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Julia’s Spectacular March Firearms Auction
to Include Iconic Collections

15 & 16

Marburger Farm Antique Show
A Fair Price for Something Fabulous

March 31 -April 4

Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with $3.5 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

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for details

This Artist Fell in Love with the Folk to Fine Arts Festival and Moved to Commerce, Ga.

March 6-8

Tom's Auction and Superior Auction
Will Team for March 14th Sale

March 14

Wedgwood Seminar Celebrates Its 60th at the BMA

April 22-25

Popular Pottery Festival Returns

March 28

Int'l Perfume Bottle Association Convention in Spartanburg, SC

April 30-
May 2

French Quarter Museum Commemorates Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial with Exhibition and Symposium

Through March 29th

New England Motel Antiques Shows Celebrating Its 30th Year in Brimfield

May 2015

Come to the La Bahia Antique Show

March 27 -April 4

The 56th Fishersville/Shenandoah
Antiques Expo

May 8 & 9

Cole’s Antique Show in Warrenton, Texas—One of the Finest and Most Popular Shows

March 26 -April 4

Appraisal Institute Releases Its 2014 ‘Trending Data’ for Antiques & Collectibles

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for details

Trefler - It’s all about being
green today

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Julia’s Spectacular March Firearms Auction to Include Iconic Collections

Over the years, James D. Julia Auctioneers has become the foremost place in the world to buy high quality, fine firearms. But it has also evolved into the foremost place to sell. Julia’s March 15th & 16th auction will once again feature an array of renowned, old time collections from iconic firearms collectors and authorities. Following is just a sample of the many collections trusted to Julia’s with their sale:

1. The collection of the late Elmer Keith. Elmer Keith established himself as one of the most renowned authorities on arms and ammunition in the 20th century. His regular articles in “Guns & Ammo” and “American Rifleman” propelled him to national and international notoriety. A truly unique, independent, old curmudgeon, Elmer became the go-to guy in the 20th century for matters concerning ballistic performance. Elmer is credited for developing the .44 magnum, at that time, the most powerful handgun in the world.

2. The collection of the late Elliott Burka, “Mr. Remington”. Elliott put together one of the finest Remington collections of the 20th century, and over the years, he became renowned for high quality Remingtons in outstanding condition. Elliott was a member and supporter of many arms associations including the NRA and the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors.

3. The collection of the late Norm Flayderman. The name Norm Flayderman is probably one of the most iconic names in antique firearms of the 20th century. Norm was a tremendous patriot and an honorable and brilliant businessman with a tremendous eye and intellect; all of which propelled him to acquire and establish one of the finest private collections of the 20th century. He authored books on numerous subjects and began a catalog business which became renowned the world over. He was perhaps most noted for the eventual production of his price guide on antique firearms, “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values”. Norm Flayderman was also a member of the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors. This is the second offering of items from the Flayderman Collection.

4. The Evergreen Ventures, Inc. collection of class III, formerly on loan to the Evergreen Museum by the late Dell Smith. Smith was an extraordinary visionary that developed an international aeronautics corporation and later together with his son Capt. Michael Smith started the Evergreen Museum of Aviation and Rocketry in McMinnville, Oregon. A true pioneer and a great visionary, this is the second and final portion of his extraordinary collection of class III.

5. The extraordinary collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Sturgess’ collection represents the finest, most comprehensive collection of auto loading weapons in the world today currently in private hands. He also recently co-authored a three-volume treatise on the evolution of auto loading weapons that has become the bible on the subject.

6. The incredible collection of artillery from the Springfield Arsenal, LLC. Formed by John Morris, one of the foremost authorities on antique artillery in the world today, this is the second and final session of his spectacular collection.

7. The late Richard Schreiber collection of sporting arms. A lifelong collection of English and European quality sporting arms from Long Island, New York.

8. The estate of the late Thomas W. Connolly. Featuring best quality sporting arms by prestigious makers from around the world.

9. The George Reeb collection of European sporting arms. This collection includes various lavish gold inlaid and engraved arms from Austria and Germany.

10. The collection of Dr. Douglas M. Sirkin. Dr. Sirkin spent a good portion of his life quietly collecting extraordinary high art European and American arms, particularly Kentucky rifles. This is the final session to dispose of this magnificent, expansive collection and will feature a number of quality relief-carved Kentucky rifles.

In addition to these announced collections, there are other wonderful private collections, including a great selection of quality Winchesters, a special offering of historically important artifacts from the Battle of Little Big Horn together with innumerable individual and small groups of items from various estates and collections located all over North America.

The first day of the sale will begin with the collection of the late Elmer Keith. One of the most coveted items of the Keith Collection is the Colt SA Army revolver “The Last Wood-Old #5”, custom designed by Keith and Harold Croft. This iconic and famous gun carries a conservative and realistic estimate of $30,000-50,000. In addition to vast array of historic handguns, Keith also had a great collection of long arms particularly, sporting arms. The most notable of which is the famous Jim Corbett W.J. Jeffery Grade 2 Double rifle used to hunt man-eating tigers. Corbett was a professional hunter working for the British government and at their request stalked and killed 44 different man eaters. Two of these tigers had been documented as killing and eating 800+ humans. This classic and historic double rifle carries a presale estimate of $75,000-150,000.

Another rare W.J. Jeffery best Sidelock double rifle from the Keith collection is mounted with the crest of Raja of Miraj Junior State. This 500 Nitro express rifle is estimated at $50,000-80,000. A caliber .577 Nitro express Westley Richards Droplock also from the Keith collection is also estimated at $50,000-80,000.

Also included in the first session are a number of items relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn. An extraordinarily rare gold and enameled M.O.L.L.U.S. Medal belonging to Gen. George Armstrong Custer is estimated at $50,000-70,000. A Remington Army revolver with rare period l holster and farrier’s knife carrying the inscription “Lt. William W. Cook” had been taken from his body at the massacre. This historic group of items belonging to one of Custer’s officers is estimated at $50,000-100,000. A truly extraordinary and rare historic early hand drawn map executed by William Filo Clark and done in 1877 carries specific details of the Battle of Little Big Horn and estimated at $30,000-40,000.

A rare and historic 100 Guinea Lloyd’s Presentation Sword for a Hero of the Battle of Trafalgar
in 1805, John Pilford. Estimate $125-$150,000.

Another extraordinarily blade is the rare and historic 100 Guinea Lloyd’s presentation sword for a hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. Lloyd’s ship was on the high seas and thus in their best interest that pirates and other entities might destroy their insured vessels were repressed; subsequently, they put aside money in a special Lloyd’s fund to purchase and present trophies and swords to those who accomplished a heroic act or were successful in a special naval battle.

