Rare Ceramics And Indian Paintings At NY Asian Art Week

The highlights of Asian Art Week auctions in New York included sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty bowl were also part of the highlights.

Rare Ceramics And Indian Paintings At NY Asian Art Week

Christie’s concluded its Asian Art Week auctions in New York with a combined total of $43.5 million. The week started with Fine Chinese Paintings, which realized $5.2 million and the top lot of the auction was Xia Gui’s Fisherman Returning to Shore in a Storm, which soared above its estimate of $40,000–50,000 to sell for $497,000. The two-part Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale concluded the week with a total of $22.4 million. Chinese Cloisonné Enamels from Private American Collections sold 99% by value and Francis Newton Souza’s The Butcher achieved the second highest price for the artist at auction.

“I think there is something unique about these Asian art weeks in New York in that they encompass so many different cultures in Asia,” said Jonathan Stone, chairman and international head of Asian Art at Christie’s.

The sales attracted buyers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, who are highly interested in acquiring their own great art, along with American and European collectors. “What you also see is the global crossover of the Chinese buyers being interested in Indian or Himalayan Buddhist art, as well,” Stone explained. “There are a lot of collectors who feel passionately about the pieces they collect,” said Stone.

Funds For Government House Raised By Donated Antiques And Collectibles

An auction at Government House on October 9 at the annual Black Tie Auction presented by the Government House Historical Society will raise funds for the government house.

Isabelle Zohner

The antiques and collectibles on sale include a pocketable, portable utensil that looks like a jack knife but used to eat fruit and a “rescued” lava rock cameo from Naples. The antiques also include a small painting by Daphne Odjig, one of Canada’s most celebrated aboriginal painters.

“We keep to the theme of antiques and collectibles,” explained Isabelle Zohner, one of the volunteer event organizers.

“We had a lot of people empty their collector cabinets and miniature cabinets.”

All auction items are donated, “So we never know what we’re going to get … There are so many friends of Government House. We pull out items that are unique and reserve them for our black tie auction.”

This year’s Black Tie Auction will feature more than 50 live auction items and approximately 30 silent auction items. The Black Tie Auction attracts collectors, antique dealers, as well as those who just want to support Government House.

During the first two years of the event, $45,000 was raised to “promote, preserve and enhance the Government House museum.”

“We hope for another $20,000 to $25,000 this year,” Zohner said. “Our mission is to bring people in,” Zohner said. “We want people to get deals and to have fun.”

Tickets are $75, available by contacting Iris Sirke at isirke@accesscomm.ca or (306) 586-9760. Only 100 tickets are available.

The Queen Makes A Visit To The Antiques Roadshow

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made a guest appearance on the Antiques Roadshow. The show was filmed in the summer at Hillsborough Castle, which is the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland.

The Queen makes a visit to the Antiques Roadshow

The Queen's guest appearance to the Antiques Roadshow

The Queen revealed she is a big fan of the show and had a private meeting with the experts who discussed the history of some objects. Queen had taken a genuine interest in the pieces, Hilary Kay said. “We talked about every object on the table and everything we talked about seemed to get a real response. It was fabulous,” she said.

The Queen was particularly interested in a small, bronze sculpture of a horse and jockey, which is believed to be of the 1863 Derby winner Macaroni. She was told by Antiques Roadshow specialists that the work, by the French artist Pierre Jules Mene, was created after the jockey won the Epsom race following 32 false starts. “It seems very incompetent doesn’t it,” the Queen said. “But quite interesting.”

Paul Atterbury added: “The great thing of course was her interest in the program.” Presenter Fiona Bruce, describing it as “quite a moment for the Antiques Roadshow,”said that she had been told the Queen “is a fan” of the show.

The Queen and Duke also spent a short time greeting and meeting the staff of Hillsborough Castle before they had to leave. The royal visitors were then flown by helicopter from Hillsborough to Coleraine, Co Antrim, where they were guests of honor at an event to mark the work of the British Legion.

