Museum plucks musical desk from Case Antiques sale for $63,720

This unique Federal desk, labeled by well-documented East Tennessee cabinetmaker J.C. Burgner, featured a hidden stringed instrument under the top. It struck the right chord with buyers, competing to $63,720. Case Antiques image

This unique Federal desk, labeled by well-documented East Tennessee cabinetmaker J.C. Burgner, featured a hidden stringed instrument under the top. It struck the right chord with buyers, competing to $63,720. Case Antiques image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Southern Federal desk, with unusual stringed instrument inset under its top, was the number one hit at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, to the tune of $63,720 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). It was one of the highest prices ever paid at auction for a piece of Tennessee furniture.

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Morphy’s awarded right to auction legendary Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection

Musgo Gasoline porcelain advertising sign, Kyle D. Moore collection. Morphy Auctions image

Musgo Gasoline porcelain advertising sign, Kyle D. Moore collection. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that his firm has been chosen to auction the prestigious Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection, now owned by a private investor. According to Morphy, it is the most valuable collection ever to pass through Morphy’s doors, having an estimated value of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000.

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Japanese ceramics by living masters at Indianapolis museum

Tokuda Yasokichi IV (Japanese, b. 1916), Saiyu Censer (left), about 2002, porcelain with polychrome glaze. Purchased with finds provided by Tim and Jody Garrigus, 2001.137AA-B. © Tokuda Yasokichi IV. Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, b. 1953), Water Jar for Tea Ceremony (Mizusashi), 2006, wood-fired glazed stoneware, Hagi ware, 7 1/2 x 8 x 8in. Gift of John and Cynde Barnes, 2008.349A-B. © Kaneta Masanao.

Tokuda Yasokichi IV (Japanese, b. 1916), Saiyu Censer (left), about 2002, porcelain with polychrome glaze. Purchased with finds provided by Tim and Jody Garrigus, 2001.137AA-B. © Tokuda Yasokichi IV. Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, b. 1953), Water Jar for Tea Ceremony (Mizusashi), 2006, wood-fired glazed stoneware, Hagi ware, 7 1/2 x 8 x 8in. Gift of John and Cynde Barnes, 2008.349A-B. © Kaneta Masanao.

INDIANAPOLIS – Centuries-old traditions blend with the innovative techniques and eye-catching designs of today in the IMA’s upcoming exhibition, “Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics,” opening at the museum July 31. Read more

Colonial Williamsburg brings out its best silver for grand affair

Chafing dish
 marked by John Burt (1692/93-1745/46)
, Boston, c. 1730, 
silver and wood.
 The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2012-24

Chafing dish
 marked by John Burt (1692/93-1745/46)
, Boston, c. 1730, 
silver and wood.
 The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2012-24

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – To mark the reinstallation of Colonial Williamsburg’s permanent silver collection in its galleries comes “Silver from Mine to Masterpiece,” an exhibition of approximately 170 objects ranging from the typical to the rare, and dating from a circa 1530 Spanish ingot of silver to items made circa 1835. The exhibition will be on view from Sept. 12, 2015 to Jan. 7, 2018. Read more

Rediscovering Pirandello

Stallone puts ‘Rocky,’ ‘Rambo’ memorabilia up for auction

Rocky Balboa's boxing trunks from the first match against Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in 1982's 'Rocky III.' Heritage Auctions image

Rocky Balboa’s boxing trunks from the first match against Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in 1982’s ‘Rocky III.’ Heritage Auctions image

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sylvester Stallone is parting with memorabilia from the Rocky and Rambo movies, but he’s keeping the two characters alive onscreen. The 69-year-old entertainer announced Thursday that he’ll put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year career up for auction in October, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military charities.

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74-year-old Oregon man pleads guilty to art forgery

A Mark Tobey lithograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive.

A Mark Tobey lithograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man confessed to faking works created by well-known artists and selling some of the knockoffs to a gallery owner. Read more

Detroit art museum says ‘thanks’ to Michigan with programs

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), 'Les noisettes' aka 'The Nut Gatherers,' 1882. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), ‘Les noisettes’ aka ‘The Nut Gatherers,’ 1882. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is showing its gratitude to the people of Michigan for the state’s help in preserving the internationally renowned collection during the city’s passage through bankruptcy. Read more

Miscellaneana: Chinese snuff bottles

A transparent blue glass snuff bottle (left) inside-painted with a continuous scene of warriors on horseback. Saleroom estimate is £450-£500. A heart-shaped porcelain snuff bottle painted on one face with figures on a bridge in a landscape, and a lakeside view on the other. It sold for £1,700. Photos: Peter Wilson auctioneers

A transparent blue glass snuff bottle (left) inside-painted with a continuous scene of warriors on horseback. Saleroom estimate is £450-£500. A heart-shaped porcelain snuff bottle painted on one face with figures on a bridge in a landscape, and a lakeside view on the other. It sold for £1,700. Photos: Peter Wilson auctioneers

LONDON – The history of Chinese arts and crafts is a long one. During the Neolithic period for example – it stretched from the 10th to the second millennium B.C. – China’s artist potters were making pottery incised or painted with stylish geometric and linear designs that, for the time, show an amazing level of invention. In contrast, our cavemen were chasing their next meal.

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American artists at forefront of Louis J. Dianni auction Aug. 8-9

Painting of a merchant sloop sailing out of Philadelphia Harbor and leaving the Naval Yard behind by Thomas Birch (Pennsylvania, 1779-1851). Louis J. Dianni LLC image

Painting of a merchant sloop sailing out of Philadelphia Harbor and leaving the Naval Yard behind by Thomas Birch (Pennsylvania, 1779-1851). Louis J. Dianni LLC image

GARRISON, N.Y. – A rare painting of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady by the renowned portrait artist Charles Loring Elliott, a pre-Columbiam statuette of a pregnant woman, and a colorful circa-1910 art glass vase by the French maker LeGras will all come up for bid at an auction to be held by Louis J. Dianni LLC on Aug. 8-9. Read more