May 22, 1998
As the holiday weekend is upon us, we all have plans to go "yard-saling", auction buying and "junkin'". Drive carefully, please.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF IMELDA MARCOS MUST BE GREEN WITH ENVY
Making its last stop on a lengthy American tour, "The Jewels Of The Romanovs: Treasures of The Imperial Russian Court" arrives at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City, where it will remain through July 6, after which it goes back to Russia. Let's just say that the Romanovs, beginning with Peter The Great and ending with Nicholas II, were known for consumption so conspicuous as to overshadow even my cousin Alyssa and, believe me, you never saw anyone shop like she does!
Such unimaginable luxury, such lavish bejewelment have never been seen before or since. Almost everyone knows about Faberge eggs, those gem-encrusted, gold-and- platinum-sheathed little whimseys with which the Royal Family gifted each other (oh, just a little something I picked up for you on my way home from the review of the troops, my dear. And here's one for each of the kids). But most of us have never imagined, much less seen, some of these sword scabbards, neck badges, jewelry caskets, chalices and crowns. No wonder the starving peasants revolted and did the whole family in! The Brooklyn Museum of Art, located on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, may be reached at (718)638-5000.
If you're anywhere in the vicinity of New York City next month, don't miss
this exhibit. Especially you, Alyssa.
I WONDER HOW MUCH THEY GET FOR THE BACK END DEPARTMENT
I don't ordinarily report on auctions that have already gone by but, once in a while, I hear about one that is so bizarre I just have to pass it along to you. On April 25 the Giguere Auction Company of Gray, ME, held an auction the highlight of which was their offerings of taxidermy (I don't know about you, but that means dead animals to me). An African ostrich sold for $440, a ten point deer head went for $1,220, and a Maine moose head for $1,045. I suppose if you put one of these on the wall in your den you'll never be alone.
AND THERE WON'T BE A SHINY NOSE IN THE HOUSE!
The Eighth Annual International Ladies' Powder Compact Convention will be held in Las Vegas June 26 through June 28. The highlight of the convention, which will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel and Casino (No! A hotel in Vegas with a casino attached?) will be a champagne brunch hosted by Estee Lauder. For more information, call (516)593-8746.
THE NEXT ONE WILL BE CALLED U.R. RIDICULOUS
McDonald's is issuing a new character, to be featured on videos which will be given out with Happy Meals. Its name? Iam Hungry. Seriously.
This weekend Artie and I will be shopping the Stormville Airport flea
market in Stormville, NY, and hitting as many of those holiday weekend yard
sales as we possibly can. Accumulators, I wish you a happy and safe
holiday, with lots of grilled chicken, vegetables and fruit pies. Happy Hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #43
U.S. Library of Congress
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