Feb 15,2019 | 13:00 EST By Bella Neyman
Brazil has been a hotbed for jewelry talent in recent years: Silvia Furmanovich, Fernando Jorge, Ana Khouri, and Ara Vartanian. Not to mention that, H. Stern, one of the most famous names in jewelry, was founded in 1945 by Hans Stern in Rio de Janeiro. There is another name, still somewhat obscure in the United States but desired by jewelry connoisseurs worldwide, and that is the name of H. Burle Marx.
Haroldo Burle Marx (1911-1991) was born in Rio de Janeiro and part of an illustrious lineage, his father, Wilhelm Marx was a distant relative of Karl’s and owned a tannery in Brazil. His two oldest brothers were Walter Burle Marx, the celebrated classical composer, and Roberto, the world-renowned landscape architect and Renaissance man. Roberto left an indelible mark on his beloved Brazil in many ways but most famously he designed the black ... Read More
Feb 14,2019 | 12:15 EST By Jessica Helen Weinberg
There's a bright place where wild patterns play and textiles lay, and where horned tables, giltwood mirrors and paintings are all on display; where sunlight beams down on large metal doors, plants, lamps, pillows and sofas galore! Located on the outskirts of Dallas, the home of Judy Aldridge is a bohemian oasis that mixes and matches (then mixes again) a lifetime's worth of antiques, thrift-store-scores and reupholstered furniture. Aldridge's radical style has become a social media phenomenon, and those who follow her on Instagram (@atlantishome) are captured by the freedom that her bold interiors emit - they are completely mad in the most magnificent way. Named after the legendary lost city of Atlantis, Judy Aldridge has certainly amassed a treasure trove all her own. Her decorative brand is built on the fabric of her passions as a lifesty... Read More
Feb 13,2019 | 12:00 EST By Jessica Helen Weinberg
It was designed for individuals; artists, poets, travelers, and hopeless romantics... When Ettore Sottsass proposed that Olivetti manufacture a red typewriter without lowercase letters or a bell, and make it as inexpensive as possible, by sealing it with a cheap plastic kiss - they objected. However, they did agree to a sensuous "red machine" that would transform a purely functional tool, stuck in the banality of the working world, into a portable piece of pop art.
Lot 953, Ettore Sottsass; Olivetti, Valentine typewriter, Italy, ca. 1969; Estimate $400-$600 at Rago The purpose of the typewriter was companionship. Sottsass mandated that it be "used any place except in an office, so as not to remind anyone of monotonous working hours, but rather to keep amateur poets company on quiet Sundays in the country." It would be strictly marketed an... Read More
Feb 12,2019 | 10:00 EST By Jessica Helen Weinberg
There's lighting that blends into the background of our lives, providing simple beams from above, and then there's the bold, bulb holding statements that really POP! If you're looking for lamps and chandeliers to shine and shout what your decor is all about, than these upcoming examples will surely get you glowing. Lot 520, Popcorn Pop Wall Sconce/Lamp; Estimate $300-$500 We're not buttering you up, we promise! This popcorn wall sconce has a starting bid of only $75. Plus, it can freshen up any room no matter what your taste is! Like the look of this lamp? Browse similar designs from Fornasetti here. Lot 831, Stilnovo (Attr.) Large twenty-four light sputnik chandelier, Italy, ca. 1950s; Estimate $1,500-$2,500 Earth to lighting lovers - this large, illumination device, aptly named 'sputnik,' after the similarly designed satellite launched... Read More
Feb 06,2019 | 10:00 EST By Jessica Helen Weinberg
It is a symbol of heaven on earth. The jade stone, typically thought of as a vibrant emerald-green colored gem, has been interwoven into Chinese folklore, medicine and artistry for more than 3,000 years. Although, China isn't the only culture to have discovered the strength and allure of the stone, it has clearly become their ultimate talisman. Evidence of jade jewelry and weaponry stretches back to the Stone Age as well as ancient Mesoamerican empires, and points to a heavy appreciation for the tough, yet workable material. However, the masterful carving of this spiritual stone reached unsurpassed beauty in China between the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Lot 24, A Pair of Jade Earrings; Estimate $3,000-$5,000 | Coming up at Fortuna Auctions on February 13th 2019 The symbolic significance of jade in China is so important that Confuc... Read More
Jan 30,2019 | 12:00 EST By Jessica Helen Weinberg
It's been made clear, from the plethora of modern design auctions we've hosted on Bidsquare, that our bidders have a knack for Nakashima - and it's an edge we keep on polishing!
