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Antique Trader May 20 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.
online sales surge at heritage auctions during worldwide pandemic

DALLAS – The coronavirus pandemic appears to be playing a dramatic and increased role in online auction sales, reports the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the U.S. Heritage Auctions said more than 16,000 online bidders participated in 23 auction sessions from April 20-27, realizing more than $41 million across multiple categories as the house saw a surge in online bidding. Spring auctions spanning rare U.S. coins, historical manuscripts and art genres ranging from illustration to modern and contemporary all beat expectations said Jim Halperin, co-founder of Heritage Auctions. “What were once concerns that participation in the middle of a pandemic would hurt the auctions turned into a record-setting number of online bids by more than 16,000 clients all over the world,” Halperin said. The 23 auction sessions generated sales of…

2 min.
finding the wonder at hand

I AM SLOWLY READING a book by Brian Doyle, One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder. The reading is slow, but not because it’s difficult. The reading is slow because it’s a joy. In the morning, over coffee, I’ll take a moment to read one of his essays. It’s like a vitamin. One and I’m good for the entire day. And sometimes, in the evening after dinner, Doyle’s essays are like the chocolate chip cookies my wife makes. I start with one and end with four. They are that tasty. If you want to know why I find myself thinking about wonder and joy today – and hinting for my wife to make more cookies – look at the photo below. That’s writer, author and renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo. Only he’s none…

7 min.
flights of fancy

The small bird sits there with its neck stretching upward toward the sky. Its beak is wide open, as if singing its melodic song. But this little bird never takes flight, unless it’s one of fancy. Who doesn’t remember that old nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence?” Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing … Does a “pie bird” have anything to do with this old nursery rhyme? As the name implies, pie birds are used in baking pies. They are actually vents, usually made of ceramics, to let the steam escape from the pie as it bakes, and thus they are also referred to as pie vents or pie funnels, as they were known in England. These vents allow…

1 min.
native american items sell above estimates

DOWNINGTON, Pa. — At a recent Pook & Pook auction featuring Native American items, a number of lots blew past their pre-sale estimates by thousands of dollars. These are among the auction highlights:…

3 min.
backstamp provides painting clues

Q I got this painting at an estate auction. It was in a plain brown wood frame. I took it out to clean the glass and noticed it was stamped on the back. It says, “Expositions Universailles 1855-1900 Medailles de bronze,” but after that it is unreadable, except for perhaps the word Paris. It is a very nice picture. I was keeping it for myself, wondering if you could tell me anything about origin or value. It has no artist’s signature. Loretta Wood A I am familiar with the backstamp on your pastel. It is: “EXPOSITIONS UNIVERSELLES 1855-1900 MEDAILLES DE BRONZE, PAPIERS, CARTES, TOILES, ANTI-PONCE POUR LE PASTEL Pl. Eq. PARIS MARQUES DEPOSEE MADE IN FRANCE,” or UNIVERSAL EXHIBITIONS 1855-1900 BRONZE MEDALS, PAPERS, CARDS, CANVAS, ANTI-PONCE FOR THE PASTEL Pl. Eq. PARIS TRADEMARKS. This…

2 min.
glass and lighting highlight evans’ auction

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will conduct their 21st annual spring auction of 18th and 19th century glass and lighting on May 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The sale will feature part one of the collection of the late Alexander Hierholzer (Holt) and Harry Saunders, Philadelphia; the Duane Sand collection, Eureka Springs, Ark.; the cup plate collection of the late Dolores J. Bowler, Ayer, Mass.; the collection of Lynne and the late Philip Blaker, Austin; material from the Thomas Bredehoft collection, Saint Louisville, Ohio, and the Harold Smalley collection, Osterville, Mass.; property of the Russell and Doris Evitt estate collection, Jackson, Calif.; material deaccessioned from a private institution to benefit its Conservation and Acquisitions Fund; plus others. The auction will comprise free-blown and pattern-molded glass including lily-pad decorated…