This extraordinary gold and ivory engraved and embellished presentation sword was presented to John Pilford, Esq., Captain of the HMS Ajax for his brave service in the Battle of Trafalgar in October of 1805. This extremely rare cased sword carries a presale estimate of $125,000-150,000.

Lloyd’s presentation items are extraordinarily rare but this sale includes two of them. The second one is an exquisite Lloyd’s Patriotic Fun presentation lidded silver trophy for John S. Tracy in 1804 for his actions in a battle in the harbor of Ft. Royal Martinique. This important English silver vessel is estimated at $50,000-70,000.

Elliott Burka’s extraordinary collection of Remingtons will include a very rare engraved Remington Model 1875 in fine condition estimated at $20,000-30,000. A rare cased factory-engraved new Model DA originally in the renowned Carl Moldenhauer collection is estimated at $25,000-40,000.

Elliott’s collection included all manner of Remington arms, and among these are numerous rare derringers. Remington derringers included an extremely rare Remington parlor percussion pistol in its original cardboard box with virtually all of its original silver-plated finish in extremely fine plus condition. An almost unheard of example, it carries a conservative presale estimate of $8,000-12,000. Another great rarity is the Remington split breech pistol rifle in .32 caliber estimated at $15,000-25,000.

Elliott was also a passionate collector of Remington cane guns, and the first portion of his cane collection is being offered in this sale and includes many rare examples. The rarest of all cane guns is the Coral gutta percha cane gun featuring overall coral coloration. This extraordinarily rare example (one of only two known) carries a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Following the Burka collection will be an offering of superb Winchester rifles with numerous Henry’s; the finest of which is SN 884. This gun in extremely fine condition is probably the finest handled by the Julia firm in the last 25 years. A truly superlative example, it comes estimated for $80,000-140,000. An extremely rare first model flat side Model 1866 saddle ring in very fine plus condition is estimated at $30,000-50,000. Another Model 1866 engraved by Nimschke also carries significant historical importance. It at one time belonged to Custer’s Black Hills expedition photographer, William H. Illingworth. It carries a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000.

A historically important inscribed 1873 Winchester rifle presented by Buffalo Bill Cody to his longtime friend and associate Frank North. The presale estimate is $75-$125,000.

The most historic Winchester in this sale is SN 291, a Model 1873 engraved “presented to Major Frank North, USA from Buffalo Bill”. North was a fellow scout of Cody’s, and he had been an important and close friend of Cody’s for most of his life. This historic and important gun carries a presale estimate of $75,000-125,000. A Model 1876 caliber .45-.60 is in extremely fine plus condition with vibrant case colors and estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Extraordinarily rare Winchester Model 1910 Motorcycle. Winchester ordered 200 of these to be manufactured in the early 1900’s; there are only two that exist today, both are in this auction, a 1909 and a 1910 model; this one being the 1910. Each are impeccably restored and estimated at $350-$650,000 each.

Despite all the above rarities in Winchester rifles, the most notable of all will be two extraordinarily rare Winchester motorcycles. These include a Model 1909 and a Model 1910 Winchester-branded motorcycles in superb restored condition. Winchester’s original plans in the early 1900s were to market 200 of these machines. These two examples are the only two known to exist in the world today. Each carries a presale estimate of $350,000-600,000. One of these great rarities some years back was sold at auction for between $500,000-600,000. At the time, it was the world record for the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. The buyer eventually fell upon hard times and sold the motorcycle to the consignor for a greatly reduced price.

Also included will be some extraordinary Colts. One of the most notable one is a superb gold and silver engraved Colt SA that was at one time part of the famous 1876 Colt Exhibit at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Fair. This important and high condition gun ranked in extremely fine condition is estimated at $175,000-225,000. A rare factory engraved Colt SA .45 caliber with nickel finish in extremely fine plus condition engraved by the renowned Cuno Helfricht is estimated at $55,000-65,000. A rare cased #2 Patterson belt model percussion revolver SN 60 replete with all its accessories in fine condition carries a realistic and conservative estimate of $80,000-120,000. A rare and spectacular cased Model 1848 Baby Dragoon with ivory grips is rated in extremely fine condition and one of the finest handled by Julia’s. It carries a presale estimate of $60,000-70,000.

A recent discovery in the Colt world is a Model 1855 Root with Charter Oak grips inscribed to “Wm. Read from the Inventor/Charter Oak stock from J.W. Stuart”. Read was a famous and prominent Boston gunsmith and distributor. Mr. Stuart was the owner of the Charter Oak, a very historic tree located in Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, the State’s charter was hidden in the knothole of the Charter Oak to save the document. The tree was destroyed in a windstorm in 1856 and wood from that very historic and memorable tree was used to make grips for a few very special presentation Colt revolvers; this being one of them. It has been in the Read family since its presentation and comes directly from a descendent and was previously unknown. This exciting new discovery carries a conservative estimate of $65,000-95,000.

Another superb Colt rarity is an extremely rare engraved Colt 1849 pocket is in its original and extraordinarily rare book casing. It is in very fine to extremely fine condition and estimated at $40,000-70,000. Another extraordinary Colt is an extremely rare new and unfired cased Model 1860 in brilliant nearly new condition. It carries an estimate of $85,000-100,000.

This session also includes a second offering from the Norm Flayderman Collection. Included are many historical identified and/or inscribed items. One lot is the fabulous archive of Col. Edward Anderson, “the infamous fighting preacher” who personally executed numerous suspected Confederate spies, guerrillas, bushwhackers, and disloyal Southern citizens. This grouping consisting of his sword, gun, epaulets and other ephemera carries a presale estimate of $12,500-22,500.

Also from Norm’s collection is a very rare and important circa 1830 guard-less, coffin-handled, silver-mounted, American Bowie knife which is the exact knife pictured in Norm Flayderman’s iconic text, “The Bowie Knife”. It carries a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000.

Another recent discovery is the rare signed Samuel Bell, San Antonio silver mounted Bowie knife. This important bowie knife is the only one to ever come up for public sale. It is one of only two and the other remains in a private family collection. This specific knife was a recent discovery and carries a presale estimate of $45,000-65,000.

A number of Civil War items also includes a regulation Confederate Major’s frock coat of James Ratchford, adjunct to the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood. This historic uniform is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A fabulous early Confederate First National Battle Flag “Liberty or Death” carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. A very fine and rare Confederate Dance revolver SN 165 at one time in the William Locke Collection is one of the finer Dance revolvers to come to auction in years and carries an estimate of $70,000-90,000. Another rare Confederate Dance revolver SN 121 also in great condition is estimated at $60,000-80,000. The sale includes a number of very rare Confederate pistols. A very rare Leech & Rigdon novelty works in great condition is estimated at $65,000-85,000. Also included in this auction is an extraordinarily rare Confederate long rifle known as the “Arkadelphia rifle”. Only a couple of these are known to exist; this one is believed to be one of the finest examples extant. It is estimated at $45-55,000.

