February 23, 1986 |
Since the astonishing price of $1,045,000 was paid for a Philadelphia pie- crust tea table at Christie's last month, those asociated with the antiques trade have been asking if it can happen again. Although there have been reports, but little hard information, of wealthy collectors offering other wealthy collectors a million dollars in an effort to pry loose a special piece not on the market, the tea-table transaction was the first time that the million-dollar barrier was broken for a piece of American furniture at a public sale.
March 8, 2003 |
Over the next eight days, auctions will be coming out of the woodwork. A two-day sale this weekend of 20th-century design furniture will feature the tree-slab experiments of George Nakashima. One sale next Saturday will offer period pieces from the days of King Charles II; another will offer a specimen of furniture carving known as "treenware. " This weekend's sale will take place in Lambertville, where the Rago Arts & Auction Center, 333 N. Main St., will offer more than 1,100 lots of furniture and decorations at sessions beginning at noon today and tomorrow.
October 14, 1990 |
For the last eight years, Garry and Janet Calderwood's 17th Street gallery in Center City has been a treasure chest for those seeking the illustrious decorative furnishings made during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in Europe. It has been filled with works by such great furniture makers at Jules Leleu, Majorelle and Joubert et Petit, the Paris architect Benouville and Lyon architect Andre Sornay. The works include bedroom suites, dining tables and chairs, nightstands, armoires, commodes and cabinets sculpted from exotic woods such as Brazilian rosewood, rayed sycamore, Cuban mahogany and ebony macassar and inlaid with ivory, silver and mother-of-pearl.
March 29, 2004 |
A steady procession of mattresses and assorted household goods left the once-stately Victorian home on the east end of West Chester - a monthly ritual that unites used furniture with worthy recipients. At first glance, some of the beds and bookcases appeared to be moving on their own. But underneath, sturdy bodies labored to maneuver the pieces - sometimes easily, sometimes not - into waiting vehicles. The furniture's human legs belonged to members of the West Chester Daybreak Lions Club, a group that saw a need for home furnishings for the underprivileged and nurtured it into a model of recycling.
January 17, 1999 |
Today's scheduled visit to the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Home in Vineland will be a special one for members of Jewish War Veterans Post 126 of Cherry Hill. The veterans, who visit the home regularly to spend time with the residents there, will present them with furniture for a recreation room. "A lot of the veterans are far away from home or have no one to visit them," said post commander Arthur Seltzer. "We wanted to do something that could make them more comfortable.
August 21, 1990 |
Dorothy Thomas, chief of the Capitol police force, sat yesterday in the midst of the scene of a crime as befuddling as the great Brinks job. But she wasn't pondering evidence. She was eating macaroni and cheese. In fact, Thomas didn't know anything was amiss as she sat in the cafeteria of the Capitol's East Wing. But some things were missing - exactly seven tables and 26 chairs. Sometime over the weekend, as the cafeteria was emptied for carpet cleaning, the fiendish furniture filchers made their move.
July 16, 1989 |
James Hall, the Mississippi truck driver who sold a load of furniture from an impounded truck at the Warminster Police Department, has been found guilty of three motor vehicle violations and ordered to pay $2,070 in fines and costs. Bucks County District Justice Robert Schnell found Hall guilty Thursday of driving with a suspended license, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle without state road tax identification stickers. Hall, who appeared at the hearing a half-hour late and without his attorney, said he would appeal the judge's ruling.
May 23, 2003 |
The weather outdoors over the Memorial Day weekend may be frightful, but inside, the atmosphere at several area auctions should be delightful. You might check out one set for this afternoon in Limerick, where furniture, glassware, collectibles, toys, coins, pottery and oriental rugs are destined for JR's auction block. The furniture includes a claw and ball foot lamp table, dovetailed blanket chests, and oak bookcase with lion's head detail. You'll find local advertising items, many with four-digit phone numbers; early "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Black Beauty" books; pillar-decorated mantel clocks, including Seth Thomas, Gibson, Ansonia, and Sessions; World War II American and German photos and maps; more than 120 silver coins, including Liberty head dollars, and walking Liberty halves.
April 1, 1990 |
Experimental woodworking, one of the least appreciated craft specialties, is belatedly - and grandly - coming into its own. A key figure in this revival, Wendell Castle, is the focus of two exhibits within easy driving distance. One is at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, the first East Coast stop on a national tour of his work. The other is a show of Castle and some of his former students in Greenville, Del. This lively and flamboyant craftsman is credited with giving furniture- making status as an art medium.
May 3, 1991 |
Enthusiasts thirsty for beer and other brewery-related collectibles should head this weekend for King of Prussia, where the George Washington Lodge will be overflowing with breweriana. More than 100 dealers from a dozen states will be on hand for the 27th semiannual Valley Forge Brewery Collectibles Show, billed as the largest event of its kind on the East Coast. A selection of advertising items for soft drinks, sports and other categories will be available. The George Washington Lodge is at the Warner Road exit of Route 202. The show runs today from 6 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $2. Information: 265-6100.