Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana Sale at Christies June 15, 2017

One of the perks of temporarily living in NYC is easy access to events. Today, I walked a mile in sweltering heat to Christies to preview the Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana Sale on June 15. In particular, I hoped to see Lot #241, a broadside from 1777 relating the story of Washington’s victory in Trenton after crossing the Delaware. This has always been a thrilling tale to me- I couldn’t wait to see how folks felt about such an occurrence in 1777.

A small group of people were occupying the area I wished to peruse. I moved to another portion of the auction and patiently waited for them to move on. They did not move on. Sigh. One of the curators took me under her wing and informed me that the owner of the collection to be auctioned, Eric C. Caren, was in the group. Oh! But, Mr. Caren was not the center of attention. I had to ask who the predominant speaker was and found that it was Sir Harold Evans, of England, who had been editor in chief of The London Times and the Sunday Times, came to America and became editorial director of US News & World Report, the New York Daily News and The Atlantic Monthly. Oh! The curator urged me to join the group. But, there was a photographer accompanying the entourage and my hair was not done, so I declined.

If you have a moment, check out the Christies catalog online for the June 15 auction. I think history buffs will find the selections fascinating. Some of these include articles on the Salem Witch Trials, The Effects of Liquor on Native Americans, Repeal of the Stamp Act, Benedict Arnold’s Treason- on and on.

I plan to attend this auction and will post some highlights.



New York Ceramics and Glass Fair 2017

This intimate show on 73rd Street and 2nd Avenue is located at the Bohemia Hall. I believe this is my 4th year as an attendee and I am always thrilled with the selection and scope of this gem of a show. Items for sale range from ancient to contemporary.

Robert Hunter led a presentation on this hard paste porcelain punch bowl, recently discovered in Philadelphia. It appears to be the key that unlocks a mystery.

Paul Vandekar's lovely booth

Striking display by Jill Fenichell

Hideaki Miyamura

Astonishingly beautiful pieces from Polly Latham

From above- Jeff and Bernadette Evans

Another birds eye view from the 5th floor



Winter Antiques Show 2017

Here are some highlights from the 63rd annual Winter Antiques Show 2017. Proceeds benefit the East Side House Settlement. The show offers a combination of antique and contemporary items for sale. Dealers are eager to chat with you about their outstanding merchandise-don't hesitate to ask questions! The loan exhibition features items on loan from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. The show is open until January 29.

Images from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum at Williamsburg:

Joannes Spitler Blanket Chest

John Rasmusssen Berks County Almshouse

Portsmouth, New Hampshire dressing table

Baby in a Red Chair

Dealer's Booths at the Show-

David Schorsch

Kelly Kinzle

Kelly Kinzle

Galerie St. Etienne

Keshishian - wall hanging

Bertoia Sculpture

Grace and Elliott Snyder - Spectacular Rug

Old Hope Antiques

Old Hope Antiques




Important American Folk Art from the Ralph and Susanne Katz Collection ( a few more highlights)

This auction was of great interest to me. I made sure I was there to see it in person. Here are a few more highlights:

Lot # 5094 Ammi Phillips - Mary Ann Steenback Gale SOLD for $45,000.

Lot # 5122 Zedekiah Belknap - Young Girl Wearing a White Dress and Gold Beads Passed at $28,000.

Lot # 5139 Painted Fireboard from Moses Martin House, Salem, New York, circa 1830 SOLD at $80,000.

Lot # 5150 Thaomas Chambers - The Gennesee Falls at Rochester, New York circa 1855 Passed at $14,000.



Important American Folk Art from the Ralph and Susanne Katz Collection

January is the time of year when New York City pulls out all the stops for great auctions and shows. Sotheby's will hold the Ralph and Suzanne Katz Folk Art Collection on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 am. Other auctions will be held at Sotheby's that weekend,but, this particular auction caught my eye. Here are a few of my favorite things:

Lot # 5143 View of the Berks County Almshouse by John Rasmussen ( 1828-1895), est $80,000-$120,000. SOLD at $420,000.

Lot # 5007 American Gameboard, est $3,000-$5,000. SOLD at $2,000.

Lot # 5150 The Gennesee Falls at Rochester, NY by Thomas Chambers, est $20,000. - $30,000. Passed at $14,000.

Lot 5029 Carved Stone Ram ( with two lambs), est $2,500- $3,500.SOLD at $5,500.

Lot # 5025 Portrait of a Dog wirh Greek Temple in the Background, 19th Century, est $10,000-$15,000. SOLD at $7,000.

Lot # 5038 Egret Decoy by Gus Rorkler, early 20th Century, est $400.-$600. Ha! This was my favorite. Thought I could sneak in with a nice low bid. Nope. SOLD at $3,200.

Lot # 5134 "Watermelon" American School Collage Late 19th/early 20th Century, est $800. - $1,200. SOLD at $1,300.

Lot # 5010 Embroidered Wool Coverlet, Connecticut River Valley, circa 1825, est $15,000 -$20,000. Passed at $9,000.

Lot # 5024 Carved Wood Sculpture of a Dog, Ohio, circa 1845, est $15,000.-$25,000. Passed at $11,000.

Lot #5138 Detail, Painted Linen Overmantle, New York State, circa 1840, est $12,000- $15,000. SOLD at $35,000.

Lot #5011 Hooked Rug, est $8,000.-$12,000.SOLD at $4,800.

And so much more! You can see the entire catalog online at Sotheby'

See you Saturday morning!