BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2015- In an all new summer of Vintage episodes, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks at memorable objects from previous shows to discover what they are worth today and how the market and their value has changed. As a hint, some have increased in value, while others haven't fared so well!

"The marketplace for antiques and collectibles changes along with lifestyle tastes and trends and economic factors," said ANTIQUES ROADSHOW executive producer Marsha Bemko. "Collecting categories that were in vogue over recent years, like arts and crafts furniture have gone down in value while others, such as Chinese antiques and collectibles have gone up. Our Vintage episodes help keep viewers updated on those market and style changes."

Beginning with Vintage St. Louis on June 15 at 8/7c PM on PBS, the Season 19 Vintage episodes also visit Sacramento, California; Denver, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Las Vegas, Nevada; Madison, Wisconsin; and Charleston, South Carolina.

Highlights of items that gained value from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Vintage" Season 19 include:

  •  In St. Louis a 1921 Steiff Black Bear jumps in value from $20,000-$30,000 to $30,000-$35,000.
  •  In Sacramento an 1864 Lincoln campaign poster rises in value from $25,000 to $40,000.
  • In Denver a 19th century Tabor mining archive sees an increase from $40,000-$60,000 to $60,000-$75,000.
  • In Tulsa a circa-1870 Navajo Chief's blanket goes from a value of $20,000-$30,000 to $50,000-$70,000.
  •  In Las Vegas circa-1870 John Thomson photos see an increase from $15,000-$20,000 to $35,000-$45,000.
  • In Madison an 1875 Norwegian Hardanger fiddle jumps from a value of $4,000 to $15,000.
  • In Charleston a Leon Julien Deschamps bronze gains value from an earlier appraisal of $45,000-$50,000 to the updated appraisal of $55,000-$60,000.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW puts the reality in reality television! Part human adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt, the 12-time Emmy® nominated production of WGBH Boston, premieres seven new Vintage episodes this summer as part of its 19th season. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the most-watched ongoing primetime series on PBS and airs Mondays at 8/7C PM.

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About Antiques Roadshow:

Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 12-time Emmy® Award nominated Antiques Roadshow is in its 19th broadcast season and is the most-watched ongoing primetime PBS series. The series is produced by WGBH Boston for PBS under license from the BBC. The Executive Producer is Marsha Bemko. Antiques Roadshow is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.

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Waterloo 200th Anniversary Auction

LONDON, 399 Strand - With 2015 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd present an auction centred on Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars. Prices range from £50 - £22,000 across approximately 300 lots, featuring a Napoleon death mask and private letters from the French Emperor alongside medals, militaria and works of art.

Auction Highlights 

Napoleon’s Death Mask

A reduced size bronze copy, by Dr François Carlo Antommarchi (1780-1838), signed with his name on truncation, 85.5mm, mounted on black marble as a paperweight.

Dr François Carlo Antommarchi was appointed Napoleon’s physician in St Helena in 1818 remaining so till his death in 1821. There is

a dispute as to whether the original death mask was taken by Antomarchi or Dr Francis Burton, stationed with the 66th Regiment in St

Helena. Certainly it was Antommarchi who, on his return to Paris, had reproductions made in life and reduced size in bronze. Some examples are found with the founders’ names, L Richard, and Eck et Durand.

£800-1,000 [Lot 85]

Confidential and Rare Three-page Autographed Letter to Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), English ambassador to Naples and husband of Lady Emma, soon to be Nelson’s mistress. Still written with his right hand.

£8,000-12,000 [Lot 52]

A Rare Printed Silk Commemorative Kerchief decorated with Napoleon Bonaparte, early 19th century. 

Decorated with honey bees, signifying immortality and resurrection. Bees were royal emblems of the Merovingians, later revived by Napoleon.

£5,000-7,000 [Lot 27]

Jean-Pierre-Marie Jazet (1788-1871)

Napoléon a Waterloo, after Charles Auguste Steuben (1788-1856), Etching and Aquatint, on thick wove paper, c.1850, 590mm x 730mm.

