NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Ethan Miller, co-owner of Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. in New Hamburg, Canada, credits his late father, Jim, a longtime antiques dealer, for giving him a front-seat view to the antiques world and the details of collecting and selling. Ethan and his brother Justin began selling on eBay back in 2006 and, 10 years later, transitioned to an auction house model. Today, the firm is known for high-value goods and collections, particularly those significant to Canada’s cultural heritage.
NEW YORK — Well-designed, well-constructed vintage clothing never goes out of style. If anything, it can set you apart as someone who is fashion forward. If you’re wearing a Mondrian-inspired 1960s mini dress or a vibrant 1980s Pucci shift to a party or dinner at a local bistro, you won’t see anyone else dressed the same way. If that were not enough to plead the case for vintage, recycled garments and accessories are eco-friendly and sustainable, unlike “fast fashion” from chain stores.
NEW YORK— The Latin-American and Hispanic art traditions are rich, incorporating some styles from Europe and the United States but largely calling upon the influences of their own cultures. Artists living in, or with a heritage linked to Cuba, Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Central or South America have made huge contributions to the art world. There are quite a few whose works are avidly collected by museums and bring five and six-figure sums at auction.
NEW YORK — Bigger is not always better when it comes to antiques. Elegant smalls can bring big prices, and this is certainly true when it comes to miniature Torahs.
NEW YORK — The arts and objects made by native and indigenous peoples in North America have long been of interest, not just in region where they were made but by collectors and admirers everywhere. This is no less true for the works of the Native American communities of the Northwest Coast of the continent.
NEW YORK – The upright piano was the original home entertainment center. Before the rise of the television, the hi-fi stereo and the radio, family and friends gathered around a piano to while the evening away. The upright, or vertical design, which arrived in the early 1800s, effectively democratized the piano; it was more compact and less expensive than a grand piano, the case for which concealed a horizontally-oriented arrangement of strings that demanded far more floor space than most middle-class people could provide in their homes.
NEW YORK — Howard Finster (1916-2001) is known to most as an important self-taught artist, but he likely would have said his most important job, out of the many different trades he pursued, was as a Baptist preacher in the South. His twin callings of art and faith became forever intermingled.
NEW YORK — Dinky Toys are a beloved collectible that were first produced in 1933 by Frank Hornby of Hornby Railways, a British maker of model electric trains. These die-cast zinc cars and vehicles were first known as Hornby Modelled Miniatures and were designed as accessories to the company’s O gauge train line.
NEW YORK — Vintage porcelain has always been collectible. Some pieces can cost as much as a house, while others have more reasonable prices. Japanese culture has a rich porcelain-making tradition, driven in part by an abundance of good clay. Porcelain has been made throughout the country for centuries, and archeologists have documented at least six kilns designed for firing ceramics that date back to ancient times.
NEW YORK – When you see your first Birger Sandzen painting, your brain performs an obvious, unmistakable swivel. First, you think, “That looks like a Van Gogh,” followed by the quick realization, “Van Gogh never left Europe.” Your brain is right. Vincent Van Gogh never left Europe. Birger Sandzen did, however, and he unleashed his considerable talents on the landscapes of middle America, finding color and vivacity in the plains of Kansas and the mountains of Colorado.