Report: auction industry is preventing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions

Old-growth European beech forest in Biogradska Gora National Park, Montenegro. Photo by Snežana Trifunović, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

LONDON – New research from Auction Technology Group plc (LON:ATG), the operator of the world’s leading marketplaces for curated online auctions, has found that one million tonnes of carbon emissions were saved in 2021 by the sale of just 15 item types at auctions run on its marketplaces globally. This is the equivalent of 50 million mature trees growing for one year and only accounts for 6% of the 9.5 million items sold across ATG’s platforms in the period.¹

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New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Assn. offers Americana selection, Jan. 6

1805 needlework sampler by 10-year-old Eliza Green of Stoneham, Massachusetts, est. $5,000-$6,000
1805 needlework sampler by 10-year-old Eliza Green of Stoneham, Massachusetts, est. $5,000-$6,000

NEW YORK – On Thursday, January 6, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale dubbed New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana. It will feature more than 5oo lots exclusively from members of the venerable organization. Among the treasures included in the lineup are an early 18th-century Hudson Valley William & Mary gate leg dining table; a yellow pine mid-18th-century coastal Virginia corner cupboard; a circa-1880 boat store sign from Maine; a centennial miniature portrait of Abraham Lincoln on stone; a 1940s cast iron boot jack in the form of a lobster; a mid-18th-century Connecticut barrel back architectural corner cupboard; a circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest of drawers; a mid-20th-century bar sign from Ellicot City, Maryland, listing the nationalities of the beers on offer; a matching pair of penguin sculptures carved from soapstone; a circa-1720 steep-sided Bristol delft punch bowl; an 1805 needlework sampler from Massachusetts; and a large circa-1930 pearlware plate featuring an image of Napoleon Bonaparte. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Estate furniture, antiques lead Nye & Co. Sept. 8-9 auction

Queen Anne figured maple high chest of drawers, est. $3,000-$3,500
Queen Anne figured maple high chest of drawers, est. $3,000-$3,500
Queen Anne figured maple high chest of drawers, est. $3,000-$3,500

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction features property from the Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf family; the NAMITS collection; the Princeton, New Jersey estate of Peter Benchley, the author of JAWS; and several private collections. It is slated for September 8 and 9, starting at 10 am Eastern time on both days. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Colonial Williamsburg lauds extraordinary gift with exhibit to open June 26

Mahogany and white pine bombe chest of drawers made in Boston circa 1770
Mahogany and white pine bombe chest of drawers made in Boston circa 1770
Chest of drawers, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1770, bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage, 1990-293

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Earlier this year, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced the most significant single American decorative arts bequest in its 90-year history: The Joseph H. and June S. Hennage collection, with its more than 400 objects of various media, including American furniture and miniature furniture, American silver, and Chinese porcelain that will transform Colonial Williamsburg’s already renowned collections. To celebrate this momentous bequest, an exhibition of approximately 50 highlighted objects, A Gift to the Nation: The Joseph and June Hennage Collection, will open in the Miodrag and Elizabeth Ridgely Blagojevich Gallery at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, on June 26 and remain on view through 2023. While the items selected for the exhibition represent only a fraction of the overall collection, they will illustrate the Hennages’ exceptional taste and collecting style, the American origins and family histories of the objects, and the couple’s passion for American decorative arts.

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