Monthly Archives: August 2018

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nancy Drew cover illustration, $35,000, Swann Auction Galleries

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nancy Drew cover illustration, $35,000, Swann Auction Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The watercolor, ink and gouache cover art for the 1944 book The Secret in the Old Attic, for Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #21 by Carolyn Keene, by illustrator Russell H. Tandy, sold for $35,000 at an Illustration Art Auction held June 5th by Swann […]

Turquoise: The Jewel of the Southwest

Turquoise: The Jewel of the Southwest

By Judy Gonyeau The very nature and character of turquoise has turned the heads of admirers from Ancient Egypt to China, Tibet to Turkey, and in our glorious Southwest. For over 10,000 years, this stone has captured the attention of the powerful and the artistic, as reflected in carved Chinese relics, Egyptian jewelry and scarabs, […]

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

A Unique Exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg Collecting and Living with Treasured Southwestern American Art For generations, anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms created brilliantly colored, boldly designed pictorial blankets and rugs as was their longstanding cultural and artistic tradition. They adapted and modified their weavings from the world around them and created an art […]

Michaan's to Auction Contents of “Playland-Not-At-The Beach”

Michaan’s to Auction Contents of “Playland -Not-At-The Beach”

Michaan’s to Auction Contents of “Playland-Not-At-The Beach” Museum Collection in El Cerrito, September 15 Labor Day, 1972 marked the closure of Playland at the Beach, the historic San Francisco amusement park and landmark at Ocean Beach. A favorite entertainment destination of generations of Californians, the park was bulldozed and replaced by a condominium development. With this year’s Labor […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Bertoia sculpture. $275,000, Rago Arts

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Bertoia sculpture. $275,000, Rago Arts

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A large Bush sculpture from midcentury modern designer Harry Bertoia sold for $275,000 at Design Auctions held May 19th and 20th by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, Masai (Twelve Elements) by glass artist Lino Tagliapietra gaveled for $118,750; a bench […]

What's Selling on eBay: August 2018

What's Selling on eBay: August 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $4,139.89 (23 bids, 9 bidders): Maxfield Parrish Antique Edison Mazda Electric Light Bulb Store Display Vintage. Offered for sale is a very rare and beautiful Edison Mazda store display from the 1920s. This display is in all original condition and features artwork by Maxfield Parrish who was commissioned to […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Edward Steichen photo, $20,000, Doyle

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Edward Steichen photo, $20,000, Doyle

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1926 photograph by Edward Steichen (Fr., 1879-1973), titled Brancusi’s Endless Column (in Steichen’s garden at Voulagis, France) sold for $20,000 at a Photographs Auction held June 14th by Doyle in New York City. Also, Consuelo Kanaga’s (Am., 1894-1978) She is the Tree of […]

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

…& the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Courtesy of SWAIA, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Adapted from “History of the Santa Fe Indian Market” by Bruce Bernstein Each August, the historic city of Santa Fe, NM welcomes the Santa Fe Indian Market, enveloping the town’s central Plaza and surrounding streets. In addition to the […]

Antiques Peek: July 2018

Antiques Peek: July 2018

A Tonic a Day Keeps the Doctor Away by Jessica Kosinski Pharmaceutical bottles, also known as apothecary bottles, have been popular collectibles since their earliest uses. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, making them pleasing to the eye and perfect for display. They also have practical uses, which can be appealing […]