An impressive grouping of rare Kentucky rifles will be offered, many of which are from the noted collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. An outstanding relief carved Flintlock Kentucky by John Armstrong is estimated at $45,000-75,000. An extraordinary and rare, one of a kind, Lehigh County Kentucky attributed to Stoeffel Long with two Indian heads is estimated at $30,000-50,000.

Early American arms include a rare and fine 1811 Samuel North Contract Flintlock pistol, the exact one used to illustrate the cover of “US Single Shot Martial Pistols” by James Kalman. A superb cased encrusted dual ignition shotgun by Thomas Page Delorme of Paris, formerly gun maker to the King of Sweden and Norway. This magnificent gun embellished with inlaid gold wire on stock and all over encrusted in the middle with gold is reminiscent of the extraordinary early gun maker, Nicholas Noel Boutet. This gun carries a very conservative estimate of $17,500-37,500.

Tuesday, March 16 begins Session II and includes a wonderful array of Class III machine guns, many of which have come from the famous Evergreen Ventures Collection of McMinnville, Oregon. Included is an Inglis Bren Mark II machine gun dated 1944 estimated at $30,000-35,000. An outstanding German WWII MG42 manufactured by Gustloff estimated at $30,000-40,000. Also, from the Evergreen Collection is a rare Model 1893/95 Gatling gun on original carriage estimated at $125,000-150,000.

Tuesday also includes the second and final session of the renowned Springfield Arsenal, LLC Collection of Artillery formed by John Morris. A rare and historic US Navy light bronze 12 lb. Dahlgren Boat Howitzer on original carriage is estimated at $50,000-60,000. The only surviving specimen of a Daniel Treadwell Model 1841 Iron and Steel 6 lb. gun is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A massive 5-ton patent 1844 8” Columbia Seacoast Siege gun is estimated at $35,000-60,000. Also in this sale from a private collection is an extremely rare Confederate New Orleans made 12 lb. bronze Napoleon on carriage with limber. One of only a few in existence, there are perhaps no more than five in all that are privately owned. This is the most desirable bronze cannon extant and carries a presale estimate of $200,000-250,000. A large number of rare military items of the 20th century include an extremely rare Singer Model 1911 A-1 presented to a member of the management and is in outstanding condition, new and unfired, and carries a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000. An extremely rare special order Colt Government Model semi-auto, one of only two known to exist with factory silver finish, is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

This sale also includes another session from the Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection of Zurich, Switzerland. Included is a highly desirable and rare Budapest Borchardt pistol which is a proto-type carrying SN 3 estimated at $25,000-35,000. A fantastic Mauser C-96 20 shot Lone Hammer with milled panel and correct stock is estimated at $35,000-55,000. A Danish Model 1906 Schoube First Variation gold inlaid presentation pistol to the President of Uruguay carries a $15,000-20,000 estimate. A phenomenal Mauser M1912/14 with matching magazine is estimated at $50,000-75,000. An ultra-rare Walther Volkspistole, sheet metal double action prototype 9mm parabellum is estimated at $65,000-85,000.

As always, the Julia’s auction includes the finest selection of sporting arms and once again, this auction is no exception. Included is an exceptional best Quality 12 bore Boss O/U with extra barrels circa 1952 in exceptionally fine and very new condition. It is estimated at $60,000-90,000. An exceptional pair of rare 2” Chamber 12 bore James Purdey Sidelock Ejector guns made for Maharajah of Mawanagar is estimated at $40,000-60,000. A superb pair of E.J. Churchill Premiere pinless Sidelock XXV game guns made for the Prince of Wales and later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor with original Royal warrant from the Prince of Wales is estimated at $40,000-60,000. Parkers include a previously unknown lightweight Parker A-1 special 12 ga. estimated at $32,500-62,500. A rare Parker 20 ga. AAHE is estimated at $45,000-60,000. The only known Philadelphia Arms Company (predecessor to A.H. Fox) grade D shotgun is estimated at $17,500-22,500. A number of fine L.C. Smiths include a rare L.C. Smith Premiere grade two barrel set estimated at $30,000-50,000 and an incredibly near new 410 L.C. Smith Specialty grade salesman sample with original hang tag is estimated at $35,000-55,000. An exceptional Lefever B grade side cocking drilling from the John Amber Collection is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Catalogs for this sale are available for $39 each or $75 for both sessions. The entire catalog is available online at Shortly following the firearms auction will be an outstanding single owner private collection of rare Asian objects of art to be sold on Monday, March 23. Details for this auction can also be viewed at Julia’s website or by contacting them at 207-453-7125. Julia’s next Firearms Auction is scheduled for October 2015 and they are currently accepting consignments for what is going to be another important and exciting sale. 

Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with $3.5 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Julia’s Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department kicked off their 2015 auction season with a fabulous winter auction that spanned three days and featured over 2,000 lots. Because of the exciting array of goods, bidders came out in droves to be a part of the sale. Registering over 5,000 online bidders representing 61 countries and 650 in-house, absentee and phone bidders, the sale’s massive gross exceeded $3.5 million.

Among the vast offerings of fine art, antiques, folk art, and historical items, once again, Asian antiques and artifacts proved to be particularly strong. The sale included hundreds of such lots, some of which came from an estate collection of a renowned Taiwanese diplomatic family with ties to Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot. The collection consisted of a variety of carved figures, seals, censers, jade, porcelain, and more. Of particular note was a magnificent bronze figure of Guanyin from the Ming Dynasty period. Displaying a benevolent expression and shown wearing a long loose robe and elaborate headpiece, decked in divine beading and jewels, she was seated on an ornate lotus stand. This phenomenal piece went out just above its $160,000-180,000 estimate to sell for $189,600. The following lot was a gilt bronze Buddha figure in the Ming style seated on a delicate throne. Ornamented with turquoise and coral, the piece sold at the upper end of its $25,000-30,000 estimate for $29,625.

From an estate collection of a renowned Taiwanese diplomatic family with ties to Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot, this bronze figure of Guanyin from the Ming Dynasty period sold for $189,600.

From the same collection came an impressive carved wood altar table with intricate allover traditional Chinese design and fretwork. Believed to have been constructed from Zitan, a rare Chinese wood typically reserved for royalty, the table sold for a princely sum of $58,662, surpassing an estimate of $28,000-32,000. Chinese furniture from other collections included two pairs of Huanghuali armchairs from the 18th century. A pair of yoke-backed examples with dragon carvings sold for $16,590 against a $3,000-5,000 estimate while a pair in an austere block form sold within its $10,000-15,000 estimate for $11,850.

