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Samplers: An Evolution of Purpose & Design

British darning sampler, signed: Frances Boyce/1780, silk on linen, 20 ¹⁄₈ x 20 ¹⁄₈” framed, courtesy www.metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Samplers are pieces of fabric worked to demonstrate mastery of ornamental embroidery stitches and motifs. This fine art arose in the late Middle Ages when English nuns and needlework professionals created exquisite, gold and silver-gilt embroidered ecclesiastical and secular textiles. From about 1350, however, their quality declined. Materials became less lavish, […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: French 18th century corkscrew, $17,000, CollectorCorkscrews.com

Gavels 'n' Paddles: French 18th century corkscrew, $17,000, CollectorCorkscrews.com

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An 18th century French sheathed corkscrew dating to the Louis XVI period sold for $17,000 in an international online auction held in April by CollectorCorkscrews.com. Also, an 18th century French sheathed fish handle corkscrew finished at $4,300; an 18th century silver combination corkscrew and […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Paul Evans Sculpture Front cabinet, $137,500, Rago Arts & Auction Center

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Paul Evans Sculpture Front cabinet, $137,500, Rago Arts & Auction Center

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Sculpture Front cabinet from American Modern furniture maker and New Hope native Paul Evans rose to $137,500 at Design Auctions held Jan. 19-21 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a French Art Deco Lalique Palestre vase brought $40,625; a […]

Gold in the Closets

Gold in the Closets

Buying and Selling Vintage Clothing at Auction By Karen Augusta & Bob Ross Once overlooked by museums and appraisers alike, “vintage” now occupies an increasingly significant position in the world of valued antiques and collectibles. Museums are dusting off the objects that once merely occupied space in their backrooms and are using them to draw […]