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Antiques & Collectibles Price List by Ralph &
Terry Kovel. This is probably the best wide variety antiques and
collectibles price guide on the market. While no price guide can
be perfect, and this one certainly isn't, it does do a better job
than any other competitive guide. The listings are more comprehensive
with over 850 pages, and the price estimates are more accurate.
There are more specific categories than the norm, so the sheer number
of listings and variety can give you a good general idea about your
item, even if the match is not exact. Most higher end manufacturers
are represented with their own category instead of just being grouped
into "pottery" or "porcelain." From our experience, the prices are
more accurate for low to mid price merchandise and can be far off
current auction values for high end vintage lamps, for example.
Nevertheless, no serious collector or antiques dealer should be
without this book, and with it in hand anybody can wander through
a house and estimate values for all those things you thought were
of Tiffany by Egon Neustadt. This is that one book that
every Tiffany collector wants to own, and it's not easy to get.
This hardcover book is a special order, but amazon can usually get
one for you. This is the authoritative guide on Tiffany lamps ever
produced by the recognized pioneer in LCT research. All dealers
in Tiffany lamps, who absolutely need to verify period authenticity,
own this book. You may be bored by the fact that it is so comprehensive,
covering every lamp with a depth not present in any other reference
book, but I sincerely doubt it. He also explores the nuances of
the different glass in both chemistry and usage, and his descriptions
of lamp production and techniques, the variety of bases used, and
design aesthetics are fascinating to read. Nobody who owns or aspires
to own a Tiffany lamp should be without this invaluable book which
will hold its value as well; I've seen this book at estate sales
selling for the same price you can usually get a new one through
of Costume Jewelry by Joanne Dubbs Ball, Dorothy Hehl
Torem. This important references takes an in-depth journey through
the phenomenal ascent of costume jewelry through the 20th century.
The costume jewelry designers are discussed individually and their
work is displayed in hundreds of magnificent photographs of their
masterpieces. Unsigned masterpieces are also included, proving that
the makers of many top quality pieces are sometimes unknown. This
volume continues the unfolding story of costume jewelry begun with
Joanne Ball's very popular book Costume Jewelers, The Great Age
of Design and both authors' The Art of Fashion Accessories.
Bakelite Collection (Schiffer Book for Collectors) by
Matthew L. Burkholz and John Hylton.
Matthew L. Burkholz is recognized
as one of the leading dealers in bakelite and plastics, and he has
assembled here a nice variety of information and photographs. The
entire spectrum of vintage plastic jewelry is reviewed in text and
picture: bakelite, lucite, celluloid, and more, with good representations
of the variety of plastic objects which were made to use and enjoy.
The collection of top jewelry in this book is very impressive, assembled
from a variety of sources including private collectors. In fact,
there is one chapter devoted to collectors of plastic and information
about the people and their collections. This book is a must have
for any serious collector or dealer.
Master of Art Deco by Alberto Shayo. The bronze and
ivory figurines of Romanian-born Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947), who
settled in Paris in 1912, seem the embodiment of Art Deco style.
His poised, svelte dancers and courting couples, with their grace
and freedom of movement, transport the viewer into a world where
time is suspended, lost innocence recaptured. Shayo, who owns a
New York City art gallery, tapped France's national archives and
tracked down the artist's widow, Julienne Chiparus St. Martin, to
reconstruct the life of this extremely private sculptor. This marvelously
illustrated volume, surely the fullest account of Chiparus's life
and work to date, shows how he blended elements from Sergei Diaghilev's
Ballets Russes, the erotic Parisian music hall and media images
of the independent 1920s ``new woman'' to create transcendent figures.
Chiparus, who suffered a reversal of fortune during WW II, died
in paralysis after a stroke.
