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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

11 antique coins stolen from BHU museum - Times of India

11 antique coins stolen from BHU museum - Times of India

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VARANASI: At least 11 antique coins (silver) of Mughal period were stolen from the coin gallery of Bharat Kala Bhawan(BKB), the museum of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Tuesday. The matter was reported to the Lanka police station.

The BKB authorities swung into action after the incident came to light. During the initial investigation, the Lanka police recovered three coins and took three persons under custody for interrogation. The finger print squad was also called at BKB on Wednesday. According to BKB director Deo Prakash Sharma, the matter is being fully investigated by police.

The coin gallery built on the first floor of the museum has a rich collection of about 36,000 coins from 6th century BC to present era modern coins. According to Sharma, all the coins set on display in the museum.


Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and Polygon Partner to Maximize Exposure - Yahoo Finance

LAS VEGAS, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced today that the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show has partnered with Polygon, the most active online community and trading network for qualified gem and jewelry professionals. The integration of these industry leaders will assist in cultivating relationships among the thousands of annual show attendees, traders and vendors from all over the world.

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Through its partnership, show visitors will have exclusive access, on the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show website, to view and purchase some of the finest pieces from Polygon's network of more than 2,800 members.  Polygon members will also benefit from complimentary access to any upcoming U.S. Antique Shows. 

"We're proud to be partnering with Polygon as both organizations share a deep commitment to the jewelry business," said Andrea Canady, Fair Director for U.S. Antique Shows.  "As digital platforms are a major force in the jewelry marketplace, it is only natural for the two companies to strategically align once again."

Polygon will be on-site at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show at booth 1299.  The company is also set to participate in educational seminars at the upcoming Miami Beach Antique Jewelry & Watch Show in October.

"Polygon is thrilled to continue our long-term partnership with the U.S. Antiques," said Lindsay Watkin, Polygon's Sales & Marketing Director. "Jewelry retailers, dealers and other industry professionals use Polygon every day to trade great estate and vintage pieces. The show is a live reflection of the kind of day-to-day activity we see on Polygon."

For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 732-6642 or visit Connect with us on Facebook at

About the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show
The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is produced by GLM®. GLM is a leading producer and marketer of consumer product tradeshows in North America, serving industries as diverse as giftware, home furnishings, social stationery, home textiles, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture, personal care, antiques, jewelry, art, surf, skate, water sports, swim and resorts. GLM also manages business expositions and conferences on behalf of others, within the hospitality industry. Additional information about GLM is available online at Follow us on Facebook at For additional information, visit

About Polygon
The most active online community and trading network for qualified gem and jewelry professionals, Polygon has helped thousands of members gain invaluable knowledge and find unique trading opportunities that have significantly impacted the year over year growth of their business. 

Over 2,800 members benefit from best-in-class professional social network tools and the largest online selection of estate pieces, high end watches, jewelry, loose diamonds, colored stones, pearls, coins and more. The high caliber of members on the network and the active participation of some of the brightest minds in the industry have made Polygon's community one of the most avidly sought business tools in the trade. Call 1-800-221-4435 or email for more information.

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Fish Consulting


Paris: touring the city's antiques markets - Daily Telegraph

Which we did. We whisked around Paul Bert before the dealers arrived, stopping if we spotted treasures, such as an industrial steel cabinet, which Paterson negotiated on my behalf (for €350). We methodically patrolled first one side, then the other, so nothing was missed. We shrugged off items that were clearly overpriced. And 90 minutes later, it was time for Vernaison: charming, fashionable bric-a-brac shops along cobbled alleys. "Definitely try to haggle here," Paterson recommended. "Some stuff has been here years, and they'll want to get rid of it."

But nothing caught my eye. Prices seemed high, given the exchange rate, and I was storing energy (and credit) for the Porte de Vanves flea market the next day (

With just 380 stalls set up on Saturdays and Sunday mornings, this southern Paris market in the 14th arrondissement is smaller, less expensive and more accessible than its more famous northern relative: a pavement corridor of makeshift stalls with the sort of objets décoratifs one dreams of discovering.

