Help translating old ‘furniturese’

The interior of an 18th century desk (top) shows how valanced pigeonholes can be used to conceal an unsuspected drawer (bottom).


CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – In my line of work I spend a lot of quality time with my second favorite nonhuman companion, my computer. (My favorite, of course, is the Harley.) I am on pretty good terms with my computer, but occasionally one of us needs an attitude adjustment and that’s when I call on my friend Bob, who is a computer tech.

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Lalique, mid-century design propel Rago auction to $4M weekend

Rare Lalique Tortues vase. Price realized: $25,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image


LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s May Design Auctions brought $4 million in sales over the weekend of May 20-21. The Solana Collection of Lalique Glass enjoyed strong sale prices throughout, earning a sell through rate of 97 percent and hammering at 16 percent above high estimate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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