Archive for September, 2010

Newark Museum – Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement

September 8th, 2010 by

Show Opens Sept 15, 2010

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and nationally premiering at the Newark Museum, is the first exhibition to focus on the career of one of the most influential figures to arise within the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States in the early 20th century.

Antiques in Frederick, MD

September 7th, 2010 by

The Emporium, which is home to 130 dealers offering antiques and vintage items from all over the world.

The city of Frederick lies 49 miles northeast of Washington DC and 48 miles west of Baltimore. Founded in 1745, Frederick is considered the heart of the American Revolution, for it was here that the first act of rebellion against English taxation occurred when, on November 23, 1765, the Twelve Immortal Justices issued their declaration against the Stamp Act. It is a city that boasts George Washington and Benjamin Franklin among its earliest visitors. Today, tourists to the historic district of this second largest city in Maryland find themselves in an antique collector’s paradise.

If you’re arriving via I-70, take the East Street/Market Street exit and begin your shopping at the Old Glory Antique Marketplace on Urbana Pike just outside town. Old Glory is one of those wonderful multi dealer malls where you can find just about anything – from vintage fishing lures to sterling flatware. If you’re looking for furniture, this is the place to shop as Old Glory boasts one of the largest selections in the area.

Head north and Urbana Pike becomes Market Street and will lead you to the center of Frederick. Once you’ve reached East South Street, turn right, then left on South Carroll Street and prepare yourself as you’ve entered the zone. There are literally hundreds of antique dealers in dozens of stores within an 8 block radius of where you stand.

Cannon Hill Place Antiques should be your first stop. This oldest antique mall in Frederick can be found in a beautiful stone building that was built in 1780 by Hessian troops. After the war (Revolutionary, that is), it was converted to a grain mill and has since been known as the Old Stone Granary on Cannon Hill. The two floors are filled with offerings from over 40 dealers who specialize in “Urban American Goods at Vintage Prices”

As you continue down South Carroll Street, you’ll come to Revival Consignment Exchange. While the term “consignment shop” might conjure images of baby clothes and toaster ovens, you won’t find any here. Revival Consignment features the finest estate arts and antiques. Items that have been there longer than 60 days are marked in red and discounted by 25% – but you won’t find many of those. The prices are so good that most items sell during the first week.

Revival Consignment Exchange is housed within the grandest of Frederick’s antique malls: The Emporium, which is home to 130 dealers offering antiques and vintage items from all over the world.

To truly appreciate the Emporium, you should enter through the front door on East Patrick Street (that means exiting Revival, walking to the corner and turning left). The Emporium occupies a 55,000 square foot warehouse that was built in 1912.  As you walk through the massive oak doors, the wood floors, transom windows and cavernous tin ceiling complete the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. And you can literally lose track of time as you wander through the Emporium, which stretches behind other storefronts on Patrick and Carroll Streets.

When you do find your way back to the front desk, make sure to pick up some home made preserves along with your other treasures. The cherry butter should give you enough energy to visit the at least a few of the dozens of shops still to discover in Frederick.

The Glass Cupboard for

Quinn’s Sept. 18 auction features Asian, fine and decorative art, including antique Chinese scroll, Lesur artworks, recently discovered railroad paintings

September 7th, 2010 by

Additional Sept. 16 session devoted to fine and rare books

Chinese 7-panel scroll dated 1230, tells the tale of Su Yuenan, a famed beauty and silk spinner, $2,500-$3,500. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va.- An exquisite early Chinese scroll is expected to be among the top performers in Quinn’s Saturday, Sept. 18 auction. The 507-lot sale Asian, fine and decorative art, with 19th-century French paintings, American bronzes and period furniture of the 17th to 20th centuries also among the highlights.

Following the success of Chinese fine art in their May sale, Quinn’s will offer in its Sept. 18 auction a scroll from the same estate, which tells the tale of famed beauty and silk spinner Su Yuenan. Poetry, words of adoration and views of silk weaving are painted on its seven panels, the earliest signed “Zhu Linjing” and dated 1230. It is expected to surpass its conservative estimate of $2,500-$3,500.

