Tag Archives: New York

Erica Wilson: Sharing Joy through Embroidery

Crewelwork sampler, one of the early projects worked by Erica at the Royal School of Needlework. Their first few projects were designed for them. Students had to pay for their own materials and most proudly kept their projects for the whole of their lives. 2015.0047.004 A, B, Gift of The Family of Erica Wilson, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum

By Linda EatonJohn L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and the Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum     Until relatively recently, scholarship on women’s needlework has focused on the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. Susan Burrows Swan, whose book, Plain & Fancy, was first published in 1977 and reissued in 1995, […]

Taxidermy: Exploring one of the Most Complicated Collectibles

Carl Akeley, considered the father of modern taxidermy, was also a talented sculptor, naturalist, and an inventor. He worked on these elephants at the Field Museum but also has a history of working with another famous elephant. While an apprentice at Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, he preserved P. T. Barnum’s beloved elephant Jumbo after a train accident. The project took five months. Fighting African Elephants, photo: Field Museum

by Kary Pardy Someone mentions taxidermy and a few main themes come to mind: trophies in hunting lodges, decor in rustic cabins, or the old stuffed fox at your grandparent’s house or neighborhood antique store. The practice of preserving dead animals was once an art form, and in several ways still is, but taxidermy’s relationship […]

Great Collections: September 2019

Great Collections: September 2019

The Fabric of Their Lives: The Albany Institute of History and Art The Albany Institute of History and Art is home to collections that span our country’s formation, including fine art, decorative art, and historic objects gathered from its founding in 1791. Each item has been carefully selected to support the Museum’s overall vision: collecting […]

America’s Eden

America’s Eden

A Historic Look at the Hudson River Valley by Erica P. Lome In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville penned a letter to his father describing the Hudson River Valley: You will never guess, my dear father, where on earth I have ensconced myself to write this letter. I sit at the top of a rather steep […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1952 Mickey Mantle card, $125,205, Goldin Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1952 Mickey Mantle card, $125,205, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card, graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, sold for $125,205 at a Legends Auction held November 11th by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank card, PSA EX5, realized $119,068; a 1959 […]

Archives International Auctions to offer the Historic Family Archives of Rudolph P. Laubenheimer, Thursday, June 25th

Auction to be held at the Collector’s Club in New York City, starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Ft. Lee, NJ… “The appearance on the market of the family archive of German-born master engraver and die sinker, Rudolph Philipp Laubenheimer (1833-1905), is an event with few precedents in American collecting history. Preserved with remarkable care […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: “Machine Man” robot, $44,850, Philip Weiss

Gavels 'n' Paddles: “Machine Man” robot, $44,850, Philip Weiss

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: “Machine Man” robot, $44,850, Philip Weiss Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall An original, battery-operated “Machine Man” toy robot, made in Japan in the 1950s by Modern Toys and standing 14 ¾ inches tall, sold for $44,850 at an auction held Nov. 4 by Philip Weiss Auctions in […]

Glass Flowers of Harvard to Bloom at Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Flowers of Harvard to Bloom at Corning Museum of Glass – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2007 Scientific marvels; drop-dead beautiful works of art; a genus onto themselves: these are just a few of the explanations given to describe the allure of a legendary, century-old bevy of exquisite glass blossoms. From May […]

Ken's Korner: Billionaire donates music manuscripts

Ken’s Korner: Billionaire donates music manuscripts – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – May 2006 Bruce Kovner – a billionaire hedge fund manager and amateur pianist — has, over the past dozen years, quietly amassed a substantial collection of precious music manuscripts. He said he began collecting them when he noticed a spate of […]