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Wedgwood pottery is a ceramic ware originally made by the English potter Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. A new earthenware form he created in 1765 caught the eye of the British Queen consort at the time, Charlotte of Meckleburg-Streitz and she allowed him to call it “Queen’s Ware“. The pottery became wildly popular across Europe and further new earthenware forms followed including Black Basalt and Jasper Ware.
Jasper ware was developed in the 1770’s and became Wedgwood’s most popular style of stoneware. Neoclassical in style and created to look like ancient cameo glass in a matte finish, it is the one that comes to mind today as the classic representation of the Wedgwood Company. Produced in many different colors, the pale blue color developed by Josiah has come to be known as Wedgwood blue.
Roman, Greek and Egyptian ancient mythologies influenced his designs as well as, silhouettes of nobles, dignitaries and political symbols were used.
As well as earthenware plates and vessels jasperware graced everything from mirrors and lighting to architectural features like fireplace mantels, moldings and furniture.
Fine Jasper ware was highly prized and collected by wealthy English and Europeans households and is included in fine museum collections throughout the world.
Kaminski Auction is pleased to present in their March 15th auction over sixty lots of Wedgwood Jasperware from a dedicated collector. It is the perfect time to add to your collection or start one of your own. These decorative pieces would be wonderful in any room in your home !
All lots are in exceptional condition and can be viewed at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com. This auction takes place Sunday March 15th at 10:00 am . For more information visit our website and sign up to bid online with KaminskiLIVE.
Sorry for the long hiatus on writing this blog. I seem to get bogged down with writing press releases, pre and post every auction, social media and a million other things that have to happen each month. My New Year’s resolution is to write, write, write, at least one post every single month if not more.
I would like to welcome Amy Cavilla as our new head of social media marketing. We have lots of fun things planned to keep you up to date on our Kaminski Auctions, and keep you informed on whats happening in the auction and art world. So be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram if you don’t already.
I have so much to learn about social media but the one thing the experts keep telling me is that I need to engage my audience. Although this blog is not quite the same thing, I realized that the posts I got the most comments on were those I made personal.
Our social media campaign this month is “Some of Our Favorite Things” that sold this past year at Kaminski Auctions . So for my final post of 2014 I thought I would share with you some of my personal auction purchases of 2014 and how I used them to decorate my homes.
My first purchase of 2014 was from the May 20th Century/Decorative Arts and Modern sale and it was this Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll, Barcelona low table, “X” form with a chromed steel base and square glass top, circa 1950s. An iconic table I purchased for $425.
The exact same piece is selling on the popular Design Within Reach site for $1720. I used it as a coffee table in my Boston apartment.The glass top makes the apartment seem more spacious and airy. I unfortunately don’t have a photo of it to share. But you can see it works perfectly in a traditional or modern room.
Another purchase which I absolutely love is this Mid Century root table. It is really made of grape vines from the vineyards in California but I thought it looked a lot like drift wood, and would work in my Nantucket home as a fabulous end table.
It was described as a Northern California tree root table with glass top and I purchased it for $120.00. I changed the black glass it was shown with to clear for a lighter more airy look as well. With the clear glass top you can see the beautiful roots below. Everyone who visited this summer loved this table.
A not so great auction purchase was this pair of carved continental style gilt wood planters that I paid $360.00 for. They were an impulse purchase I made with a friend thinking they were” too over the top together” and we would each take one.
They were also too garish all gilt. The plan was to wash them with a white paint and rub it off for a french washed wood effect or to paint different parts of them black for contrast and the French Empire look. Needless to say neither one of us has had the time to do anything with them, so they were reconsigned to auction. The beauty of a making a mistake purchase at auction is you can usually resell them at a future sale.
My two favorite purchases of 2014 were my last two. A beautiful console table constructed from a staircase segment. It has great provenance, as it was originally from the Newport, Rhode Island home of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
It is wrought iron with a sandstone top. A very mediterranean look. I thought initially I would use it outside as a serving table on my loggia but found it was the perfect size and visually interesting enough to finish off my upstairs foyer.
Above the console table hangs an unusual Venetian mirror which is faux tortoiseshell. I purchased it some years ago at a Christie’s Interiors auction. Flanking the mirror on both sides are very large sepia photographs by Michael Kahn featuring exquisite details of two italian sculptures that stand in front of the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence, Italy.
At the Annual Thanksgiving auction I purchased this beautiful 19th century highly decorative Venetian mirror. The glass surround has detailed images of gondolas and scenes of Venice.
It was the perfect thing to finish off my Venetian inspired bathroom with it’s very pink, very dramatic Designer Guild “gilded” wallpaper. I carried the pink theme into the bathroom as it is just off the Venetian inspired dining room (from a previous post Updating a Traditional Dining Room, March 22, 2013).
