Archive for January, 2010

The Antiques Dictionary – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 18th, 2010 by

There is a huge vocabulary that goes along with antiques and collecting. Reyne and Jonathan explain a few of these terms while strolling around an antique store. A lesson in cameo, transferware, a little on sculpture, and Japaness.

Bonhams & Butterfields – Fine African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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Weschler’s Auction – February 6, 2010 – European & American Furniture and Decorations

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Martha Sturdy…Design Diva! By Matt Burkholz

January 18th, 2010 by

jewelry 2I visit Vancouver British Columbia a lot these days. It’s a spectacular city of urbanity, snow capped mountains, bays and an incredible sophistication that’s a melting pot of Canada, Asia and the United States. While shopping there, an activity always a part of any trip someplace new, I discovered the jewelry designs of Martha Sturdy. I knew I had discovered something that was exquisite in line and form, projected a distinctly glamorous tone and elicited a zen like response from my left brained persona. Working in a highly sculptural manner, rarely using embellishment, the facility with which this designer worked with geometry, metal and finishes blew me away.

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A Little Excitement at the MET – by Reyne Haines

January 18th, 2010 by

rodriguezThere is always something new to see at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is certainly one of the most recognized museums in this country, offering some of the most important permanent and traveling exhibits for the entire world to see.

For years, the MET has displayed a work of art, thought to be by “The Workshop of Velázquez”.  The painting was donated to the museum in 1949.

The painting was darker than those painted at the hand of Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez.  Therefore, the lead authority on Velázquez’s work in the 1960s downgraded the painting to be “The Workshop of” instead of by the master himself.  In 1979, the museum downgraded the painting as well.

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Collecting Fine Art – Are You Art Smart? – by Reyne Haines

January 18th, 2010 by

kandinskySo you’ve decided to make the leap and collect art.  You read about Hugh Grant buying an Andy Warhol for $3 million and selling it later for a little less than $25 million and you think…this is for me!

Ok, maybe you aren’t a $3 million dollar buyer, but you have a few nickels to spend.  You head to New York City to visit with some of the top galleries.  As you enter your first shop, you are greeted by the gallery owner. He inquires about what “style” of art you are interested in.

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Boulle Cabinetry – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines and Jonathan Novack

January 17th, 2010 by

Boulle cabinetry is the topic today, Reyne will inform Jonathan and the rest of us how to pronounce it! Plus, we get a history of these beautifully ornate pieces of furniture. We also see some examples of accessories in the same tortoise inlay as the bigger pieces.

Taking Care of Your Valuables – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 15th, 2010 by

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HADA Show – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 15th, 2010 by

Reyne and Jonathan make their way around the HADA Show in Houston. 150 Dealers are present to show their wares. Which also means, 150 chances for Jonathan to break something! There is a little if everything at this show, from furniture to jewelry to glass and silver.

Arcade Heaven! – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 14th, 2010 by

Reyne and Jonathan let their inner child loose for a little while, when they pay a visit to Keith, who is an arcade game collector. Did you know Pong was not the first arcade game? Find out what was and have a look at some great vintage games.