On the weekend of January 19-20, Rago presented a series of auctions; Early 20th Century Design, Mid-Mod, Modern Design, Lost City Arts: 36 Years of Collecting and Modern Ceramics & Glass. Between the Modern Design sale and the Lost City Arts collection, the Bidsquare platform took home 8 supreme lots by George Nakashima, including the highest price for a work by George Nakashima on offer that weekend. With that being said, it's not at all suprising that 3 out of the 5 top Bidsquare results at Rago came from the father of the American craft movement himself. In addition to Bidsquare's furniture fiesta, online bidders also took a chomp out of the important ceramics... Read More
Jan 28,2019 | 10:00 EST By Anthony Wu, Asian Specialist
On January 30, Dallas Auction Gallery will be selling ‘The John W. Lolley Art Glass Collection’. This is the first part of a series of sales pertaining to important American and continental glass from the estate of banker John W. Lolley (1937-2018) from Monroe, Louisiana. (Part 2 will be offered on March 20, 2019). With over 400 lots, this auction also contains numerous European decorative arts, silver, furniture and Asian art.
Lot 340, Chinese Qing Yong Zheng Imperial Blue & White Plate; Estimate $50,000-$70,000 Of the Asian art objects, the most impressive is lot 340, a Chinese blue and white plate from the Yongzheng Period (1723-1735) of the Qing Dynasty. With a diameter of 10.8 inches, this plate is of a reasonably large size. It features a pleasant design of five large floral clusters surrounded by scrolling vines.
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Jan 23,2019 | 12:00 EST By Skinner Specialist, Elizabeth Haff
Who would have thought that a budding Abstract Expressionist in the 1940s would become one of the most famous sculptors of the American West just a decade later? That is the story of Harry Jackson, whose bronzes are beloved by collectors and enthusiasts of Western art. Lot 278, Harry Jackson, Stampede; Estimate $80,000-$120,000 As a young man, Harry Jackson served as a combat artist in the Marine Corps during World War II. He returned from the war seeking an outlet through his art for the intense experiences he had undergone, finding in color a way to express emotional content. When he encountered She Wolf, a 1943 painting by Jackson Pollock, the power of abstraction to express force and tension greatly moved him. As young painter opening a New York Studio in 1946, Harry Jackson found inspiration in works by Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and... Read More
Jan 21,2019 | 11:00 EST By Anthony Wu, Asian Specialist
New to Bidsquare is MNP Auctioneers from Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. On January 26, they will be holding their sale of Straits Chinese Antique Auction. This auction consists of 63 carefully selected objects that include porcelain, textiles, and jewelry. Straits Chinese, also known as Peranakan Chinese, are descendants from Chinese immigrants who moved to the Malaysia region during the 15th to 17th Century of the Ming Dynasty. Over the years, they adopted their own distinctive customs and culture that incorporates local traditions. The Chinese porcelain featured in the MNP sale was produced during the Late 19th Century specifically for the Straits Chinese. These objects tend to feature much brighter colors than Chinese domestic ware, and can be distinguished by a mostly pink, turquoise and yellow palette. The designs also tend to feature more p... Read More
Jan 17,2019 | 15:00 EST By Anthony Wu, Asian Specialist
Pook & Pook’s, Online Only Decorative Arts sale took place on January 14th and featured over 700 objects. This Bidsquare exclusive auction showcased a diverse range of categories including furniture, decorative arts, carpets, prints, old books, folk art and Asian art. Lot 1222, Chinese Cloisonné Urn; Sold for $126,000 on Bidsquare By far the highlight of this auction was Lot 1222, a simply titled ‘Chinese Cloisonné Urn’. The description was concise as it only listed the height (22 inches), condition (one side with 1 ¾ inch dent) and estimate ($100-$200). However, after a competitive bidding battle taking place over 403 bids, the urn realized a final price of $126,000 from Bidsquare - 1,260 times the original estimate! So, what made this urn so enticing to the bidders? Chinese cloisonné enamel vessels were produced as early as the Yuan Dy... Read More