- Published on Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:21
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This art glass bowl belongs to the family of a lady who recently died. She was an inveterate collector, and was fond of art glass. This piece is acid etched with shades of green and black. It is 4 inches high and 5½ inches in diameter. It has one slight chip on the rim, but appears to have no other flaws. Etched into the lower portion is the signature of A. deLatte, and the word Nancy.
- Published on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 15:45
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A family formerly from Colonial Beach purchased this set of china at an antiques shop in Alabama almost 40 years ago. All of the pieces are labeled “John Haviland” in a semicircle with “Bavaria” below. The inside rim is custard color, and the gold leafing is in excellent condition. All of the pieces were perfect, but the owner broke one of the lidded vegetable dishes about 30 years ago.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:12
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"Ditchley" is one of the Northern Neck's greatest homes. Built by Kendall Lee in 1752, it sits overlooking Dividing Creek and the Chesapeake Bay in the lower reaches of Northumberland County, about four miles from Kilmarnock. The name derives from "Ditchley Park" in Oxfordshire , England, the home of Henry Lee, the Ranger of Woodstock during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1930 it became the Virginia home of Alfred I. duPont and his wife, Jessie Dew Ball duPont.
They restored the mansion to its former glory, and introduced modern conveniences, such as a bathroom for every bedroom. Their principal home remained "Nemours" in Wilmington, Delaware, from whence they traveled back and forth to their home in Palm Beach, Florida either on the Seaboard Coastline Railway, of which they were the principal stockholders on their yacht, the "Nenemosha."
- Published on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 20:20
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This Imari charger comes from a family in the lower Northern Neck. An ancestor bought it in Japan over a century ago, and it is in pristine condition. The colors are still brilliant, and the piece shows no evidence of wear. It is 26 inches in diameter. The sides of the back are decorated, but bear no writing to indicate a maker.
Imari remains the most popular form of Japanese porcelain. Its name comes from the city of Imari, which was the pre-eminent porcelain center of Imperial Japan. Works made there bear the distinctive deep blue and maroon/rust decoration, usually highlighted, as in this case, with heavy gold embellishment.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 19:59
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A lady in Lancaster County inherited this miniature armoire from her mother, who collected antiques throughout her lifetime. The primary wood is walnut and the secondary is poplar. The mirror is original, as is the finish. It is 15 inches high. The owner has found no identifying signature or label for the maker.
This piece is a veritable gem of an antique. The Empire to Victorian design is excellent that the condition is quite good, especially when one considers that children have played with the armoire as a toy. The finials are well turned, as are the small knobs on the drawers. Overall, the design is one of the best that I have seen.