Tag Archives: Art

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Picasso ceramic sculpture, $14,400, John Moran

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa 1955 ceramic sculpture by Pablo Picasso (Sp., 1881-1973) for Madoura, titled Lampe Femme, sold for $14,400 at a Decorative Art Auction held Sept. 10 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 1970 Dodge Charger 500 roared off for $23,100; a […]

Folk Art Frenzy

Folk Art Frenzy

by David Moore of Waterman Antiques Everyone I talk with has their own interpretation as to what great Folk Art is. Wikipedia states “In contrast to fine art, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic.” Collectors tend to divide Folk Art into categories such as; American, Outsider, Utilitarian, Eclectic, Pioneer, Advertising, […]

Bill Traylor: Unfiltered

Bill Traylor: Unfiltered

By Susan Baerwald In the history of early American culture, there is little specific mention of African American Art. We are aware of some of the early quilts by Harriet Powers, some walking sticks carved by anonymous African American artists, and dolls made by women in their own images for their children to play with. […]

Publisher's Corner: October 2016

Publisher's Corner: October 2016

Folk Art Collectibles by Maxine Carter-Lome So what exactly is “Folk Art?” The Museum of International Folk Art defines it as the “art of the everyday.” Others define it as “the art of the people” and “art made by the common people.” Although the definition of folk art is both broad and vague, we tend […]

Road Art

Road Art

By Don Weberg While motoring enthusiasts normally collect cars, motorcycles and trucks as the obvious items of choice, they also frequently accumulate collections of associated paraphernalia known to Mecum Auctions as Road Artô. Known also as Automobilia or Petroliana, Road Art includes a number of items related to motor vehicles such as signs, streetlights, cans, […]

A Bounty of Important Marine Art Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on August 27-29

Dominance in 19th Century shipbuilding helped establish Thomaston, Maine’s reputation as “The Town that Went to Sea”, and local auction company Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will extend this maritime tradition with the incredible collection of fine marine paintings to be featured in their Summer Feature Sale on August 27, 28 & 29. The sale will […]