The Japanese come here and buy up lace, antique shirts and rustic, hand-sewn farming clothes. Americans scour for the silver. And, thankfully, having again arrived at 8am, as stalls were still being set up, we also found all sorts of treats to cart home. I bought a dozen hand-blown 1930s glasses (€30), horn-handled knives (€20 for a dozen), embroidered linen sheets (€10 each), a set of six Finnish Iittala glasses (€20), and – a bargain – a beautiful 1938 French still-life in warm velvety greys and greens (€100), now hanging above my kitchen fireplace.

On the train home, Paterson estimated that the money I had saved by buying at Paris markets rather than in London shops had almost paid for the trip. Plus, I had had the thrill of renting a bike through the brilliant, city-wide, self-service Vélo Liberté system and cycling along the Seine, whizzing past the Notre Dame by the light of a full moon. Even the horror of having to purchase an ugly nylon wheelie bag in order to get my smaller purchases home on Eurostar could not dampen those pleasures.

How to do it

Go early on a Friday to Clignancourt (Porte de Clignancourt Metro). Dealers go then, too, rather than on Saturdays or Sundays. Go to Vanves on a Saturday, from 7am, rather than Sunday (Porte de Vanves Metro).


Stay at Hôtel Pavillon de la Reine, 28 Place des Vosges, 3rd arr. (00 331 4029 1919, Charming, ivy-clad boutique hotel on the most beautiful square in Paris, in the Marais. From €380 a night for a double, room only. A two-night break costs from £749 per person, B&B, sharing, through Kirker Holidays (020 7593 2283,, including first-class Eurostar train travel, transfers, a Seine cruise, and a carnet of ten Metro/bus tickets.

Or try the Hotel Verneuil, 8 Rue de Verneuil, 7th arr. (00331 4260 8214, Quaint, tiny, very Parisian, and in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés antique district. From €174 for a double.

The guide

Stuart Paterson, who charges according to length of stay and research required (07932 061951,

Food and drink

Eat on Friday night at L'Epi Dupin, 11 Rue Dupin, 6th arr. (00331 4222 6456, François Pasteau's inventive menus change daily. On Saturday night, try La Petrelle, 34 rue Petrelle, 9th (00331 42 82 1102) for seasonal dishes, laid-back atmosphere and faded grandeur.

Treat yourself to a wicked hot chocolate at the atmospheric bistro Le Paul Bert, 20 rue Paul Bert, in the Clignancourt market.


Get around by bicycle. Register with a credit card, then pay per half-hour until reparking at one of the many Velib bike-stands (

Shopping tips

Drop in to Astier de Villatte, 173 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (00331 4260 7413, for classic French white crockery.

Find inspiration at La Petite Maison, 10 Rue Paul Bert, Clignancourt (00331 4010 5669), for fabulous, one-off antiques, and next door at Colonial Concept (00331 4010 0071,, packed with exotic curiosities such as stuffed peacocks and ancient African masks.

Find vintage clothes at Les Merveilles de Babellou, Alley 1, Paul Bert (00336 8063 2689).

For clothing bargains among current rather than vintage fashions, it is well worth travelling 35 minutes outside Paris to La Vallée Village, an outstanding designer outlet with 90 bargain-filled stores packed with labels from Agnès b to Zadig & Voltaire (


Lisbon shopping guide: hide and chic - Daily Telegraph

On Rua do Loreto, I step inside the wood-panelled Casa das Velas do Loreto (in the same family since 1789) and find tall, honey-scented ecclesiastical candles for £15. At A Vida Portuguesa, on Rua Anchieta, my heart quickens at the fine Portuguese soaps and beautifully-packaged tinned sardines. Junk stalls in the Estrela park yield some irresistibly touching, framed black-and-white family photographs from the 1930s, costing a few euros each. Exploring the new waterfront design area, Santos, provides a satisfying few hours.

Back on Rossio, at the the 120-year-old Chapelaria Azevedo Rua, I finger a handmade man's fedora for £57 – the double of one I swear I saw on Jermyn Street at £120. I postpone checking out handmade riding boots at Vitorino de Sousa on Rua dos Correeiros. And it is just as well that, before I hit the antique shops of Rua de São Bento, I meet the art-restorer owner of the new Palacete Chafariz del Rei boutique hotel, a 1906 mansion he renovated. "Lisbon has great antique stores," he says, "but so does Oporto – and 50 per cent cheaper." So it's advisable to take a large suitcase there? "A van!" he says with a grin, and points to a beautiful 1920s leather sofa and chair bought for £170.

