Rocking chair attributed to Wenzel Friedrich (German American, 1827–1902), circa 1880–90, San Antonio, Bexar County. Steer horn, horn veneer, jaguar hide, iron, chrome-plated iron and unidentified wood. Friedrich sold his furniture across the United States and around the world through catalogs. His customers included Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of William J. Hill. —Rick Gardner photo.  

Made In Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845–1900

BEEVILLE, TEXAS — “I am slowly conquering their minds,” observed William J. Hill, a collector who aims his charm ray at anyone who might not share his complete and utter passion for Texas arts and design. As a young man, Bill Hill began buying early Texas-made furniture and ceramics in Austin, New Braunfels and San Antonio. He rummaged in thrift shops. It was what he could afford to collect at the time. He recently observed with satisfaction, “No one wanted it then, but it is a lot different now. The grandkids and great-grandkids really appreciate the stuff. It is beautiful.” This champion and guardian spirit of Texas material culture recognizes its importance as a touchstone of regional pride and has joined with others to enact an integrated and strategic program of collecting, information sharing, scholarship and education. “Made in Texas: Art, Life & Culture 1845–1900” is on view at the Beeville Art Museum through January 10. Organized by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), the exhibition features paintings, works on paper, furniture, silver, ceramics, needlework and related objects drawn from the private collections of William J. Hill and Bobbie and John Nau, as well as the museum collections belonging to Bayou Bend and the Heritage Society, Houston. ... Read more

Rocking chair attributed to Wenzel Friedrich (German American, 1827–1902), circa 1880–90, San Antonio, Bexar County. Steer horn, horn veneer, jaguar hide, iron, chrome-plated iron and unidentified wood. Friedrich sold his furniture across the United States and around the world through catalogs. His customers included Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of William J. Hill. —Rick Gardner photo.  

Antiques Shows

Fashionably French, The Salon Of Art + Design Returns To New York

Perhaps it is our obdurate belief that collecting and connoisseurship are oblivious to trend, more allied with a diligent and plodding constancy than with fleeting fancy, that causes us to overlook the role fashion plays in the art and antiques marke... Read more

Boston Int’l Fine Art Show Sees Strong Sales, New Collectors

Front and center at the 18th annual Boston International Fine Art Show, Marjorie Strider’s painting “The Invitation” depicts a vivacious young woman holding one well-manicured fingernail painted bright red to her equally lush lips, as if considering Frederi... Read more

NY Satellite Print Fair Draws Collectors Into Its Orbit

For the second year, the New York Satellite Print Fair took up residence in the bright and airy spaces on the third floor of the Bohemian National Hall. The show, running November 7-9, presented 14 leading American dealers in prints and other works o... Read more

A ‘Jewel Box’ Of An Antiques Show Returns To Bedford Historical Hall

For the second year since they picked up management of the Bedford Antiques Show from the historical society, dealers Brad Reh and Debbie Turi again filled every nook and cranny of Historical Hall on the town green with the quality merchandise offered by 17 select antiques, ... Read more

Trade News

Paul Strand: Photography Master Up At The Philadelphia Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) is presenting the first major retrospective in nearly 50 years to be devoted to Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976), one of the greatest photographers in the history of the medium. “Paul Strand: Master o... Read more

A. Jerrold Perenchio Bequests Impressionist And Modern Art To LACMA

L.A.-based philanthropist and business leader A. Jerrold Perenchio recently announced his agreement to bequest the most significant works of his collection to Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) planned new building for its permanent colle... Read more

Works From Stahl Collection Gifted To Dartmouth’s Hood Museum

The Hood Museum of Art recently received a gift of 118 works of art originally collected by the late Barbara J. and David G. Stahl, Dartmouth Class of 1947, and donated in their memory by their children, Susan E. Hardy, Nancy R. Wilsker, Sarah A. Stahl and... Read more

Native American Pottery On View At Bruce Museum

Over the course of its more than 100-year history, the Bruce Museum has acquired a noteworthy collection of Native American pottery, including pieces created by renowned potter Maria Martinez and her family. An exhibition showc... Read more

Auction Action

Bertoia Sells Max Berry Collection – Part One

“My heart and soul is in every piece,” Max Berry said a few days after Part One of his bank and toy collection sold at Bertoia Auctions of November 14–15. And when asked about how the auction went, Max replied, “It was like most ev... Read more

Banner Week Of Robust Auctions

On November 20 at Sotheby’s New York, a magnificent and rare fancy vivid blue diamond from the celebrated collection of Mrs Paul Mellon sold for a staggering $32,645,000. The piano from the 1942 film classic Casablanca, realized $3,413,000 at Bonhams' and TCM’s Hollywood auction in New York City November 24. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery broke its own auction record when it sold an E. Howard & Co. No. 47 astronomical hanging regulator clock November 22–23. Napoleon’s black felt hat prompted the liveliest interest at the Osenat and Binoche & Giquello auction November 15-16 when it flew to a world record auction price of $2,340,660, more than triple its estimate. ... Read more

Rhode Island’s Newest Auction House Is A Crowd Pleaser

Rhode Island has a new auction house but its principals are no rookies. Providence Auction Gallery, which hosted its inaugural sale on November 9 in East Greenwich, is led by three individuals, all of whom have been around the proverbial block. The troika consi... Read more

Mayflower Society Collection Sees Strong Sales At J. James Auctioneers

J. James Auctioneers & Appraisers presented the Mayflower Society Collection at auction in Memorial Hall on November 8. The sale primarily comprised select museum de-accession pieces that had been displayed at the Mayflower Society House, built... Read more

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