In All Its Splendor by Jack & Nancy Bomm. Roseville
Pottery began with the 1892 acquisition of the J. B. Owens company,
which had been founded in 1885 in Roseville, Ohio, by a group of
Ohio businessmen including George Young, C. F. Allison, and several
other Zanesville, Ohio businessmen. Many Roseville lines were a
response to the innovations of Weller Pottery, and in 1904 Frederick
Rhead was hired away from Weller as artistic director and created
the Olympic and Della Robbia lines. During these times, Roseville
made quality art pottery but was viewed as more of a mid tier line,
reproducing the techniques of others for a wider market. However,
it was Frank Ferrel, who served as Roseville artistic director from
1917 until 1954, who created many of the most popular and memorable
lines including Pine Cone, and in 1918 at the end of World War I
the "Roseville U.S.A." mark was first used. The Pine Cone line alone
had over 70 individual pieces to collect, and colors included the
most common green as well as lesser seen brown and blue. Floral
lines were diverse and always popular, including Dogwood, Iris,
Sunflower, Wisteria, Peony, Apple Blossom, Clematis, Bleeding Heart,
Blackberry, and many more. Also, Roseville produced a fascinating
variety of pieces including bowls, vases, wall pockets, jardinieres
and stands, candlesticks, ewers, bookends, and more! There are many
new and unknown patterns listed and pictured with over 400 full
color photos and over 500 Roseville Pottery items showing all of
the known patterns made. Several other people have produced excellent
books but none as complete as Jack & Nancy Bomm's, who researched
this book for over 5 years. They managed to access and photograph
a nearly complete collection of Rosevile's catalogue pages which
even reveal the item number (get a magnifying glass) of each displayed
Field Guide To Carnival Glass by David Doty. David Doty's
new field guide is the most fact-filled and comprehensive coverage
of carnival glass in print today. The scope of his achievement is
staggering. Using hundreds of computer-enhanced photos and a database
of actual sale prices for more than 37,000 items, the author has
created a user-friendly guide for identification and value. All
classic patterns are described and illustrated from A to Z, and
entries include a listing of known shapes and colors in each pattern.
There are price ranges and rarity ratings for each item, and the
32-page color section includes even some rare carnival colors. He
shares valued advice about attending auctions, distinguishing fakes
from originals, and what to collect. "Everything you ever wanted
to know about carnival glass" is an apt summary of David Doty's
exciting new A Field Guide to Carnival Glass. Much more than a price
guide, this book is an indispensable "bible" for all carnival glass
lovers. The convenient size (6" x 9") is perfect for collectors
on the move.
Handel Lamps Book by Carole Goldman Hibel, John Hibel,
and John Fontaine. In America, the beginning of the 20th century
marked a period of exhilarating growth. The first powered flight
had been achieved. The nation's railroads had reached most areas
of the country, allowing manufacturers greater access to the big
cities. The automobile had become a popular mode of transportation
and the use of electricity had become increasingly more common in
businesses and private homes. The rural isolation of the previous
century had ended. In this atmosphere of prosperity and optimism,
The Handel Company of Meriden, Connecticut grew and flourished.
Philip Handel's vision for the company was to combine individual
hand craftsmanship with creative accomplishment. His goal was to
design and produce objects of beauty whose aesthetic appeal and
usefulness would last for many years. Could he ever have imagined
that his vision would be realized, perhaps beyond his expectations,
as we are about to enter a new millennium. This book offers us a
unique opportunity to admire many of the lamps and wares created
by The Handel Company and, by so doing, perpetuate its unparalleled
legacy of creativity and excellence. The Handel Lamps Book, a 9"
x 12" hardcover volume, includes over 500 color pictures, original
Handel sales catalogs, portfolios and advertisements and a comprehensive
chronological history of the company.
Great Book of Tin Toys by David Pressland. When you
first considered spending this kind of money for a book it can be
a little daunting, but once you see it you will understand why and
cherish it for generations. It's a fascinating book on the amazing
diversity and evolution of antique and vintage tin toys, and all
the major collecting lines are fully covered with descriptions and
photographs. The book includes toys by Ohio Art, Wolverine, Marx,
Chein, and many more, and the toys are identified by maker and approximate
date of production. The author David Pressland also includes brief
histories of the manufacturers, close-up photos of makers' marks,
collecting tips, bibliography, and estimated values. American, European,
and Japanese tin toys are covered in colorful detail, and it's interesting
to learn about and see the mechanics of these antique tin toys.
It's a gorgeous book with beautiful pictures of rarely seen tin
toys, and if you're a collector this is absolutely a "must have"!
