“Occupied Japan” Most Searched Collectible in 2009

Occupied Japan Colonial Couple Figurine“Occupied Japan” topped a list of the most-searched items in 2009 compiled by the price guide web site Kovels.  The Kovels’ top 10 list is based on the results of millions of searches that took place on its website over the course of the year. The top ten are as follows:

1. Occupied Japan – No Movement from 2008

2. Jewelry – No Movement from 2008

3. Stove – Up from #4 in 2008

4. Capo-di-monte – Up from #7 in 2008

5. Silver Plate – New to list

6. Furniture – No Movement

7. Copeland Spode – New to list

8. Josef Originals – New to list

9. Lladro – Down from #8 in 2008

10. Coa-cola – down from #3 in 2008

Occupied Japan continues to top the list of the most searched for items. Half of the top ten search categories in 2009 were porcelains. According to antiques expert Terry Kovel, “There seems to be great interest in prices for small figurines and fine dinnerware. Both are bargains in the antique market and are just starting to go up in price. Many of the porcelain factories have moved their production from England and Europe to Asia where the quality is not the same.” Antiques such as furniture and jewelry continue to do well in a down economy. Often priced against similar modern pieces, these can be cheaper, and more interesting than their newer counterparts, making them a great find for antique hunters and home decorators.

People use price guides for a number of reasons, usually to determine the value of an item that they own. If an item isn’t listed in the top 10 list, it doesn’t mean it is unpopular or that there isn’t a demand for it. It only means that in 2009 there was less interest in finding prices for that item. This year’s list includes comparative data for 2008 as well.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.


Here are our top ten keyword search terms for 2009:

1. urban art
2. frederic church at bonhams
3. queen anne highboy
4. american pickers
5. “antiques are green
6. “spirit of the navy” macmonnies
7. joan sloan brooklyn
8. a.f. king
9. somerset pa map antique show
10. vermeer “milkmaid” at the met, picture

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