Upcoming Auctions in the Mid-Atlantic

 

On Thursday, October 8, 2009 an exhibition and silent auction will feature 114 works or art by 65 artists with cognitive, physical and mental disabilities.  Billed as “Expressions,” this Elwyn Art Exhibition and Silent Auction will be held at Wilmington’s Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, Delaware from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.   Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be shared between the artists and Elwyn Delaware, a sheltered workshop and vocational training center for people with developmental and/or physical disabilities.

 

Upcoming Estate Sales

 

Estate Sale: Friday – Sunday, October 2-4, 2009, 9479 Deramus Farm Court, Vienna, Virginia: European chandeliers, carpets, original artwork & paintings:  Emerald Estate Sales

 

Estate Sale: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 4906 Tamaron Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina: Furniture, vintage clothing, costume & estate jewelry.  8 AM to 3 PM

 

Estate Sale: Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2009, 10120 Sorrel Avenue, Potomac, Maryland: Art, furniture, lamps, rugs & clothing.  11 AM to 3 PM

 

Estate Sale: Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2009, 44 Overlook Road, Locust Valley, New York: Antique furnishings, chandeliers, vintage lithographs, decorative accessories



Saturday & Sunday, October 3-4, 2009, Philip Weiss Auctions, Oceanside, New York:  Pop Cultural Artifacts auction featuring 700 lots of including twelve Peter Max posters

 

Saturday, October 17, 2009, Weschler’s Auctioneers, Washington, DC:  Fine Furniture and Decorations auction featuring over 500 lots including rugs

 

Friday - Sunday, November 13 - 15, 2009, Bertoia Auctions, Vineland, New Jersey:  Vintage Toy auction featuring antique cast iron toys, vintage trains and holiday items

 

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Brief History of Meissen Porzellan

 

Porcelain has been around since the Tang Dynasty in China, which lasted from 618-907 AD. It is the reason that porcelain settings at a dinner table are called China.  However, some of the most beautiful porcelain in the world is produced in Europe, where porcelain kilns and factories started to spread in the 1500’s.  One of the most famous porcelain names and collectors’ favorite is Meissen Porzellan of Germany.

 

In the early 1700’s artists flocked to the town of Meissen, after hard paste porcelain, made with kaolin clay, was discovered by Johann Friedrich Böttger.  However, the discovery of the hard paste porcelain has something of an interesting story; as Böttger was somewhat of a conman.  He had convinced King August II (August the Strong) who was the Elector of Saxony that he could produce gold from worthless material.  This plan backfired on Böttger because Augustus II decided to keep him all to himself and Böttger became his prisoner.  There are reports that at one time he tried to flee to Prague and was recaptured.

 

Fortunately for him, while experimenting with his ideas of producing gold, Böttger met another man by the name of Ehrenfried Walther von Tschinhaus, who was working on producing glass and porcelain.  After the death of Tschinhaus, Böttger continued the experimentation and refined the recipes left behind and Meissen Porzellan was born.  Fascinated by the process, the beauty and the potential to make money, Augustus II moved the production of porcelain into his castle.  He employed many of the artists, painters and sculptures to create some of the most stunning and colorful pieces that quickly became the favorites of royalty and the rich around Europe. 

 

Some of their most famous pieces use an underglaze called Meissen Blue which was first introduced by Friedrich August Köttig and Meissen not only has produced dinner place settings but some of the most beautiful vases, figurines and other knick knacks and tchotchkes.  Collectors need to beware that many others tried to copy their success and many fakes exist.  One thing to look for of course is the Meissen Porzellan mark, which is some version of cross swords.  The cross swords is said to be part of the Augustus’ coat of arms.

 

Where to Find Meissen Porzellan – Upcoming Shows

 

This Saturday October 3, 2009, Fabulous Finds will hold their Fall Barn Sale in Vienna, Virginia.  This sale promises to have a big selection of fabulous antiques, vintage furniture and home decoration accessories.  The Fabulous Finds Barn Sale will be held at 1870 Hunter Mill Road from 8 am until 4 pm.  A portion of the proceeds from this sale are donated to the Susan J. Komen Foundation.

