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.
September 27, 2002 |
Elvis will be in the building tomorrow morning, along with Little Red Riding Hood, Howdy Doody and President Abraham Lincoln. They are part of a huge collection of cookie jars, Bisque pottery, dolls and related items amassed over 35 years by Connard and Joyce Riegner of Coatesville, Pa. Their collection goes across the Barr Davis auction block starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Gap, Pa., fire hall. What comprises the collection? Here are the numbers: 60 pieces of Hull Little Red Riding Hood pottery; 35 Little Red Riding Hood cookie jars; 17 other cookie jars, including Howdy Doody, pigs, clowns and chickens; 60 Little Red Riding Hood dolls; over 350 collector fruit jars; over 150 Ski Country mini-decanters, and more.
August 5, 2002 |
It was dark, slimy, foot-grabbing muck. In other words: Perfect. Knee-deep in the ooze, hands cupped, Kate White and Sage Kelsey dug up big gobs of it, dumping it into buckets. John Blanchet was more or less crawling on his hands and knees, working his way over to a different section of the goo. And the ringleader? Bob Deane, a Mr. Mud if ever there was one, simply sat on the stream bottom, patting the stuff across his shoulders and smiling almost blissfully. Every so often, Deane, a 37-year-old artist and potter, spreads the word to his cohorts: Time for another mud day. So here they were, in Crum Creek, getting the raw materials for creations that would bring new meaning to the phrase local pottery.
July 26, 2002 |
His given name is Leonard Louis Lasko, but for more than 36 years he has been known around the world simply as Mr. 3L. If you collect cigar boxes and package labels, posters, or any other types of paper Americana, you probably have made his acquaintance. If you haven't, then today and tomorrow offer a prime opportunity to do so, as Mr. 3L is emptying his two-story collector's center, in Soudersburg, just beyond Paradise, to make way for a new tenant. Barr/Davis Auctioneers, of nearby Gap, is conducting this sale.
December 17, 2001 |
In fine art galleries, tacky roadside stands, and just about everywhere in between, pottery made at New Mexico's Indian pueblos - or pottery pretending to be - is a staple of the Western tourism industry. But very little of it comes from the small, isolated Picuris tribe in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, 60 miles north of Santa Fe. The pueblo's 300 or so residents have preferred mostly to keep their distinctive work to themselves, for cooking and for religious ceremonies they do not discuss with outsiders.