BUFORD, Ga. – Growing up in Georgia, Steve Slotin, who co-owns and operates Slotin Folk Art Auction with his wife, Amy, is quick to say he knew the best swimming holes and BBQ joints, but didn’t know much about the visual culture of the South. It took getting fired from CliffsNotes in his early twenties to discover a passion for folk and self-taught art. The couple spent their honeymoon traveling around the United States buying art. They launched an instantly popular annual art show, Folk Fest, in 1993, and a few years later, began their specialized auction business focusing not just on Southern folk art but self-taught art from all over the country.
NEW YORK — Statement pieces make a room and speak to your personal style. They can be bold and flashy, or they can be understated, with their craftsmanship and elegance speaking volumes. These five types of objects can help you express yourself and elevate your living space.
NEW YORK — The street artist known as Banksy is both a known and unknown commodity. Yes, a commodity, as crass as that may sound. The famously anonymous street artist has created hundreds of artworks on public buildings and structures while successfully guarding his or her identity – a serious feat in a world where social media abounds and millions carry camera-equipped smart phones in their pockets. The artist lets the art speak for itself. Still, that hasn’t stopped some from trying to commodify Bansky’s art, which has brought six-figure prices, even topping the million-dollar mark at auction.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Matthew Quinn is quick to say he does not view himself primarily as an auctioneer. While firmly ensconced as senior vice president in his family’s auction business, Matt says when he goes on a house call, he is not as focused on “stuff” as he is on people and assessing the most expeditious way to assist them. It’s an approach that has served him well and helped transform Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Va., from a small auction company into a large, full-service antiques and fine art auction firm. Today, Quinn’s can sell everything in a home, get the house cleared and ready to list, and even sell it. Matt helmed the development of Quinn’s Realty & Estate Services division, which was established to help senior citizens with the downsizing process. He spoke with Auction Central News about auctions and finding joy in helping people through the process.
NEW YORK — More than two decades after her death, the public’s enduring fascination with Princess Diana shows no signs of abating. On July 1 — what would have been her 60th birthday — a statue honoring her legacy will be unveiled in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden. An exhibition, Royal Style in the Making, on view from June 3 to January 2, 2022 at Kensington Palace, features a variety of royal fashions, including Diana’s iconic wedding dress.
NEW YORK — What Terry Kovel doesn’t know about American silver hallmarks probably isn’t worth knowing. The renowned antiques expert, appraiser and author recently chatted with Auction Central News, sharing tips for collectors on characteristics of American silver, the many hallmarks that have been recognized, and how to care for silver.
NEW YORK — Itinerant carver Wilhelm Schimmel (Germany and America, 1817-1890) was certainly a colorful character. He was known for having a rough and tumble life, punctuated by heavy drinking, bouts with the law, and possibly cheating death a few times. He emigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany around 1860 and became known as one of America’s most talented folk art carvers. His eagle wood carvings with fine detail and crosshatching are particularly coveted.
NEW YORK — The 1970s were not as celebrated for iconic furniture designs as the two preceding decades, when modern furniture came into its own. Still, the decade witnessed some historic contributions, and unquestionably, one of its most striking designs was de Sede’s DS-600 modular Non Stop sofa.
NEW YORK — Traveling to faraway places for pleasure is so commonplace now that it can be hard to imagine a time when it wasn’t the case. In the 17th and 18th centuries, most people could not dream of visiting another country, but, as the West began openly trading with China, Westerners developed a keen fascination with the distant nation. European designers and tastemakers fueled this desire for all things Chinese. They created a style of decoration called chinoiserie, which derives from the French word “chinois,” for Chinese, as it was evocative of Asian art. (“Chinoiserie” is pronounced “shin-WAH-suh-ree.”)
NEW YORK — German beer steins have been collected as far back as the 14th century. Newly made steins are popular souvenirs with tourists visiting German towns and cities such as Cologne, Munich, and Heidelberg. Antique and vintage ones, however, are highly prized and can fetch thousands of dollars at auction. Whether old or new, steins often feature images of the city they represent or local landmarks such as a castle or mountains and rivers. Others use scenes to tell a story.