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Antique Trader November 4, 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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1 min.
bard’s first sets record

For the first time in two decades, a complete and original copy of Shakespeare’s first printed collection of plays hit the market. And The Bard’s work made quite an impression. Published in 1623 and referred to as the First Folio, Shakespeare’s collection sold for $10 million at Christie’s October 14. “A complete copy of the First Folio comes up more or less once in a generation,” said Margaret Ford, the International Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie’s. The auction house took bids in New York City, and said the sale establishes a world auction record for any printed work of literature. Rare book collector Stephan Loewentheil bought the copy with a phone bid. At the time of its original printing, the folio was not only Shakespeare’s first collected edition of plays, but it…

2 min.
pumpkin spice & everything nice

You may not know that every time you’ve worn orange, you were advertising that you were full of passion befitting an animal and not someone who is pure. Well, back in Victorian times, you would have gotten some curious glances, anyway. Although autumn colors of browns, reds and golds were favored by Victorians, orange got a bad rap. Fashion magazines of the day advised against wearing dresses in orange because the color was viewed as generally being too strong and unflattering for the complexions of most women. Author George Audsley says in his 1870 book, Colour in Dress, that orange is “particularly to be avoided by the fair blonde,” while the 1855 Godey’s Lady’s Book minces no words: “Orange suits nobody. It whitens a brunette, but that is scarcely a desirable effect,…

2 min.
the button quietly speaks volumes

OUR WORLD IS A loud place. Social media rants, talk radio tirades and cable news bluster make for an endless clatter of opinions. Everyone has a voice. It’s a shame we don’t have more ears. Or pin-back buttons. Or better yet, more button makers like Christen Carter. Over the past twenty-five years, Carter and her Busy Beaver Button Company in Chicago have made more than 50 million buttons for bands, artists, campaigns of all kinds and just about anyone looking to connect. That’s saying a lot, without making a lot of noise. The button, by its very nature, is a big idea in a small package. It’s something people literally stand behind. But more than anything, the button makes a point without yelling. My ears appreciate that. “People who order buttons are trying to build…

5 min.
under fire

This year has brought on elevated temperatures and created an environment susceptible to wildfires. Fires have devastated California and Colorado and are currently forecasted to worsen. With any fire situation, the best approach is to evacuate items to safety beforehand. You may, however, face limitations of time, packing materials, and a secured, secondary space to relocate items from your collection. I have assisted in the evacuation and recovery of fire-damaged collections over the past fifteen years. If you need to evacuate and need to leave your collection behind, here are a few recommendations to help protect your pieces, and assist with potential recovery in the future: • Maintain an updated collection inventory and have a digital copy available to share. If needed, a digital copy makes it easy to share pertinent information with…

1 min.
grandma moses’ painting top lot

NEW YORK — Happy Days, a 1961 painting by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses led Swann Galleries’ recent auction of American art. The oil-on-masonite painting, shown above, depicts a scene typical of Moses’ style — a rural family working on their farm — and was sold to an institution for $81,250. The painting was completed by Moses when she was 101 years old. The auction brought in over $1 million, and saw 15 new artist records set. For more information and to see more lots, visit swanngalleries.com.…

1 min.
keno sponsoring online fall antiques show

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Barn Star Productions announces that antiques expert and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Leigh Keno will be the sponsor of the upcoming Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck Online Show, November 13-15 on the Ruby Lane.com platform. “We have been extremely fortunate to welcome Mr. Keno to join our team in presenting our fourth online show and promising to be the best event of all,” said event manager Frank Gaglio. “Leigh’s knowledge and hands-on experience has been recognized throughout our industry from his time on Antiques Roadshow to specialized auctions presenting exceptional Americana and folk art throughout the years. “Additionally, Leigh brings a level of expertise and enthusiasm to every object he places his seal of approval on and that is what we attempt to bring to the Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck Online…