Catch of the Day —Martha Ryther’s Reverse Painting on Glass

Title: Surprised Kitten Artist: Martha Ryther Reverse oil painting on glass, 14 by 12 inches. Auction: Meyers Auction, St Petersburg, FL, Feb 17, 2019 Estimate: $400 - $600 Hammer Price: $4,000 Bio: Martha (Mignonne) Ryther (1896-1981) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died in New York City. She studied at the Boston Museum of Fine … Continue reading Catch of the Day —Martha Ryther’s Reverse Painting on Glass

The Remains of a Great Collection — Richard Mellon Scaife’s Paintings at Freeman’s

Upon the 2014 death of Richard Mellon Scaife, a billionaire heir of the Mellon fortune, it was announced that his collection would split into two Pennsylvania’s museums – Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Scaife’s taste in art may be as conservative as many of his political views. … Continue reading The Remains of a Great Collection — Richard Mellon Scaife’s Paintings at Freeman’s

ReDiscovered Philadelphia Tea Table one of Just 13 Items in Upcoming Keno Auction

Thomas Holme’s extremely rare 1687 map of Pennsylvania, called the “greatest of early American maps.” The detailed map is one of eight copies known and the only one in private hands.

A rediscovered Philadelphia Chippendale tea table is taking a center spot in an upcoming auction of just thirteen items. Leigh Keno says the table from the shop of Philadelphia cabinetmaker Henry Clifton “is truly a tour de force." Keno Auctions’ Winter Sale Of Thirteen Extraordinary Items also includes Thomas Holme’s extremely rare 1687 map of … Continue reading ReDiscovered Philadelphia Tea Table one of Just 13 Items in Upcoming Keno Auction

Appraisal Stories from Kathleen Guzman, 20th Anniversary of Antiques Roadshow

Kathleen Guzman Heritage Auctions

When Antiques Roadshow started, recalled auctioneer Kathleen Guzman during a lecture at Heritage Auctions last night, there might have been 500 people for a show taping. It wasn't until the taping for the first show of the second season, this time in Pittsburgh when things started to catch on. When they opened the door, they … Continue reading Appraisal Stories from Kathleen Guzman, 20th Anniversary of Antiques Roadshow

If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?

Cowan Clock Screen Shot

Albert Sack once said about antiques: If the proportion isn’t right, nothing is. The American decorative art from 18th and 19th century, regardless of regional preferences and regional characters, has been well defined as a set of specific visual vocabulary, beyond which authenticity and originality would be cast in doubt. But often, Americana has its … Continue reading If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?