Jade and jadeite also proved to be quite popular, especially when quality was high and estimates were conservative. A well-carved celadon jade Ruyi scepter intricately carved with plum trees, branches and flowers sold well above expectations of $3,500-4,500 for $24,700. From the Taiwanese diplomat estate, a carved white jade elephant representing peace from the Qing Dynasty period was no white elephant. It sold for $23,700 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. The following lot was a carved white jade censer from the same time period. The urn form topped with lion handles and a carved lion finial showed exceptional translucence. It neared mid-estimate to sell for $47,400. Natural jadeite jewelry included two breathtaking emerald green pendants carved depicting Quanyin. The first, mounted within diamond-encrusted scrollwork sold for $26,662, and the second, set within a diamond-encrusted aura, went out at $54,510.

Natural jadeite jewelry included this emerald green pendant carved depicting Quanyin. Set within a diamond encrusted aura, it went out at $54,510.

Elaborate cloisonné included a variety of censers. Of particular note was a pair of repousse gilt copper examples on stout foo dog tripod legs with dragon handles and finials that brought $21,330, surpassing an estimate of $2,500-3,500. A bulbous pair of censers with uprising handles and gilt covers with bats and chrysanthemums sold for $18,525 against a $9,000-12,000 estimate.

The auction continued with vases in an assortment of styles and forms. From the Taiwanese diplomat estate, a massive pair of carved cinnabar lacquer baluster vases with landscape village scenes saw active bidding. It neared the upper end of its $28,000-32,000 estimate to sell for $32,587. A Famille Rose bottle vase with a globular body and long neck, decorated with butterflies and bats flying among the flowers, went out at $12,350 against a conservative estimate of $500-700. And a Famille Verte shoulder vase with flaring lip and decorated with children at play in a large courtyard sold within its $14,000-16,000 estimate for $14,220.

Other highlights included a rare and finely carved rhinoceros horn figure of Budai from the Wanli Period (1573-1620). Depicted in the traditional form with a joyful expression and wearing loose fitting robes to reveal his plump belly, which represents contentment and abundance, he is shown with various children climbing across his belly and back. This lot, complete with proper documentation, sold for $53,325, surpassing its $30,000-40,000 estimate. An assortment of textiles included a number of Thangkas, Tibetan religious paintings on cloth. A framed ethereal example depicting Shakyamuni ignored an estimate of $1,000-1,500 many times over to sell for $13,585.

The auction kicked off with over 300 paintings and other artworks, including selections from a private Boston collector whose keen eye for quality Cape Ann school works brought him to some of the finest galleries in the Northeast to make his favored purchases. Included were such luminaries as Thomas Nicholas, whose “Valley Farm, Vermont” offers a view of the state’s rolling hills with its rural residents amid a blanket of snow. It sold for $14,220, more than doubling the low end of its $6,000-8,000 estimate. From the same collection, Emile Gruppe’s “Fall Beechnut” that the consignor purchased from the Gruppe gallery in Jericho, Vermont, sold for $8,887 against expectations of $3,000-5,000. Also, his oil on board by Aldro Thompson Hibbard entitled, “Winter Solitude,” depicting a village woman trudging along a snowy path past her stone farmhouse went out at $6,792 against an estimate of $1,500-2,500.

From other collections came such works as Charles Woodbury’s “Playing in the Waves” that depicts several bathers in suits that leave everything to the imagination. It changed hands at $26,662 versus a $10,000-15,000 estimate. A selection of illustration art included Dean Cornwell’s large scene of an opium den showing a dimly lit dingy room that appears to have seen its share of action. It finished up at $16,950, within an estimate of $15,000-25,000.

European art was highlighted in part by a signed19th Century European School work of various figures standing seaside enjoying a Mediterranean sunset. It sold for $18,960, surpassing an estimate of $6,000-12,000. Bidders saw through scattered paint loss and other areas in need of attention to bring a lovely work by Estonian Johannes Hall beyond its $3,000-5,000 estimate to $9,480. Depicting a papal procession in St. Peters basilica, the piece showed exceptional perspective and realism.

The diversity continued with numerous nautical works by such names as S.F.M. Badger and Antonio Jacobsen. The former’s portrait of the “Sovereign of the Seas,” showing a massive three-mast schooner, neared the high estimate to sell for $14,220. Badger’s depiction of the steamer Guyandotte cutting through the towering waves hit midway through its $8,000-12,000 estimate to bring $10,428.

The second day featured a vast array of antiques, furnishings and folk art including over two dozen weathervanes chosen from private collections and acquisitions from across the country. Featured was a leaping stag example by Washburne or Fiske with cast zinc head and detailed copper body. Estimated for $5,000-6,000, it sold for $14,220. A large “Nelson” running horse weathervane by Washburne or Mott of New York featured a well modeled horse with cast zinc head and hollow copper body. It exceeded its $6,000-8,000 estimate to sell for $8,887. Surprisingly, a large and well-detailed hollow molded copper grasshopper with realistic elements attributed to L.W. Cushing and Sons of Waltham, Massachusetts failed to find a buyer.

Other folk art included a very rare set of 25 carved and painted shore birds by master decoy carver A. Elmer Crowell. From a private collection, consigned by the grandson of the original purchaser, and accompanied by the original bill of sale the desirable set was hotly contested for. It ultimately went to a phone bidder for $82,950, well above a $10,000-15,000 estimate. An important and historic Portland, Maine, Civil War soldier’s quilt, circa 1864 depicting red and blue stars surrounding a stars and bars shield, was another great highlight. Inscribed with supportive notes by its makers, this historic work will now reside in the Maine State Museum having sold above its $8,000-12,000 estimate for $14,220.

An exceedingly rare, silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach of the Jeannette Arctic Expedition of 1879-1882. This ill-fated mission soured shortly after departure, and Leach was one of the 25 survivors. He was given this medal, which descended through the family until being consigned to Julia’s. Coincidentally, it sold to a descendent of Leach for $21,330.

From other collections, other historical items included an exceedingly rare silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach of the Jeannette Arctic expedition of 1879-1882. This ill-fated mission soured shortly after departure, becoming trapped in an ice pack and drifting north toward the Pole for the next 21 months. Provisions dwindled and eventually the ship began to give way under the pressure of the ice and sank. Leach was one of the 25 survivors and was given this medal, which descended through the family until being consigned to Julia’s. Coincidentally, it sold to a descendent of Leach for $21,330, exceeding an estimate of $10,000-20,000. 

