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Archive - 2015

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ANTIQUES: Nobody Does It Belter
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ANTIQUES: The Tiny Table That Could
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Collectibles Corner: Masterpiece in Miniature
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Antiques as table-top treasures
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Antiques not solely defined by age
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ANTIQUES: One For Your Bookshelf
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Make Chest a Treasured Addition to Antiques Decor
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Boulled Over by Fine Art
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Classic antiques: Louis, Louis!
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Are you an antiques collector…or a hoarder?
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Antiques, Vintage, Or Just Old?
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Collectibles Corner: The Parian Solution
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Collectibles Corner: A Rose By Any Other Name…
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Buy Authentic Fine Art Pieces
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The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of Fine Art Appraisals
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Add a Little Americana to Your Fine Art Collection
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Surprisingly Popular Collectibles
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Collectibles: The Simple Salt Cellar
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Sharpen Your Art Show Strategy
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Through the Eyes of a Jeweler
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Care for your collection…I do
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A Guide To Collecting
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Do you know what you don’t know?
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Baltimore turns on the “Charm”

ANTIQUES: Nobody Does It Belter

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It used to be a given among older antiques dealers that, whenever someone would mention modern furniture, someone would always bemoan the state of contemporary cabinetmaking and assert that it was all cheap and that everything was made out of plywood. And, whenever I heard it, I always laughed a to myself because, particularly at[…]

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ANTIQUES: The Tiny Table That Could

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I love antiques; I really do. But if it doesn’t work for me, I don’t really want it. Therefore, I really appreciate antiques that are truly useful. I have never had a more useful piece of furniture than a sewing table. It is also relevant to mention that I can neither sew nor have any[…]

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Collectibles Corner: Masterpiece in Miniature

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In a time when we can carry, literally, thousands of photographs around on our telephones, it’s easy to forget how having a ready and available image of a loved one was not only difficult, but was also the almost exclusive domain of the wealthy (this dates back not only to the days before iPhones, but[…]

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Antiques as table-top treasures

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Few things are as universal and as bonding as the experience of dining with others. Therefore, I have always loved antiques that pertain to “the table.” They elevate even the simplest fare to grand banquet status and help create a memorable experience for guest and host alike. This goes far beyond the realm of pulling[…]

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Antiques not solely defined by age

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As long as there have been antiques there have been reproductions, and even the most studied antiquarian can be fooled by a clever fake. The key to minimizing your risk is to approach each potential purchase with a keen and discerning eye. One of the great mistakes I have noticed with novice antiques collectors is[…]

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ANTIQUES: One For Your Bookshelf

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Over the years of dealing art and antiques, I have worked with many old home restorationists. They are a very particular lot, fascinating in their degree of commitment to a vision of recreating something from the past. No person ever so perfectly exemplified that than Richard Hampton Jenrette, which is why no antiques collector should[…]

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Make Chest a Treasured Addition to Antiques Decor

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I have always been of the opinion that one’s home should introduce guests to the person who lives there, even if they are not home. Meaning, your personal space should reflect you and what you like in a manner as unique as you are. This holds true whether we’re discussing furniture, antiques, fine art, or[…]

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Boulled Over by Fine Art

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Our tastes change and, hopefully, we get smarter. The first part is a fact. The second part is an ambition. When I was first starting out as a fine art collector, I loved American and French Empire furniture…exclusively. I loved the clean, almost masculine lines and rich dark wood. I loved the simple forms of[…]

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Classic antiques: Louis, Louis!

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Those of us who dabble in antiques have all seen it…every one of us. It has even developed its own modern pop-moniker in antiques circles. The Louis Chair. We’ve seen it in every material, including plastic. While this does, indeed, harken back to the historic design of a number of chairs, it is not a[…]

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Are you an antiques collector…or a hoarder?

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Once, many years ago, I knew a restoration architect (Let’s call him “Bob”) who was also an avid collector…of nothing in particular. He lived in a sprawling Victorian mansion in New York that could barely be seen from the street through the tangle of vines and unkempt hedges. The paint was peeling and the plaster[…]

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Antiques, Vintage, Or Just Old?

