September 25, 1998
Now that summer is officially over, we begin battening down the hatches for winter, as we worry about and pray for our friends and family in the Southeast and the Caribbean, who are suffering a violent storm.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF I GUESS HE TRIED RETURNING IT
TO THE STORE, BUT THEY
WOULDN'T TAKE IT BACK
Early American History Auctions of La Jolla, CA has announced the release of the catalog for its next absentee auction. The items that interest me are in the Americana section. There are a group of letters written by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, material relating to General George A. Custer, and - my favorite - one of a group of umbrellas presented to the ushers at John F. Kennedy's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier. The engraved umbrella was a gift to Senator George Smathers. For more information about this auction, contact Dana Linett or Beverly Hill at (619)459-4158 or write to P.O. Box 3941, La Jolla, CA 92038.
BUT WAS THIS SOME OF HIS EAR-LY WORK? DEPARTMENT
This fall, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will exhibit Vincent Van Gogh's painting "The Courtesan", along with the print that inspired it. One thing, though: Van Gogh never saw the print. What he saw was the cover of "Paris Illustre" in May, 1886. The cover was a reverse reproduction of a nineteenth century woodblock print by a Japanese artist named Keisai Eisen. Van Gogh saw it, traced it, applied a grid and transferred it to a canvas. Voila! - a painting composed of this and other Japanese motifs.
FOR FELLOW JEWEL-NUTS
The White Jewelry Company, manufacturers of fine costume jewelry, are going out of business. Located in Chester, MA, they're holding a giant sale of new-old stock, raw materials, hand tools and equipment, master models (watch out for those repros!), original design artwork, vintage trade journals and packing materials. Expect to find all kinds of costume jewelry, rhinestones, pearls, buttons, beads, findings charms, everything! The sale is being held today through Monday, and also October 2,3,4 and 5, 1998 from 9AM to 5PM. If you can get there - GO!!! They are located at 97 Old State Road, Chester, MA. The phone number is (413)354-6380.
Look out for fake bakelite 1939 NY Worlds Fair figural napkin rings, and for paper advertising fans featuring black faces. I've seen both on the market.
Okay, Accumulators - I've got to skate! We're on
our way up to
Petersburgh, NY for the gala celebration of Steve
Sussman's birthday. And
shopping. Of course. Happy hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #58
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