 

Celebrating its 12th year, the Gaithersburg Antiques and Collectibles Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4, 2009.  This show will features a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, vintage glass, silver, antique advertising, estate and antique jewelry and much more.  The Gaithersburg Antiques and Collectibles Show will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

 

October 4, 2009, The Cameron Antiques & Collectibles Fair, Highway 24/27, Cameron, North Carolina

 

October 4, 2009, Delaware Antique & Collectible Extravaganza, Spence’s Bazaar, Dover, Delaware

 

October 10-11, 2009, Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, New York

 

October 10-11, 2009, Antiques in the Lehigh Valley, Agricultural Center Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, Pennsylvania

 

On Saturday, October 10, 2009, the Springfield-Franconia Lions Club will host their summer bi-weekly Flea Market.  This market which features an eclectic mix of merchandise that includes antiques, vintage collectibles, home decorations and accessories, will be held from 8 am until 4 pm at the VRE Commuter Parking Lot in Springfield Virginia.  Lions Clubs donate extensively to programs for the blind and visually impaired.

 

Blue Onion by Meissen Porzellan

 

The Blue Onion pattern was originally manufactured by Meissen in the late 1700’s and was originally named the bulb pattern.  This design was so popular that many companies tried to copy it and sometimes this confuses novice collectors. Meissen Blue Onion pattern wares have a very crisp look and the blue glaze does not bleed into the white porcelain.  The other thing that sets the original Meissen apart from others is that the cross swords not only appear on the back or bottom of the piece, but on the front art design as well.

 

The other thing that confuses a lot of collectors is the Meissen Blue Onion wares were themselves similarly copied from Chinese porcelain. The difference is in the actual artwork, which is much cleaner and symmetrical.  A closer look at the artwork also shows that the Germans took more artistic license and the onions look less like onions and more like peaches and the center of the designs feature peony looking flowers.  On a lot of the plates and compotes, the design also features a reticulated edge, which can have rough edges on a copy or fake. 

 

Dumb Mikey and His Wife

 

After a long day at home lounging around, Mikey hears his wife’s car come up the driveway and screech to a halt.  Mikey is thinking to himself, great she is finally home and she can cook me a nice dinner.  His wife runs into the house and yells at the top of her lungs, “Mikey, quickly pack your bags, I’ve just won $10 million in the lottery.”  Excited, Mikey says to her, “Honey, that is fantastic.  Should I pack for the beaches of the Caribbean or the ski slopes of Europe?” Aghast, the wife looks at him and says, “I don’t care what you pack, just get out of here.”

 

Recent Auction of Theodore Millet Bureau

 

Charlton Hall Galleries of West Columbia, South Carolina recently sold Theodore Millet bureau for more than $30,000 in an auction billed as the Great Estates Auction.  The bureau was a Louis XV style satine bronze mounted bureau rognan and was believed to have been produced in the late 1800’s.  Theodore Millet was a French artist and cabinetmaker in Paris from 1853 to 1902 and specialized in Louis XV and Louis XVI style furnishings.  The auction, which was held simultaneously online brought in more than 14,000 bids from 15 different countries. 

 

Phillumeny

 

In 1826 a major invention in the field of fire was made by a little known pharmacist in the town of Stockton-on-Tees, England.  This was the birth of the friction match as we know it today.   As more and more people started using this wonderful invention to light fires, pipes, cigars, cigarettes and candles, more and more manufacturers proliferated and started producing matches; each company and or manufacturer putting their matches in colorful containers, matchbooks and match boxes. 

 

People that collect matchboxes, matchbooks and matchbox labels are called Phillumenists and their hobby is referred to as Phillumeny, a word which was first coined in 1943 by British collector Marjorie S. Evans.  Many people in different areas of the world collect all manner of covers and matchboxes, but most stick to what they know best and that is generally what was common for their particular area of the world.  An example being matchbook covers which are more collectible here in the U.S. than in say Europe or the Middle East.

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In the 1830’s match safes were invented for the sole purpose of keeping matches safe from moisture and to have a handy friction surface where the match could be struck.  They were very popular during the Victorian era and were made of many different materials and many were intricately designed and ornately decorated.  Some are so beautiful they are nothing less than a priceless piece of art.  The pictured match safe in the shape of a grass hut, measures 1.5” x 2.5” and was sold on eBay for $585.