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LisaKroeseAn interesting interview with Lisa Kroese, who was looking to keep herself busy in a new location. A great story of how an estate sale business was born and growing. Lisa helps out with her ideas through books and more. Check out her website expertestates.com and her helpful blog/website: estatefusion.com

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musuemCurator Karen E. Haas  discusses how Peter J. Cohen has amassed a collection of some 50,000 vernacular photographs. He recently gave more than 1,000 of them to the Museum of Fine Arts. On display are roughly 300 for “Unfinished Stories: Snapshots From the Peter J. Cohen Collection.” The photographs, most of which are in black and white, span the first three-quarters of the last century. The show runs through Feb. 21, 2016.

 

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World-record-clock-190x300Former podcast host, Phyllis Kao joins us with Dr Arne Sildatke from Auctionata’s  Berlin headquarters and discuss the recent sale of a late 18th century Chinese automaton clock that sold for a record $3.7 million, and further talk about Auctionata’s unique way of running auctions.

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15 Jun 2015, by

179. Johanna McBrien

tn35681_14_JMcBrien_011911_902Interview with Editor-in-Chief  of Antiques & Fine Art Magazine: www.afamag.comJohanna McBrien talks about her amazing academic and professional background as well as InCollect.com, Johanna is a boots on the ground researcher and lover of fine Period American furniture, she further discusses the importance of the arts and connection through history.

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AR0903_1057_web-crop-c0-44__0-33-676x380Aloha, it is a fun interview with the ‘psychic appraiser’ and king of Pop Culture, Gary Sohmers. He knows the value of 100,000 useless objects and is nationally recognized expert in the world of collectibles. Listen in as he talks about his beginnings, and how the business has changed and much more. Check out his radio show Tuesdays 10-11:00 AM EST and North East Comic Con.

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IMG_4686Oh to be 18 years old, and an antiques dealer! Gabe tells what it’s like to be one of the few out there, he has been buying and selling for four years, and has a nice space in an active antique shop. You can email Gabe at: fichtgabe32@yahoo.com

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20150328_Gone_with_The_wind_01_620_546_100Guest James Tumblin talks about his Gone with the Wind collection coming up at Heritage Auction on April 18 & 19, how he got started collecting his now 300,000 Gone with the Wind  objects of memorabilia as well his experience and friendship with Marilyn Monroe.

Follow up with auction results here. Dress sells for $137,000!

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IMG_0276bf5b0e98914f2f95d5b0df0c201cedeeRound-robin at Gemr Headquarters in Portsmouth, NH. Gemr is a new social platform specifically for the collector. Listen in and get the details behind the scenes of a website/app that will revolutionize the field of collecting. Sign up on Gemr for free, and get one online appraisal at no cost, details here.

Gemr’s Facebook Page ~ Gemr’s Antique Twitter ~ Gemr’s Twitter ~ Gemr’s YouTube Channel ~ Gemr iOS app

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IMG_0498Victorian cleaning serviceA show on vacuum cleaner history recorded at the Home & Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California with an old school salesman, Ken Beach. An unusual topic, with an entertaining guest.

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Levi-Bettwieser-Rescued-Film-Project-WW2-Louperescued-film-project-2Guest Levi Bettweiser talks about The Rescued Film Project, found film from locations all over the world, in the form of undeveloped rolls of film, which are developed and scanned to a digital archive, check out this video of 31 discovered WWII rolls seen for the first time.

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1617c9b0-55a7-4a7a-bd12-aca0fa1aaa6d-460x276Our most exciting historic podcast, on location at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the Reveal Ceremony of the famed Paul Revere, Samuel Adams Time Capsule! Plus, a phone interview with the woman who opened the box, Pam Hatchfield who is Head of Objects Conservation at the MFA. Pam is also president of the American Institute for Conservation.

Host Martin Willis is joined by Dan Sullivan of gemr.com

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29 Dec 2014, by

171. Gary Sullivan

516Gary Sullivan talks about transitioning from oak furniture in the 1970s to fine American period furniture and clocks. His path has led him to the Antiques Roadshow and more recently to the White House to document an American musical tall case clock made by Effingham Embree. For information on clocks and more, check out: garysullivanantiques.com

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9 Dec 2014, by

170. Paul Brown

meet-the-team-paul-brown-284x212Former Auction King, Paul Brown comes back on the show to talk about his new upcoming pilot, Endless Yard Sale on Scripps Network, HGTV. Check out Paul’s auctions at Gallery 63

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marilyn-monroe-auction-catalogMartin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions talks to us from London to share the details of Marilyn Monroe’s lost archive.  Found are 200 lots of Marilyn’s personal effects that were found at her home upon her death and have only resurfaced recently. The auction takes place on December 6, 2014. Auction information and highlights. Read the blog by Martin Willis, written in 2012.