£300-500 [Lot 18]

Pierre Nicholas Tourgueneff (1853-1912)

A Pair of Patinated Bronze Equestrian Groups of a grenadier a cheval and a hussar.

£15,000-20,000 [Lot 39]

Waterloo Medal, 1815, Copper Electrotype Medal, by Benedetto Pistrucci.

A Wonderful and Complete Collection of the Gutta Percha, Electrotypes and Electrotype Mould of Benedetto Pistrucci’s magnificent Waterloo Medal. 

In 1816 Pistrucci was asked to submit designs for the medal, which were to be struck in gold for allied sovereigns, their ministers and generals.

Although he produced preliminary designs quickly, work on the medal itself proceeded slowly then lapsed due to his rivalry with others in the

mint, and it was not until 1844, after many years of bitter negotiations over salary and status, that the work resumed. The dies were only completed

in 1849 by which time the four allied sovereigns had died. Difficulties in producing such massive dies meant that they were never hardened and

the only medals produced were extremely rare gutta percha impressions and electrotypes. The wax model for the medal is in the Mint Museum

in Rome and the dies are in the Royal Mint Museum. It remains one of the most iconic commemorative medals in the British series.

£1,800-2,200 [Lot 70]

The Peninsular Wars Army Gold Medal, awarded to Major-General Charles Edward Conyers CB, 1st Battalion 82nd (Prince of Wales’

Volunteers) Regiment, who fought and was wounded in action on three occasions on three separate continents during a significant

and varied military career spanning some 60 years throughout the Napoleonic Wars and beyond. He was awarded the Army Gold

Medal for commanding his regiment at the Battle of Orthes, 27 February 1814, until severely wounded.

£18,000-22,00 [Lot 87]

[ITHACA, NY] National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog. 

Book, Art and Ephemera Auction - Genealogy, Ephemera, Kane, etc.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera and artwork.  Interesting collections include a large library of American genealogical reference works and a private collection of modern first editions with many important author signatures.  Another estate delivered a sizable collection of ephemera including lithographs and engravings dating back to the 18th century.   Also offered will be a private collection of original artwork and signed proofs created by legendary illustrator and graphic designer, Harry Kane.     

Antique and rare books in this catalog feature numerous titles.  Among the earliest examples are Ford's "Handbook for Travellers in Spain," produced in two volumes in 1869 with fold-out maps, the scarce 1877 first American edition of Dickens' "Is She a Wife?," and the 1884 deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," illustrated by Gustave Dore.  Other scarce titles include the 1863 Civil War printing of "U. S. Infantry and Rifle Tactics," including fold-out plates, Sir Wilkinson's "Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians," printed in two volumes in 1854 with a fold-out map, and an author-signed copy of the 1928 first edition of Casey's "Baghdad and Points East" with photographic plates and cased in a decorative binding.    

Several pleasing collections will also be featured.  Included is a large private library of approximately 950 genealogical titles relating to the northeast United States including subjects such as colonies, Mayflower ancestry and much more.  Another estate library being offered includes a quantity of modern first editions, many featuring important author signatures.  This collection belonged to Leroy Truman Goble who was a minor figure in the Chicago literary renaissance of the 1920's, and was well acquainted with the likes of Sherwood Anderson and Ben Hecht. Additional collections feature bullfighting history, decorative antique bindings, bound magazine compilations (including Civil War year issues), travel & exploration, Masonic, railroad, early Americana, cartography, art history, and much more.

Found throughout this catalog are interesting offerings of collectibles, artwork and ephemera.  The ephemera lots offer a large selection of prints and artwork as well as antique engravings and lithographs, many of which are hand-tinted, and original Victorian chromolithographs.  Other ephemera offerings include early maps, railroad-related, antique magazines, valentines, sheet music, travel, original antique correspondence, antique photographs, and other genres.

