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Kovels’ April 2023 newsletter features midcentury modern furniture, antique weathervanes, 19th-century bisque dolls, Arts and Crafts jewelry and a report from the Original Miami Beach Antique Show.
Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016) is one of the most important American midcentury modern furniture designers. A recent auction at Freeman’s in Philadelphia offered more than 100 lots from Kagan’s personal collection. Examples of chairs, sofas, desks, tables, bedroom furniture and lighting, are featured in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles April 2023 newsletter. The event featured a dazzling Vladimir Kagan unicorn sofa that sold for more than $20,000! For your home office, the sale also offered a beautiful Kagan walnut desk with an airplane propeller base that went for $3,780. See these and more Kagan creations in Kovels’ April issue.
As Bob Dylan sang in his 1965 classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” But an antique weathervane? Put us down for needing that, whether the wind is blowing or not. Long popular with collectors, weathervanes offer a slice of Americana and an aesthetic pleasure. A recent Pook & Pook auction featured rare and collectible 19th-century weathervanes that blew away bidders. Our April newsletter showcases a swell-bodied copper stork weathervane nearly 30 inches tall that sold for $25,000; a full body, leaping stag weathervane that realized $18, 750; and a full report from the wonderfully breezy sale.
Exquisitely detailed and costumed 19th-century French bisque dolls captured the hearts of bidders at a recent Theriault’s auction. More than 500 of the world’s most valuable dolls were on display, with prices ranging from $115 for antique doll accessories to a whopping $184,000 for a pair of French bisque dolls. Bisque is a type of unglazed porcelain used to craft doll heads, shoulders and, sometimes, limbs. Bisque gives dolls a matte, skin-like texture in contrast to china dolls made of glazed porcelain. Discover more about bisque dolls and the captivating auction in the April issue.
Enjoy jewelry? Then you’ll love our Sales Report on handcrafted jewelry from the Arts and Crafts era in the April issue. The Arts and Crafts movement flourished from about 1880 to 1920, and as it spread across Europe, it breathed new life into jewelry design. A sparkling winter auction at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh, Scotland, included an array of Arts and Crafts jewelry that captured bidders’ attention. Featuring mostly pendant necklaces, pins and belt buckles, a silver and mottled green enamel pendant necklace highlighted the auction, selling for $5,616. Kovels’ April newsletter includes a story on the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, sharing a fantastic diamond ring find by staff reporter Hamsy Mirre’s handsome 9-year-old son. In our Dictionary of Marks, you’ll find marks for midcentury modern furniture. Speaking of furniture, the Collector’s Gallery answers a reader’s question about an oak table made by Heywood-Wakefield. Readers were also curious about a mother-of-pearl mirror, a silver cigarette case and lighter, and a plate that was once used to serve eggs. Finally, and with Easter right around the corner, you’ll find “eggsactly” 38 values for antiques and collectibles in the April Buyer’s Price Guide.
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