The sale was rounded out by a large selection of early American furniture from the mid-18th and into the early 20th centuries, as well as silver, and various household antiques. Highlights included a lovely Portsmouth bow front Federal inlaid mahogany chest of drawers. From the first quarter of the 19th century, its string inlaid front, and inset satinwood oval panel drawers made for a stunning piece of furniture. It sold for $9,183 against expectations of $6,000-8,000. A Federal inlaid mahogany cylinder 2-part secretary with upper bookcase section over a barrel roll desk above three lower drawers sold for $6,517, surpassing an estimate of $3,500-5,500. A Gustav Stickley chest of drawers with dressing mirror was an exceptional example of American Arts & Crafts furniture, selling for $7,702, surpassing an estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Highlights in the antiques segment included a Queen Anne mirror with candle arm and broken arch top. This mid-18th century piece surpassed expectations of $600-800 to land at $6,813. A selection of silver included a 98-piece sterling silver flatware set by Tiffany in the Palmette pattern. This lovely set went out at $9,480 versus a $3,000-4,000 estimate. A 187-piece Tiffany sterling flatware set in the Lorenzo pattern sold for $7,406 (est. $4,000-5,000) and a large and rare Georg Jensen silver serving tray with ivory handles brought $8,295 against a $4,000-6,000 estimate.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction that will be held in March. This will be followed by a special single-owner auction showcasing the exceptional collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt featuring fine Asian antiques. Other auctions include a rare lamp and glass auction as well as their toy and doll auction in June and their end of summer antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in August. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: 

Tom's Auction and Superior Auction Will Team for March 14th Sale

Tom's Auction and Superior Auction will team forces to present an important local estates auction on Saturday, March 14th at 101 Philhower Drive in Suffolk, Va. Offered will be items from the 19th century to the present day, including antiques, collectibles, more than 50 guns, coins, jewelry, stoneware, glassware, china, pottery and more. The auction will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Terms will be cash, good checks and credit cards, with a 13% buyer's premium applied to all purchases (3% discount for cash or checks). Anyone wishing to preview the items may logon to, ID #'s 3398 or 1328. Auctioneers are Tom Perry (, 757-617-9647) and J. Scott Wood (, 757-334-1933). Be sure to bring a friend!

Cole’s Antique Show in Warrenton, Texas—One of the Finest and Most Popular Shows

Things are heating up at one of best show venues during Antique Week in Warrenton, Texas, on March 26-April 4. Cole's Antiques Market offers 63,000 square feet of air conditioned shopping heaven, stuffed to the bursting point with top-notch antiques, fine art and collectibles for visitors. All antique and vintage, no reproductions, nothing new. Owned and operated by Diane and E.J. Cole, this hard-working couple is known for excellence when it comes to putting on an antiques show.

More than 200 venders will display their wares in the large building and in outdoor tents. Browse top-of-the-line antiques, collectibles, American primitives, linens, flow blue, china, oriental and Persian rugs, western collectibles, pottery, jewelry, Victoria and American furniture, fine art, glassware, rare clocks, lamps, silver, paper goods, postcards, toys and more. Expert glass repair and grinding on premises will be available.

Don’t miss the free wine tasting on Tuesday, March 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Expert glass repair and grinding will be on premises.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 237 and Willow Spring Road (FM 954). Show hours are: March 26-April 3, 9 am-6 pm and April 4, 9 am -4 pm. Dealer spaces available: 281-961-5092 For information, visit

Come to the La Bahia Antique Show March 27-April 4

Don’t’ miss the 23rd Annual La Bahia Antique Show at La Bahia Hall, March 27-April 4, in Burton, Texas, near Round Top. Country cooking all day and an ATM will be on the premises. Drive the old La Bahia Indian trail through the country and find antique treasures under the beautiful trees of an historic 1879 building. It is the perfect setting for the La Bahia Antique Show.

Dealers come from Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, New York and other states to attend this event, bringing Flow Blue, Victorian, primitives, elegant glass, silver, American and English furniture, vintage and European linens and estate jewelry. Outside dealers will be offering merchandise such as garden architecture, shabby chic, quilts, vintage goods, re-purpose and collectibles. There will be porcelain restoration at the show.

The La Bahia Antique Show has been making positive impressions on visitors since it started in 1992. The Round Top Register's Antiques and Craft Show Guide states that among the "…shows that have shown consistent quality over the years is the La Bahia Antique Show at 237 and Hwy 290….” Admission is free, and there will be country cooking all day.

Visit for info, or stop by Hwy. 237 (290 W) Burton, Texas. Hours for the show will be: March 27, 8 am-8 pm (Friday Frenzy Late Shopping); March 28-April 3, 8 am- 6 pm; and April 4, 8 am-4 pm. The fall 2015 show will be Sept. 25-Oct. 3. 

Popular Pottery Festival Returns March 28

The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival has been bringing potters and antiques to the Catawba Valley area for more than 15 years. This year, the event is held on Saturday, March 28 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each year, more than 115 potters and vendors offer their wares and antiques for purchase to the public. Items include historical pottery, textiles, baskets, furniture and miniature items, with contemporary potters selling items ranging from coffee mugs to amazing works of art. Tickets to the Festival are $6 per person, ages 12 and under $2, and can be purchased at the door.

The Festival on Saturday also includes featured programming such as pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture presented by a special guest. This year’s lecture will be given by potter and co-owner of the Jugtown Pottery, Pamela Lorette Owens. Owens’ talk, “North Carolina’s Traditional Women Potters,” will explore the roles of women who made pottery their life’s work, starting in the early 20th century. She will explore several groups of potters including Native Americans from the Catawba and Cherokee nations, members of the Cole and Owens families in Seagrove, as well as Catawba Valley potters. The lecture is at 11 a.m. and is included in the Saturday ticket price. Owens’ lecture will be accompanied by an exhibit entitled, “Hands in Clay: Early Women Potters in North Carolina,” which will feature a full range of pots made by the women discussed.

Prior to Saturday’s event, a preview party will be held Friday, March 27, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This unique fund-raising event not only offers guests an early buying opportunity but also offers a catered Southern Supper and live music by the Sigmon Stringers. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advanced by March 21.

The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival began in 1998 with a mission to showcase the history of Catawba Valley alkaline-glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Development and growth have allowed the Festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South.

The Festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Catawba County Historical Association in Newton and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $300,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 16 years.

