When is a pile of rocks thought of artwork? Just lately, an uncommon desk made from glass and “stone” was supplied in an Andrew Jones public sale in Los Angeles, with an estimated value of $2,500 to $3,500. It didn’t promote, however different associated sculptures by the artist, Woods Davy (1949-), have bought from $1,000 to $7,000. He first collected pure stones and turned them into sculptures with out altering the shapes. Then he began making “stones” that appear like they got here from a riverbed utilizing concrete, steel and glass. He positions them in unimaginable, unusually balanced shapes, that are held collectively by hid metal rods and adhesives. This desk is 22 inches excessive with a spherical glass high 42 inches in diameter. Poking via the glass is a rock with its high 28 inches from the ground. He used outdated pure varieties in a brand new unbalanced method, which is named postmodernism. That’s the title of an uncommon interval of artwork developed within the 1950s that fuses previous types with the look of recent magazines, movies and different sudden sources. However is that this only a nice desk? Or is it artwork?
Q: I personal a set of Dresden collectible figurines bought in Germany in 1952. Each figures are seated in crimson chairs. The person is wearing crimson pants and a inexperienced jacket, the woman in a elaborate, poufy white robe trimmed in blue. Markings on the underside embody “handgemalt Dresden Artwork; Made in Germany.” They each have a inexperienced trademark and the phrase “Frankenthal.” Are you able to inform me something about this pair?
Reply: This mark was utilized by the F. Wessel Porcelain Manufactory in Frankenthal, Germany. The corporate was based by Friedrich Wilhelm Wessel in 1949 and made porcelain collectible figurines, reward gadgets and family items. The manufacturing facility closed earlier than 1964. Wessel wasn’t supposed to make use of “Dresden” as a part of his mark as a result of he wasn’t situated in Dresden. It was in all probability an try and make his porcelain appear to be the identical high quality as that made or adorned in Dresden.
Q: Is a Buddy “L” Steam Shovel value “actual” cash? I’ve an early model with wheels, with out the treads which are on some fashions.
Reply: Buddy “L” toys have been made by the Moline Pressed Metal Firm of East Moline, Illinois. The corporate was based by Fred Lundahl in 1913 and initially made elements for farm implements, vehicles and vehicles. The corporate started making toys in 1921. The model was named after Lundahl’s son, whose nickname was Buddy. He was known as Buddy “L” as a result of there was one other boy within the neighborhood named Buddy. The Steam Shovel toy was made in a number of variations, each with and with out treads. Lundahl died in 1930 and the corporate was bought. Buddy “L” toys are collectible.
Q: I’ve an uncommon outdated knife taken from a German soldier who was killed in Cantigny, France, in 1918 by my relative who was a U.S. Military soldier. It seems to be constituted of a deer antler, a grenade pin and a file for a blade. I admire any info on this as I’ve by no means seen one prefer it, and there are not any markings that may be seen.
Reply: This knife is an instance of trench artwork, a type of folks artwork made by troopers from steel casings from bullets or items of artillery. Troopers within the First Infantry Division of america Military fought within the Battle of Cantigny (Might 28-31, 1918). They have been the primary American troops to struggle in World Struggle I and have been nicknamed the Black Lions of Cantigny after saving the city from the Germans. Monuments in France and america commemorate the battle. The First Division Museum is in Wheaton, Unwell., on land donated by one of many troopers who fought within the battle, Robert R. McCormick. He was the president of Tribune Firm, the writer of the Chicago Tribune. The museum consists of gadgets from the First Division’s service in World Struggle I as much as the current. There are lots of collectors of World Struggle I and World Struggle II memorabilia. You would possibly need to donate it to the museum and get tax credit score for a charitable donation as a substitute of promoting it. There isn’t any strategy to estimate a price as a result of it’s uncommon.
Q: I’ve a group of American Artwork pottery, which incorporates Van Briggle, Roseville, Weller and Francoma. I’d like an correct evaluation of their value. Are you able to refer me to somebody who’s educated on this space? I’ve a complete of about 18 items.
Reply: You will discover appraisers in your space by contacting the three main appraisal teams: the Appraisers Affiliation of America (appraisersassociation.org), the American Society of Appraisers (appraisers.org) and the Worldwide Society of Appraisers (isa-appraisers.org). They’ve lists of appraisers by specialty and placement. You’ll must pay for an appraisal, so you’ll want to discover out the associated fee. Inform the appraiser what sort of appraisal you need, promoting value or alternative worth for insurance coverage functions. Any public sale home that has had artwork pottery gross sales may also be capable to provide you with an thought of worth, and so can appraisers at some antiques shops.
Present costs are recorded from antiques exhibits, flea markets, gross sales and auctions all through america. Costs fluctuate in numerous places due to native financial situations.
- New Martinsville lamp, flowering vine, opaque mottled pink, chimney shade, brass collar, c. 1904, Eight x Three inches, $45.
- Purple Wing Pottery water cooler, No. 8, cobalt blue stripe, steel handles, 17 x 11 inches, $155.
- Sextant, brass, ebonized wooden, ivory inlay, oak case, Spencer, Browning & Co., 12 inches, $340.
- Steuben vase, blue aurene iridescent glass, broad shoulders, tapers right down to spherical base, flared lip, 6½ inches, $520.
- Inkwell, silver gilt, crystal, seated girls, knight’s helmet, grapevines, repousse, Austria, 1800s, 6 x 7 inches, $780.
- Chippendale tilt high desk, walnut, molded dish high, urn formed turned help, tripod cabriole legs, slipper ft, 28 x 34 inches, $940.
- Lalique vase, Mossi, frosted, rings of clear droplets, 8½ inches, $975.
- Schneider vase, gourd form, flat mouth, crimson, blue mottled splotches, signed, France, 17 inches, $1,235.
- Gorham tea and low set, silver, kettle-on-stand, teapot, coffeepot, sugar and creamer, waste bowl, tray, engraved, recessed corners, $4,375.
- Sconce, 4-light, putti holding scrolling branches, flower bud candle cups, gilt bronze, 23 inches, pair, $5,120.
- Fulper lamp, single socket, glazed earthenware, leaded slag glass, brown, inexperienced, yellow, 15 x 7 inches, $7,500.
- Financial institution, political, Benjamin Franklin Butler, bald, thick mustache, dollar frog, yellow waistcoat, 1884, 6½ inches, $7,810.
- Moorcroft ice bucket, silver overlay, timber, blue, inexperienced, handles, signed Moorcroft Shreve Co., Eight x 12 inches, $2,500.
- L & J.G. Stickley bookcase, Three doorways, glass panes, escutcheons, keyholes, handles, c. 1910, 55 x 72 inches, $5,310.
- Carousel horse, jumper, tucked head, ears again, white, brown saddle, pommel, blue parcel gilt breast strap, brass pole, 64 x 46 inches, $2,770.
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