November 3, 2006 |
So much auction activity is promised Nov. 17 and 18, much of it involving big-ticket items, that it seems wise to begin describing them now, so you can decide how to splurge. Let's start with the seventh annual Lalique sale in Lambertville. More than 400 lots of art glass, almost 300 of them Lalique, will be offered beginning at noon Nov. 17 at Rago Arts and Auction Center, 333 N. Main St. Most will be the traditional designs: vases, perfume bottles, inkwells, ashtrays, letter seals and hood ornaments at prices ranging from $300 to $500 for a 1922 "Archers" ashtray, up to $30,000 to $40,000 for a topaz vase made about 1929 in a "Petrarch" design.
May 23, 1992 |
Art glass, American Indian artifacts and industrial-strength gold chains from that increasingly popular consigner, the district attorney's office, will be offered at a variety of sales next week - including two on Monday, Memorial Day. That is when the art glass will be offered at the Arp Auction Co., 156 Fallsington Ave., Tullytown, starting at 10 a.m. Perhaps the most important piece is a Duffner and Kimberly leaded lamp on a Gorham base...
February 10, 2006 |
Art glass will be featured at two sales this weekend, one at Barry S. Slosberg Inc. in Philadelphia, the other at Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville. David Rago has a well-established reputation for offering top-of-the-line items. The goods in the sale presented by him and Nicholas Dawes beginning at 1 p.m. today are no exception. Among the more than 200 lots of American and European fine art glass are more than 45 pieces of Tiffany, including a large aquamarine paperweight depicting a single fish swimming against a background of a net and aquatic foliage.
September 28, 2002 |
The first weekend of October will be a busy one for auction-goers, with three multi-session sales scheduled in Philadelphia and its suburbs, plus a fourth farther afield that may appeal to regular visitors at the Devon Horse Show. On Friday and next Saturday in Vineland, N.J., Bertoia Auctions will conduct a two-day sale devoted to still banks, mechanical banks and toy soldiers. More than 400 lots of banks and 500 lots of soldiers will be offered by Bertoia, which is world-famous for its sales of toys, banks and similar collectibles.
October 30, 2004 |
Prints, glass and designs predominantly from the 20th century will be offered at four auctions next week, three of them at galleries, the fourth at a suburban theater. The prints will be offered by Freeman's beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at the gallery, 1808 Chestnut St. The first dozen or so lots consist of old masters, including a 1641 etching of a landscape by Rembrandt that is expected to bring the auction's top price, $15,000 to $25,000, according to presale estimates. But most of the 250 lots are 20th-century and mostly from America.
June 7, 1992 |
Question: I own a four-inch-high frosted purple glass vase with an art- nouveau green raised floral pattern. It is signed "Galle" in relief. Is it rare? Answer: As many as 50,000 similar machine-carved cameo glass vases may have been made between 1900 and 1930 at Emile Galle's glass factory in Nancy, France, said Barbara E. Deisroth of Sotheby's in New York. Nevertheless, she estimated that at auction yours could bring $250 to $350 if it's in perfect condition. Galle (1846-1904)
April 1, 1996 |
It was a resurrection of sorts. The two stained-glass panels have adorned the First Baptist Church here for more than a century, but countless openings and closings and decades of decay had left them looking dead. It took just a weekend for glass artists from the Markheim Art Center to put the life back in. First, artists Paul Friend, Tim Ambrogi and Mary Courtney removed the panels from their sashes and weighted them down to correct the shape. They then removed and replaced the brittle leading and crumbling cement.
August 7, 1992 |
Collectors who liked the first Philadelphia Collectibles Extravaganza no doubt will enjoy the second, set for Sunday at the George Washington Convention Center in Willow Grove. Merchandise displayed on 175 tables will run the gamut of collectibles: Disneyana; non-sport trading cards; lunch boxes; comic books; magazines; rock- and-roll and movie and television memorabilia; antique toys, including cap guns; die-cast cars and trucks, and dolls. Doors will open at 10 a.m., and the show will run until 5 p.m. Early birds can check out the goods at a sneak preview at 9 a.m. at a cost of $10 (includes show)
December 5, 1986 |
It is not easy to become a connoisseur of glass. Techniques for blowing glass haven't changed much through the years, and the mechanized pressing of glass into molds is a process that makes it difficult to tell the old from the new. It takes a lot of looking and a lot of handling to develop real expertise. Where to look? The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a good place to start, because it has a fine collection of early glass and some 20th-century glass on display. But a less-known resource is Wheaton Village in Millville, N.J. Wheaton Village may be the best place outside the Corning Museum in Corning, N.Y., to see and learn about glass in this country.
May 29, 1992 |
Carlisle may a bit off the beaten path for Philadelphia-area collectors. But for those willing to go west, this weekend offers some major antique action at the 82-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds, site of the Antiques at Carlisle show. More than 1,000 dealers are expected to arrive from throughout the United States and abroad, offering something for virtually everyone, or, as the promotional material proclaims, "Name something collectible, anything collectible, and you'll find it. . . . Those somethings include art glass, furniture, art deco, clocks, primitives, jukeboxes and coin-operated machines, toys, pottery, silver, tools - you name it. Show hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.