleries.

Several galleries will be exhibiting sculptural art as well, but the leaders in life-size sculptures are Muse, The Sculpture Gallery. Muse's key sculptor Philip Jackson will be joined by several other established and emerging UK and European sculptors. While the Sheridan Russell Gallery focus on UK artists, among them Shaun Brosnan, Stephen Page and Mel Fraser, who will create a life-size sculpture especially for the Chelsea Art Fair.

Other top end galleries and contemporary art dealers exhibiting include Francis Iles Gallery, Camburn Fine Art, Carina Haslam Art, Woodbine Contemporary Arts, Wren Gallery and the Russell Gallery, who will bring works by artists collected by well-known art collectors, museums and celebrities around the world.

There will be some exciting talks on various aspects of modern and contemporary art to give visitors the opportunity to engage more with the art on view.
 The Chelsea Art Fair will support the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity again this year and a percentage of specific works of art will go directly to the charity.

Show hours are Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Cost: £6
Up-to-date information and E-Tickets: can be found on or on Twitter and Facebook.

Lilford Gallery, Mark Karasick, 'Sabine'. Image courtesy of Chelsea Art Fair. Art World, Jamin, 'Promenade sur l'avenue, 2010. Image courtesy of Chelsea Art Fair.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:18

Chelsea Antiques Fair signals return of spring in UK

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:10

Thomas Hickey, 'Portrait of General Sir Thomas Bowser' (1749-1833), to be offered by Nicholas Bagshawe. Chelsea Antiques Fair image.

LONDON – After last year's successful relaunch, the Chelsea Antiques Fair will return to the Chelsea Old Town Hall twice in 2014. One of the highlights in every antiques lover's diary, the spring fair will take place from Wednesday, March 19, to Sunday, March 23.

The Fair, which was established in 1950, prides itself on its boutique style set up with a great variety of traditional art and antiques and a time line up to mid-20th century. Around 35 specialist dealers have been chosen for their expertise in each field and will bring exquisite highlights to the fair, as well as objects with more affordable price tags from £100. The friendly fair is known as the perfect place to chat to dealers and learn more about their specialties and collecting art and antiques in general.

This year's fair promises some great discoveries for collectors, investors and anyone decorating their home. Generalists like Mark Stacey, known for his appearances on BBC Antiques programs, will exhibit next to British paintings specialists, jewelry dealers, oak furniture experts and Works of Art dealers, specializing in glass, ceramics, silver and textiles.

There will also be a more active angle to the fair, with some live demonstrations of carpet restoration on the Pars Rug Gallery stand and talks by antiques and art specialists and interior experts.

This year's fair will again support the Hearing Dogs charity, with a percentage of sales from selected objects going directly to the charity.

The autumn Chelsea Antiques Fair will take place Sept. 17-21.

Show hours are Wednesday 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Admission: £5, but E-Tickets & details on: T: 01825 744074


Thomas Hickey, 'Portrait of General Sir Thomas Bowser' (1749-1833), to be offered by Nicholas Bagshawe. Chelsea Antiques Fair image.

Twenty-four Heimxen Gillot tiles, Iris, to be offered by Richard Hoppe. Chelsea Antiques Fair image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:42

Duchess of Cambridge attends National Portrait Gallery gala

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:45
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne at the gala Tuesday. Image copyright Jorge Herrera.

LONDON – HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, attended the National Portrait Gallery’s ticketed black-tie fundraising Tuesday evening in which opera singer Sir Willard White performed alongside the Gallery’s Portrait Choir.

David and Catherine Bailey attended the Portrait Gala 2014 which was sponsored by the fashion designer Leon Max. Celebrities attending the event were Liz Hurley, Grayson Perry, Bryan Adams, Philip Treacy, Alan Rickman, Marc Quinn, Gerald Scarfe, Jonathan Yeo and Katherine Grainger.

In-kind sponsors of the event were Laurent-Perrier (champagne), Laytons (wine), True North (design), Banbury Litho (print) and Paperlinx (paper) and Milroy’s of Soho (spirits.) Other suppliers who have made the event possible are auctioneers Sotheby’s, caterers By Word of Mouth, florist Nicky Doodson and Fisher Productions for event production.