National Book Auctions is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art. National Book Auctions is a targeted service offering experience and expertise unique to marketing antique and modern books and ephemera for consignors and collectors alike. The upcoming 2014 auctions will feature a wide assortment of collectible, signed, and first edition books. For more information, please contact the gallery at 607-269-0101 or email mail@nationalbookauctions.com.

 

New York— On Wednesday, June 10, Swann Galleries will offer an eclectic selection of printed and manuscript art books from the 16th through the 20th century, including limited editions, art journals, modern and private press pieces, signed and inscribed works by Andy Warhol and a run of works by Edward Gorey in an auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books.

            The limited editions include a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, featuring six etchings by Henri Matisse, one of only 250 copies signed by both the author and the artist, New York, 1935 (estimate: $8,000 to $12,000). There is also a copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, printed by the Pennyroyal Press and featuring wood-engraved illustrations by Barry Moser, West Hatfield, 1982. The present copy is number 19 of only 50 deluxe copies signed by Moser and includes an extra signed suite and original signed drawing ($3,000 to $4,000).

            The fine selection of modern & private press texts includes Frederic Goudy’s Extracts from Night Thoughts [by] Edward Young, a hand-calligraphed text with illustrated borders and initial letters on vellum, circa 1890 ($2,000 to $3,000). An early work, possibly created in Chicago, the lettering in these Goudy manuscript pages is in a fairly traditional Gothic style, perhaps an experimental exercise, and showcases the early creativity of a prolific key figure in the world of type design.

            The auction will offer a rare copy of Regards sur Paris, a folio with 33 color lithographs by a artists including Picasso, Braque, von Dongen, Chagall and others. Printed in Paris in 1962, this set includes an additional suite of prints for 66 total plates and is number 18 of only 20 copies signed by all involved artists and authors ($15,000 to $25,000).

            There is a large selection of work by Andy Warhol, including a scare signed and inscribed folio, Wild Raspberries, New York, 1959 ($30,000 to $40,000). Believed to be one of roughly 100 copies, this example of the limited edition satirical cookbook contains hand-colored duplicates of two of the plates.

             Work of note from the important art journals selection includes a group of 73 issues of Derrière Le Miroir, Paris, 1946-82 ($6,000 to $9,000), from the collection of Monroe Wheeler, the groundbreaking former Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the Museum of Modern Art (1935-67). There is also a group of 15 issues of the innovative art and design journal Wendingen, Amesterdam & Sandport, 1921-31 ($2,500 to $3,500), including the coveted Diego Rivera and Lyonel Feininger issues.

            The auction also features the largest group of architecture and landscape architecture books to come to auction at Swann for a number of years. Highlights include two volumes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Selected Drawings Portfolio, New York, 1977-79 ($1,000-$1,500), as well as a first English edition copy of Leon Batista Alberti’s The Architecture. . . in Ten Books, London, 1726 ($6,000 to $9,000). 

            Rounding out the auction is a selection of works from ominous and amusing artist and writer Edward Gorey, including a group of 20 first trade edition children’s books, 1960s-80s ($1,500 to $2,500), nearly all of which are signed.

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. The items will be on public exhibition beginning Saturday June 5 from 12-5, June 8 and 9 from 10-6 and June 10 from 10-12.

 An illustrated catalogue, with information on bidding, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Christine von der Linn at (212) 254-4710, extension 20, or via e-mail at cvonderlinn@swanngalleries.com.

Live online bidding is available via Invaluable.

The world’s largest antique map fair will once again be held in the historic environs of the Royal Geographical Society on June 6 and 7.

Over 40 leading map dealers will gather from across the globe bringing an unparalleled array of original antique maps, charts, town plans, atlases and globes. Thousands of maps covering all parts of the world and every era of map-making will be on display, from the 15th century to the present day, and ranging in price from £10 to hundreds of thousands;   there’s something for everyone here, for the first time visitor as well as the seasoned collector. This is a unique opportunity to meet experts with an unparalleled depth of knowledge and breadth of material. 

