American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale at Christie’s

Among 188 lots offered at “American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture” sale at Christie’s today, some were consigned by prestigious art institutions such as the Montclair Art Museum,  the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Denver Art Museum and the Delaware Art Museum. Not all deaccessioned museum pieces received equal attention from the public. Two out of […]

Pennsylvania Chippendale Tiger Maple Desk Soars to $41,400 at Leland Little

A late 18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger maple desk, probably Lancaster County and crafted from strikingly figured tiger maple with poplar secondary, sold for $41,400 against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000 at a multi-estate Historic Hillsborough Auction held Sept. 19 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. The desk was the top achiever of […]

A Gaggle of Interests – Sept 27, 2009

In this series, Geo and I will list some of the interesting items that we have found in auctions, antique shops or eBay. We neither own the items and in most cases don’t have the capability of examining the items in person. It mainly serves as an inventory record of what interest us (not necessarily […]

Mattise as a Printmaker

The Baltimore Museum of Art is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition on the printmaking of Henri Matisse. On view October 25, 2009 – January 3, 2010, Matisse as Printmaker unites the BMA’s extraordinary collection of Matisse prints with a traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts, a non-profit arts organization, and the Pierre […]

Remorse From An Underbidder, or How I Could Have Owned A Piece of Gustav Mahler, But I didn’t. Yet I Am More Likely To Own One In Future

With all these uncertainty in my mind, I left an absentee bid, which as the title said, was not high enough. From a collecting point of view, I always think it is actually nice not to get the first hunt in a new field so that the interest and passion can be tested over time while the knowledge can be further enhanced. Falling in love at the first sight is romantic, but collecting is not dating, but marriage with the goal of life long harmony and enjoyment (albeit sometimes “divorce” may happen”). In this case, the second look or third look is more important. The question is: Can I find another piece of Mahler by Emil Orlik? [Read More…]