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Nov
07
2011

Steampunk? What the heck is “steampunk”?

Posted by Gary Sullivan        2 Comments

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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 Sea, and the contraptions featured in the movie Wild, Wild West (1999, with Will Smith) are perfect examples of the Read More...


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Nov
04
2011

Matt attends design seminar by David Easton

Posted by Matt Buckley        0 Comments

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Matt here again,Earlier this week, I had the good fortune of attending yet another great seminar at the Boston Design Center. The speaker was the celebrated designer and architect David Easton. He presented an illustrated discussion of his works that was somewhat of a retrospective of his accomplishments. It is a stunning body of work. I was humbled by both the scale of the projects and his mastery of style and taste. For some time I have admired his work from afar, but an opportunity to 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 had some inkling that it was valuable because of it’s age, but was blown away when they gave it a value of a half million dollars on National television! So called “pilgrim century” furniture such as this was made in the Read More...


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Oct
19
2011

Art as collateral

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It seems that art and antiques are better collateral than other assets these days. Read about how some high flyers are pledging valuable objects from their fine art collections as collateral to do real estate deals. I picked this story up on Artfix Dailey. Here is the article from Bloomberg: Michael Steinhardt, the former hedge-fund manager who has spent at least $200 million on fine art, is using part of the collection to secure low-cost funding for his latest real estate venture.Steinhardt and Read More...


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Oct
06
2011

Willard clockmakers and Southern connections

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RESEARCH NOTES   BY Paul J. Foley and Gary R. SullivanJohn Ware Willard documented a number of special order clocks made by Simon Willard and shipped to various parts of the country. In 1801, Simon made a clock for the United States Senate in Washington, DC and in 1826 he made a tower clock for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, ordered by his friend Thomas Jefferson. In the first and second decade of the nineteenth century both Aaron Willard and his son Aaron Jr. were also Read More...


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Sep
30
2011

The Metropolitan Show NYC

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I am happy to share with my readers the news that we are signed up for the new Metropolitan Show in New York this January. You are the first to know! The show replaces The American Antiques Show (TAAS) which has been held the last ten years at The metropolitan Pavilion in January. Just as previous shows have been for the benefit of The Folk Art Museum, the preview party for the new Metro Show will benefit the Museum as well. The new promoter of the show is The Art Fair Company Inc. They are Read More...


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Sep
09
2011

The Keno Brothers new show

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Leigh and Leslie, the keno Brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame have a new show on Fox. It is called “Buried Treasure”. The new show is similar to, but different than their old PBS show which was called Find!. As with the old show, they travel the country visiting people who have objects that may have significant value. What sets Buried Treasure apart from the old show is the personal component. Leigh told me that they are looking for situations where the value of the objects can potentially make Read More...


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Sep
07
2011

Willard Clock Museum news

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The Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton, MA. boasts the largest collection of Willard clocks in the world. The extraordinary clock collection, along with many rooms of period furniture and decorations are housed in the 1718 Willard Homestead, the 1766 Benjamin Willard clock shop and in two modern galleries. The Willards were the most influential family of clockmakers in early America. With over 90 Willard clocks dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries on display, this museum is Read More...


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Aug
23
2011

Brock Jobe’s latest research

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I met with my colleague and friend Brock Jobe on Cape Cod today. Brock was one of the co-authors on our 2009 release “Harbor & Home”. He is traveling with his students who are enrolled in the Winterthur (Museum) Program in American Material Culture, a highly regarded University of Delaware program. My roll was to assist him in examining and discussing with the students, an exceptional private collection of early American antique furniture. I was thrilled to have had an opportunity to handle Read More...


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Aug
22
2011

New, improved antiques blog

Posted by Matt Buckley        3 Comments

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You’ll notice that the blog has a new format. We have listened to your feedback. The photos on new blog posts will now be clickable in order to see a larger image. It is also easier and less confusing to leave a comment, so please do! You’ll notice that we have new thumbs-up and down, like and dislike buttons on each entry. By “voting” for the posts that you do or don’t like, we will know what type of subject to concentrate on. Please vote. We have noticed that much of the interesting stuff Read More...


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