Flow Blue by
Jeffrey B. Snyder. Enjoy a wide-ranging array of rare, unusual,
and highly prized Flow Blue ceramic wares in 500 color photographs
in this new study. The focus is on products of English potteries,
although beautiful examples from America and elsewhere are included.
Among the photos are lovely teapots in many shapes and sizes, children's
tea and dinner services, potpourri jars, pitchers, platters, and
plates. Also presented is a survey of the body shapes which Flow
Blue adorns. Values for each of the items are included, along with
an index and a bibliography. The index cross references patterns
found in all four volumes of the author's Flow Blue books.
Book of Salt and Pepper Shakers by Irene Thornburg.
Calling all salt and pepper shaker enthusiasts! Containing almost
700 pictures, this captivating book features over 1000 salt and
pepper shaker sets comprising more than 225 series. The author illustrates
a wide variety of series with three sets or more. Separate chapters
highlight the World of Nature, Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, People,
and more. Included are many well-known manufacturers and importers
such as Holt Howard, Napco, Norcrest, Lefton, Enesco, Vandor, and
Clay Art. Measurements and current values are given. If you are
looking for a wonderful collectible, this book will show you where
Masterpieces: Identification & Value Guide
by Lynell K. Schwartz. Never
before has a book examined the intimate link between the fine art
of purse making and the fashion history of purses - until now. Purse
Masterpieces: Identification & Value Guide by Lynell Schwartz expands
upon recognizing purses as art, the delicate art of purse making,
architecture as inspiration, the manufacture of mesh, a look at
fabric, rare and unusual pieces, vanity bags and compact purses,
frames, and works of celluloid. The book traces the transformation
of fine art masterpieces into vintage beaded and petit point purses,
identifying those taken from the paintings of Raphael, Millet, and
Fragonard among others. Along with detailed photographs, there are
vintage advertisements and catalogs, original design sketches, purse
making instructions, and rare assembly photographs which provide
fascinating peeks behind the production scene. Author Lynell Schwartz
is owner of The Curiosity Shop in Chesire, Connecticut for more
than a decade. Her articles and antiques have appeared in many national
magazines and newspapers. She is nationally recognized as an authority
on ladies' vintage accessories and is the publisher of the purse
collector's newsletter and author of Purse Masterpieces, Vintage
Purses At Their Best, and Vintage Compacts and Beauty Accessories.
Style 1920-1960 (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
with a passion for the past will find a smorgasbord of wearable
oldies in this new study Vintage Style 1920-1960 by an expert in
twentieth century fashion. Focusing on the great styles that emerged
from the diverse eras between 1925 and 1965, the text places the
clothing in its cultural habitat while more than 350 beautiful color
photographs demonstrate the quality fabrics, dynamic designs, and
careful workmanship that made the clothing last, both in condition
and popularity. Chapters cover couture designers whose vintage clothes
can be found on the market today, with chronologically arranged
coats, suits, dresses, lingerie, handbags, shoes, and hats. The
hats chapter has a unique and especially useful pictorial dating
guide. Vintage Style was written for museum curators and preservationists,
students and fashion designers, dealers, collectors, costumers,
and reenactors-everyone who lives for fashion. Philadelphia-based
author Desire Smith is a major collector and dealer in vintage fashions
with her previous book Hats (1996), has been widely acknowledged
as an important fashion reference work.
Preiss: Art Deco Sculptor - The Fire And The Flame
by Alberto Shayo. Ferdinand Preiss was one of the greatest sculptors
of period Art Deco bronze and ivory works, and a complete biography
and amazing color photographs make this new book Ferdinand Preiss:
Art Deco Sculptor - The Fire And The Flame a must have for Art Deco
lovers. His work sells for huge sums but despite this nobody has
attempted to publish a book about him.....until now, and author
Alberto Shayo has done a fine job. Ferdinand Preiss was born on
February 13, 1882 in Erbach, in the Odenwald part of Germany. When
he was 15 years old his parents died, one shortly after the other,
and the 6 children were looked after by friends and relatives. Preiss
lived with the family of the then famous ivory carver Philipp Willmann,
where he was trained to be an ivory carver. In 1901 he left Willmann’s
workshop and travelled to Mailand, Rome, and Paris to pursue his
craft, earning his living as a modeller. In Baden-Baden he got to
know Arthur Kassler who became his companion. With him he founded
the company Preiss & Kassler, an ivory-carving business with a workshop
in Berlin. In 1907, he married Berliner Margarethe Hilme, and soon
afterward his son Harry and his daughter Lucie were born. At first,
the model collection of the new company consisted of small ivory
carvings, including statuettes of children and carvings whose motifs
were mostly oriented towards classical ideals. From 1910 onward,
the first carvings which combined bronze with ivory were produced.
