antiques

This magnificent three-piece clock set features fabulous bronze sculptures by A. B. Nadaud set on rouge marble bases. The central figure, Penelope, stands unwinding her loom, flanked by two classical maidens. Nadaud was a recognized French sculptor who debuted his works at the Paris Salon in 1861.

History's Technical Marvels: Collecting Antique Clocks

by Bill Rau Nothing is so dear and precious as time -Francois Rabelais The Roosevelt Hotel, one of New Orleans most exquisite Grand Dames, is poised to reopen in June 2009 after a $145 million restoration as part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection. While luxurious rooms, an indulgent… Read More »
Fine silver firms, such as Fabergé, created important flatware services of the utmost quality.

So Many Choices…The Golden Age of Flatware

Dining in the Victorian-era was truly an art form. The economic prosperity of the late 19th and early 20th centuries catapulted many into the middle and upper classes, and the desire to display just how wealthy you were was of the utmost importance to maintain, if not raise, your standing… Read More »
The stunning King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Prime Provenance: The King Farouk Bedroom Suite

Few things excite me more than discovering rare treasures that are distinguished by an incredible provenance. It's the provenance that turns a great piece into a phenomenal piece, and literally brings the events normally only read in history books to life. In the case of this amazing… Read More »
A vibrant sunset sets this pair of

Elves, Nymphs and Fairies–Oh My!: Illustrious Fairyland Lustre by Wedgwood

An over-200-year-old company finds itself on the verge of financial ruin as war rages on. It's only savior an unknown artist who rises through the ranks by determination, persuasion and sheer talent, only to be fired when she has outlasted her usefulness. Sounds more like soap-opera fodder… Read More »
A rare and stunning Burmese Imperial jadeite is the star of this striking ring

What’s in a Name? The Splendor of Imperial Jadeite Jewelry

"Gold is estimable; but Jade is priceless." -Chinese proverbShrouded behind a veil of verdant mystery for centuries, the brilliance of jadeite inspired fascinating legends of desire. One such tale tells of a Chinese emperor who offered fifteen cities for a jadeite carving so… Read More »
This ivory-topped Doctor's Cane contains everything needed to make a house call.

The Un-cane-y World of Canes

Canes and walking sticks, upon first mention, sound perhaps like the least interesting objects in the world to collect. Nothing could be further from the truth.There was a time when no well-heeled gentleman or lady would have been seen in public without his or her walking stick. These… Read More »
Stunning George II Silver Epergne by Ann Craig and John Neville. Theirs was one of only a handful of female/male silversmithing partnerships to ever exist.

A Woman’s Touch: The Masterpieces of Female Silversmiths

The contributions of women are one, if not the most, overlooked aspect in the history of silver craftsmanship. The natural elegance and refinement exhibited in the works created by the hand of female silversmiths set them apart from all others, and, in many cases, are considered the finest… Read More »
These Earth Spirits ensured safety in the afterlife. With fearsome features, no one would dare disturb their owner.

Spirited Ceramics: Tang Dynasty Sancai Pottery

We've all heard the saying "You can't take it with you." But what if you could?Death in pre-modern Chinese culture was of tremendous importance, and it was crucial that when one left this life for the next, the departed were given everything needed to enjoy the next chapter of… Read More »
Styled after the designs of the legendary Thomas Chippendale, this monumental 19th century mirror is a work of art. The intricate tripartite frame is crafted of giltwood, and is decorated with graceful elements such as flourishing foliage, acanthus leaf scrolls and flowers, cascades and icicles, and two Hou-hou birds, or Japanese phoenixes.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...The History of the Mirror

By Bill Rau A beautiful antique mirror can be one of the grandest pieces in a home. However, few people know where the true value of a mirror once lay. Today, we find value in the frames of our mirrors, but just 170 years ago, it was the mirror glass itself that was most… Read More »
WWII Special Forces Radio

The Special Forces Radio: How It Works

A crystal radio can be thought of as a radio receiver reduced to its essentials. It consists at a minimum of these components: • An antenna to pick up the radio waves and convert them to electric currents. • A tuned circuit to select the signal of the radio station to be… Read More »