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Antiques Considered - February 23, 2011

 A gentleman from North Carolina purchased this Satsuma vase at an antique shop many years ago.  It is brilliant green, with a great amount of highlighted gold leaf decoration, and shows a different motif on each side.  On the one shown the design is floral, on the other overall geometric.  The base bears no marking as to country of origin or manufacturer’s name.  The piece is in perfect condition.
The absence of a country designation means that the piece dates from before 1890; from the design I should put on it a date of 1880. 

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 23, 2011

Antiques Considered - February 16, 2011

A gentleman from Alabama, who now lives in the Northern Neck, bought this small pottery vase at an antique shop in Guntersville, Alabama for $3.00 nearly forty years ago.  The flowers are hand-painted with no stenciling, but the vase bears no maker’s mark.  It has no cracks or crazing, and the owner says he bought it because he liked its bright yellow color.  The flower painting on the front side is more extensive than on the rear.  The bases of the four feet are unglazed.
 From the description a couple of conclusions are readily apparent. 

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 16, 2011

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.

 

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 9, 2011

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

 

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