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Archive: July 2011




Jul
29
2011

Amazing new record find at Antiques Roadshow

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A new record was just set for the highest appraisal ever recorded on an Antiques Roadshow episode. It happened at the Tulsa, Oklahoma event on July 23rd, when Appraiser Lark Mason appraised a collection of five carved and decorated late 17th or early 18th century Chinese libation cups. These are not ordinary cups though. They were fashioned from rhinoceros horn that were intricately carved and shaped into drinking vessels. Apparently, the Chinese favored rhinoceros horn as a material to form Read More...


Chinese 17th Century rhinoceros horn cups Lark Mason with his discovery

Categories: categoryAntiques Roadshow categoryCurrent Events



Jul
25
2011

Rarely seen objects from the White House Collection to be on view at The Smithsonian

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Back in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had the vision and sense of culture to begin forming a collection of American decorative arts at the white house. What she started 40 years ago has grown into an extraordinary repository for some of the finest examples of Early American furniture and decorative objects. It's a show place, where foreign dignitaries as well as Americans can get a sense of the craftsmanship that defined early America. A number of the pieces from that collection will be on Read More...


Seymour secretary desk and bookcase, Boston

Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryEarly American Furniture categoryHistorically Significant



Jul
15
2011

Tintype photo of outlaw Billy The Kid sold for WHAT?

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The only authenticated photograph of legendary outlaw William H. Bonney, more commonly known as Billy The Kid, was recently sold for $2.3 million, but that's not the most interesting part of this story! The tiny 2" x 3" tintype image set a new record for an original photograph when it was sold to a collector at a Denver auction. Decades ago, based on this image, Billy The Kid became known as the left handed gun. A movie by that name was produced in 1958, starring Paul Newman as Billy. Only Read More...


Billy the Kid, original tin type image

Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryInteresting Auction Sales



Jul
12
2011

Lady Gaga is "hooked on Antiques Roadshow"

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I just read on AFA News that Lady Gaga is "hooked on Antiques Roashow" and watches it all the time. Gaga, if you're out there, give me a call. We have to get you interested in collecting early American antique furniture!I was not at the Roadshow event in Minneapolis last weekend, but it apparently produced a number of big ticket items. The standout was a bronze sculpture entitled "Mountain Man" by Frederic Remington. It was valued at $250-300,000.  A yellow diamond engagement ring weighing 3.4 Read More...


Lady Gaga Antiques Roadshow fan

Categories: categoryAntiques Roadshow



Jul
08
2011

Today’s random unrelated thoughts for the antiques blog

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We recently bought an interesting Federal chest on chest from the Salem, MA school of cabinetmakers and wood carvers. We have just begun doing a little research on it. Matt was pretty excited to find that the carved rosettes are a nearly identical match to some attributed to the McIntire workshop by Dean Lahikainan in his book entitled, Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style. It’s nice when the research supports our initial impressions. The carvings still show remnants of original gilding on Read More...


Carved rosette attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, Mass

Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryCurrent Events categoryEarly American Furniture categoryScholarship