Sales Results: Marilyn Monroe Overcoat sold for $176,400
MM Love Letter from Joe DiMaggio sold for $78,125
MM Star Hair combs sold for $22,500
MM Beaded necklace sold for $37,500
MM signed model release sold for $12,500
MM Nude painting by Earl Moran sold for $37,500
MM letter to Arthur Miller sold for $43,750
MM Compact $46875

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andrewJames D. Julia’s Toys, Dolls & Advertising department head, Andrew Truman talks about collecting, past auctions and a record breaking auction that took place on November 7th, 2014. Check out auction results here.

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20141104_115130An interview with Portland Museum of Art Director, Mark Bessire at Winslow Homer’s Studio, Prout’s Neck, Maine. Mark discusses the life that shaped Homer into the artist he became, his work and his time as America’s top studio painter on the Maine Coast. winslow homer images

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20141022_121937Rebekah Kaufman comes on the show again to talk about recent finds, and collecting Steiff other than the popular Teddy Bear and much more. Check out the accompanying VIDEO, a moving tale on what started three generations of collecting. Rebekah’s Steiff Blog.

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Tony front picMartin visits York, Maine and speaks with longtime painting conservator, Anthony Moore on the importance of professional conservation. Anthony further discusses some techniques,  as well as tells some interesting stories.  anthonymooreconservation.com

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image 2A chat with app developer, Ryan Servant, who offers the Brimfield Flea Finder free to the antique show attendees, listen in to all the brilliant benefits of use, including finding pieces, the facilities/food and more.

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8 Aug 2014, by

163. Emily Susanin

susaninsphotoEmily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers joins us for insight on the Chicago auction world, her involvement in the company. She further discusses the fun one can have while dealing with interesting people and pieces as well as educating one’s self in the trade.

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25 Jul 2014, by

162. Walt Kolenda

Auction-WallyMartin and Walt Kolenda discuss how antiques are green, and give advice for the collector just starting out, plus throw out a few stories and tips. Check out Walt’s website.

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20140628_165813An annual round-robin, at the festive Randolph Street Market, with promoter Sally Schwartz, Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade, and Danielle Arnet, Addressing several topics in the world of collecting in 2014.

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562428_1_lWe are honored to host one of the three surviving Shakers, Brother Arnold which was recorded live at the Sabbathday Lake Village. Brother Arnold discusses the history of the Shakers, the way of life and the objects they crafted which are treasured by collectors from coast to coast. Check the Calendar of Events.3076632_1_l

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20thCenturyCarpet_011Michael Jefferson of Wright Auctions dives into a new auction paradigm, 20th century carpets. Listen in as he explains how important what you are walking on can be, and how it can tie a collection together. Check out the auction and images here.

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90sobverseRUSTAn exciting interview with Kagins Inc., Donald Kagin, PhD & David McCarthy who are handling a once in a century find, The Saddle Ridge Hoard, $10 million worth of rare gold coins, buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered when a couple was out walking their dog on their own property in Marin County! Listen in for behind the scenes of this unprecedented event and how it will unfold. Click here for an interview transcription with the anonymous couple, plus images.

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bellamyAuthor, Jim Craig joins us for a fascinating interview on the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, NH Exhibition titled, Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from April 4- October 3rd. As podcast host, this is one of my favorite interviews, and I suggest not to miss this once in a lifetime exhibition! Facebook Page.

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bertoiaSpeaking with Richard Wright of Wright20 about his new NYC location hosting the Harry Bertoia Exhibition, he further discuses the life and works of Bertoia from his famous diamond chairs to installations and highly regarded sounding sculptures.

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stuff-after-death-600x800-final-225x300An interview with historian and author Mary Miley Theobald, on a ‘what to do’ book on when you are faced with in inherited household, ‘ How to identify, value and dispose of inherited stuff.’ Check out her book.

