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A life-size cutout of a woman holding a box labeled “Edison Mazda lamps” recently sold at auction.
Collectors want early-20th-century hooked rugs made from burlap backings and strips of old clothes.
The pieces are difficult to make and are vulnerable to damage and decay.
Vladimir Kagan designed chairs with sloping backs, arms and footrests that were partially hidden.
The highly collectable mills were hand-cranked until 1938 when the first electric models were made.
The famous “Yes/No” teddy bears (and dogs) were made by the German Schuco company in the 1930s.
Renowned French artist Emile Galle (1846-1904) also designed, made and sold pottery and furniture.
They told the direction of the wind and aided in forecasting the, well, weather.
Cost and quality differs for each method of adding color to a clear piece to make it decorative.
Folk art values are determined by whatever collectors are willing to pay.
The mid-1800s was the start of color in home decoration. Colored glass and ceramics were popular.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A black-and-white design for colorful plates was sent to China…
Victorian furniture is generally selling for low prices for many reasons, but there are expections.
Decorative screens were being used in rooms in China by the seventh century. But they were not used in Europe until the 1500s. It wasn’t… Continue reading
Bell toys, a type of pull toy that had moving parts that rang a bell, were made in America just after the Civil War. The… Continue reading
The googly eyes announce that the designer of the dolls was Grace Drayton (1887-1936), a talented artist. Her maiden name was Grace Gebbie. She married… Continue reading
Bobble heads are popular today as sports collectibles. Most baseball teams offer souvenir bobble-head dolls at some of the games during the year, but today’s… Continue reading
Chinese porcelains are among the hardest for an average collector to identify and date. They have been made for centuries and it is considered a… Continue reading
The very thin, graceful lines, the black-and-gilt frame, and the cutwork initials and date “JB/1760” added up to a bid (with premium) of $2,460 at… Continue reading
Shell-shaped decorative objects were very popular during the 19th century. There were trinket boxes covered in tiny shells, counter bells made with several mother-of-pearl shells… Continue reading