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches the Bonaparte enthusiast might lean towards a rare broadsheet plan of Waterloo and the environs of the battlefield.  It was made by an anonymous British army officer who was at the Battle, published in Derby by a little known bookseller, G. Wilkins, and is described thus:

‘Second, and Improved Edition OF THE PLAN OF The CAMPAIGN OF THE NETHERLANDS, Comprising the whole scene of Action, With plain directions to the Reader for tracing the routes of the armies, to the positions, affairs of Posts, Battles, &c. From the 15th to the 19th days of June, 1815, DELINEATED By an OFFICER OF ONE OF THE REGIMENTS ON THE SERVICE’.

Although undated, the plan has all the hallmarks of having been prepared very quickly, possibly by a relatively unskilled engraver, no doubt to make the most of the public’s excitement at this great victory. £750

Or there’s an attractive map of St. Helena, rushed into print to capitalize on public interest when it was announced that Napoleon was to be exiled there. Curiously it is geographically outdated; the base map dates from the 1670s.

It is the earliest printing (of four), bearing the imprint of Burgis and Barfoot, dated October 1815. It shows the various landmarks and houses made famous during Napoleon’s residence on the island and marks 

'PLANTATION HOUSE The Residence of BUONAPARTE', while 'The Briars' is labelled as the property of 'Mr. Balcombe' and 'Long wood Farm' is described as 'The Residence of the Lieu.t Govr.', reflecting the haste in preparation.  In fact, The Briars was Napeolon’s first residence, and then Longworth House, while Plantation House was the governor’s residence.  As the map was quickly revised, this earliest state is rare.

But it’s not all about Waterloo:

200 years after it was published, we have a beautiful signed and hand-coloured 1815 first edition of William ‘Strata’ Smith’s ‘Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with Part of Scotland’ - the first large-scale, detailed scientific geological map of any country, and the subject of Simon Winchester's bestselling book 'The Map that Changed the World'. This example will be offered for sale at the London Map Fair for £150,000 and is complete with the original ‘Memoir’.

And on a completely different note we have the largest printed map of London. When Richard Horwood’s survey of London was first published in the 1790s, it was the largest map yet printed in the British Isles. The first London map to show house numbers, it is the most important map of the Georgian capital. Despite royal patronage from George III Horwood very nearly ruined himself completing the 32 map-sheets. After he died in penury in 1803, William Faden created this even larger version of the map, published in 1819, revised and extended to include the new docks in the east end. This version of the map was printed in 40 sheets and measures over 2 metres by 5 metres. £18,500    

And if you’re looking for something more manageable size-wise we have a tiny pocket globe, only 7 centimetres across.  Hand coloured, varnished and housed in a shagreen case, it was made in approximately 1730 by John Fowler, a man better known for his instrument making, and is rare and previously unrecorded.  £60,000

EVENTS

This year’s Guest Speakers will be map-seller (and London Map Fair organiser) Tim Bryars and Tom Harper, the British Library’s curator of antiquarian mapping.  

Tim and his co-author Tom will be discussing their recently published British Library bestseller A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps, revealing how maps permeated almost every aspect of daily life in the last century: 

‘From the Beatles to the Bomb, from top-secret documents to mass propaganda, maps tell many stories, allowing us to explore changing social attitudes towards the unfamiliar and unconventional, from Jewish London at the turn of the century to women in the workplace, and from the Edwardian opium trade to gay London in the 1980s.’

 Some of the maps in the book will also be offered for sale at the fair.

There will also be talks by third-generation mapseller and author Ashley Baynton-Williams throughout the weekend on map collecting for beginners.

The Map Fair is masterminded by three map dealers: Tim Bryars of Tim Bryars Ltd., Massimo De Martini of Altea Antique Maps & Old Charts and Rainer Voigt of Garwood & Voigt.  Tim Bryars and Massimo de Martini are available for interview.