Her website is: marymileytheobald.com

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jeffrey_hermanJeffrey Herman passionately discusses how to care for silver, plus freely gives many other tips for the collector or buyer. His comprehensive website has all the advice you may ever need: www.hermansilver.com/silver care

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4904137_1_lMichael Lauck discusses the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters props and more. A fascinating interview by a specialist that really knows his topic. Check out a blog Michael wrote for the forum and also: iTricks.com

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25 Nov 2013, by

152. Dylan Shrub

LouvreDylanShub27 year-old Dylan Shub in Jerusalem of The Gryphon’s Nest explains the antique business there as well as what it was like starting as a toddler in the business. He later discusses the social media aspect of the antiques dealing and where that is headed with the “Virtual Generation”.

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IMG_20131114_172854Martin talks to Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctions about the past record breaking David Powers Auction of JFK’s affects and the monumental upcoming Legends Auction, JFK, Peter Lawford, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe and more. Listen to Dan’s enthusiasm as he explains behind the scenes and the contents of the auction that will shake the world of collectors! View auction supplement here.

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IMG_20131107_104726Join curator Daniel Finamore, PhD, Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History as he discusses the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts that runs from November 9th through February 17th, 2014

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bart 2A lecture by Martin Willis in Amesbury, MA discussing behind the scenes of the auction of the signer of the Declaration, Josiah Bartlett which was a career highlight held in 1989. Check out the news story video.

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3 Oct 2013, by

147. Maureen Stanton

maureenA great interview with Maureen Stanton, author of: Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, listen in for the behind the scenes look, the way it really is in the world of the antiques marketplace. This podcast host recommends this book for anyone that wants to know what it is really like out there.

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DSCN1192A fascinating interview with noted glass and ceramic conservator, Elaine Miller. Listen in as she discusses the art of restoration/repair and her passion for putting the puzzles back together as well as maintaining the integrity of fine objects.

Visit: Fairmont Studios

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13 Sep 2013, by

145. Pamela Wiggins

PamelaWigginsCropPamela Wiggins grew up in the antiques business and later became a journalist and joined her two worlds together writing about the subject as well as encouraging the family hobby of antiques interest. Click here for info.

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display6a00d8341c630a53ef015436398b15970c-300wiMartin Kemp discusses where science meets art to uncover the La Bella Principessa, a Leonardo Da Vinci that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th century portrait can turn into a work by the Old Master himself and be worth over a purported $100 million! Check out: martinjkemp.com

 

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connor 4Martin has a delightful conversation with 8-year-old Connor McCrory, who is a prodigy picker. Having a passion for collecting and gaining knowledge at such an early age, the antique world is his oyster. We will keep an eye on him and talk again next year. Check out his Facebook page  and website.

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IMG_20130723_150120 2Stopping along busy US1 in Wells, Maine, Martin has a conversation with gallery owner ,Corey Daniels and gallery director/artist, Miles Spadone. Cory discusses his transitions from 18th century period furniture, to today’s contemporary art which he displays in a beautiful setting. Check out: coreydanielsgallery.com  check out their busy Facebook page as well.

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Lauren Lessing; Hannah Blunt and Elizabeth Finch

An interview at the Colby College Museum of Art with: Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art; Hannah Blunt, Langlais Curator for Special Projects and Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education as they all discuss the Lunder Collection and exhibition. At over $100 million, the largest and most significant gift of art to any institution of higher learning ever. Visit the Website and ‘Like’ on Facebook

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steinOn location! After a tour of Monticello, Martin talks with Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator & Vice President for Museum Programs about Thomas Jefferson, the man and his amazing mountain top home that he called Monticello.  Be sure to ‘Like’ on Facebook!

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rsz_img_20130618_104047A fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum‘s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition, Fabergé Revealed from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that will be on view at PEM from June 22 until September 29, 2013. Also discussed is, The House of Fabergé and the people who sought the treasured works. Visit: http://pem.org

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Keri Seery speaks about social media, and the symbiotic relationship it can have in the marketing of antiques. Check out Keri’s Facebook Page.

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IMG_20130523_123231Margaret Zoladkowski is a recent UNH graduate with a history degree, who is pursuing a career in the antiques and auction industry. She currently interns at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and has knowledge as well as a passion for early textiles. She discusses the quirks of Victorian mourning clothing etiquette and fashion arts of the past.

