1863 Posts

Category: Decorative Arts

  • Telechron Train Station Clock and Paul Evans Furniture at Akiba Antiques

    In the early 20th century, American inventor Henry Warren sought a better clock motor. Popular battery-powered clocks were often unreliable and prone to mistakes. Warren eventually developed the world’s first synchronous electric clock to solve that problem. General Electric purchased Warren’s firm, Telechron, after the company supplied countless clocks for…

    Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987) Patchwork Cityscape
  • Artists, Auction Industry

    Artist to Know: Chryssa Vardea

    Millea Bros. Bring Sculptures and Sketches by Neon Art Pioneer Known as an isolated yet brilliant artist, Chryssa Vardea built a career around light. She used a mononym and helped popularize neon art during the 1960s and 70s. Her works inspired the likes of Andy Warhol and set off an…

    Artist to Know Chryssa Vardea1
  • Auction Preview

    Pat Flynn and David Webb Jewelry Highlight Upcoming Brunk Auctions Event

    The upcoming Brunk Auctions event features several David Webb jewelry pieces. One highlight is an 18-karat yellow gold Leopard cuff from David Webb’s famous animal-inspired Kingdom Collection. The cuff features pear-cut cabochon emeralds. In the words of David Webb, his Kingdom Collection “unleashes a near-obsession with whatever could fly, crawl,…

    David Webb 18kt. Leopard Cuff Bracelet
  • Auction Preview

    Palm Beach Modern Auctions Offers Spring Editions & Photography Event

    The Guardian described The Cremaster Cycle by filmmaker and artist Matthew Barney as “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.” Three signed stills from Cremaster 2: The Ballad of Gary Gilmore will be available in the upcoming Spring 2021 Editions & Photography sale,…

    Matthew Barney Cremaster 2 Triptych, Signed Edition
  • Auction Industry, Press Release

    American Friends of Museums in Israel

    Fine Art Online Auction Fundraiser hosted by Artsy May 11-25, 2021 Flower Garden, 2020 Acrylic on canvas The American Friends of Museums in Israel's Fine Art Online Auction hosted by Artsy is now live and closes on May 25, 2021, at 6pm. The American Friends supports eight distinct, diverse museums in…

    American Friends of Museums in Israel
  • Auction Preview

    Maine Landscape by Fairfield Porter Leads Upcoming American Art Auction

    Bonhams’ upcoming American Art auction will highlight a late-career oil painting by Fairfield Porter. Known as both a representational painter and a leading art critic, Porter believed that realism and abstraction must work together instead of apart. His works reflect that mindset, handling color and light with equal care. The…

    FAIRFIELD PORTER (1907-1975)
  • Auction Preview

    Dale Chihuly and Peter Voulkos Will Lead Coming Rago Sale

    While traditional glass-making is about symmetry, Dale Chihuly’s work shows a departure from the past. To create his sculptures, Chihuly allows molten glass to find its own shape organically using gravitational force. Irregularity and asymmetry are defining characteristics of his work. Over the years, he has produced a wide range…

    Dale Chihuly, Persian and Horn Chandelier
  • Auction Industry, Press Release

    Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Spring Estates Auction, May 8th-9th, Has A Total Of 752 Lots; Begins Both Days At 10 Am Central

    The sale will include oil paintings by Knute Heldner and Clementine Hunter, vintage couture, dazzling estate jewelry, Newcomb College pottery, French furniture, sterling silver and more. Original oil painting by iconic Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (Swedish/New Orleans, 1875-1952) titled Singing by the Mississippi River, 39 ¾ inches by 31 ½…

    Crescent City Auction Gallerys Important Spring Estates Auction, May 8th-9th, Has A Total Of 752 Lots; Begins Both Days At 10 Am Central
  • Auction Preview

    Palm Beach Modern Auctions Offers Selection of Contemporary Art & Design

    Pop artist George Segal’s work interacts directly with the viewer’s psychology, a difference compared to other 20th-century Pop art that focused on daily mass-produced objects. The New York-based sculptor was famous for his life-sized human body sculptures hosted in public spaces like coffee shops and train stations. His figurative sculptures…

    Monumental George Segal Bronze Sculpture Installation
  • Auction Preview

    David Drake’s Storage Jar for Lewis Miles Pottery Leads Rago’s Early 20th-Century Design Sale

    David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter, was born in South Carolina in the early 1800s. While enslaved, he worked under several pottery kiln masters, including Lewis Miles. Drake learned pottery very early in his life. He went on to create gigantic stoneware pots between 1830 and 1864. During…

    David Drake (Dave the Potter) for Lewis Miles Pottery, Rare storage jar
  • Auction Industry

