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Antique Trader December 2, 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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7 min.
floating worlds, landscapes and heroes

Woodblock prints are a widely recognized and iconic form of Japanese art, celebrated for their one-of-a-kind process and distinctive aesthetic. They have no Western equivalent, one where breathtaking landscapes exist alongside blush-inducing erotica; where courtesans, kabuki actors, and sumo wrestlers are celebrities; and where demons and otherworldly creatures torment the living. Woodblock printing in Japan dates back to the 8th century, when it was used to reproduce texts, especially Buddhist scriptures. It wasn’t until the early 1500s that books were printed with illustrations, which in turn paved the way for standalone images. Initial images were black-and-white sumizuri-e prints made with black ink. An artist’s drawing would be transferred from paper to a cherry-wood block, which was carved and then inked, before blank sheets of paper were laid on top. Hishikawa Moronobu (1618-1694)…

3 min.
shel silverstein, part of the family

I FELL IN LOVE WITH SHEL SILVERSTEIN the first time I met him. A girl – of course – introduced me. That was decades ago. I had a serious case of like for that girl. She taught me a lot, including how to use a broom. That came in handy when I gave her my heart and she returned it in pieces after – oops – dropping it for a more promising Romeo. But that’s how love goes. One day your heart’s aflutter and the next you’re sweeping up little shards of it and gently placing them in a box, waiting for time to heal all wounds. Turns out, the janitorial effort was worth it. My starry-eyed romance shifted from a fling to a lifelong love affair with Silverstein (1930-1999). Here’s the thing, I…

2 min.
buyers clamor for depression- era photography

NEW YORK — Depression-era photography and work by Mexican photographers had a strong showing at Swann Auction Galleries’ recent Fine Photographs sale. The auction house offered a selection of works from the Estate of Evelyne Daitz, a pioneering photography gallerist who helped set the foundation for the market and the ways in which the medium is considered and collected today. Top offerings from the collection included the portfolio Robert Doisneau, complete with 15 silver prints of Doisneau’s humanist photographs, including the one shown above. The portfolio led the sale at $37,500. A portfolio of Edward Weston’s work, complete with nine silver prints and one dye transfer print of his extraordinary images, brought $15,000, and Barbara Kasten’s 1980 Polaroid Construct III-A saw $9,375. “Our market continues to be dynamic and varied,” said Deborah Rogal,…

1 min.
fire destroys barn full of antiques

FLY CREEK, NY – A recent fire ripped through a barn that served as a storage location for an antiques business, destroying the inventory. The blaze destroyed Wood Bull Antiques owner Kip Coburn’s barn, which had been the original storage location for his inventory when he moved to the area from New York City 40 years ago. The barn was packed full of antiques, adding fuel to the blaze. “There was some natural wood furniture in there and a lot of spare chairs,” said Coburn. “I’m a bit of a packrat when it comes to collecting.” Also inside were two camping trailers and several antique cars, all of which were destroyed. “I don’t know how the fire started,” he said. “But when I got there, the whole side was on fire.” “It was fast-moving and hot,”…

1 min.
ceramics specialist joins auction house

OAK PARK, IL — Toomey & Co. Auctioneers of Oak Park, Illinois, announce the addition of Riley Humler to its team of auction specialists. Humler is joining Toomey & Co. as head of its ceramics department. He has more than 30 years experience in the auction business, beginning with Cincinnati Art Galleries and then as founder of Humler & Nolan, a premier Cincinnati auction house specializing in American and European ceramics. Humler also brings extensive knowledge of ceramics and an outstanding, established reputation. Humler is vice president of the American Art Pottery Association and appears as an appraiser on the PBS program, Antiques Roadshow. In 1991, he curated and sold the Glover Collection, considered the most important sale of Rookwood pottery to date. Humler will maintain an office in Cincinnati, helping expand…

1 min.
pickers heading to california

NEW YORK — Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team have announced plans to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout California in December. The documentary series on History, which explores the fascinating world of antique “picking,” follows Wolfe and Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Wolfe and Fritz said they are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or…