For more information on the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival, call 828-324-7294 or visit 

Int'l Perfume Bottle Association Convention April 30-May 2 in Spartanburg, SC

The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) will hold its 27th annual convention at the Marriott Hotel in historic Spartanburg, S.C., April 30-May 2. The convention is the biggest event of the year for the IPBA and attracts members from many countries, including Australia, Switzerland, France and Portugal.

“This year we are really expanding our events open to the public,” said Deborah Washington, IPBA Convention Chair. “All day Saturday, May 2nd, we will be hosting events such as our educational program ‘Collecting Perfume Bottles 101’ and our incredible Perfume Bottle & Vanity Show and Sale. The show boasts the largest showroom of breathtaking, exquisite, vintage perfume bottles and vanity items found anywhere.”

New this year is a free event called Vanity Valuations. The public is invited to bring in two vanity items for a panel of experts to value and identify. When asked to define a vanity item, Ms. Washington said, “If it makes you look or smell good, it’s a vanity item. If your grandmother left you a vanity item you would like to know more about, we can help you with it.”

On Saturday evening, the world-renowned and longest-running perfume bottle auction in the country will be held. It will bring beautiful and unusual perfume bottles to the auction block, where bottles will reach hammer prices from $100 to thousands of dollars. The always charming Nicholas Dawes of Antiques Roadshow fame will return again this year as auctioneer. Prior to the auction, Ken Leach, auction organizer, will give a presentation about key items slated for auction.

“We're thrilled to have Bernard Dennery, the grandson of Marcel Franck, as our keynote speaker,” said Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemburg, IPBA International VP and author. Leopold Franck introduced his new gadget at the 1878 World’s Fair in Paris, calling it the pulverisateur. Later, his son, Marcel Franck, became synonymous with cutting-edge atomizing systems. Dennery will share information regarding the re-launch of the Marcel Franck brand with high-end Art Deco perfume bottles.

For a list of events open to the public or for more information, contact Teri Wirth at 407-973-0783 or Visit the IPBA website at 

“The Best Shopping on the Atlantic Coast”:
The 56th Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo

As warmer weather approaches, the “don’t miss” event of the spring is the 56th Shenandoah Antiques Expo Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at the Augusta Expo (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville, Va. This weekend getaway is a quick jaunt from Waynesboro, Staunton and even Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

Heritage Promotions, located in Lynchburg, sponsors this expansive indoor/outdoor event.

"Since 1986 our show has grown into one of the premier antiques events in the Mid-Atlantic," Raymond Stokes, co-founder of Heritage Promotions, said. "Thousands of folks return to Fishersville because they scooped up a treasure or a ‘real steal’ on their last trip."

Serious and novice collectors, as well as weekend travel buffs, head for the gathering of 300+ expert dealers. The extravaganza attracts antiques aficionados from all along the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic regions. The show offers tremendous values, Stokes said. "Collectors find authentic pieces at fair prices. Why go to New York and spend more?"

One first-time attendee from New York even told Stokes, "I have shopped antiques shows up and down the Atlantic Coast for years. You are too modest in describing your show as the best shopping in the Mid-Atlantic. It should be described as the best shopping on the Atlantic Coast. I should not, but I am going to tell all my dealer friends in New York City about the great quality and pricing at your show."

The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques. Stokes added, “We draw reputable dealers from Florida to Maine. It’s not just about the sale. They take time to share curatorial expertise with anybody who has a question."

Visitors also uncover a trove of jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs and better collectibles such as doorstops, decorated stoneware, art, decoys, toys and Civil War memorabilia. Tastemakers of another sort snap up country Americana, such as early 19th-century painted furniture, and mid-century modern that tuck into eclectic interiors.

Then Stokes grinned: "At the end of the day, the expo is sheer entertainment for anybody bitten by the antiques bug or somebody looking for a fun weekend. For a two-day, $10 pass with free parking, you can search for an investment piece, one that jumps out at you and seems to call your name or something that just matches your decor!”

Heritage Promotions has organized and staged the Shenandoah Antiques Expo in Fishersville, Va., every May and October since 1986. They built the show’s reputation by working with top national dealers to offer quality pieces at reasonable prices. Show hours: May 8 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.); May 9 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The Augusta Expo is located at 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 (for directions during event: 540-337-2552). Admission: May 8, $10; May 9, $5. For media passes, call 434-846-7452 or email  

Appraisal Institute Releases Its 2014 ‘Trending Data’ for Antiques & Collectibles

It’s been almost three years since the Asheford Institute of Antiques, a professional-level, distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising, released its inaugural report on buying and collecting trends within the antiques and collectibles community. But this, year they’re back with a new survey that’s aimed at what the school calls, “the more relevant aspects” of the antiques marketplace, according to school spokesperson Tony Drew.

“When originally released, our first survey was meant to merely gauge general areas of antique interest, but now that we’ve garnered some fairly extensive data over the past few years, we’re finding that much of that information seems to be backing up our initial discovery regarding the movement of certain antique trends within the marketplace,” said Drew.

The latest survey, which was compiled from enrolled students and former graduates of the Institute, was intended to focus on the current trends of antiques and collectibles and was based on sales and buyer’s requests for specific items. While no measurable scientific practices were utilized and the survey remained informal in nature, the results still proved quite illuminating.

Said school Deputy Director Chris Hughes, “What we’ve really noticed is that there continues to be an apparent shift in the marketplace—especially when it comes to the younger generation. Categories that tended to gain traction and move up the list in a truly meaningful way were almost invariably connected to younger buyers. Conversely, categories of antiques that seemed to be off the Internet’s central radar, appeared to remain relatively neutral in their respective rankings, and any movement that did occur was usually the result of older, more established buyers.

The link between young and old was not lost on Don Kirpatrick, a 30-something dealer in the Northeast, who participated in the school’s original survey, as well as the current one, and who agrees with the Institute’s latest findings.

“A few years ago, I started sensing that younger buyers were interested in different periods, and so I began adjusting my buying—I dumped the heavy ornate Victorian stuff—and instead concentrated on Art Nouveau, Art Deco and even some ‘50s kitsch, and it’s really paid off.” says Kirpatrick.

Staffers from the school also noted this sentiment, saying that many of the respondents from the latest survey echoed these same thoughts, stating in essence that there had been a noticeable shift in overall buying preferences towards the “flashier” side of the Victorian spectrum.

“It’s just not my parent’s antique store any more,” said Julie Walsh, a dealer on the West Coast. “I mean, I just can’t sell what they sell. It simply doesn’t resonate with my generation.”

According to Shirley Huey, one of the staffers involved in completing the survey, younger dealers continued to have very different items and inventory when compared to older dealers. In fact, said Huey, “They were not only vastly different when it came to inventory but in their marketing approaches as well. It’s a trend we’re likely to continue to see,” added Huey.