The casting was done by the company Gladenbeck in Berlin, and by
the time the World War I broke out in 1914 the company had 6 employees,
all outstanding ivory carvers from Erbach. Immediately after the
end of the war, Preiss and Kassler built up the business again which
would reach its pinnacle during the 1920s. Preiss was the artistic
director whereas Kassler devoted himself to the commercial side
of the business. They specialized in Art Deco style cabinet sculptures
which combined ivory with painted bronze and which were mounted
on plinths made of onyx, marble, and sometimes also on mantelpiece
clocks or lampstands. The models, which were almost all designed
by Ferdinand Preiss, were produced in limited editions. A large
proportion of the production was exported to England and the USA.
The company Preiss & Kassler existed until 1943 when Ferdinand Preiss
died that year at the age of 61 from a brain tumor. The workshop
with the stock of samples in Ritterstraße in Berlin completely burned
down in 1945, just before the end of the war during a bomb attack.
Ferdinand Preiss is regarded as one of the leading ivory carvers
of the Art Deco scene of the 1920s and 1930s, and his bronze and
ivory carvings are among the most costly in the world. This book
captures the story of this fascinating Art Deco artist and vividly
photographs his work that so reflects the fun loving spirit of the
1920s and 1930s.
Icart: The Complete Etchings
by William R. Holland, Clifford P. Catania, Nathan D. Isen. The
year 1988 marked the 100th anniversary of Louis Icart's birth. There
were no parades of large celebrations, but Louis and his wife Fanny
would certainly have been grateful at the great resurgence of interest
in his artwork. This newly expanded book Louis Icart: The Complete
Etchings now includes over 500 different etchings, painstakingly
acquired and photographed. Particular attention has been given to
the early years 1911-1924, when Icart was a relatively unknown artist
and his edition sizes were small. With few exceptions, the book
contains large, full color illustrations which give the reader a
true representation of the full-size etchings. The authors William
R. Holland, Clifford P. Catania, and Nathan D. Isen clarify some
of the existing confusion surrounding Icart's work, explaining the
variations in his signature, the use of the "Windmill" seal and
other seals, and the myriad of copyright notations found on his
etchings. The etchings have been carefully measured and dated. More
pages, more pictures, and many picture upgrades make this book bigger
and better than previous editions which is why all the major auction
houses use it as their Icart "bible." There is also a new chapter
on the etchings of other Deco artists. This is a great addition
to the Icart legacy.
Stickley Brothers: The Quest for an American Voice by
Michael Clark & Jill Thomas-Clark. Stickley is a name synonymous
with Arts & Crafts style in America. The five Stickley brothers,
Gustav, Albert, Leopold, John George, and Charles were fully engaged
in the furniture industry around the turn of the 20th century and
had a huge impact on America's statement of style and the "mission"
look. But were any one of them style makers? Gustav Stickley claimed
that he had established an American style. Albert Stickley contradicted
that claim, and Leopold made his own statement during his final
years. Here, for the first time, the representative photographs
and ideas of all the brothers' work appear together in one volume,
to compare and contrast, so that readers can make their own evaluations.
They examine each Stickley brother's work and its relation to the
quest for an Amerian style, placing particular emphasis on the early
years and transitional moments. Dr. Michael E. Clark is an associate
professor of fine arts at Elmira College, and Jill Thomas-Clark
is the registrar at the Corning Museum of Glass. As a team, they
have been researching the Arts & Crafts movement in upstate New
York for many years and have specialized in the unrecognized Arts
& Crafts firms and local artisans in an effort to indicate their
roles and place in the overall Arts & Crafts movement.
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