How to do it

When to go
Any time, but May is best: it's not too hot, the purple jacaranda is in blossom, and you can take a 30-minute train ride to the beaches at Cascais – home now to the Casa das Histórias, showing the surrealist work of Portugal's brilliant Paula Rego. Bear in mind that Sunday is quiet; only museums open.

Where to stay
On the outskirts, the Lapa Palace and Pestana Palace hotels are very grand, but all the chic new spots are central: LX Boutique, Inspira Santa Marta and, just off Rossio, the Altis Avenida (00 351 29 172 4307,; rooms from £115), with young staff, black-carpeted rooms, a spa, and a seventh-floor roof terrace brasserie. For more information, see and

What to do
Pack flat shoes: you will walk a lot. On arrival, get the Convida Lisboa shopping guides, free at all hotels, and a three-day Lisboa Card (£28) for the trams, Metro and buses. In bustling Baixa, see the new Mude design museum (; in Chiado, old shops; in Principe Real, new design stores, cool cafés such as Orpheu, and boutiques such as Kolovrat ( at Rua Dom Pedro V 79, for witty printed silk scarves and spider-web silver necklaces costing £330. Go to Bairro Alto at night, for the bars, and medieval Alfama for almost hilariously mournful fado. Hottest area: waterfront, ex-industrial Santos, buzzing with lifestyle stores, bars and restaurants; see LX Factory ( and Ler (

Where to eat and drink
Have cocktails at new, glass-walled Le Chat (00 351 91 779 7155) at Jardim 9 de Abril. Have dinner at rough-chic 560 (00 351 21 346 8317, at Rua das Gáveas 78: wild mushrooms in Azores cheese, swordfish with banana, then pineapple carpaccio with coriander sauce. Finish at the new Sol e Pesca bar (00 351 21 346 7203) at Rua Nova do Carvalho 44.


Diego Rivera artwork fails to sell at NYC auction -

NEW YORK (AP) - Mexican artist Diego Rivera's "Girl in Blue and White" failed to find a buyer at Sotheby's Latin American art auction in New York.

The 1939 oil painting of 10-year-old Juanita Rosas was expected to fetch between $4 million and $6 million at Wednesday's auction. The maximum bid on the painting was just $3.7 million.

Sotheby's says it was Rivera's most important painting to be auctioned in decades.

Rivera's current record is just over $3 million for the 1928 oil on canvas "Dancing in Tehuantepec," sold in 1995 at Sotheby's in New York.

Mexican Rufino Tamayo's "Troubadour" currently holds the auction record for Latin American art. It fetched $7.2 million in 2008.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Jacob Zuma seeks ban on artwork depicting his genitals - The Grio

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order Tuesday to have a painting depicting the president’s genitals removed from an art gallery but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint.

The case is spiced with freedom of expression on the one hand and the right to dignity on the other. It took center stage after the painting by Brett Murray went on display in a Johannesburg gallery this month and was reported on in local media. Zuma, who has a reputation for promiscuity, took the depiction of him with his private parts exposed very personally and compared himself somewhat ironically to a rape victim. Zuma himself was put on trial for rape, and acquitted, in 2006.

“The portrayal has ridiculed and caused me humiliation and indignity,” Zuma contended in an affidavit filed Tuesday with the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Presiding over the hearing in a courtroom a few kilometers (miles) from the gallery, Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane said the full three-judge bench should hear the case because the national interest and constitutional issues are at stake. South Africa’s constitution protects the right to dignity as well as to freedom of expression. She said the hearing would recommence on Thursday.

Zuma and the ANC sought to have the painting, titled “The Spear,” removed from the Goodman Gallery and to stop the newspaper City Press from displaying a photo of it on its website.

Just before the hearing was scheduled to begin, two men wielding cans of red and black paint calmly walked up to the painting hanging on a gallery wall and took turns defacing it.

“Now it’s completely and utterly destroyed,” said Iman Rappetti, a reporter for a South African TV channel who happened to be on the scene at the time as her camera rolled.

