For Christmas, historic inn breaks out 18th C. eggnog recipe

Image courtesy of Leffingwell House Museum

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – One quart cream. One quart milk. One dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, half a pint of rye whiskey, half a pint of Jamaica rum and a quarter pint of sherry.

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Gallery Report: November 2017

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

1902 $100 banknote, $24,000, Case Antiques
A rare 1902 $100 banknote from the First National Bank of Nashville, depicting the American financier John J. Knox, graded 12/Fine, sold for $24,000 at an auction held Oct. 21 by Case Antiques Auction in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, an 1882 note from the First National Bank of Salinas (Calif.), graded 20/Very Fine, fetched $7,424; and a U.S. $2 silver certificate (Educational), with portraits of Samuel Morse and Robert Fulton, 64/Choice Uncirculated, went for $5,040. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

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Zsolnay pottery: lush colors, exotic design

This Zsolnay plant  holder with elephant heads, 1909, realized 33,330 euros at Mu-Terem Gallery auction in Budapest, Hungary, in November 2017.

NEW YORK – Renowned for its vibrantly decorated art pottery in the Islamic aesthetic, beautifully crafted in hues of metallic glitter, green, purple and every color of the rainbow, the Zsolnay factory began making modest wares but within 20 years, as its artistic and technical skills grew, it garnered international attention at the Vienna World’s Fair in 1873.

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Museum seeking to sell Rockwell art wants swift legal action

Exterior of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. Image by Berkshiremuseum, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A museum that was blocked from selling 40 works of art, including two by Norman Rockwell, is urging an appeals court to let the case quickly proceed to trial.

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Turner Auctions offers fine jewelry collection Dec. 16

Pair of peridot and 18K gold clip earrings, from Gumps, weighing approximately: 21 grams; length: 7/8in. Estimate: $500-$700. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will feature the Anita Hellman Collection of Costume and Fine Jewelry in an online auction just in time for holiday gift-giving. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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O’Keeffe’s ‘Desert Abstraction’ finds forever home at NM museum

Georgia O’Keeffe, Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake), 1931, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. Gift to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art’s centennial year, 2017 (1984.336). © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Photo by Blair Clark

SANTA FE, N.M. – In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) to the Museum. With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece, becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The painting is currently on display in the Governor’s Residence.
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Chinese porcelain bowl the big fish at Capo Auction: $62,500

Chinese porcelain fishbowl, 16th century, marked Jia Jing (1522-1566). Price realized: $62,500. Capo Auction image

NEW YORK – Capo Auction celebrated its seven-year anniversary with the company’s most successful auction of the last two years, on Nov. 21. A 16th-century Chinese porcelain fishbowl took center stage, along with a collection of highly desirable similar pieces. Select fine jewelry also did well at the sale, along with contemporary art. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Premiere Props to stage Hollywood Extravaganza sale Dec. 9

‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968 and sequels), orangutan makeup on a display form, approximately 10 by 7 inches. Estimate: $600-$800. Premiere Props image

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Premiere Props will sell memorabilia from film, television and sports at their Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XLVI on Saturday, Dec. 9. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Carrie Fisher cards add cheer to holiday auction Dec. 10

Postcards and greeting cards handwritten by actress and author Carrie Fisher to her brother-in-law Ed Simon and his wife. Charleston Estate Auctions image. $3,500-$6,500. Charleston Estate Auctions image

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Estate Auctions will present the Holiday Auction – a live online auction to be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The auction offers notable and rare items from well-known Charleston, Manhattan and other Southern Collections. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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George Washington button leads Early American auction Dec. 9

George Washington inaugural button with ‘Long Live the President’ and ‘GW,’ 1789. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. Early American image

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Early American will sell nearly 300 lots of rare autographs, Colonial and Revolutionary War documents and early U.S. currency at auction Saturday, Dec. 9. One of the top items in the sale is a George Washington inaugural button. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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