Henry Lesur, The Flower Vendor, mid-19th century, $2,500-$3,500. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

Admirers of 19th-century French genre painting will appreciate The Flower Vendor by Henry Lesur, estimated between $2,500-$3,500. The scene is full of light and color, with the central subject being a richly dressed man scrutinizing a female flower merchant through his spectacles. In contrast, the 1929 bronze titled Pioneer Woman, by American sculptor Bryant Percy Baker ($3,000-$5,000), depicts a female figure striding forward confidently, clasping her son by the hand.

Four rare original oil paintings by renowned American railroad artist and historian Manville Burton Wakefield (1924-1975) that were discovered by Quinn’s experts during a recent estate appraisal will be offered in the Sept. 18 sale. The four artworks include The Mountain Railroad, Texas Round the Bend, The Mighty O&W Railroad and The Old Sap House.

The furniture highlights span the 17th to 20th centuries, with highlights including a late-17th to early 18th-century William and Mary burled walnut veneered highboy, $2,000-$3,000; and a Norwegian mid-century modern solid teak Bruksbo Mellemstrands bar cabinet, $800-$1,200.

On the Thursday prior to Quinn’s Asian, Fine & Decorative Art auction, the company’s rare books division, Waverly Auctions, will conduct 430-lot sale of fine and rare books. The Sept. 16 session will include catalogues raisonnes, antiquarian Japanese books dating from the 17th century, important travel volumes and classic children’s books for serious collectors.

Complete 9-volume Picasso Peintre-Graveur, compiled by Geiser and Brigitte Baer, $900-$1,200. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image.

A parade of catalogues raisonnes of American and European printmakers will cross the auction block, including the complete 9-volume Picasso Peintre-Graveur, compiled by Geiser and Brigitte Baer, which is expected to bring $900-$1,200. Another noteworthy group is from a Washington, D.C.-area collector who specialized in Japanese books dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, with a focus on the tea ceremony and floral arrangements. The collection also includes a handful of Hokusai manga and a modern printing of Hiroshige’s 56 Views of Tokaido Road ($180-$240).

An early travel publication, Ogilby’s China, is a two-volume set that deals with exploration and ethnography in 1673. Featuring marvelous plates, including 32 double-page engravings of landscapes and architecture, this masterwork is valued between $8,000-$12,000.

Equally stunning is the Hafs Qur’an, a hand painted jewel bound in dark brown leather and adorned with ornate gilt floral illuminations, $2,000-$3,000. While its transcriber and date are unknown, experts believe the manuscript is from mid-19th-century Ottoman Turkey.

From the collection of noted bibliophile Eric S. Quayle, comes a first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, published in 1885 and originally owned by noted Scottish children’s author, R.M. Ballantyne. Appraised at $1,000-$1,500, this copy is accompanied by a letter from Ballantyne to his wife.

All forms of bidding will be available.  For additional information on Asian, fine or decorative art lots, contact Matthew Quinn at 703-532-5632, e-mail For book or manuscript queries, call Anson Brown at 703-532-5632 or e-mail Visit Quinn’s Auction Galleries online at

Bonhams Auction

September 7th, 2010 by

Catalog Now Online

Property from a Private Collection,

Coconut Grove, Florida

Auction Sept 16th, 2010  New York

Rago No Reserve Discovery Auction – Jewelry and Silver

September 7th, 2010 by

Auction Sept. 10th, 2010  10am


▪ Walter Meyer/Jensen USA ▪ Wallace ▪ Louis W. Rice ▪ Gucci ▪ Gorham ▪

▪ Dirk Van Erp ▪ Cartier ▪ Cellini ▪ Baccarat ▪ Archibald Knox ▪ Liberty & Co ▪

▪ Fine Jewelry ▪ Costume Jewelry ▪ Silver ▪ Bakelite ▪ Art Deco ▪ Cameos ▪

▪ Vintage Jewelry ▪ Watches ▪ Diamond Cocktail Rings ▪ Navajo Silver ▪ Asian ▪

▪ ”Jelly-Belly” Brooches ▪ Vintage Fruit Brooches ▪ Celtic Revival Jewelry ▪ more

Fellows & Sons Auctioneers – Secondhand Jewellery & Watches

September 7th, 2010 by

Auction Sept. 9th, 2010  10am

Dargate Auction Galleries

September 7th, 2010 by

Auction: Sept. 25th, 2010  Noon

Featuring: Fine Art, Furniture & Accessories, Objets D’Art, Glass & Porcelain, Ecclesiastical

Picking with Reyne Vol 18 – The Finds are Still Out There

September 7th, 2010 by

I always love a good find, especially when it’s me doing the finding. Not the case for this story, but a good one none the less.

