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American Studio Ceramics:  Katherine Choy and Newcomb Pottery at Mid-Century

American Studio Ceramics: Katherine Choy and Newcomb Pottery at Mid-Century

Newcomb Pottery has a long and cherished history. Originally associated with the American Arts and Crafts Movement, its potters evolved stylistically as the 20th century advanced and Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and new technologies influenced artists’ works.  The Appraisal Group recently surfaced a mid-century ceramic sculpture by Newcomb College potter Katherine Choy, ... Read More
 
What is Early American Style?

What is Early American Style?

Early American furniture is a category of joy in and of itself. Although it is rare now to see pieces from the 17th century – most have been collected and endowed to museums – we at The Appraisal Group get as excited as anyone on the Antiques Roadshow when they show ... Read More
 
What Are Gilded Age Antiques?

What Are Gilded Age Antiques?

As you have seen in The Appraisal Group blogs on American Style, antiques come in all forms – from highly ornate to radial sawn oak to tubular steel and leather.  A lot of folks these days are having issues with very ornate furniture. Like them or not, works of the period ... Read More
 
What is International Style and Modern?

What is International Style and Modern?

Coming on the heels of the Arts and Crafts Movement, members of the Bauhaus who fled Europe in the 1930s gave us International Style. It prevailed for much of the 20th century and is with us today. Thanks to a  project sponsored by the defunct magazine Arts and Architecture, leading post-war architects had an ... Read More
 
Prairie Style – An American Original

Prairie Style – An American Original

This week The Appraisal Group is featuring the look book of 20th century Americana.  Today, we visit Prairie style. Solidly American, Prairie Style was an an outgrowth of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. It took root mostly in midwestern and western states. But you see examples of it everywhere – ... Read More
 
American Arts & Crafts Movement Celebrates the Middle Class

American Arts & Crafts Movement Celebrates the Middle Class

Amazing as it sometimes seems, before there was an Internet, there were cross-currents of thought that resounded around the world. It may have taken longer for the ideas of William Morris and John Ruskin, proponents of Britain’s Arts & Crafts Movement, to reach America but they did. The “back to nature” concepts were taken up  Elbert ... Read More
 
What is the American Studio Crafts Movement?

What is the American Studio Crafts Movement?

Often when we talk about the impact and continued popularity of mid-century furniture, the words Studio Crafts sneak into the conversation. Many items from the American Studio Crafts movement come up in routine personal property appraisals conducted by The Appraisal Group – yet many people I speak with draw a ... Read More
 
Buying Mid-Century Vintage Furniture

Buying Mid-Century Vintage Furniture

As a nation of style seekers, we have, for about the past fifteen years, embraced a new age of Minimalism. Young and mid-career collectors no doubt have fond memories of this furniture from their grandparents’ homes. Others simply admire the sleek, strong lines of mid-century taste.  Interestingly, the spare look ... Read More
 
The Care and Refinishing of Antique Furniture

The Care and Refinishing of Antique Furniture

If you love antique furniture, and even if you don’t but you have a piece that is too good to overlook, there are a few ways you can give your antiques an updated look.  The Appraisal Group offers these tips on: PRESERVING FINE ANTIQUES: You know from looking at  furniture ... Read More