The pièce de resistance of 2014 has to be my auction purchase from the “Oprah Winfrey Collection sale last November 2013. Although from the previous year, I have to count it in this years purchases, as it arrived it the dead of winter in 2014 with four feet of snow on the ground. After many months of searching for the perfect cistern and figuring out how the water would be pumped thorough the dolphins mouths and the center shell,here it is in it’s full glory. The focal point of my loggia!
I started writing this blog to showcase how to decorate with antiques in a modern decor. There are people that can look at a jumble of stuff at an estate sale and see how each and every piece can translate into a look for their home that you see everyday in the top design magazines like Elle Decor, Traditional Home,and Architectural Digest.
And their are those people who just can’t make that visual leap. This new blog post is to help you make that visual leap to create the interior you always dreamed of but at a fraction of the price of new reproduction furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, paintings, whatever……
I will attempt to show you some of the auction items that you will find each and most every month at Kaminski Auctions monthly estate sales that will help you achieve that designer look you want for your home.
An item like this huanghuali or peach wood altar table is so versatile.
9001 – CHINESE HUANGHUALI ALTAR TABLE Chinese altar table, Huanghuali wood, 31 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ x 79″. Provenance: CT collection
EST: $1,000 – $2,000
You can see how fabulous it will look in an off white modern decor behind a sofa
or as the perfect foyer table
Something like this moroccan brass tray table adds interest to any room.
9073-Moroccan inlaid table with hammered brass top, 20″h x 30″dia. Provenance: MA collection.
And adds a bit of the exotic to any living room
It can be used inside or out as well.
We always have a fantastic selection of traditional furniture like this dining table and round mahogany foyer table that work perfectly as a dining table or a center table in a large square or rectangle foyer. They especially look great in an all white modern room with unmatched side chairs and carving chairs at the head.
Early 20th century dining table on brass castors with two leaves, mahogany, hand crank mechanism for opening and closing table, 31″h x 78″w x 50″d, 18″w (leaves). Provenance: MA estate.
Late 19th or early 20th century round dining table, mahogany, 31 1/2″ h x 65 1/2″ dia.
Here are some fabulous foyer looks..
Or you can paint it white !
If mid century modern is your look . This fabulous chair is also featured in our July 13th sale
9214 Eric Kirkegaard Danish Modern chair, teak and leather, with original metal label “Made in Norway for International Designer’s Group,” 30″ h x 22″ w x 19″ d. Provenance: From a Winchester, MA collection.
If Midcentury modern is your style don’t miss our 20th Century/Modern sale
Sunday, September 28th
for more vintage looks like this .
Imagine redoing a room with various pieces of the Chinese porcelain that we have at every auction . Grouping it together gives your room a theme and the blue and white looks fabulous together in a contemporary space.
And our pieces are the real thing that will hold their value.
#9081 -Pair of Chinese blue and white vases, 11 1/2″. Provenance: MA estate.
9396-Chinese fish tank, blue and white porcelain, 12″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CT collection.
9326 -Chinese blue and white vase, porcelain, dragon-shaped holder, marked on base, 10 1/2″. Provenance: CT collection.
You can start a blue and white porcelain collection with just one auction.
Also take a look at Lots- 9328,9326,9401,and 9359
Pair them with this fabulous Chinese chest !
9070-Chinese red door lacquer cabinet, 29″ x 20″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CA collector.
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2013 was a banner year for Kaminski Auctions. We are very proud to have been the auctioneers of the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Santa Barbara, California on November 2nd 2013.
The idea of an auction of the Oprah Winfrey collection started in March 2013 when Oprah revealed she was planning a top to bottom remodel of her homes in Chicago, Maui, Santa Barbara, and Indiana. Previously decorated by the late Anthony P. Brown, Oprah had employed the services of Rose Tarlow of Melrose House in Los Angeles, California to redcorate her homes more in keeping with the way she lives today.
With our Santa Barbara representative and offices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, Kaminski Auctions was selected to organize “The mother of all yard sales “as Oprah liked to call it. And as always, it would all be for a good cause. All proceeds would benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership College Fund providing scholarships for graduates to continue their education at some of the finest universities in the United States.
We had prepared for this tweet by backing up our servers, as our website saw over 36,000 views that first day alone.
Working closely with Oprah’s team at Own-TV and Hearst Publications it was also decided to shoot the cover of the March issue of O Magazine at the auction and to feature the auction in the publication.
Our staff at Kaminski immediately started planning for this fantastic event. We sent a team of catalogers and photographers out to Santa Barbara to start organizing the items that were stored in a nearby warehouse. Most were hand selected by Oprah and many were signed pieces of memorabilia that would be auctioned off.