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wHhw4hj76KjPSWbbMjxmip90yG0kHPY7XzkX-_PtrusRecorded live in Chicago, a special Round-Robin format podcast celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Randolph Street Market, with co-founder Sally Schwartz, Kathy Finley, Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade, Greg Willett, Danielle Arnet, and former podcast co-host Phyllis Kao. A celebration of the anniversary as well as a discussion on the antiques market place makes this a fascinating podcast for all who are interested in antiques and vintage.

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IMG_20130516_144407 2Martin joins Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s Cash & Cari for a fun sit-down at the Brimfield Antique show.

Check out: http://www.repurposeshop.com

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94000.018 gr v7Repeat guest, Richard Wright, of Wright in Chicago talks about fine 20th c. Italian, Murano glass such as Venini & Barovier. Check out the important collection at auction on June 8th, 2013.

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shapeimage_3Martin speaks with luthier, Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine about what makes antique violins special, and what to look for in a fine instrument. Visit: frostgullyviolins.com

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMartin chats with Lee Kalfon about what is going on in the antique world and the opinions of Generation Y. They talk about why younger people may have lost some interest in antiques. They discuss vintage and repurposing as well as steampunk movements.

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73541x12PBS Antiques Roadshow Appraiser, Director of Asian Arts, for James D. Julia Auctioneers, James Callahan talks about the Asian Art Market and much more.

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Repeat guest Paul Brown of Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, and Gallery 63 of Atlanta comes back on to talk about recent happenings, Season IV and auctions in general.

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An informational conversation with Adrien von Ferscht, of Glasgow, Scotland on the subject of antique Chinese Export Silver. Adrien is a pure academic researcher and provides an astounding amount of resources on his blog: chinese-export-silver.com  His catalog of marks, 1785-1940 is available here, with a new edition soon to be published.

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You may remember him as “Wally” on the iconic show,  Leave it to Beaver, child actor and more recently film director, Tony Dow talks about his second career as a sculptor, his journey and how he creates his art. Check out: tonydowsculpture.com

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Martin visits John McInnis’ Auction Gallery in Amesbury, Massachusetts and talks Dan Meader about the important John F. Kennedy memorabilia that belonged to David F. Powers, JFK’s White House special assistant and longtime confidant. Auction follow-up here!

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Colleene Fesko, frequently seen on the hit PBS television series Antiques Roadshow talks about the John Gale Art Collection of Cape Ann School paintings. She also discusses the internet’s changing affects on the art market, fakes and more. Check out the John Gale video of him describing his collection. The auction will be held at James Julia Auctioneers.

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Martin visits Dan Horan and talks about today’s market of collectable timepieces, including Rolex Watches, Patek Philippe Watches and more.

Check out: roschmitt.com

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Repeat guest Richard Wright from auction house Wright20 talks about Italian design including Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass and more.

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Martin along with Rebekah Kaufman co-hosting speak with collectable tile expert, Wendy Harvey about all aspects of tiles, what makes them collectable and more.

Check out http://www.antiquearticles.com

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Show Notes: Martin talks to blogger and expert Gregg Elliott on high grade shotguns, collecting, and how to make careful decisions when obtaining them. Check out his blog website at: dogsanddoubles.com

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Show Notes: Martin talks with historian/author, Mary Miley Theobald about debunking some fun American history myths of Colonial through Victorian times, some involving antiques. Check out: marymileytheobald.com

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Show Notes; Martin speaks with legendary award winning actress, singer and best selling author, Polly Bergen about her career as well as her adventures in collecting antiques. They also discuss the restoration of her 18th century home and much more.

 

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Show Notes: In Texas, Martin talks to Arkansas longtime artwork picker Dale Blackwelder who gives good tips for the novice collector. He further discusses some great finds and how he survives without the use of computers.

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15 Sep 2012, by

118. Terry Kovel

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Show Notes: Martin talks to antiques & collectibles price list mogul, Terry Kovel. Listen in to hear a perspective spanning back to Kovel’s first edition in 1953 with a view on current trends & much more. Visit: kovels.com

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Show Notes: Martin speaks with expert, Jack Wilson on cubist art deco Ruba Rombic art glass produced by the Consolidated Glass Company in 1928.

Visit Jack’s website here.

