May 10, 2013 |
It began as a series of ad hoc rescue missions: Andrea Mihalik would spot furniture languishing on curbs during her morning jogs around Haddonfield, and end up lugging the underappreciated specimens back to her garage. Mihalik, 48, didn't know it at the time, but the collection of living-room rejects rapidly crowding the family cars out of their parking spots would soon launch her into a new career. As she would put it, the chairs just hadn't spoken to her yet. Nearly a decade later, those salvaged finds are the basis for Mihalik's one-woman company, Wild Chairy, which turns family heirlooms and garage-sale gems into "art chairs" - one-of-a-kind pieces that merge old-school upholstery techniques with a high-fashion sensibility, while integrating materials not found in (or anywhere near)
April 2, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I bought some very expensive furniture back in 2006. There was a special deal on the sale that allowed me to pay for it over a two-year period. When the time came for the last payment, I raised a question as to the calculation of interest. The issue never got resolved, so I did not make that last payment. Today, I got a notice from a collection agency with all kinds of threats of action to collect that payment plus a bunch of extra charges. I called them, expecting to get a tough-speaking guy with a booming voice.
March 30, 2013 |
Intrigued by the drama and inspired by the sophistication of British aristocrats in Downton Abbey , some fans are plotting to bring the series' style into their own homes, from gilded finishes to opulent upholstery to portrait paintings. "We've gone so casual in the last decade in terms of home decor. I think there is a desire to be a little more formal, or a little more glamorous," says Kristie Barnett, an interior design blogger in Nashville, Tenn. "That doesn't mean it can't be family-friendly.
March 30, 2013 |
Leonard B. Marschark calls himself "a traditional artisan in a contemporary show," which is no understatement. He builds reproductions of 18th-century clocks, which he'll exhibit and sell at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show on April 5 to 7 at the 23d Street Armory in Center City. "I'm doing things the way they were done 200 years ago. I'm the exception to this crowd," he says of the eclectic mix of contemporary furniture makers, glass artists, potters, weavers, quilters, and others who will join him. Since Josh Markel and Bob Ingram launched the first show in 1995, the event has ebbed and flowed, depending on the economy, consumer tastes and social trends.
February 14, 2013 |
City Council sees dollar signs on publicly-owned property. Sound familiar? Council President Darrell Clarke introduced legislation more than a year ago to authorize digital ads on city-owned property and he plans to reintroduce the bill Thursday. "I think it's very important, as I have said time after time to create revenue opportunities for the city, thereby the citizens, other than sticking our hands into the citizens' pockets and increasing taxes," said Clarke. A consultant for Council said the city could generate $8 million from advertising on public buildings, bus shelters, trash trucks or receptacles.
January 26, 2013 |
Freeman's will offer decorative items to please the idle eye and the fluttering heart at two sales two weeks apart: English and continental furniture and decorative arts on Tuesday, with such necessities as walking canes and page turners, and then on Feb. 12, two days before Valentine's Day, more than 360 lots of jewelry and watches. Both sales promise to be comparatively affordable. Tuesday's 550-lot sale of English, continental, and decorative items will begin at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. with a half dozen lots of Welsh and William and Mary furniture from the 18th and early 19th centuries, notably a George II walnut secretary bookcase expected to bring $5,000 to $7,000, according to the auction catalog (also accessible at www.freemansauction.com )
January 5, 2013 |
Briggs Auction will precede its regular Friday-evening sale this week with a special afternoon session devoted to a single-owner collection of military items. It is one of several sales over the next two weekends that will offer unusual items. The 300 lots to be offered beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 1347 Naamans Creek Rd., Garnet Valley, include weaponry, uniforms, war posters, and a relatively unknown military collectible - trench art. All are from the estate of the late Dale E. Biever of Boyertown, a schoolteacher and onetime registrar of Philadelphia's Civil War Museum and Library.
November 24, 2012 |
Once again the local auction community will join the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush, with at least two suburban sales scheduled the day after Black Friday. Both will offer objects suitable for gift-giving at more affordable prices than usual. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at its annual Thanksgiving weekend auction at the Ludwig's Corner firehouse, Wiederseim Associates will offer more than 600 lots of antique and decorative furniture and accessories, notably maritime art, miniature portraits on ivory, gold coins, and silver.
November 17, 2012 |
Unlike pool, according to Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man, billiards is a pastime that requires "horse sense and a cool head and a keen eye. " Alderfer Auction and Appraisal in Hatfield will promote those virtues with a sale, beginning at 9 a.m. next Friday, of 450 lots of what it advertises as antique and vintage billiard collectibles. About half are promotional and ephemera items, but the sale also offers cues, balls, chalks - even three tables, although to judge from the descriptions in the online auction catalog accessible at www.artfact.com , a lot of the items pertain to pocket billiards, the formal term for pool.
October 27, 2012 |
Pook & Pook's single-owner sale this weekend of items from Rita and Paul Flack's collection of Pennsylvania American art and antiques will emphasize their interest in the field's scope, not just monetary value. To be sure, among the more than 400 lots to be offered - including decorated slip pottery, Fraktur drawings, folk art, furniture, and quilts - at least a dozen are expected to bring five-figure prices. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gallery at 463 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.