Recently, the California auction house, Harvey Clars, reported the sale of a vintage trunk made by Fracois Goyard recently sold for $5,629. This was against a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 – $2,500.

Ok so that’s not so special. Seems these days more than ever auction houses and getting a premium for a vast array of things consigned to them.

The great part of the story was how the trunk was acquired.

The consignors bought the trunk years ago at a yard sale for $20.  It was sold to them as just that; a charming old trunk – nothing more, nothing less.

It wasn’t until they were downsizing did they decide to sell it off and they chose Clars as the auction house to find a buyer.

The decorative arts specialist at Harvey Clars thought the trunk might be special, and quickly saw the period piece to be more than just nice luggage.  The latches were signed Goyard Aine, Monte Carlo, Biarritz Paris.  Also, the initials GNF, SF, No 4 were painted on the outside.

Francois Goyard was a luxury luggage maker in France at the turn of the century.  The trunk also offered travel decals from places such as France, Italy and England.

The hammer price is a new record for a trunk of this style by Goyard.

Did I mention I acquired 2 Louis Vuitton trunks recently?  Ok I didn’t – but a picker friend of mine did. A large trunk and a small makeup case.   He sold them to me, and I was thrilled to acquire them.  Truth be told, the large trunk weighs almost as much as I do, so I probably won’t keep it – but you can bet my makeup has never traveled in a fancier manner!

Happy Hunting!


Reyne Gauge: Corvette Craze

September 7th, 2010 by

Anyone that knows me knows my love of Chevy Corvettes.  I’ve had one as my daily driver for years and one day plan to add a ’63 Split Window (black on black of course) to my garage of toys.

My passion for ‘vettes began as a kid. My mother drove a 1975 Corvette, bright blue with blue leather interior.  My mom didn’t just drive a ‘vette, she knew plenty about them as well.  Anytime we were out driving around, she’d test me on what year the Corvette was we’d pass in a parking lot or pulled up beside us.  I knew the answer every time as she had taught me all the tell tale signs for what changes had been made each year.  I also loved the camaraderie we had with other ‘vette owners.  You always gave the “peace” sign to each other as you passed on the road. It was like some secret club that only we knew about.

We also belonged to the San Jacinto Corvette Club in Houston, Texas.    They met monthly, and had car shows and race events periodically.  I loved walking a parking lot filled with vettes.  With a variety of models and paint jobs, I was in heaven.  And who can resist the roar of a big block engine on the track?  My mother used to drag race her ‘vette while I sat in the bleachers cheering wildly!

Perhaps that’s all a little TMI, but it’s how I became so crazed about anything Corvette related; including literature.  Recently I caught wind of a new publication titled “Legendary Corvettes”: ‘Vettes Made Famous on Track and Screen. Just what I need, another book to tempt me into acquiring another car. (Ok so it’s not that hard to tempt me)

For starters, the book offers a cover that doubles as eye candy to peak the readers interest, and then opens into a poster, perfect for framing and hanging in the garage for motivation!  Inside, the book covers 18 of the most prized Corvettes of all time; from the early models (and yes, there is a chapter on the ’63!) to the 2009 Blue Devil.  I have yet to drive one of those – have you?

The book starts at the beginning and details how the Corvette came to life, other sports cars being produced at the time, and the people involved in bringing the Corvette to the production line. You get an understanding of what Chevy was up against in the racing world, and what they were willing to do to create a “Super Sports Car”.

Did you know they made a right side steering wheel Corvette?  Ok, well not a production car.  Did you ever catch the Mark Hamill movie “Corvette Summer”?  Do you remember the Indy Pace car?

I could go on and on about what you’ll see if you buy this book, but I don’t want to give away all the highlights (and there are plenty!)

The book is written by Randy Leffingwell and photographed by the very talented Dave Wendt.   It offers 175 pages of full color drool factor.  This would make a great gift for that Corvette enthusiast in your life, or would impress your guests while sitting on your coffee table.

“Peace, Love & Corvettes”

Quittenbaum Art Auction Munich – African Art – Murino Glass – Design

September 7th, 2010 by

Auction Sept. 21st, 2010

African Art – 1 p.m.
Murano Glass and an Italien private collection – 3 p.m.
Design – 6 p.m.