August 22, 1992 |
Americana will be featured at two sales, one in Reading, the other in the Poconos. The Americana to be offered in Reading, at 9 a.m. Tuesday by Ferraro's Auction Center, consists of elaborate lighting fixtures and parts made by Central Brass Works, a Reading company that has made chandeliers and other fixtures since 1912, including chandeliers for 30th Street Station and John Wanamaker. Some of the items to be sold Tuesday include full-scale theater chandeliers, including the gas-lit main fixture from the State Theater in Harrisburg; an art-deco chandelier; ecclesiastical fixtures, and rare bronze dragon wall sconces.
July 5, 1991 |
American antiques will highlight the 49th annual Historic Ephrata Antiques Show this weekend, to be held at American Legion Ballroom in the Park, Calico Street in Ephrata. Stoneware, which is very popular now, is expected to be in good supply. The show will also include early-American furniture, Staffordshire pottery, china and glass. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2.25. Parking is free. Phone: 717-733-2576.
April 8, 2005 |
As it has in the past, Freeman's has timed its spring Americana sale to coincide with - or at least ride the coattails of - the very-high-end Philadelphia Antiques Show. But this year's sale, which will begin at 10 a.m. April 16, will offer roughly 450 lots reflecting Americana's homespun side. Among the goods to be offered are 19th-century wooden barber poles, glass canes, weathervanes, quilts, and primitives. Most are expected to sell for three-figure prices, according to pre-sale estimates in the illustrated color catalog ($30)
June 15, 1991 |
One of the most encompassing collections of Americana will be offered today and tomorrow at a former schoolhouse between Princeton and Lawrenceville, N.J. The collection of more than 1,300 items, including furniture, paintings, toys and quilts, comes from the Nantucket, Mass., residence of Barbara Johnson of Princeton. The goods were brought to Princeton after the Nantucket house was sold by Johnson, who owns the schoolhouse on Route 206. The two-day sale is likely to be the first of several liquidating the estate of her husband, J. Seward Johnson Jr., according to Tony Mento, a representative of Classics Auctions, which is conducting the sale.
July 1, 1989 |
Another of the quickly growing body of free-swinging American musical collages was performed last night by Relache in a concert crafted to start the Freedom Week events here. The piece was Alvin Curran's Seven Articles, and from the forces Relache put onstage, it looked as though it would be a holiday cantata. It was, but in the sense that John Cage's Renga and Charles Ives' evocations of America might be cantatas. Unlike Renga, in which special interest groups contend in messy, democratic style, Seven Articles moves through different musical terrain, revealing moments serially that could be heard only in America.
May 22, 1993 |
Two two-day sales next week will offer bidders more than ample chance to load up on Americana, from decoys to Civil War memorabilia. The decoys will be among items to be offered starting at 4 p.m. Monday by the Conestoga Auction Co. near Lancaster at an estate sale that will continue Tuesday. Among the decoys is an R. Madison Mitchell canvasback drake. (Decoys, when attributable to a known artist, are not likely to end up in bays or marshes as lures for hunters, the way so-called working decoys do. Such display decoys can fetch four-figure prices at auction.
October 9, 1992 |
Some people dispute whether Columbus did, but there's no arguing that you can - through a show called Discover America through Antiques, to be held this weekend at Cedar Crest College in Allentown. The benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of the Lehigh Valley is expected to draw more than 25 dealers, bringing in a variety of furniture, glass objects, Victoriana, toys and more. The show will be held in the school's Lees Hall, Cedar Crest Boulevard. Admission is $3.50. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 to 5 Sunday.
April 4, 2008 |
Americana, both traditional and contemporary, will be highlighted at two major catalog auctions in the next 10 days. Both will delve into the wonders of wood. Freeman's will offer more than 400 lots of traditional American furniture and decorative and folk art beginning at 10 a.m. April 14 at its gallery, 1808 Chestnut St. A folk-art highlight is nine lots of carved shorebirds made about 1900 by the celebrated Tuckerton, N.J., artisan Harry V. Shourds. Among the birds is a rare black-bellied plover, expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.
April 29, 1997 |
It seems half the musicians with a good head on their shoulders and a twang in their voice are resisting the tag of "country" or "country rock" these days. Instead, they're answering to the call of "Americana" music, judging that term far more inclusive (both creatively and geographically), more modern and free from country's oft-negative baggage. Today, let's focus in on an Americana subset that actually harkens back to the 1960s pop scene, when jangly, tight-harmonizing hybrids of rock and country were first heating up the charts with hits like the Everly Brothers' "Bird Dog," The Beatles' "I'm a Loser" and The Byrds' rendering of "Mr. Tambourine Man. " If it takes a new coat of paint to market this still-tasty brew, so be it!
May 14, 1994 |
An auction this month stemming from a tragedy has the distinction of being the largest sale that Alderfer Auction Co. has conducted in recent years. Beginning May 23 and lasting for four days at the Alderfer Auction Center in Hatfield, the company will sell more than 3,500 lots of antiques, furnishings and Americana from the estate of the late Edna Hiestand. The sale will wind up with a 386-lot catalogue sale that is half top items from the estate and the other half, items from consigners.