School spokesperson Tony Drew noted that while the latest survey conducted by the Institute was by no means scientific in nature, it still managed to show the development of certain patterns and trends within today’s antiques and collectibles marketplace. “I think our survey is here to stay,” said Drew, “We’ve had an awful lot of requests since the first one came out, so it’s likely we’ll continue to offer this type of survey well into the future.”

For more information about the school’s latest survey or their antiques and appraisal course, call 877-444-4508 visit, or write to: Asheford Institute of Antiques 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275ACT4, Destin, FL 32541-2525; the Canadian office is at: 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124ACT4, Toronto, ON M5S 1R8. 

Marburger Farm Antique Show: A Fair Price for Something Fabulous

You can tell who they are. The ones with tape measures, notepads, paint chips and stylish comfortable shoes. At the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas, interior design professionals jump into the glory of ten tents and twelve buildings filled with 350 antiques dealers and artisans. On March 31-April 4, 2015, they will lead the way.

Dallas interior designer Kim Turner of KT Designs has shopped for clients at Marburger Farm since its very first show in 1997. “The thing about designers is time.” says Turner. “A good designer does not have time to shop the world or every market nearby. Marburger dealers are professionals at what they do, too—they spend the time scouring the planet for the best antiques, and they have the contacts all over the world. That’s what designers find at Marburger: not bulk bargains but the absolutely best and most wonderful things in the world. I am always delighted at Marburger Farm to pay a fair price for something fabulous. Besides, I love the pimento cheese sandwiches.”

Turner is also Vice President and Director of Dwell with Dignity, an organization of interior designers who create home interiors for families recovering from poverty and homelessness.

Dealer Stanley Hildreth of Sebasky & Hildreth from Staples, Minnesota, will offer 18th-19th c. furniture and decorative arts, including Staffordshire, sterling and early textiles. A stunner from a Minneapolis estate will be an 18th c. Queen Anne Chinoiserie secretary in red and white lacquer. Sounds like the definition of the one-of-a-kind objects that designers expect to find at this one-of-a-kind show. Hildreth says that cost is a factor for designers, in comparison to the cost of buying new objects.

“When it comes to the quality that a good designer wants, they can buy much more quality, dollar for dollar, with an antique than with high-quality new items. The really good new items are extremely expensive. An antique re-purposed, re-covered, re-imagined will always beat the new on quality and price.”

For amenities to make shopping easier and more fun, Marburger Farm offers a long list for every visitor: free parking and parking shuttle, mile-high pies and full-service breakfast and lunch cafe, show-wide WIFI and golf carts available for rent, the Blacksmith Shop bar, the official show magazine, “The Howdy,” and air-conditioned restrooms. A new benefit for interior designers will be the VIP program with Marburger’s on-site shipper, Distinguished Transport, offering VIP breakfast, swag bags and shipping and storage assistance, all coordinated from the Marburger Farm Gulf Warehouse.

The Marburger Farm Antique Show opens on Tuesday March 31 with Early Buying from 10 am through 2 pm for $25 for adults, free for children 15 and under. Regular $10 admission begins March 31 at 2 pm. One admission is good all week, with the show running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturday, April 4, from 9 am to 4 pm. Advance tickets, group tickets and shopper WIFI are available. Parking is free. See information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping and the Marburger Cafe at or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799. Get your own sneak peek on Facebook at or on the show blog at 

Trefler - It’s all about being green today

This spring, Trefler’s, the oldest comprehensive restoration company in the United States, is thinking green by encouraging everyone to restore, repurpose, and renew family treasures as the spring-cleaning season begins. Repurposing furniture and home décor can transform any item to match changing lifestyles, without adding to a landfill or purchasing new products.

“It’s all about being green today,” comments Leslie Burnard, Trefler’s Director of Marketing and Sales. “And we love a challenge.”

Trefler’s recently repurposed a dining room table for a client who was downsizing. The family’s new residence could not accommodate the size of their beloved table. Instead of discarding one of their favorite pieces of furniture, Trefler’s expert furniture restorers were able to shorten the table and create a leaf insert from the table center. The original beauty of the table was preserved while making modifications to better fit the family’s new home. With the vision and skill of Trefler’s expert furniture restores, this table can continue to be enjoyed.

For almost 100 years, Trefler’s has expertly mixed century-old techniques with modern restoration technology to execute some of the best restorations in the world.

Trefler's may be contacted at:

29 Tower Road
Newton, MA

This Artist Fell in Love with the Folk to Fine Arts Festival and Moved to Commerce, Ga. By Frances Byrd

Two years ago, my family and I had a dream of moving to the country and getting a farm. Well, we didn't get the farm, but we did move to the country. We have been driving up to Commerce for 15 years to attend family reunions. The small-town charm always appealed to us, so when we heard about the Folk to Fine Arts Festival in the midst of house hunting, we made a trip to check it out. As an artist, I was hoping to see what the art community looked like.

Driving into Commerce is a little like going back in time, and it is that slower pace that has always made us enjoy our visits. When you pull off the interstate, there's a beautiful, rusty, old water tower across from a quaint country church. A little further on, the railroad track begins to parallel the main road, which opens up into a traditional main street with shops on either side. Most of the architecture is original and has that unmistakable aura of a small community and historic charm.

The Civic Center, which hosts the festival, is in an old denim factory that has undergone minimum renovations and retains much of its original charm – and it is a sight to be seen. The festival has grown by leaps and bounds each of its four years, and with over 70 regional artists, it has a little bit of everything for everyone.

My experience at the festival was different than I had expected. I am used to the Atlanta art scene, so the friendly atmosphere and vibrant personalities of the artists were a surprise. The majority of people are just plain nice. They want to know about you and where you come from. If you pass muster, they want to know what makes you tick. Suddenly, you're a part of the “community family” and folks are helping you out. Many of the vendors know one another from the festival circuit, and they come in shouting hellos and sharing stories. There's a sense of belonging and community spirit. This atmosphere also extends beyond the festival into Commerce itself.

Upon entering, I found myself surrounded by brightly painted gourds (chickens, of course, that I wanted to buy up and take home), eclectic jewelry, face jugs, story quilts, metal art and a wide variety of folk and fine art paintings. I suddenly felt a sense of belonging I had never felt in the Atlanta art community. Perhaps, as my husband often says, I need more whimsy – and I found it at the annual Folk to Fine Art Festival in Commerce, Ga.