Modern Makeover For Houston Antiques Show

Fifty years after the Houston Antiques Dealers Association was founded in 1964, the biannual show organized by it has got a modern makeover. The rebranded Houston Antiques & Art & Design Show will take place for the first time this weekend.

traditional antiques

“HADA was a great organization but all the members were volunteers running the show,” said David Lackey, owner of David Lackey Antiques and Art, and a former HADA member. “Years ago it was pretty easy to get volunteers together to lick envelopes and send out invitations, but the modern world is more complicated, and HADA members didn’t have expertise or time to run a national show.”

The rebooted show will expand to include a new balance of Houston sellers including Lynn Goode Vintage, Past Era Antique and Estate Jewelry and William Reeves Fine Art. The event will now be put on by Dolphin Promotions and the number of vendors will be more than double, from under 50 at the February show to approximately 125.

The Houston Antiques & Art & Design show will be the company’s first production in Texas.

“HADA was doing nothing wrong, it was a great show. Traditionally everything in these shows is about antiques, but things change and times change. Adding art and design opens it up to more people,” said Rosemary Krieger, Dolphin Promotions founder and president. “There are plenty of antiques collectors – the South is a traditional antiques area – but a lot of younger 40-somethings collect 20th-century modernism, and we wanted to open the door to a younger audience.”

Houston Antiques & Art & Design Show

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $15

More info: www.houstonantiquesartdesign.com

Houston Antiques & Art & Design Show

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $15

More info: www.houstonantiquesartdesign.com

Marilyn Monroe Collectibles On Display

Marilyn Monroe memorabilia will very soon be on display at the Wellington County Museum and Archives as the museum highlights the private collections of local collectors.

Marilyn Monroe

The Monroe exhibit opens September 12 and is on display until January 11. Melinda’s Mason’s collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia was driven by passion for Madonna that got her started.

“As a teenager I was a huge Madonna fan and in one of her videos she pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend performance,” Mason states in a press release. “I remember watching a news program about the similarities between the two and I immediately became captivated by Marilyn and wanted to learn more about her. At the same time I was bitten by the collecting bug.”

“Marilyn Monroe is a pop cultural icon whose image is recognizable today but few know her true story,” states Amy Dunlop, curatorial assistant. “We are happy to have on display some images, collectables and one-of-a-kind items celebrating Marilyn through the eyes of our collector, Melinda Mason.”

The exhibition opening is Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. followed by a screening of Monroe’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. There will be sodas, treats, and hula hoops.

The Hollywood icon died in 1962 at the age of 36 and is best known for singing on stage for the U.S. President and posing for countless photographers.

How To Start A Stamp Collection?

How To Start A Stamp Collection-Tips For Collecting Stamps

If you want to start a rewarding hobby that could also be an investment to you as the collector, stamp collecting would be the best choice for you. For this, you need to gain insights about the right stamps to collect and determine how valuable they are. This guide for stamp collectors will surely be helpful to you.

guide for stamp collectors

One of the best things about starting a stamp collection is that it is an extremely yet fun-filled process. You, as a stamp collector, can get stamps from postcards, letters, packages, stamp auction websites, online websites (such as Ebay), friends, family members, post offices, dealers, or from other stamp collectors. All you need is to remember that stamps should not be stained, dirty, and torn. The colors on the stamps should be bright and stamps should preferably be perfectly centered.

Note: Stamps that have a light cancelation are more valuable for collectors than ones with heavy marks on them.

To get thing started, you need to develop a clear and complete understanding about quality and price. For this, it is best to access some traditional and online books on the history of stamp collecting, types of stamps, and how to buy stamps. To know more about information on stamp collections, you can access highly informative books such as Guide to Stamp Collecting and Stamp Collecting for Dummies. This is also because you as a stamp collector will be more content with your purchases when you know about the type of stamp you are planning to buy.

While buying stamps, it is important that you only purchase stamps that appeal to you in a direct way. After all, there is no point of having stamps in an album that don’t hold your interest. If you want to be happy with your purchases, you should only purchase stamps that you love.

How To Start A Stamp Collection-Tips For Collecting Stamps

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Visits Albuquerque

Folks from “Antiques Roadshow” recently paid a visit to Albuquerque where 3,000 people had their items appraised at the Convention Center.

'Antiques Roadshow' Visits Albuquerque

Three thousand pairs of tickets were given away through a lottery system and more than 5,000 people showed up for the PBS TV show “Antiques Roadshow” at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The show, now in its 19th season, features local antiques owners who bring items they consider to be “antiques” to be appraised by experts.