Funds raised by the gala will support the gallery’s daily work of delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research. Some proceeds will go towards the Gallery’s Portrait Fund which enables the gallery to acquire portraits of outstanding national importance for the collection.

Gala guests will be able to bid in a live auction led by Sotheby’s Lord Dalmeny for auction lots which include the opportunity to have a head and shoulders portrait painted by Jonathan Yeo and Nicky Philipps or a group portrait by Peter Monkman, to purchase a study of Self by Marc Quinn, to co-curate the gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 exhibition or to sponsor a conservation project.

A raffle will offer guests the chance to win one of 40 luxury prizes. These include a Giles Deacon dress, a Philip Treacy hat and a Stella McCartney handbag. Other items include two exclusive Race Club passes to the Revolution track cycling series from FACE Partnership, restaurant vouchers for Soho House, Sketch and the Portrait Restaurant and tickets for the Almeida, English National Ballet, the National Theatre, the Old Vic and Gate Theatre Notting Hill.

Richard E. Grant, Grace Coddington, Sir Paul Smith, Maggi Hambling, Gok Wan, John Swannell and Alex Katz are some of the artists who have contributed mystery portrait postcards. A special display of over 200 postcards, each card on sale at £250 plus VAT on a first-come, first-served basis at the Gala, will then remain open at the gallery through Friday for visitors to buy.

Marina Warner, Hilary Mantel, Esther Freud, Joanna Trollope, Sir David Hare, Sir Michael Holroyd and Dame Jacqueline Wilson are among those who have created hand-written pen portraits for the gala. Inspired by portraits in the gallery’s collection, pen portraits, offered at £500 plus VAT, have also been written by Ben Okri, Sir Max Hastings, A.S. Byatt, Amanda Foreman, Sarah Singleton and Sir Roy Strong.

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, said: “The 2014 Portrait Gala is a great occasion of celebration, benefiting the gallery's collection through the Portrait Fund and its work more generally. I am hugely grateful to all those who are helping make this possible, including very notable writers and artists.”





Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:57

Atlantic City show returns to the Boardwalk, March 8-9

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:02

One of the many exceptional offerings from antique advertising dealer Scott Rosenman will be this rare Rockford Watches tin over cardboard lithograph, one of only a handful that still exist. JMK Shows & Events image.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Thousands of collectors will be attending the Atlantic City Antiques Show March 8 and 9 as the Trump Taj Mahal plays host to this exciting antiques event. For over a century the Atlantic City Boardwalk has stood as a symbol of the rich history and culture of America. What more appropriate place for the show’s more than 200 exceptional antique dealers to present their treasures than “America’s Boardwalk.”

Upon entering the Mark Estess Arena inside the Taj Mahal, visitors will be immediately captivated by the world-class exhibit of antique toys presented by Bertoia Auctions. This exhibit is being personally curated by Jeanne Bertoia and will offer everyone a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the rarest and most valuable antique toys that exist today.

Stepping further into the exhibit hall, attendees will be drawn into the expansive and rich galleries showcasing the finest antique furniture, fine art, historic to contemporary decorative works as well rare luxuries to wear — the Mark Estes Arena will be transformed into a “room with a magnificent view.”

A look into this panorama finds some of the best antiques dealers such as Uwe Heintze, from Germany, who will be crossing the pond with one of the best selections of antique toys in the world for sale. Also known for their selection of fine antique and collectible toys will be Fry’s Antiques of New York.

Stepping into personal luxuries will be Amy Bergman who specializes in exquisite crystal and jeweled perfume bottles from famed makers such as DeVilbiss, Pyramid and Volupte. Gem de la Gem, purveyors of the crème de la crème of fine estate and costume jewelry and accessories, will be dripping in Hermes, Gucci, Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton and more.

Turning to the world of fine art to be offered will be an expansive collection of Maxfield Parrish, Louis Icart and more from Holland Arts. Owner Bill Holland of West Chester, Pa., has authored several books on these topics.

The finest examples of Roseville, Teco and Newcomb art pottery will be offered by Barbara Gerr Antiques. In sterling silver, Brad Bloom, owner of Gryphon’s Nest, is renowned for everything from Tiffany to fine Continental examples. Featuring works in lighting and bronzes will be George and Deridre McLeod from Elegant Reflections of Palatine, Ill.

