immaterial worlds | buddhist, hindu, shaman, nomad, tribe Online* Auction: Monday, December 19, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: December 17-18, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Watch "Buying Back the Bombs" Video The Secret War was waged in neutral Laos between 1964 and 1973. An average of one bomb-load every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Of the 250 million bombs dropped, 80 million failed to detonate, leaving a deadly legacy that plagues the agrarian population today. The Philosopher's Style, by Beatrix Ost "Nothing is as it seams. Black and white is just a color. I design jewelry made from bombs detonated in Laos, turning horror into beauty." Since 2015, artist and fashion muse Beatrix Ost has brought design talent and vision to ARTICLE22’s New Luxe Line. With a shared ethos, Beatrix was inspired by the transformation story of Peacebomb. Her personal transformation story was skin cancer that left a Z-shaped scar on her forehead. Embracing this personal horror, she turned it into beauty by tattooing it light purple. Visit the Beatrix Ost dot com website
Edward Soleimani was a well regarded collector and dealer of antiques in the northeast. Born in Tehran in 1929, he immigrated to the US in the 1950's to pursue an education and earned several scientific degrees including a PhD in Chemistry from Rutgers University. He worked for a decade as an industrial chemist in both the Greater Chicago and New York areas. In the 1970's he made the transition to the antique rug business and became a student of the trade leading to a successful career in carpets and tapestries from a wide span of international markets. In his later years, he continued to build his collections and developed a sophisticated eye, particularly in tapestries, paintings and Asian art. Ed's well developed art reference library supports the detailed approach and research-based perspective he developed as a professional and collector.
December Estates | Fine Art, Folk Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Asian and Ethnographic Arts, Oriental Rugs and Textiles Online* Auction: Monday, December 5, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: December 3-4, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Featuring Items from the Estates and Collections of Edward Soleimani, Englewood, NJ; Barbara Savadove, Philadelphia, PA; Pamela Scheinman, Princeton, NJ; Alexander R. Raydon Estate, Raydon Gallery, New York, NY; Catherine Marcucci, Williamstown, NJ.
19th/20th Century Rugs, Kilims & Trappings From American Estates and Collections Online Auction: Monday, November 28, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: November 26-27, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)
“Each Piece Has Its Own Story to Tell”: The Carved Canes of Milton Jews Glenn Hinson Folklore Program, Dept. of American Studies, University of North Carolina 01 The work all happened in a South Philadelphia basement. Row-house walls kept the space narrow and cramped, while salvaged wood—lumber scraps, downed limbs, rescued boards—littered the floor and constrained movement even further. This was where African American carver Milton Oliver Jews “made chips,” crafting elaborate walking sticks that embodied the spirit and style of the city’s Black working class. His canes, carved in evenings and on weekends, testify to a fullness enlivened by laughter, challenge, communion, and family. Their deeply incised staffs speak to life on the South Philly streets, to the intimacies of home, to the quiet reveries of Mr. Jews’ imagination. The mounts on those staffs, in turn, bear witness to the strident demands of street style, to the chance to reuse thrown-away adornments, and to a time when a cane was the mark of a gentleman, the sign of those who, in Mr. Jews’ words, “called themselves styling.” A few of these walking sticks found their way into the world, given as gifts for birthdays and weddings, or [...]
October Estates: Fine and Folk Art, Asian Arts, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Oriental and Moroccan Rugs Online* Auction: Monday, October 31, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: October 29-30, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Material Culture Auctions a Selection of Items from Tolstoy Descendant Left: Countess Natasha Ogden Tolstoy (1943-2014). Right: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) "Countess Natasha Tolstoy was married to Count Sergei Tolstoy, great grandson of the famous author, at the Tolstoy Foundation in Nyack New York in its magnificent Russian Orthodox Church on November 22, 1970. She wore the exquisite taffeta wedding dress with hand stitched pearls for the elaborate marriage ceremony designed for her at the iconic Fifth Avenue, New York store, Henri Bendel, and a double strand of graduated cultured pearls adorned her neck. She and the Count enjoyed her stunning antique American Gorham Sterling silver tea and coffee service having Rococo style Repousse decoration depicting cherubs, florals, fruit and scrolls which she brought to the marriage along with the intricate Repousse sterling silver dressing set and the Russian Icons designed by the famous Russian artist, Henryk Winograd. Her sterling silver English carriage clock always sat on her desk in her study, and its chimed hours were reminiscent of Big Ben. She and her “Count” would sit on their porch using her lovely patio table and chairs, enjoying the sounds of nature and perhaps some fine champagne and caviar. Occasionally they would eat [...]
Fine Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Asian and Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs and Textiles, Modern Design Online* Auction: Friday, September 30, 2016, 10AM EST Exhibition: September 28-29, 11AM-5PM *Also accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)