It is obvious New Mexico mementos are staying in the area, said the executive producer of the hit show. We’re having a great time in Albuquerque,” said Marsha Bemko. “I think what I’ve noticed in this city, and I commented it to the others … I’m seeing more locally-related objects than I see in most cities.” “It’s all about the stories for me at this point,” said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the show. “I’ve been doing the show for 15 years now, and there are hidden treasures everywhere.”

Many people at the Convention Center stood in line for hours to haul their collectibles in hand dollies or wagons or simply carrying them.

The TV show while in the Duke City filmed at three locations other than the Convention Center. They were the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and The Albuquerque Museum.

The last time “Antiques Roadshow” was held in Albuquerque was in 2002. The three episodes shot Saturday will air next year.

Pendleton Antique Shop Damaged

People gathered in Pendleton’s town square on Tuesday as the Blue Ridge Antiques and Refinishing shop on Main Street was damaged by fire around 5 a.m.

antique shop

This shop, in a building dating to the early 1900s, was destroyed by flames. The flames were gone by 7 a.m. but the heavy pine construction inside the brick building made the building smoking for hours. The cause for the fire has not been determined as of early Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s sad to lose an old building like this in downtown, it’s part of the character we have,” Pendleton Fire Chief and Mayor Frank Crenshaw said.

Business owner Charlie Moore opened the antique shop about eight years ago and the building, which dates to the early 1900s, has been used as an antique shop for decades.

“Charlie is the best antique restorer in the area”, said Dan Rash, who had some antiques that was selling at the shop. Moore sat nearby at a bistro table on a sidewalk outside of a cookie shop and Dan sat near the fire and watched the firefighters work.

A sign on the cookie shop said “Cookies fix everything.” Moore laughed about the sign, and said maybe the cookies would work.

Sydney Antique Centre To Close After Four Decades

The Sydney Antique Centre is all set to close after 40 years on South Dowling Street but Don Knowles, manager of Sydney’s oldest antique centre, still wants to keep things nice.

Sydney Antique Centre to close after four decades

“You’ve got to keep up appearances, just like Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) used to say,” said Knowles. The curios, chandeliers, and furniture of the center have been used as props on films like The Great Gatsby. The antique centre was considered daring for its mix of “rare and precious wares” alongside “vendors of old vaseline jars and rusty cigarette tins” when it opened in 1972.

Today, many stalls are half empty, packed, or selling their treasures at half price or less before the antiques centre closes at the end of June. The new owners are expected to turn the vast site into inner city apartments and the owners, a consortium, have sold the property as business had been slow in the last few years. Knowles said retail was suffering and added, “Back in the 1980s, people were restoring Paddington terraces back to the original. Now they bulldoze everything.”

Antiques vendor Lyn Doolan said tastes had changed.” A lot of young people don’t have an appreciation for fine things. Younger kids want to go to Ikea, buy everything, then change it all three years later. It is all very disposable.”

Antiques Roadshow Painting To Sell For £500,000

A painting revealed to be a Van Dyck portrait on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is all set to sell for approximately £500,000 when it is auctioned later this year. This painting was identified after show presenter Fiona Bruce saw it and thought it might be genuine. This work was bought by Father Jamie MacLeod from an antiques shop in Cheshire 12 years ago for just £400.

Antiques Roadshow painting to sell for £500,000

Father MacLeod, who runs a retreat in the Peak District, said he was “not being greedy” by selling the painting.

“It has been a blessing to own this magnificent portrait which has given me great pleasure over the years,” he said.

“I will be sad to part with it, though the proceeds will be put to excellent use going towards the acquisition of new church bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House in Derbyshire to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.”

The retreat house, “is about cohesion, ecumenism and working with people that are sometimes on the edge of society,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.

Christie’s specialist Freddie de Rougemont said: “We are delighted to present this beautifully observed head study by Sir Anthony van Dyck for sale, particularly after its exciting re-discovery on the Antiques Roadshow.

“The picture is of great importance as it provides a fascinating insight into Van Dyck’s working method and also constitutes a significant surviving document for the artist’s lost group portrait of The Magistrates of Brussels.”

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