The antique metal chocolate molds and pewter ice-cream mold collection from Dad’s Follies is regarded as the largest in the world with several rare examples dating back to the 1880s.

Among the exhibitors in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods will be Jack Papadinis of Jack Pap Antiques, who specializes in the finest in both lighting and pottery. Larry Zinzi of Lawrence J. Zinzi Antiques will also be on hand. For over 30 years, Zinzi has been dedicated to buying and selling the highest quality in original Tiffany Studios and Art Nouveau decorative arts. Rounding out this rich category will be Harvey Weinstein Fine Antiques, who, in addition to their extensive selection offerings from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, will also feature both 19th and 20th century American paintings, postwar contemporary and quality folk art.

Antique advertising is a trip back into marketing at its most creative, and antique advertising purist Scott Rosenman of Baltimore will represent this category with his offerings of everything from early Coca-Cola to breweriana and the early marvels of motordom.

Sandra Whitson from Van Anda’s Antiques will present her amazing collection of figural napkin rings. Coming from Pittsburgh will be David and MaryLee Snuffer, Bedford on the Square, who will offer everything from fine jewelry, American and European art, furniture, silver and very collectible and unique decorative smalls.

This is just a glimpse into the world-class exhibitors that will make the Atlantic City Antiques Show one of the most exciting antiques events of the year.

The Atlantic City Antiques Show is produced by JMK Events. The Trump Taj Mahal is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Show hours are Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m to 6 p.m. (early buying available Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and Sunday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Allison Kohler at JMK Shows and Events, 973-927-2794 or (cellphone) 973-224-2797; or visit


One of the many exceptional offerings from antique advertising dealer Scott Rosenman will be this rare Rockford Watches tin over cardboard lithograph, one of only a handful that still exist. JMK Shows & Events image. 

This rare circa 1902 Marklin Ferris Wheel features six exquisitely carved and painted gondolas and center box with musical movement and will be part of the special Toy Retrospective Exhibit presented by Bertoia Auctions. JMK Shows & Events image. 

A sample of the finest art pottery that will be exhibited by Barbara Geer Antiques. JMK Shows & Events image.  

Gem de la Gem will offer the most luxurious of accessories, such as this Hermes scarf and bracelet. JMK Shows & Events image. 

Pictured are some of the valuable molds that Dad’s Follies will be featuring at the show. JMK Shows & Events image. 

Amy Bergman Antiques specializes in crystal and jeweled perfume bottles from famed makers such as DeVilbiss, Pyramid and Volupte. JMK Shows & Events image. 

Among the offerings from Holland Arts will be this beautiful etching by Louis Icart titled 'Miss America,' which was executed in 1927 in limited numbers. JMK Shows & Events image. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:43

Armory Show 2014 Modern to feature top women artists

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:04
Lee Krasner, 'Untitled,' 1965, gouache on paper, 25 x 38 inches, signed and dated. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, N.Y. NEW YORK – The Armory Show 2014 – Modern will present “Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Drawings by Great Women Artists” as the inaugural, curated project to take place on Pier 92 Modern. Curated by Susan Harris, this exhibition will focus exclusively on drawings made by innovative, female visionaries in the 20th century and will be comprised of works for sale selected by the curator from submissions made by galleries participating in the fair.

Venus Drawn Out will present an account of modern art through a cast of protagonists who are often underestimated when compared with their male counterparts. The intimate and direct genre of drawing is ideally suited to this “exhibition within an art fair” as an expressive vehicle to present a vast range of personal, aesthetic and intellectual investigations.

The exhibition will take place in four locations throughout Pier 92 featuring a dedicated exhibition space installed with approximately 35 drawings. Hung in contemporary salon-style, it will include works on paper for sale by such international luminaries as Anni Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Lygia Clark, Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Joyce Kozloff, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keefe, Carol Rama, Betye Saar and Nancy Spero—among numerous others.

“Venus Drawn Out” will also include three large-scale drawing projects dispersed throughout the pier—highlighting a special, site-specific, wall drawing by Pat Steir executed expressly for the Armory Show to further reinforce and bear witness to the rich, invaluable and timeless legacy of 20th-century women artists.

The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair, runs March 6-9 at Piers 92 & 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, in New York City.

Lee Krasner, 'Untitled,' 1965, gouache on paper, 25 x 38 inches, signed and dated. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, N.Y.
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