Category Archives: Features

Photography and the Smithsonian: the Wonder and Power of the Photographic Image

Photography and the Smithsonian: the Wonder and Power of the Photographic Image – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – June 2004 by Merry Foresta In December, 2003, Smithsonian Books published a book of photography drawn from the Institute’s vast archives, many never before published. Hundreds of collections were scrutinized, thousands of photographs and negatives examined, hundreds […]

Grueby: the View From 100 Years

Grueby: the View From 100 Years – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2004 By Steve Fales [quote style=”boxed”]”To me there is more true art in a brick made and burnt by one man than there is in the best piece of molded pottery ever made” – William J. Walley[/quote] The World’s Columbian Exposition […]

Blenko – Uniquely American Modernist Glass

Blenko: Uniquely American Modernist Glass – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2004 Text and Photographs by Damon Crain Exotic, dramatic, and yet largely undiscovered, vintage Blenko glass is without peer. With so much to recommend it — stuning and vibrant colors, unprecedented scale, extravagant modern designs, and internationally renowned designers — the only […]

The Mercer Museums: Fonthill, Moravian Pottery, and More

The Mercer Museums: Fonthill, Moravian Pottery, and More – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2004 Henry Chapman Mercer Henry Chapman Mercer is a legend in Bucks County Pennsylvania. An historian, archaeologist, collector, and ceramist, Mercer left a collection of pre-Industrial antiques and collectibles ? as well as a lifestyle and an art form […]

The Fragile Beauty of Harvard’s Glass Flowers

The Fragile Beauty of Harvard’s Glass Flowers – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2004 Text Excerpted from [amazon_link id=”0963440500″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Glass Flowers at Harvard[/amazon_link], by Richard Evans Schultes and William A. Davis. Photographs by Hillel Burger. Text and photographs used with kind permission of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Copyright […]

Shaker Baskets: Tips on Collecting

Shaker Baskets: Tips on Collecting – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – January 2004 Text and photos By Martha Wetherbee This year saw record prices being paid for American wood splint baskets, especially noteworthy were auctions involving Shaker antiques that occurred this past summer. A Shaker basket took center stage, selling for over $63,000. In […]

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg

Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – December 2003 Yes, Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg will hold its annual holiday exhibition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum along with many other events to help celebrate the holiday season. Aglow with festive lights and draped in pine garland, the historic Williamsburg Inn […]

Dugan Art Glass: 1906-1907

Dugan Art Glass: 1906-1907 – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – November 2003 By: Alfredo Villanueva-Collado, Ph.D , Photos by Abersio Núñez As an avid collector of Czechoslovakian iridescent glass, I buy whatever books appear on the subject. In two of these books, I recently found pieces that did not seem Czech to my eyes. […]

Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society

Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – October 2003 Tea caddies or tea chests – the decorative boxes that contain canisters – epitomize a whole era of English society. It was the era of decorum, when social repartee attained a delicious peak of theatrical interaction. Tea was served ceremoniously, […]

The National Museum of American Illustration: A New Treasure in Newport, Rhode Island

The National Museum of American Illustration: A New Treasure in Newport, Rhode Island – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – September 2003 A New Treasure in Newport, Rhode Island Long shunned by art museums for their mass-produced works, illustrators have earned a home of their own in one of Newport’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The National […]