We designed a wonderful color catalog, tickets to the event, and an Oprah website. It was decided to hold the event outside under tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club close to Oprah’s Montecito home. We also organized organized a fantastic VIP party for the night before the auction.
We had endless meetings planning for every detail of the auction, publicity, customer registration, security, tents, catering, catalog sales, parking, and on and on….
We planned for the cover shoot on Tuesday, a three-day preview starting on Wednesday, a VIP preview party on Friday night and the auction starting at 10:00am PT on Saturday, November 2nd.
Oprah’ star power certainly attracts the crowds. Each preview day was incredibly well attended, over 300 people bought tickets for the VIP preview party and over 7,500 people signed up to bid online from every state and over 150 countries……
Preview days included interviews with the local affiliates of CBS and NBC/Fox in addition to numerous local and Los Angeles area media.
An elegant VIP party for over 300 guests was held on Friday night prior to the auction with food by Tammy Kronen, music by Peter Clark and his orchestra and a performance by a talented group of young aspiring singers from the Janet Adderley School for the Performing Arts who sang an amazing rendition of songs from the musical “The Color Purple”especially written to entertain Oprah.
To our surprise Oprah made an appearance each day as well, giving interviews, signing autographs, delighting in the children’s’ performance at the VIP party and even kicking off the day by auctioning off the first 10 items of the sale.
All that planning paid off and the culmination of all our hard work is evident in this months issue of “O Magazine.
We were delighted and honored to be a part of this important event for an incredibly good cause. We hope you enjoy seeing this issue of O Magazine, for a complete recap on the auction visit http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and look for tips for “De-Cluttering Your Life in 2014 in the March issue of Oprah Magazine!
I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on Nantucket this summer. Nantucket is an island 30 miles out to sea,south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is known for its beautiful beaches, grey shingle houses covered in roses, it’s historic whaling tradition and hand woven “Nantucket” baskets.
There is a Historic District Commission on the island that dictates every aspect of the design and construction of the houses, and has kept any and all chain stores (with the exception of Ralph Lauren) and fast food franchises from reaching our shores.
Traditionally homes on the island were decorated in nautical or casual chic beachy style. Think white walls, sea grass carpets, and overstuffed upholstered furniture in any shade of blue or sea green or simply slipcovered in white duck.
More formal homes along Main Street and in the downtown area, reflected the islands whaling tradition and were decorated in 19th century antiques with mahogany furniture, gilded mirrors and oriental carpets.
Thanks to the Historic District Commission all the homes look the same on the outside, but oh how things have changed on the inside! The young families building on the island now, have embraced the 20th Century and modern design trend that is popular today and have redefined island chic.
I was fortunate to be invited to tour a fabulous new house designed by the architectural firm BPC Architecture, and decorated as a collaborative project with Jennifer Palumbo doing the soft furnishings, Joel Olson designing the bathrooms, stone, tile and lighting and built by Joe Gamberoni of Cross Rip Builders. The original house was torn down and a wonderfully traditional shingle home was built in its place.
Apart from the grey shingles and white trim nothing is traditional about this house. The minute I entered the front door the design features in this house” wow” you. I was so impressed with the clean white linear elements of the walls and glass staircases. As you enter the front door a fabulous curved wall creates the foyer and distinguishes the living room from the entrance.
A floating fireplace serves as the divide between the kitchen, family room and more formal living area. The light fixtures are modern white spheres or wonderful glass globes with a simple bulb that complement the modern clean lines of the house design.
The bedroom furniture is built into the walls and closets, so no need for dressers or armoires. Platform beds with upholstered headboards and side tables that float from the walls are an integral part of the clean crisp design.
Everything is white, glass and chrome or natural wood with just pops of color in each room. The August issue of N magazine of Nantucket featured a similarly modern new home built on Squam road, by a London couple that summers on the island. The article titled “Starting Fresh” shows some amazing interior and exterior shots of the new pool, pool house, and glass stairways that connect the different areas of the home. The original house on the property was owned by the infamous former CEO of Tyco International.
It is hard to believe these modern design concepts have reached the shores of this old whaling island, but as you can see it has! One can see from opening any decorating magazine that modern and 20th century design is the fashion just now.
In response to this trend Kaminski Auctions now holds 3-4 modern auctions a year . This weekend on Sunday September 22, 2013 Kaminski will hold its fall 20th Century and Decorative Arts sale starting at 10:00am. Curated by our new 20th century specialist Kathryn Wilkins formerly of Treadway-Toomey Galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are a modern enthusiast check out this fabulous sale at our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com today!
The new Restoration Hardware store on Newbury street opened in the month of March with great fanfare. It was accompanied with what seemed like the largest catalog mailing in history, that left us wondering “how did they afford to mail that”. Four books arrived to most Massachusetts zip codes, shrink wrapped in plastic, titled RH Interiors, RH Outdoor and Garden, RH Objects of Curiosity, and RH Tableware.