This year's Folk to Fine Arts Festival will be held March 6-8, in the Commerce Civic Center located at 110 State Street. A Meet the Artists Reception will be held March 6, from 6-9 p.m. (admission $15). Festival hours are March 7 from 10-5 and March 8 from 10-4. Admission: $7, kids 10 and under free. Info:

Wedgwood Seminar Celebrates Its 60th at the BMA

The Wedgwood International Seminar celebrates its 60th Seminar and will do so with a conference at the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art which houses the largest public collection of Wedgwood wares outside of England. For decades, it has been the home of the famed Beeson Collection of 18th Century Wedgwood, and in 2008, it acquired the equally distinguished Buten Collection that spans more than two centuries of Wedgwood manufacture. Wedgwood from other sources along with the massive Elizabeth Chellis collection of Wedgwood books and manuscripts in the library also comprise the BMA’s holdings. The event takes place April 22-25, 2015, and will draw a large number of attendees from several continents.

Featured will be eleven lectures from leading Wedgwood and ceramics scholars as well as from key collectors: BMA senior curator, Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, the conference co-chairman, will speak on “The Swinging Sixties: Wedgwood Studio Potters”; Margaret Carney, founder and Director of the Dinnerware Museum, on “Great Moments in Ceramic History: Wedgwood for Example”; and curator emeritus of Lady Lever Art Gallery, England, Robin Emmerson, will present two papers, “Wedgwood Jasper Chimney Pieces” and “Wedgwood in the Empress’s Bedroom.”

Other speakers will include: Ellen Gerth, curator of collections at the Odyssey Marine Exploration on “The Blue China Shipwreck: Staffordshire Ceramics for the U.S. Market”; Graham Boettcher, BMA chief curator of America Art, on “China Painting on Wedgwood”; and Texas A&M English professor, Susan Egenolf, on “Expeditionary Wedgwood: The Aesthetic Collapse of Time and Space.” Additionally, Wedgwood Society of Washington founder Adele Barnett will present, “Shell-Shock: Centuries of Wedgwood’s Shelly Fancying”: editor and writer Harwood Johnson, “Wedgwood & Bentley Medallions: Identifying Unknown Subjects”; collector Colin Jones on “Wedgwood in Australian Public Collections”; and collector Sandy Olubas on “Wedgwood and Wine: From the Cellar to the Table.”

The four-day conference will also offer a number of other onsite activities ranging from a ceramics conservation laboratory visit to hands-on sessions and soap-making, from the library resources program to, of course, access to the thousands of Wedgwood objects on display and in reserves at the BMA. Attendees will also have the convenience of purchasing Wedgwood wares from member dealers and the enjoyment of interacting with fellow Wedgwoodians, leaders in the field, and new enthusiasts.

The lectures, receptions, banquets, lunches, tours, and other activities are all inclusive under the registration fee of $525. The host hotel is the Sheraton Birmingham offering a special conference rate of $125 per night. To obtain more information on this milestone Seminar, registration, and the hotel, and to make reservations, visit or email

The Wedgwood International Seminar, founded in 1956, conducted its inaugural gathering in Philadelphia. Since then it has held its annual events in major cities around the USA, Canada, the UK, and beyond. These conferences offer the opportunity for Wedgwood enthusiasts the world over to gain expanded insight into the related topics, visit private and public collections, and network in an informal forum. Annual membership fee is $35 per individual and $50 per family. 

French Quarter Museum Commemorates Battle of New Orleans
Bicentennial with Exhibition and Symposium, through March 29th

Two hundred years ago on a battlefield just outside of New Orleans, a frontier general and his motley force of regular troops and volunteers defeated a larger, more experienced British army intent on capturing the port city. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), a museum, research center and publisher in the heart of the French Quarter, joins city-wide commemorations presented in conjunction with the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans with an exhibition and a two-day symposium.

The exhibition, titled “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans,” sheds light on the leader of that improbable American victory. Located at 533 Royal Street in New Orleans, the free display is on view Tues.-Sat., from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through March 29. Tracing Jackson’s rise from humble beginnings to immortality as a war hero and president, the exhibition covers some of the controversies (such as martial law and Indian removal) that attended his career.

Andrew Jackson bandbox; between 1820 and 1845; color woodblock on paper adhered to cardboard.
(Photo: The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

Rare objects—some belonging to Jackson himself—will be on loan from the Hermitage, the Library of Congress and elsewhere. Highlights from The Historic New Orleans Collection's own holdings include a selection of the infamous “coffin broadsides” printed by supporters of John Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election and rare funeral ribbons memorializing Jackson after his 1845 death. Subsequent uses of Jackson’s image demonstrate his lasting impact on New Orleans and the U.S.

THNOC’s 20th Annual Williams Research Center Symposium, “Forgotten Conflicts: Indians, Andrew Jackson and the War of 1812 in the South,” will examine the War of 1812 and its impact on the South. The program begins Friday, Jan. 23, with a keynote address by Central Connecticut State University history professor Matthew Warshauer and will continue Friday, Jan. 24, with six additional presentations. All lectures will be at the Hotel Monteleone, at 214 Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Registration rates range between $55 and $90 and include all the presentations, plus two receptions offering opportunities to view the companion exhibition and interact with the symposium speakers. For more info on the exhibition, including online links to registration, visit For more information about THNOC, visit or call (504) 523-4662. Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. 

New England Motel Antiques Shows Celebrating Its 30th Year in Brimfield

New England Motel Antiques Shows in Brimfield, Mass., will celebrate its 30th year in May 2015. Over time, New England Motel has been privileged to host the finest antiques and collectibles dealers from around the world. When the show was purchased, it included a small motel and 15 acres of woods. The first dealer sign-ups came in September 1985 when the inaugural show was held, and many of them are still on board today. What started as a 120-site show has today expanded to 400 sites, 72 of which are currently located in three pavilions (affectionately known to many as the “three barns”).

New England Motel is where you'll find Brimfield's finest offerings: furniture, jewelry, silver, shabby chic, lighting, pottery, textiles, European and American, primitives, country primitive, industrial, design, and more. The dealers are knowledgeable and always guarantee their merchandise. The field is home to the original and largest food court in Brimfield—a great place to relax, meet with friends and exchange stories about great merchandise and fantastic purchases. Other conveniences include on-site shipping, ATM machines and public parking central to all fields. Campers may enjoy real campsites that include electricity and water in a shaded area.

For those visiting Brimfield for the first time, remember: not all shows open on Tuesday. New England Motel’s opening is Wednesday, at 6 a.m., but to celebrate its 30th year, they will have a Tuesday preview from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. New England Motel is a family-run business. Show promoter Marie Doldoorian and her sons, John and Bobby, want to thank all dealers and buyers for making the show what it is today—a fun and adventurous shopping experience. In celebration of 30 years, please join New England Motel for food and drink at the first-ever Tuesday preview, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. See you at Brimfield in May!





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