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If Proportion Isn’t Right, So What?

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

Chicago Botanic

Hundreds Shrug Off Floods to Attend Botanic Garden Opener

The preview party at Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair is at the top of everyone’s list as far as antique-oriented events in the city. The significant flooding that occurred yesterday could however put a damper on anyone’s plans. “You might have assumed not many would show up,” says Melissa Sands who covered the

The Old Plantation, John Rose, Beaufort SC, 1785-1790

Art of the American South at Colonial Williamsburg

Presented by The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, curators say a new exhibit called Painters and Paintings in the Early American South is the first exhibition of its kind that explores the scope of this region of early American art while bringing new vitality, excitement and scholarship to the forefront. “Nothing like this has been done

Fort Worth Show Dolly Johnson

50 Years and Into the Fort Worth Show

About three years ago, I attended my first antiques show after moving to Texas — the Dolly Johnson Show. Although the show had gone more mid-century and industrial than in previous years, the show stopper then was the Susanna Fuller White trunk, from the Mayflower. Americana was still the heart and soul of the show.

Republic of Texas

George, You’re a Long Way from Philadelphia…

A table at the Old Jail Arts Center in Albany, Texas caught my eye. It’s always nice when museums feature decorative arts, but its especially nice when museums of this size include furniture. The round inlaid center table with a classical form features prominently our first president. I assumed being in this small town Texas

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Could TV Show Furnishings Invade American Homes?

It occurred to me a while back that perhaps the reason the proliferation of shows on television about antiques have generally coincided with a down market is because of the focus on the price. For them to be appreciated and appreciate, antiques need to be something you want to own, not something you want to

Oakland Museum of California, 2011. Photo by Greg Habiby.

Thief Hits Oakland Museum-Again

A thief has likely hit a plexiglass case and made off with valuable objects a second time, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. According to an article posted today, police believe the person who stole a gold box with ornamentation depicting early California scenes this week is likely the same one who made off with some gold

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