Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thirty-five Years of White House Christmas History

Thirty-five Years of White House Christmas History

By The White House Historical Association In 1981, the White House Historical Association created the first Official White House Christmas Ornament, establishing a tradition that honors the presidents of the United States and reflects on the history and events that have taken place in the President’s House. Produced by the White House Historical Association, a […]

To Entertain Polite Company: Stylish Silver for the Tabletop

To Entertain Polite Company: Stylish Silver for the Tabletop

Janine E. Skerry, Curator of Metals The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Benjamin Franklin, despite his “Poor Richard” persona, liked to shop. Letters written from London to his wife Deborah in Philadelphia document a cornucopia of purchases, including his February 19, 1758, description of “a compleat Set of Table China, 2 Cases of silver handled Knives and […]

Publishers Corner: January 2016

Maxine Carter-Lome - Publisher

100 Years Ago in History “There is still another benefit to be derived from the collecting of antiques and that is the mental pleasure and satisfaction of discovery and ownership.” – Israel Sack It is common practice to define “antique” as applying to objects at least 100 years old. While beyond the personal recall of […]

Sylvester Stallone fans make knock out “Rocky” and “Rambo” auction bids

Props and costumes from famous films such as “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “The Expendables” were sold to fans for a combined total of $3+ million in three public auction sessions conducted by Heritage Auctions in Los Angeles and online, Dec. 18-20, 2015; a portion of the proceeds are going to charity LOS ANGELES – Enthusiastic fans […]

The Gilded Table at the Campbell House

The Gilded Table at the Campbell House

By Suzanne Corbett When Robert and Virginia Campbell’s last surviving child, Hazlett Campbell, died at the age of eighty in 1938, many thought the Campbell’s palatial old townhouse that graced St. Louis’ once-fashionable Lucas Place neighborhood would pass away with him. The Campbell House had been willed to Yale University in honor of Hazlett’s late […]

Gavels n Paddles: Gilbert Stuart portrait, $40,625, Doyle New York

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A portrait of a gentleman by the renowned master portraitist Gilbert Stuart (Am., 1755-1828), possibly of Charles Lee of Virginia, who served as U.S. Attorney General under George Washington and John Adams, sold for $40,625 at an American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction […]

Collector's Showcase: December 2015

Collector's Showcase: December 2015

Collecting Christmas Sarah Noss is in the holiday spirit year-round as an avid collector of Christmas ornaments and items. As the proprietor of Heaven on Earth Antiques & Design in Sherborn, MA, it is a passion she shares with her customers, who know her store as the place to visit and shop during the season. […]

Gavels n Paddles: Navajo chief's blanket, $43,750, John Moran

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A Navajo transitional second phase chief’s blanket, woven circa 1880s with primarily cochineal-dyed wool, sold for $43,750 at a Decorative Arts Auction held Sept. 29 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a handsome first standard silver coffee and tea service crafted by […]

Gavels n Paddles: George II armchair, $437,000, Christie's

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A George II mahogany armchair, probably made in Ireland circa 1745-1750, sold for $437,000 at a sale of property from the Metropolitan Museum of Art held Oct. 27 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a George II partner’s desk, possibly made by William […]

Come Fill The Cup: Christmas Bone China

Come Fill The Cup: Christmas Bone China

Christmas bone china Story & Photos by Donald-Brian Johnson Most of the year, it’s kept safely tucked away in drawers, or on display behind the locked glass doors of a dining room cabinet. And then the holiday season is upon us. Those fragile china cups and saucers blink their way into the spotlight, emerging from […]