An intarsio vase by Ercole Barovier achieved $16,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2018. Image courtesy of Wright and LiveAuctioneers.

Italian art glass scion Ercole Barovier moved the medium forward

NEW YORK — Ercole Barovier (Italian, 1889-1974) was arguably the most influential and innovative Murano glassblower in the early part of the 20th century.

This circa-1940 fan-shaped Seaman Schepps multi-stone, diamond and white gold bracelet achieved $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Seaman Schepps, master of bold, chunky statement jewelry

NEW YORK — Seaman Schepps reportedly received his first name after his mother spied a Seaman’s bank out her hospital room window after giving birth to him in 1881. He was the first in his family to be born in the United States, and his mother supposedly chose the name to give the impression that […]

A Frederick Hurten Rhead vase for Rhead Pottery in Santa Barbara, Calif. achieved $70,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2022. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers.

Frederick Hurten Rhead’s exquisite art pottery endures

NEW YORK – Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1942) may not have been a good businessman, but he was one of the best ceramicists of the Arts and Crafts period.

Vu Cao Dam’s 1965 work ‘Le Printemps (spring)’ handily outperformed its $15,000-$25,000 estimate when it achieved $70,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers.

Vu Cao Dam masterfully united Eastern and Western influences

NEW YORK — The artist Vu Cao Dam (1908–2000) came to Paris as an 18-year-old art student from Vietnam and soon became enamored of the French capital, with its European charms and many art museums. He spent nearly 20 years in Paris before settling in the south of France, and his work clearly shows influences […]

A 19th-century Christofle figural centerpiece outperformed its estimate, taking $9,500 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2022. Image courtesy of Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

Christofle silver: Beautifying tables since 1830

NEW YORK — Creating a memorable culinary experience for family and friends is about much more than the meal — it’s about the tablescape, too. Even in the modern age, when formal dinners have largely been replaced with informal meals or food grabbed on the go, setting a table with real silver has never gone […]

An original production cel of Mickey Mouse from the Sorcerer’s Apprentice sequence of Walt Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ achieved $6,000 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2022. The cel setup was professionally restored but it retains its original Courvoisier Galleries mat. Image courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries and LiveAuctioneers.

Courvoisier Galleries saved original Disney animation cels

NEW YORK — When it comes to animation art, there is one name that has led the market since the late 1930s. Based in Los Angeles at that time, the animators at Walt Disney Studios cranked out many thousands of celluloid images, or cels, of Mickey Mouse and other now-beloved characters for cartoons and film […]

This Van Cleef & Arpels 20-motif Alhambra necklace in malachite achieved $16,000 plus the buyer’s premium in November 2022. Image courtesy of Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

Van Cleef and Arpels’ Alhambra line makes luck look lovely

NEW YORK — Luck has long been one of the core values at Van Cleef & Arpels. From the beginning, the company incorporated symbols of luck into its jewelry designs, such as talismans, charms and, of course, four-leaf clovers, which first showed up in its archives in 1906.

This Paul Frankl mahogany and lacquered wood bookcase achieved $18,000 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2018. Image courtesy of Neal Auction Company and LiveAuctioneers.

Paul Frankl scaled the heights of 20th-century furniture design

NEW YORK — Designer Paul Theodore Frankl (1886-1958) is closely associated with the Art Deco movement and his furniture from this period, particularly his Skyscraper series, is iconic. More accessible and collectible to a broader segment of the market, however, are his post-war era pieces, from his metal furnishings of the 1930s to his cork-topped […]

A Sergio Bustamante ceramic leopard clawed its way to $7,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2021. Image courtesy of Vogt Auction Texas and LiveAuctioneers.

Sergio Bustamante’s whimsical art never fails to delight

NEW YORK —  Painter, sculptor and designer Sergio Bustamante was born in Culiacan in northern Mexico in 1949 before moving to Guadalajara when he was five, where he still lives and works. He has become a rising star in the art world, admired for his whimsy and originality, which are influenced by the rich colors […]

A circa-2019 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept chronograph watch achieved $250,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak posts mighty auction results

NEW YORK — The Swiss are famous for their timepieces and among the top tier of luxury watchmakers is Audemars Piguet. Founded in 1875 in Le Bruassus, Switzerland, the family-owned company’s wristwatches are celebrated for their elegance and precision. A work of beauty inside and out, these watches are known for their intricate design with […]