English Pottery Marks

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One category of antiques that remains popular even in a recession is pottery. Like most antiques, the value of pottery is highest the closer it is to its point of origin. Why? Because there is greater demand at the origin point. Demand determines value above all other factors. No demand, no value, no matter how… Read more »

Preparation for an Appraisal: What the Appraiser Will Ask

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Alright, so you need an appraisal, of what property? For what purpose? Where are you? Where do you shop? When do you need the appraisal? These and other questions are what one can expect to be asked when one first contacts an accredited appraiser. What property? Be prepared to email digital images of the object… Read more »

What’s my painting worth? What’s my antique worth?

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About 200 people a week contact me with the purpose of trying to either identify their painting or antique object. So, to stem the flow of that deluge, here’s some advice. Google it. Log-on and try to do some of the leg work yourself. If your painting is signed, type the name within quotes into… Read more »

Major Breaking News: J.J. Audubon

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A major story broke 29 July 2010 on Science Daily about the master biologist and self-promoting artist J.J Audubon. If you like Audubons or are just intrigued because some of his elephant folio (that means big) bring well into the six figures, then read about the latest discovery of his earliest print which pushes his… Read more »

Bottle Auction Record March 2010: $100,620

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At the Norman C. Heckler & Company auction house in Woodstock Valley, CT, March 2010 a bottle record was shattered. A rare deep sapphire blue, ca.1820, flask-form bottle General Washington and bust – T.W.D. and eagle portrait from Kensington Glass Works in Philadelphia soared to $100,620 on a $40k-$80k estimate (see Maine Antique Digest, June… Read more »

Patriotic Eagle Inlays on American Federal Furniture

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Featured in the June 2010 issue of The Maine Antique Digest (pp.26B-30B), Alan Snyder’s scholarly article, Patriotic Eagle Inlays on Federal Furniture, is well-written and illustrated and is perhaps the best story the Digest has ever had on the topic, Federal Period furniture. MAD has an on-line version if your newsstand is sold out!