    Freeman’s Modern Art Sale Spotlights 20th-Century Abstraction

    Freeman’s Modern art auction, scheduled for this May, explores the growth and spread of Modernism. Starting with Post-War art, the catalog highlights the links between some of the 20th century’s leading artists. 56 works of fine art will hit the auction block on May 11th, 2021. Bidding will start at…

    Freemans Modern Art Sale Spotlights 20th-Century Abstraction1
  • Auction Industry, Press Release

    Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Features Kentridge, Hepworth, & Houser

    This May, Freeman’s will survey the last century of Modern and contemporary art in a 59-lot auction. The event will begin at 11:00 AM EDT on May 11th, 2021. The catalog samples from some of the biggest art movements of the 20th century, including Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, and Pop Art. …

    Freemans Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Features Kentridge, Hepworth, & Houser2
  • Auction Preview

    Upcoming Showplace Auction Brings Collectibles From the Estate of Rolodex Inventor

    The upcoming Showplace auction will offer a collection of art and antiques acquired and preserved by Arnold Neustadter, an engineer and businessman who co-invented the Rolodex. 20th-century art, European furniture, and fine decorative art will be on offer. One of the highlights is a sculpture by Stepan Dmitrievich Erzia Nefyodov.…

    Stepan Erzia Carved Hardwood Bust On Marble Base
  • Auction Industry, Press Release

    Tiffany Lily Window to Shine at Heritage Auctions

    Legendary artist helped stained glass windows evolve into popular artform Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Lily Window, circa 1900. 54-1/2 x 32-1/4 inches DALLAS, Texas (April 23, 2021) – Louis Comfort Tiffany, heir to Tiffany & Co. and founder of Tiffany Studios, revolutionized the manufacture of leaded glass through technical advancement…

    Tiffany-Lily-Window-to-Shine-at-Heritage-Auctions
  • Auction Result, Press Release

    A Sculpture By Arnaldo Pomodoro And Furniture Pieces By George Nakashima Headline Ahlers & Ogletree’s March 27-28 Online Auction

    The polished bronze sculpture by Pomodoro (b. 1926), titled Sfera, soared to $186,000, while five pieces by Nakashima were offered as individual lots. The top one, a table, brought $74,400. 1966 walnut Minguren coffee table with rosewood butterfly and several free and raw edges by George Nakashima, one of five…

    A Sculpture By Arnaldo Pomodoro And Furniture Pieces By George Nakashima Headline Ahlers & Ogletrees March 27-28 Online Auction
  • Auction Preview

    Akiba Antiques Highlights Acrylic Painting by Peter Max

    “I never know what I’m going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I’m just the middleman,” Peter Max once said. Max was a prolific artist best known for his vibrant paintings and his contributions to the Neo-Expressionism movement. In the 1960s, the artist started a small art…

    Peter Max (American b. 1937) Delta Acrylic On Canvas
  • Auction Preview

    Knute Heldner Painting Leads First Session of Important Spring Estates Auction

    Knute Heldner was fascinated by the paintings that he observed throughout Europe while in the Swedish Navy. This inspired him to become a painter. After the navy, Heldner started his artistic training at Karlskrona Technical School and the National Royal Academy of Stockholm. He later became an internationally recognized artist…

    Knute Heldner (1875-1952, Swedish-New Orleans), Singing by the Mississippi River, oil on canvas, signed lower right, presented in a wood frame, H.-
  • Auction Industry, Press Release

    Private Collection of Tiffany Glass Comes to Heritage Auctions

    Dallas resident spent more than four decades assembling trove Tall Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces Inc. Decorated and Wheel-Carved Favrile Glass Floral Vase, DALLAS, Texas (April 22, 2021) – Prospective collectors sometimes ask experts how to decide what to collect – a question to which the answer invariably is to “collect…

    Private-Collection-of-Tiffany-Glass-Comes-to-Heritage-Auctions
  • Artists, Auction Industry

    Artist to Know: Ramona Sakiestewa

    Hindman Offers Two Weavings by Leading Contemporary Artist Hopi weaver and artist Ramona Sakiestewa knew her career path by the age of seven. At the time, she didn’t know that she would one day evolve ancient Pueblo weaving techniques, launch a homeware brand, and help design the Smithsonian’s National Museum…

    Artist to Know Ramona Sakiestewa1
  • Auction Industry

    Benin Bronzes and the Auction World: Past, Present, and Future

    Movements to repatriate the Benin Bronzes have been around since British soldiers forcibly took the works from their homeland in 1897. Almost nothing has changed in over a century. However, activism rekindled in recent years. Greater awareness of history paired with the rising global movement for racial justice has pushed…

    Benin Bronzes and the Auction World Past, Present, and Future1