Monthly Archives: October 2016

Museum Highlights: October 2016

Museum Highlights: October 2016

Mermaid Cove: A Folk Art Love Story The Cahoon Museum of American Art. Cotuit, MA How do artists fall in love? By sharing a passion for creating. Ralph and Martha Cahoon shared their love of creativity and together became the “most famous folk artists the Cape has every produced, and Ralph the best-known of any […]

Antiques Peek: October 2016

Published Antiques Peek: October 2016

Folk Art Dolls by Jessica Kosinski It would be impossible to talk about folk art fully without taking some time to recognize a major folk art phenomenon, which was the creation of dolls. While some people might just think of them as children’s toys, older folk art dolls have a lot of historical value and […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Albert Bierstadt painting, $386,100, Thomaston Place

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A luminist painting by Albert Bierstadt (Am., 1830-1902), titled Sunrise, sold for $386,100 at  an auction held Aug. 27-29 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Me. Also, a seascape work by Alfred Thompson Bricher (Am., 1837-1908), titled Near Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Maine, realized […]

Publishers Corner: November 2016

Publishers Corner: November 2016

Turning Mid-Century Modern, Again by Maxine Carter-Lome It’s the tail end of 2016 and the subject of mid-century modern design seems as much on trend today as it was when it first burst on the scene in the mid-1940s. Just this past September a New York Times article posed the provocative question, “Why Won’t Midcentury […]

Inuit Sculpture

Inuit Sculpture

By Sarah P. Turnbaugh Photos by William A. Turnbaugh As crisp cooler days and long evenings usher in autumn, our thoughts turn to cold-weather activities, collectibles, and art. Stone sculptures of marine mammals or birds, parka-clad hunters, or similar carvings, occasionally show up in flea markets or group shops with no information attached. In addition […]

What's Selling on eBay: October 2016

What's Selling on eBay: October 2016

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,259 (29 bids, 12 bidders): 1965 Richard Avedon, Silver Gelatin Beatles Photograph Paul McCartney, NASA. Measuring 8 by 10 inches, this rare silver gelatin photograph depicts Paul McCartney wearing a NASA spacesuit. I was able to find this explanation: “This portrait coincides with the release of The Beatles’ record […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Chinese huanghuali bed, $1.385 million, Bonhams

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare Chinese huanghuali four-poster bed from the Ming Dynasty sold for $1.385 million at a week-long series of Asian Art Auctions held Sept. 12-16 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a pair of Chinese 18th century white jade bird boxes knocked down […]

Buckeye Stages System porcelain bus depot sign brings in $52,200 at Showtime Auction's October auction

The Oct. 7th-9th event, with over 2,000 lots, was held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A Buckeye Stages System bus depot sign sold for $52,200 at an auction held October 7th-9th by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Headlining the event were the advertising collection of Gus […]

There Once was a Basket from Nantucket

There Once was a Basket from Nantucket

By Erica Lome Basket making is one of the earliest and most prevalent forms of folk art in the United States. First developed by Native Americans and later adopted by early colonists and settlers, baskets have a long history as both utilitarian objects and highly decorative art forms made for both domestic and commercial purposes. […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Leger pencil drawing, $125,000, Swann Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A pencil drawing by Fernand Leger, titled La Lecture (1924), sold for $125,000 at a 19th & 20th Century Prints and Drawings Auction held Sept. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a pair of terre de faience ceramic vases depicting […]