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Antiques Considered - February 9, 2011

 

The owner of this glass frog used to visit an antique mall a few miles north of Richmond, the most interesting booth of which was that of a lady named Luba Herold.  He never spent much money there, but got to know her over the years.  On one occasion he asked whether she might be related to the great writer, J. Christopher Herold, whose biography of the French woman of letters, Madame de Stael, which he entitled, MISTRESS TO AN AGE, won the National Book Award in 1959.  She replied, “He was my husband.”
 From that point on the two would meet at the mall and chat about far more than antiques.  Luba had been born in Harkin in the Far East, and was of White Russian ancestry.  She delighted in all things Russian, and gave him this frog as a token of their friendship.  She liked it both because it imitated Russian malachite, the most precious stone of Imperial Russia, and because she liked frogs.

 

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Antiques Considered - February 2, 2011

This year’s Saint Clement’s Island Museum’s Appraiser Fair was filled with so many treasures that I am devoting a second column to some of the outstanding pieces.
One lady came with two interesting silver items. One was a large clamshell set in a sterling holder. One slight chip on the upper shell was its only defect, otherwise it was in excellent condition, and one of the best examples of its kind that I have seen.
The same lady also brought a superb oriental sterling scalloped and footed bowl that had excellent design and was in mint condition. Both of her pieces were of exceptional quality.

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 2, 2011

Antiques Considered - January 26, 2011

This past Saturday my son and I had a wonderful time at the Saint Clement’s Island Museum annual Appraisers’ Fair.  The event is always a great highlight of the winter, and this year’s fair proved to be equally as good as the previous ten in which I have participated.  

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 26, 2011

Antiques Considered - January 19, 2011

Following up with last week’s column on the Washington Winter Show, this week I want to describe some of the pieces offered for sale. One of the greatest finds at the show, and I might add one of my favorite pieces, was a Philadelphia tilttop table made Circa 1825 by that city’s greatest neo-classical artisan, Anthony Gabriel Quervelle.
The wood was mahogany, with exquisite marquetry across the top, and Quervelle’s signature paw feet with acanthus leaf carving and heavy gadrooning. It was offered for $6,500 by Priscilla Boyd Angles, a Philadelphia dealer, and it sold on Saturday.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 19, 2011

Antiques Considered - January 12, 2011

This past Saturday we made a family trip to the Washington Winter Show at the Katzen Center at American University.  It is the pre-eminent annual antiques show in the mid-Atlantic region, and this year’s offerings were especially fine.  Forty-four eminent dealers from across the country came with their finest wares, all arranged in spectacular booths on three floors of the center.
Each year the show features an exhibit of scholarly proportions at the entrance to the dealers’ displays.  The theme this year was entitled, “Georgetown: Over 200 Years of Style,” which featured the collection of the Peter Family at their mansion Tudor Place, one of the greatest neo-classical buildings to survive from the founding of the Nation’s Capital.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 12, 2011

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