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Archive - October 2015

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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

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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