Antiques Business

Kathleen Guzman Heritage Auctions

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

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 first show of the second season, this time in Pittsburgh, when things started to catch on. When they opened the door, they stared

European Art

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by Gen. Omar N. Bradley, and Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., inspect art treasures stolen by Germans and hidden in salt mine in Germany.

Of Monuments and Men

The movie The Monuments Men tells the story of those assigned to protect the art treasures of Europe during World War II. Hitler is amassing the treasures of civilization all destined for a De Führer Museum. Modern works are of course not included in the treasure hunt. Works by Picasso and others are destroyed. While

Antiques

Cowan Clock Screen Shot

If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?

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 with a set of specific visual vocabulary, beyond which authenticity and originality would be cast in doubt. But often, Americana has its

Texas Art

Bill Reaves at Turner House

Texas Tradition Contemporary Now at Turner House

Houston Gallery owner Bill Reaves is becoming a figure on the art scene in Dallas. Not only is this Reaves second exhibit at the historic Turner House in Oak Cliff, but the centerpiece in the new Alexander Hogue exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art is on loan from none other than Bill Reaves. That’s

Books

Damien Hirst, Shark

The Mental Impossibility of Depreciation in the Mind of Someone Buying

Book Review: The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. If you are one of the many out there with the impression that contemporary art is a good investment, you may come away with a different impression after reading the $12 Million Stuffed Shark. This book has been out for

Shows and Markets

Five Parrots Carved Piece from Francis Crespo

The Land of Uncatalogued – Scenes from Antiques Shows in Nashville

At both the Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show and the Heart of Country Antiques Show, dealers were finding ways to discount the effect of information explosion. In many cases, the items were so unique that you can hardly describe them in a few words, not to mention to find catalogues for comp. The term “one of the kinds” has gone to a new degree of dimension.

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