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In all my years of dealing, I have come to find that the word “antiques” means different things to different people, and the determining factor has more to do with the age of the person than the age of the item in question. A teenager, for example, would most certainly refer to the brick-like cellphone[…]

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Collectibles Corner: The Parian Solution

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Many years ago, when I first started collecting, I was obsessed with statuary. Nothing said “refinement” and “antiquity” to me like collectibles featuring an elegantly swooning nude or a charging stag flanked by dogs. I loved how supple or animated a sculptor could make stone or bronze appear. I wanted it everywhere. The problem was,[…]

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Collectibles Corner: A Rose By Any Other Name…

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I’ll admit, as a young collector, the world of Asian export porcelains intimidated me. Unlike the French or German collectibles that had become almost instantly familiar to me, I did not so immediately catch on to the subtle nuances of Asian marking and execution. It was then that I discovered my gateway into this world[…]

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Buy Authentic Fine Art Pieces

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Neither a region in France nor a city in Rhode Island, provenance (pronounced “prävənəns”) is defined as “a record of ownership of fine art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.” And this is a term that collectors from Palm Beach to New York to Los Angeles, and around the world,[…]

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The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of Fine Art Appraisals

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As you know, I pride myself on recognizing fabulous fine art and antiques when I see them, and I have amassed quite the collection. Every once in a while, however, even I get stumped. On those rare occasions, I rely on a number of professionals to ensure my potential purchases are authentic – and to[…]

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Add a Little Americana to Your Fine Art Collection

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Americana art has grown increasingly popular in recent years, and there is now a great demand for this type of fine art. Americana art is described as anything representative of American culture – be it anything from oil paintings and bronze sculptures to toy trains and flag-embossed houseware. True Americana pieces tend to be from[…]

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Surprisingly Popular Collectibles

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The world has changed…and that includes the world of art and antiques. No longer the exclusive domain of collectors with blue hair or blue blood, today there is a lighter side of collecting that is gaining both momentum and respect – albeit with tongue planted firmly in cheek. While fine art and high-style antiques are[…]

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Collectibles: The Simple Salt Cellar

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Part of the appeal of antiques is the specificity of purpose that many items had, and how this particularity offers insight into the customs and social values of that time. And, then, sometimes they’re just pretty. But consider collectibles such as the simple little salt cellar. For millennia, salt has been one of the most[…]

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Sharpen Your Art Show Strategy

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It is said that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This holds true with buying art and antiques…particularly at an art show. Buying at an art show, unlike a permanent shop or gallery, is a “limited time only” experience, and if you go in without a strategy or the proper accoutrement, you[…]

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Through the Eyes of a Jeweler

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Exhibitor Raymond Lee Jewelers recaps the 2015 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show highlighting their favorite pieces and interviewing other jewelers at the show with their rendition of “A Dozen Questions”. Check out the post from their Blog: Designers & Diamonds  Through their recap of the show, exhibitors answer questions about their favorite eras of jewelry, their[…]

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Care for your collection…I do

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I hope this finds you in good health and spirits, and on the prowl for a few exciting tips and tricks from the world of fine art collecting. Now, before I can share with you all my most remarkable finds, I must know that you are able to properly care for these magnificent treasures. Here[…]

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A Guide To Collecting

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Choosing artwork in order to build a collection can be terrifying and intimidating, especially in today’s highly priced markets.  Collectors should remember to rely first and foremost on their own sense of aesthetics and seek works of art that resonate instead of listening to talking heads trying to convince them otherwise.  It is better to[…]

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Do you know what you don’t know?

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Oh, how tempting it is to attend an art and antique show and purchase the first item that captures your eye. The most respectable and successful art collectors, however, possess a robust knowledge of the industry, its trends, and what constitutes a quality piece. Make the most of your art buying experience (and refrain from[…]

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Baltimore turns on the “Charm”

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It’s almost time to make my annual summer trip to Baltimore. Join me, won’t you? The Summer Antiques Show is celebrating its 35th anniversary, August 20-23, at the Baltimore Convention Center – and I wouldn’t dare miss it. I never do! Yes, “Charm City” has truly come a long way since the ‘80s. Despite its[…]

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