Her channel showed a man in a tweed jacket painting a red X over the president’s genital area and then his face. Next, a man in a hoodie smeared black paint over the president’s face and down the painting with his hand. The men were finally detained by gallery staff — one was head-butted and thrown to the ground before he was handcuffed — and police took them away.

Rappetti said she initially thought the first man was part of a performance art piece, and said staff at the gallery was slow to react.

The Goodman had said in a statement a day earlier that it was stepping up security. After the vandalism the gallery was closed as a throng of reporters and onlookers gathered outside.

The gallery’s attorney, Greg Palmer, said its owners are filing a charge of malicious damage to property. He said they did not know the identities of the two men who defaced the painting and that the gallery would oppose efforts by police to confiscate the defaced painting as evidence.

After the painting was defaced, a third man spray-painted the first three letters of the word “respect” on a wall near the gallery’s front gate before he was taken away by police. He shouted that the gallery had shown the president disrespect.

Back at the courthouse, more than 100 pro-Zuma protesters gathered outside. Donavan Cloete held a black, green and gold ANC flag and wore a T-shirt with the slogan: “President Zuma has a right to human dignity and privacy.”

“The artist has got his own views on the political situation. He has a right to express himself,” Cloete said. “On the other hand, there’s got to be a line drawn as to what constitutes satire and what constitutes insult.”

But Sophia Morren, a ceramicist who was in the gallery with her daughter when the painting was defaced, said Zuma had shown little respect for himself. She referred to Zuma’s six marriages — he currently has four wives, his 21 children, and his acknowledgment in 2010 that he fathered a child that year with a woman who was not among his wives.

“He’s famous for all his women, all his children. I get exactly what the artist is saying,” Morren said. “Zuma shouldn’t be complaining. Really.”

She added she knew Murray had been celebrated for anti-apartheid art work in the past.

“Why is it good then and it is not good now?” she said of Murray’s work. “You start proscribing to artists what they can and cannot paint, and then we are lost.”

Zuma was acquitted of rape in May 2006 in the country’s most politically charged trial since the end of apartheid. Trial testimony had raised questions about Zuma’s attitude toward women and whether ultimately he had the judgment to govern. His testimony about having unprotected consensual sex with an HIV-positive AIDS activist demonstrated an amazing ignorance about HIV transmission by a man who once headed South Africa’s campaign against the virus.

In his affidavit filed Tuesday, Zuma said he rejected suggestions that speaking out about the painting would “exacerbate the pain I am feeling about the image being publicized widely.

“This argument is similar to suggesting that, inter alia, victims of rape should not complain about the violations they have suffered because doing so will lead to publication of their ordeal. It is suggested therefore that such victims should keep quiet in order to limit public knowledge of their rights.”

The painting is part of an exhibition of Murray’s sculptures and paintings called “Hail to the Thief II.” The ANC denounces the show as an “abuse of freedom of artistic expression.”

The defaced painting is a black, red and yellow acrylic on canvas priced at 120,000 rand (about $15,000). In a style reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s brightly colored Marilyn Monroe portraits, “The Spear” depicts Zuma in a suit, looking off into the distance.

The painting, priced at 120,000 rand (about $15,000), had been sold to an anonymous buyer before the defacement.

_Copyright 2012 The Associated Press._


Win chance to hang your art with the pros - Bristol Evening Post

A BRISTOL youth group has launched a new art competition in a multi-million-pound youth centre.

The Station Artwork Competition offers young people the chance to see their artwork hung alongside a collection of more than 30 works by professional artists.

The Creative Youth Network launched the competition at The Station, Bristol's £5.75 million youth hub being developed in the city centre.

Bristol graffiti artist Nick Walker and illustrator Rose Sanderson, accompanied by some of The Station's young people, gathered at the centre yesterday to declare the competition open for entries.

The competition collection will eventually be auctioned off on October 18 as part of the corporate launch celebrations at The Station.

All funds will be donated to future creative projects being run at the youth hub.

To enter, young people have to take a photo of their artwork and upload it to the "Art Auction & Competition" event on The Station's Facebook page.

Artwork must be 2D but can be in any medium including painting, graffiti, digital, illustration, textile, print and photography.


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