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Feb
12
2015

MFA Boston opens Paul Revere's time capsule

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This is a great story about the time capsule recently discovered in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. It was originally placed there in 1795 by Paul Revere and Governor, Samuel Adams, not knowing if it would ever be discovered. The idea of it is so interesting and thought provoking, I think it is worth the read. Here is a link to the story:
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Jan
16
2015

2014 recap blog

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I looked at our last blog over the weekend and I was embarrassed to see that it was posted over a year ago. Well that is certainly not due to lack of effort. 2014 was the busiest year I can remember. Now we are headed into 2015, which will be my 40th year in the antiques business. It seems fitting that I start by recapping 2014 and highlighting some of those things which have kept Matt and I too busy to blog. Then I promise to keep up [Read More...]


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Apr
24
2013

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment

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A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago.  The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It [Read More...]


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Mar
23
2012

Royalties for artists: my viewpoint

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I recently came across this article by Daniel Grant on AFA News. It examines the controversial California resale royalties law. According to the law, contemporary art collectors, auctioneers, galleries and dealers are required to pay a 5% royalty to original artists upon resale of that artist’s work. Amazingly, they are required to pay royalties to the artist’s heirs if that artist has died within the last 70 years..
Several recent law [Read More...]


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Nov
25
2011

“Unearthing artifacts from a revolting repository”

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As a 12 year old interested in all things historic, I devoted a great deal of time to searching for the objects of my passion, antique bottles. I would scour antiques and junk shops and occasionally buy the interesting ones that I could afford. Those being under about two dollars. Being on a limited [Read More...]


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Nov
07
2011

Steampunk? What the heck is “steampunk”?

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If you have not yet heard of the art-form called steampunk, please permit me to enlighten you. I’m a big fan of steampunk sculpture and I’m in fact a steampunk artist. By way of a definition, steampunk art asks the following question: What would objects look like if modern technology had existed in the Victorian, stem-powered era? Jules Vern’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The [Read More...]


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Nov
03
2011

“Pilgrim Century” furniture discovery

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The keno Brothers revealed a remarkable discovery on Anderson Cooper’s show today. They unearthed a fantastically early chest, made in 1685, which makes it one of the oldest surviving chests made in America. It descended in the family of the woman who currently owns it. She [Read More...]


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Oct
28
2011

Research tidbit, pineapples for rent?

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Matt Buckley here this time.  I have always held that one of the prerequisites to being an antique enthusiast, is an appreciation for the tidbits of information that accumulate along the way.  This minutia is prized in an equal measure to the [Read More...]


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Oct
26
2011

Discoveries!

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Discoveries...

This is what keeps us going - the thrill of the hunt!  As dealers we are always dreaming of making that big discovery, the sleeper that will make a difference. It still happens, as evidenced by the story below. I have made a few through the years, but I’m still waiting for the “big one”.

We did make a nice discovery in an auction box lot last year, maybe not as spectacular as the one in [Read More...]


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Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryInteresting Auction Sales categoryCuriosities



Oct
20
2011

A blog about Toasters, of all things.

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What ever happened to the good old days when you could buy a toaster and use it for say, 25 years? I just found this web site devoted to wonderful old toasters. Vintage toasters are very popular and there are lots of people who collect them. Some of them are such great retro forms! We had The rounded corner Toastmaster in the kitchen for my entire childhood. It was used every day and is probably still working somewhere. I think we have now gone [Read More...]


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