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31 Aug 2012, by

116. Fred Giampietro

Show Notes: Hear his journey of starting out with a $70 broken Shaker rocker in the 1970s, to the top end of folk art as well as his Connecticut contemporary art gallery. Listen in for the insight of Fred Giampietro, a key player in the antique and fine art world. Visit: fredgiampietro.com

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Show Notes: A fun and informative interview with one of the leading specialists, Richard Wright, Wright20 on Mid-Century Modern, they touch on contemporary design, auctions and further discuss the company’s informative, evolving website: wright20.com

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Antiques Roadshow & HG-TV’s Caroline Ashleigh  joins Martin for an in depth look at appraising, evaluating and auctioning fine wines.

Visit: auctionyourwine.com

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From the study and artwork of horology, to the repair of antique clocks, as well as the history of New England makers is covered in this show. Bob Frishman from Bell Time Clocks  is an entertaining and knowledgeable guest. Visit: http://bell-time.com

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An enlightening interview with a passionate collector & hunter of one man’s 19th c. trash ~ today’s bottle treasures. From using recent technology  to locate finds, as well as scuba diving rivers, to privy digging, Bram Hepburn has done it all.

Email Bram Bottle Questions Here

Blog by Bram

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SHOW NOTES Martin visits longtime dealer/collector John Rinaldi in Kennebunkport and discusses the known history of Scrimshaw, Prison of War pieces from the Lloyd Collection, and the California crackdown on ivory (antique or not) at auction as well as dealer sales. He also talks about the Annual Symposium at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, his catalog sales and much more.

 

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25 Jun 2012, by

110. Leslie Hindman

Martin talks to Chicago’s Leslie Hindman about her growing auction company with offices in Denver, Naples & Palm Beach, FL as well as Milwaukee. They talk about the transitions over the years, finding an unknown Van Gogh, selling memorabilia from the historic Comiskey Park, the Chicago Stadium as well as the recent upshot of handling Chinese pieces and fine jewelry. Former co-host Phyllis Kao who now works for the auction company chimes in for a quick hello. Visit: lesliehindman.com

 

Show Notes Here

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14 Jun 2012, by

109. David Rago

Martin stops in Lambertville, NJ to talk with David Rago about his June 16th & 17th Auction.  They further discuss the Arts & Crafts movement and David gets into a very informative discussion about a passion of his ~ American Art Pottery.

Visit: ragoarts.com

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4 Jun 2012, by

108. David Schorsch

David Schorsch discusses his early age of collecting and learning. While most kids were reading comic books, this childhood antique prodigy coveted new issues of The Magazine Antiques.  David gets into details on what makes something a special piece, whether formal, folk or country. He also talks about some of the finer pieces he has handled over the years. David, along with financial partner Eileen Smiles have beautiful selection available at their Woodbury Connecticut shop and are one of the select dealers at the New York Winter Antiques Show. Check out their website: americanantiqueart.com

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26 May 2012, by

107. Ric Jorgensen

Three generations: Ric, Bob, David & Pam Jorgensen

Martin visits R. Jorgensen Antiques one of the finest family owned shops along the Northeast coast, located in Wells, Maine. This podcast is an interview with Ric Jorgensen about the company beginnings and what the current market is like, plus more. Visit www.rjorgensen.com

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16 May 2012, by

106. Leigh Keno

You have seen him and his bother Leslie hundreds of times on the  PBS Antiques Roadshow, Leigh Keno and Martin discuss aspects of Keno Auctions, (est. in 2009), fine Period American furniture, and the effects of restorations of vintage autos to fine period furniture. They also talk about Modern Art, today’s hot trends and more. Check out: kenoauctions.com Also, check out Keno Bros line of furniture: kenobroscollection.com

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1 May 2012, by

105. Cari Cucksey

Martin talks to estate sale specialist & entrepreneur Cari Cucksley of the popular reality show, HGTV’s Cash & Cari. They discuss what has happened to her life since cameras have starting rolling, interesting behind the scenes of an estate sale and more. Check out the following websites:  repurposeshop.com & repurposeestate.com

At the Brimfield Tweet-Up

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A great interview with one of the trade’s hardest workers. Laura Trueman has warehouses nationwide supplying props to 20 major motion pictures a year. Head’s up, she is looking for scouts!     Check out truetiques.com

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Martin speaks with a very accomplished artist who portrays “romantic realism” in his work. He is a winner of the Don B. Huntley, Spirit of The West Award among many accomplishments. Kyle is one of the very few artists accepted in the prestigious  Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions. Listen in to hear of his beginnings and what it takes to compose one of his paintings – from napkin drawing to finished work.

