By: EMILY BALSER
Allegheny Township residents Robert and Elaine Bargerstock knew the items they brought into an antique appraisal event Sunday were worth a lot in sentiment, but they had no idea how much they would be worth in dollars.
The photos feature Robert Bargerstock’s grandfather, who was an Allegheny Ludlum worker during World War II.
He was part of a poster made by the government that depicted an Army soldier and a sailor with a factory worker and had the phrase “Men Working Together” on it.
Bargerstock said it was to show U.S. soldiers around the word that the men back home were supporting the war effort, too.
By: Frances Allitt
Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.
Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, sharing their portrayals of civilians, soldiers and famous statesmen. The Battle of the Wilderness will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the storied village of Zoar, Ohio.
Music, battlefields, food and demonstrations will transform Zoar into the era of the 1860s. Sutlers (civilian merchants) will be offering period goods, along with reproductions.
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Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held an Antiques & Fine Art Auction, September 14, 2019. Included in the sale was a collection of Tiffany Favrile glass from a 90+-year-old woman from the suburbs of New York City. The results were strong because the selection was fresh-to-the-market, high-quality, and sold without reserve, attracting the interest of major collectors and dealers.
The top lot of the Tiffany Favrile collection was #3, a rare inkwell with gold Favrile applications and an iridescent Favrile insert. Estimated to sell for $3,000 – $5,000, it realized $21,780, including buyer’s premium. I was hoping to buy it, but soon realized that I didn’t have a chance when I looked around the audience and saw a major California collector sitting in the back. He wound up buying quite a few items.
Fontaine also sold a selection of Tiffany Studios lamps. There was no doubt that lot #100 would be the star of the sale. It was a very rare Fish lamp, estimated to sell for $80,000 – $100,000. I don’t find this design to be very attractive, so I wouldn’t have bid regardless of the price. But guess what? I wasn’t consulted. (Can you believe that??) It doubled its low estimate, realizing $217,800, including buyer’s premium.
Also in the sale was a rare Picasso, limited-edition, ceramic Taureau pitcher which sold within its pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $54,450, including buyer’s premium. The surprise was that this pitcher was found in a clean-out of a Brooklyn, NY apartment. The consignors had no idea there was anything valuable. With their luck, it’s time for them to take some of the proceeds and buy a few lottery tickets.
For the complete results of the sale, click here.
Our next show will be Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, November 8-10, 2019. It’s held at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. In the meantime, we’re still very much in business so please email or call to buy, sell or trade.
I listed some of the new items on my website and will list more every week. Click Philip Chasen Antiques to take a look. I will make every effort to actively list new items as often as time permits. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.
Published at Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:00:38 +0000
By: Lewis Berrill
Now is the time to find out if you could be sitting (quite literally) on a fortune.
TV antiques experts Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey will be offering free live valuations as part of this year’s South East Property Expo, to be held at the Hop Farm in Kent on October 17.
Catherine and Mark have been regular personalities on our screens for many years, being featured on shows such as Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip. However, both cut their teeth at London auction house Sotheby’s before setting up their own separate valuation businesses.
Mark is well known for his passion for ceramics, particularly white and blue pottery, and is still an avid collector today.