March 5, 2005 |
Three major two-day gallery sales will take place over the next week, offering in addition to fine furniture and paintings such diverse items as ancient pottery and a narwhal skull that stands almost eight feet tall. One of the more noteworthy pieces of furniture is a centennial pedestal dining room table with three leaf inserts that will be offered at tomorrow's session of a two-day auction at the Barry S. Slosberg Inc. gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. Such tables are generically referred to as Empire Revival, but Slosberg associate Rob Goldstein said this one may have been made by Daniel Pabst, a Philadelphia furniture-maker in the 1870s and '80s associated with high-style Eastlake.
October 24, 2004 |
Peter Paone is accomplished in many things, but following orders is not one of them. Recognized for his unusual artistic abilities at an early age, he has rarely taken pointers about his work since then - from anyone, teachers and influential artists included. Paone's "imaginary watercolors," a little-known aspect of his career, are the focus just now of an exhibition at the Michener Museum in Doylestown. In the strange, dreamlike world that Paone has created in the 18 works on view, his human subjects are of a decidedly edgy sort and frequently veer toward the surreal and the fantastic.
September 26, 2004 |
In a creative blending of art, science and history, students at Palisades High School in Nockamixon produced a project that caught the eye of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and garnered $12,000 in grants. Their handiwork - a collection of Japanese pottery and poetry - is exhibited at the museum through Oct. 10. "It's one of the best examples of interdisciplinary curriculum I've ever seen," said Barbara Bassett, who has been with the Art Museum since the late 1980s. "The kids are really turned on, making the connections between all the subject areas.
September 11, 2004 |
The autumn auction season will open in style next weekend with two two-day sales devoted to big-ticket items. One will focus on English and Continental items, the other on the Arts and Crafts movement. Ushering them in on Monday will be a third sale of fine decorative items, including a sterling silver lunch box. The English and Continental items will be offered by Freeman's next Saturday and Sunday at its gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. More than 1,000 items will be sold, beginning with 259 lots of furniture and winding up with such items as sconces, clocks, urns and statuary.
March 6, 2004 |
Beginning with an important sale of Rookwood pottery today in Central Jersey, auctions through next weekend will offer a variety of popular collectibles. The Rookwood, 149 lots of it, will be offered by David Rago at noon at his gallery at 333 N. Main St., in Lambertville. Today's sale will be complemented by a second sale of Roseville/Zanesville pottery and Victorian majolica at noon tomorrow. The Rookwood was consigned by Toni Schulman of New York, who began collecting it more than 30 years ago. Rookwood was considered the top of the line in hand-painted Arts and Crafts ceramics for much of the company's existence, according to Rago.
December 7, 2003 |
Rookwood Pottery Co. operated in Cincinnati from its founding in 1880 until 1960, and in Mississippi from that year until it closed in 1967. Its first five decades were the glory years, when the company's artists and artisans created many of the designs that elevated Rookwood to the pinnacle of American art pottery. Philadelphia is intrinsic to Rookwood's history. Maria Longworth Nichols was inspired to found the pottery after seeing an extensive display of ceramics from around the world at the 1876 Centennial Exposition here.
August 29, 2003 |
"Labor Day differs in every essential from the other holidays of the year of any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays, are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day . . . is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation. " According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the American Labor Movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
June 13, 2003 |
It was just a couple of weeks ago that antiques dealer David Rago was emotionally moved as he stood in front of a Kandinsky painting in a Madrid art museum. Art does that to Rago. He'll probably have such a visceral experience again tomorrow as he sends nearly 1,000 pieces of exquisite art pottery across his Lambertville, N.J., auction block in his semi-annual Roseville/Zanesville sale. At the turn of the 20th century, Zanesville, Ohio, was smack in the middle of the arts and crafts movement.
December 27, 2002 |
A single-owner collection of figural porcelain and pottery, plus furniture and art from local estates and private homes will be offered when William Bunch conducts a sale tomorrow at his Chadds Ford, Pa., auction center. Among the furniture going up for bid are two Empire chests and an Empire breakfront bookcase, four French Provincial dining chairs, Chinese lacquer armchairs, an oak Arts-and-Crafts-style two-drawer desk, oak store display/bookcase, Baldwin spinet piano and oak post office mail sorter with window.
December 1, 2002 |
For Beverly Thomas, a participant in the coming pottery show at the Perkins Center for the Arts, the event is both a sales and learning opportunity. Although Thomas' profession is nursing - she works at the Malberg School in Cherry Hill - for the last 20 years her avocation has been making pottery. This will be her second year participating in the show, a prospect the Haddon Township resident relishes. "With pottery, you never stop learning and experimenting, and with a show like this, with some of the best potters in the region participating, you can really learn a lot," said Thomas, whose specialty is free-form porcelain, objects such as vases, bowls and other containers she describes as "whimsical.