Visit Kyle’s website: www.kylepolzin.com

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One of our most fascinating guests of all times, former FBI Special Agent Robert Wittman, author of  NY Times Best Seller “Priceless” speaks with Martin about  traveling the world while posing undercover retrieving a quarter of a billion dollars worth of stolen artworks, Rembrandts, Picassos, ancient artifacts and much more. Robert also discusses aspects of his current business, how to protect your art and what he can do to help you.  SHOW NOTES

Check out http://www.robertwittmaninc.com

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Steiff’s Official Consultant Archivist Rebekah Kaufman, AKA Steiffgal joins Martin and greets all our listeners with teddy bear hugs. A very enthusiastic guest who is passionate about collecting Steiff and preserving the Steiff legacy. Listen in for lots of helpful information and interesting facts (it all started with undergarments) about collecting, rare finds, identifying, restoration and more.   Click here for Show Notes.

 http://mysteifflife.blogspot.com

Send an email to Steiffgal

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Listen in to a roundtable informative chat with worthpoint.com CEO Will Seippel, Maggie Turnipseed, Audra Blevins, Mike Wilcox, Jason Robins joined by host Martin Willis. They chat about the success of sponsoring The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, the launch of marksandlibrary.com a data source for over 40k marks of all kinds of marks of your antiques and collectibles. Jason Robins speaks about the remaking of goantiques.com which will launch in March, 2012.

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Episode 2 of 2, we interview Miami Show dealers: Philip Chasen on Galle Glass; Vivienne Hall on Picasso Ceramics and Arty Unger on Georg Jensen Silver.

 

 

Check out informational websites.

Philip Chasen Antiques (Galle Glass): chasenantiques.com

Squire Antiques (Picasso Ceramics): trocadero.com/squireantiques

Imagination Unlimited (Georg Jensen): imaginationunlimited.com

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Part one of two, Martin interviews dealers at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show (largest indoor antique show in the world). This episode’s dealers are:  Marco Astrologo of Branded Luxury Unlimited (Louis Vuitton); Phil Larke on O.S.A.R. Antiques on Amphora art pottery, and Peter Rudolph of McClees Gallery on fine art. Tune in to part II on: Galle glass, Picasso pottery and Georg Jensen silver.

Click here to watch our video.

Branded Luxury Unlimited: brandedluxuryunlimited.com

Send an email to Phil Larke on Amphora

McClees Gallery: mccleesgalleries.com

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Martin chats with a young & fun American folk art dealer who began collecting at age five! Listen in as Kate talks about getting her generation active in the antiques world, the struggles they face and her part in keeping collecting alive.

Make sure you visit: mankoamericanfolkart.com

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23 Dec 2011, by

96. Victoria Mansion

Tom Johnson and Arlene Palmer Schwind

Martin steps into the beautiful Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine and speaks with curator, Arlene Palmer Schwind and director, Tom Johnson. Listen in as they discuss the beginnings of this fabulous summer home with a Gustave Herter interior, it’s near miss with demolition and what is involved in preserving this historical landmark.

Check out the mansion’s website at victoriamansion.org

Check out the video of 2011 Christmas decor here.

 

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Martin interviews an avid antique & vintage toy collector, Noel Swift who has a passion for Japanese tin Space Toys. Noel discusses how important research can be, plus talks about a great attic find.* Listen in to find out what is hot in today’s collectible toy world and where to look for them.

Email Noel a question about a toy.

*Correction: Noel speaks of an attic find of a German toy that was made in 1812, it is 19th century, but not as early as stated.

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Martin chats with knowledgeable dealer/collector Ron Burkey in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They discuss militaria trends, what is hot and what is not. They also talk about cautionary purchasing for the novice collector and explore many facets of collecting! You can visit Ron’s website at flyingtigerantiques.com

Complete show transcription here.

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Martin pays a visit to Maine Antique Digest and speaks with Sally, Kate & Clayton Pennington about MAD’s beginnings, controversial stories, present day happenings of the periodical.. the internet affects and the antiques world.

