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Antique Trader March 25 2020

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Whether you're looking for a trusted place to bid in auctions, buy or sell, Antique Trader is the top resource to find online auction sites, auction houses, and expert advice about antique furniture, jewelry and collectibles. Thousands of antiques and collectibles are for sale in each issue as well as hard to find items to buy, sell, or trade. Antique Trader also contains the most current and comprehensive information on antique shows and stores and earns best-selling honors year after year by providing precise descriptions and current pricing.

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United States
Active Interest Media
24 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a giant among minifigures

The LEGO minifigure stands only about an inch and a half tall – or in LEGO terms, four blocks high. In the active imaginations of children of all ages, however, the minifigure is a giant. Danish LEGO designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the man responsible for creating the minifigure, one of the most beloved toys in the world, died February 19 in Denmark. He was 78. The Lego Group announced his death, describing Knudsen as “a true visionary whose ideas brought joy and inspiration to millions of builders around the world.” Although the modern LEGO building blocks were introduced in 1958, LEGO lacked a “human” to enliven its playscapes. It was Knudsen’s innovation, released in 1978, that forever changed the LEGO world. Early minifigures included a police officer, a firefighter, a doctor, a gas station…

3 min.
george e. ohr

I ALWAYS FEEL SO heartbroken for brilliantly creative artists who are not appreciated in their time and pass before they can see how their work influences the world. Like ceramics artist George E. Ohr, “The Mad Potter” from Biloxi, Mississippi, who died in 1918 and is the subject of our cover story. I knew of Ohr’s pottery only in passing, so it was a great pleasure to learn more about his life and work though research and in talking to David Rago, founder of Rago Art and Auction Center, who, despite having a big auction going on at the time, graciously took time to answer a bunch of my questions. Rago, a passionate Ohr connoisseur, provides great insight into Ohr’s work. Ohr has said that when he found the potter’s wheel, “I felt…

2 min.
display case is outstanding

Q Hello, can you tell me anything about my old cabinet? Our store, Cooper & Son Old Country Store, first appeared in the tax records in 1890. It was first a saloon for the loggers and then a general merchandise store. It has never closed. We are the sixth owners. Thank you for any insight into value, maker, etc. Sue Watkins Harman, WV A Your antique mercantile display case is outstanding. It has decorative elements that indicate production during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, including reeded pilasters, applied blind fretwork carving, carved oval appliques, sausage and bead molding and the classic egg and dart cornice. Chances are, if you were able to examine the interior or back, you would find the cabinet maker’s name. Pieces such as this were made by the…

2 min.
women’s club show ‘comfort food’ for eyes

OREGON, Ill. - The Oregon Women’s Club is gearing up for its 70th annual antiques show, one of the premier antiques shows in Northern Illinois. The club, as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, sponsors this show as a major fundraising event and uses the proceeds to help fund various community projects and charities. The show, on Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29, will feature 53 Midwest antiques dealers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa offering quality antiques from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Items will include all areas of collecting — furniture, glass, china, pottery, toys, primitives, textiles, jewelry, dolls, silver, decorator items, fine art, and more. There will be items for all collecting tastes and budgets, for both the new and advanced collector. The…

1 min.
antiques curator starts new online store

BEAUMONT, Texas — Finder’s Fayre has been wildly successful as a Beaumont, Texas staple, providing art and antiques to clients for the last 55 years, and Dexter S. Augier, the experienced antiques curator behind Finder’s Fayre, has launched a new online antiques store, Bookmark Memories LLC. Like Finder’s Fayre, Bookmark Memories will serve a niche market, housing specially selected antiques and rare items from all over the world, with art dated from the 18th century to about 1925. Imagine finding hidden treasures online from the comfort of your home. “These carefully selected treasures connect us to our memories and dreams,” Dexter Augier said, “I’ve always wanted to share my love for antiques with others, and a website will allow me to broaden my reach.” An example of the one-of-a-kind items on Bookmark-Memories.com is…

3 min.
artprice classifies periods of art history

PARIS — Artprice, a leading online art price database, has classified the different periods of art history and how it pertains to artwork, particularly contemporary work. Artprice said its editorial team has always divided Art History into five main periods with artworks being classified according to a simple and indisputable criterion: the birth year of their creators: • Old Masters: artists born up until 1760 • 19th century: artists born from 1760 to 1860 • Modern: artists born from 1860 to 1920 • Post-War: artists born between 1920 and 1945 • Contemporary: artists born after 1945 As time advances, the period referred to as “Contemporary Art” is getting longer. It now covers artists as diverse as Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Oscar Murillo (b. 1986), Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) and Kaws (b. 1974). According to Thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s founder…