New York - The top-selling lot at the American Art sale at Bonhams was a work by one of America’s greatest illustrators, Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945), which realized $1,325,000, more than twice the high estimate. 

After a lengthy bidding war, the work finally went to a telephone bidder.

Titled ...Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire, the work was painted in 1925 as a commission for The Deerslayer, the 1841 novel by James Fenimore Cooper and prequel to the famed Last of the Mohicans (also illustrated by Wyeth in 1924). The painting, which was sold by a descendant of the artist, is a supreme example of Wyeth’s success in this genre.

Other notable highlights from the auction include:

·         Gordon Fairchild by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), which sold for $305,000. Sargent was a prolific American artist whose superior techniques of portraiture were coveted by many upper class patrons during his lifetime.This work, painted in 1887, depicts the youngest child of Sargent’s close friends, the Fairchilds, and which got passed down through the sitter’s family, eventually ending up in the possession of the artist’s descendants. 

·         Blackfeet Camp, by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) that realized $81,250, well over the high estimate of $60,000. In this work, Sharp—who was known for depicting Native American culture in many of his paintings—has painted a Teepee nestled in the serene mountainous region of the West Coast. 

·         A work by the renowned artist, Dennis Bunker (1861-1890), Portrait of Doctor Royal Whitman that fetched $65,000, whose paintings rarely appear at auction.  

·         A vivid and richly colored work, Geisha Girl, by American Impressionist painter, Jane Peterson (1876-1965) that sold for $60,000, more than 1.7 times the high estimate. 

·         Stalking Panther, a bronze sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor (1862-1950), which achieved $50,000, racing past its high estimate of $18,000. 

·         Portrait of the Artist's Father, a magnificent oil by Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952), which realized $47,500, 4.5 times the high estimate of $10,000. Brewster, the daughter of prominent seascape artist, William Trost Richards, most likely painted this while under the tutelage of artist, Dennis Bunker, at the Cowles Art School in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Director of American Art at Bonhams, Kayla Carlsen, said, “We are pleased with the results of today’s auction. The market continues to respond well to works with pristine provenance that are estimated fairly.”

The next American Art sale will be held in November, 2015.

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is thrilled to have brought a significant collection of American paintings to the auction market. Both the May 20 day and evening sales offer a testament to the deep interest collectors continue to exhibit for early to mid-20th century American artists. 

Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin brought an important collection of 33 American paintings to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for an evening sale held May 20 in Chicago. Five works by Thomas Hart Benton were sold, including his 1967 Discussion, which brought $1,052,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $200,000/400,000.

From May 28th to 30th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 58th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. 

From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, letters, ephemera and original artwork.  And with prices ranging from a few pounds to many, many, thousands there’s something for everyone here.

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New York—On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer The Art Collection of Maya Angelou, with more than 50 works from Dr. Angelou’s private collection-much of which has never been publicly exhibited.

Nigel Freeman, Director of African-American Fine Art at Swann Galleries said, “The collection of Dr. Angelou shows the natural affinity this great American poet, writer, thinker and educator had with many visual artists. The auction includes paintings, works on paper, fine prints and sculpture by such important African-American artists as Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, Jonathan Green and Faith Ringgold. Their common artistic interests and experiences are evident in the narrative and expressive qualities of the work in the collection-from John Biggers' market scenes to Faith Ringgold's story quilts. It will also be the first and only time the public will be able to see this private side of one of America's great cultural heroes.”

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, will host the symposium “Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy” Oct. 28-30 in Austin. In advance of the symposium, the García Márquez archive will open for research in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room on Oct. 21.

This news is available in Spanish.

The symposium will explore the life and legacy of the beloved author and public intellectual. International scholars, journalists, filmmakers and former colleagues of García Márquez’s will speak about his global influence in the fields of journalism, filmmaking and literature. Panel topics include “Gabo: The Storyteller,” “Global Gabo,” “Gabo the Journalist” and “Gabriel García Márquez: Cinematic Scribe and Muse.” Panelists hail from Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

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