Click the image to visit the Maine Antique Digest’s website.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT HERE

Video clip here.

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Martin talks to Mike Overby of Coeur d’Alene Art Auction about their recent $16.8 million auction, and some of their strategies for success. They further discuss the state of the Western art market, what collectors may consider when buying (& selling) and much more.

Click the image to visit the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction website.

Click here for a CBS video

Click here for show transcription.

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Martin talks to author Gayle Soucek about her book: “Marshall Fields: The Store that Helped Build Chicago” and the overall interesting history of the city. Listen in to hear if Mrs O’Leary’s cow had anything to do with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and much more.

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Martin visits Rob Elowitch of Barridoff Galleries in Portland, Maine. They talk about Barridoff’s presence in the art auction world, past and upcoming highlights including the annual summer auction on August 5th, 2011. They also discuss Rob’s amazing wrestling career, and his movie “Canvasman” click here for a  trailer of the independent film which encompasses both Rob Elowitch’s art life and Robbie Ellis’ wrestling world.

Click the image of the Maurice de Vlaminck still life to visit the Barridoff Galleries website.

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Martin visits Strawberry Banke for Part Two with Chief Curator, Kimberly Alexander, they talk about this year’s exhibition: “Fitz John Porter – Civil War Hero or Coward?” Major General Fitz John Porter was a Civil War soldier, born in Portsmouth, NH. He was court marshaled after the second battle of Bull Run by disobeying orders that in fact would have annihilated his troops. It took sixteen years for exoneration.  Listen in as Kimberly talks about the amazing story of finding the long lost sword of the officer and much more.

Click the image for the exhibition page on the Strawberry Banke website.

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Martin visits historic Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and chats with the Chief Curator, Kimberly Alexander. This riverside museum has 35 structures dating all the way back to 1695 (only two buildings were moved to the site). Kimberly is a wonderful guest with a passion for preserving history.

Click the image to visit the Strawberry Banke Museum website. “Come explore four centuries of American history in one of New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhoods.”

 

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Martin stops in and talks with Nancy Jones at Foreside Consignment Gallery in Falmouth, Maine about her eight month old shop that is bustling with business on the beautiful Maine coast. Listen in as they discuss what it was like growing up in a big household of antique dealers and auctioneers and much more.

Click the moosehead image to visit the shop’s website.

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Martin visits master craftsman Allan Breed at his shop & School of Fine Woodworking in Rollinsford, NH. They talk about the construction of period American furniture, carving and early American apprenticeships. Of all cabinetmakers in the US, Allan was chosen to make an exact copy of the most important piece of American furniture, the 1760s Nicholas Brown Six Shell Desk/Bookcase by John Goddard (click here). Allan runs a school sharing his knowledge & skills of using hand tools almost exclusively for fine furniture in the manner of the 18th century. You can stop in at Allan’s website by clicking the image to the above right. Click here for a short video clip of the workshop/school.

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Martin visits veteran dealer Paul DeCoste in Massachusetts who specializes in antique marine & scientific instruments. They talk about Paul’s background, the people who shared knowledge with him and what the current market is like. Listen in to hear about a “best find” an Aaron Willard Orrery (an orrery pictured to the left). They later discuss rare ivory scrimshaw, famous scrimshanders (Susan’s Teeth), fakes and the strict government enforcement on ivory “smuggling”.

For a related blog, click here.

If you have items of interest in these categories, you can contact Paul at: 978-363-1420

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Martin talks to antique appraiser and radio show host of Keep Antiquing, Frank Farmer Loomis. Frank and Martin discuss museums, Nazi stolen artworks, and an unusual book signing. Frank’s sense of humor is always appreciated!

Click Frank’s image to visit his website.

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83. Gene Shannon

Martin & Thelema speak with phone guest Gene Shannon of Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers about the company’s recent 5 million dollar auction, what is hot & what is not so hot in the art collecting world.

Click Gene’s image to visit Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers website.

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In conjunction with the American Decorative Arts Forum, Martin along with co-host Susan Doherty interviews Janine Skerry of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on the subject of Matthew Boulton, Sheffield plate maker and entrepreneur. Listen in to hear the multifaceted in-depth knowledge of our guest as we discuss the amazing life of Boulton, the process of silver plate making and much more.

For more information on Matthew Boulton, click here.

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