RH, as they now wish to be known, opened in the 40,000 square foot landmark Back Bay building that was once the home of Louis Boston, the high-end men’s retailer. The building itself was designed by architect William Preston in 1862, and was only the second building erected in Back Bay. At one time it housed the New England Museum of Natural History.
Restoration Hardware has completely renovated and restored the building to its former glory, with a spectacular glass elevator and a welcoming glass atrium outside on Newbury Street.
The company is trying to reinvent itself from the original success story that started in 1980 as a niche business selling door knobs, hooks and hard to find hardware, to an up scale home furniture store selling an eclectic line of luxury home furnishings.
A visit to the new Boston store for RH is definitely worth the trip. It is truly an “eye candy” experience for anyone interested in design or decorating. The showrooms dazzle with multiple crystal chandeliers, and everything is monochromatic with oversized furniture in leather, linen, natural wood,and chrome.
The store is truly beautiful and the merchandising excites and enthralls the visitor. Smartly dressed sales consultants walk around with IPads looking up your every question, as to dimensions, what other fabrics the furniture comes in and when it is available to ship.
Plush towels are stacked by graduating color hues in faux french armoires and there are home accessories everywhere, but everything is by mail order, nothing is available to purchase and walk out of the store with. For those of us who like instant gratification, this is not the shopping experience for you…..or me.
The furniture on display is so over scale, you have to wonder who can fit these pieces in their apartments or homes. Along with the over scale size comes a huge price tag.
Each week I see the original antique furniture that have inspired these RH designs at our auctions, only more authentic, more interesting and with the wonderful patina that only comes with age. Like purchasing a new car, the minute these pieces leave the showroom, they are worth a fraction of their original price.
With a bit of research in the past/sold items at Kaminski Auctions I want to share with you the Kaminski original and what it sold for and the RH reproduction, and you can decide for yourself.
The RH Interiors tome that arrived shows The RH Kensington leather sofa starting at $3795.
This a wonderful old Chesterfield leather sofa that sold at Kaminski Auctions DéCoR sale for $1500.same beautiful shape, with the real patina of an old sofa.
The same hold true for this wonderful old club chair . The RH Lowell chair ..
and the comparison piece at Kaminski Auctions that sold for a fraction of the RH price.
The RH vintage french side chair. just a copy of the french style side chairs at Kaminski Auctions.
Recovered in a natural linen these chairs will give you the same look.
The RH French style bergère…
And again, a French bergère at auction covered in natural linen will give you the same look.
The Rh catalog states “Our Chandelier mixes the opulent sparkle of crystal with the rustic restraint of a bronze finished frame.”
The chandeliers at Kaminski Auctions have the same opulent sparkle at a fraction of the price.
If modern furniture is your thing. We have that as well at our 20th Century Modern sales ! You will always find great modern design pieces from famous names like Mies van der Rohe, Nakashima, Sven Eriksson, Hans Wegner and many more.
A CB2 leather Sofa from our 20th Century Modern sale !
The real thing from E. Goyard, Paris !
From their RH Objects of curiosity Catalog..
I could go on and on with the comparisons, but you get the idea. I do wonder who is buying this furniture. Is it people who have no imagination, or just those to whom money is no object. The experience left me very uninspired and I thought, give me the thrill and excitement of a good auction any day !
I bought a home on the North Shore of Boston twenty years ago this spring. Everyone, including my husband, thought I was CRAZY !!! It was an old turn-of-the-century Mediterranean style stucco villa, with a spectacular loggia and an old world style ballroom. The house had been abandoned for years and gone into foreclosure.
I have spent years redoing each and every room in the house, and have collected antiques at auction and from local dealers to furnish it. It has been forever, a work in progress.
I had no shortage of ideas for every room in the house except the formal dining room. It is an odd-shaped room with three low squat windows, totally out of proportion to the room and four doors, one being a double sliding pocket door, so there is very little wall space.
Initially, I had the walls faux painted (at great expense) a very boring beige. Everything neutral was the fashion at the time, so beige walls, beige Stark carpet, brown furniture–when I look at it now it was just as boring as could be. Even with all the silver pieces on the side board and crystal in the room, nothing stood out.
I had the feeling I wanted an italian theme to the room, as I had purchased a lovely 18th century Italian corner cabinet that was hand painted in a Venetian style. With the house being a Mediterranean style villa, it just seemed to go with the house.
We purchased two oversize sepia photographs by the photographer Michael Kahn, which depicted details of sculptures outside the Uffizi palace in Florence. The subject matter kept the Italian theme alive, but the sepia coloration just meant more boring beige in the room. Continuing with the Venetian theme, I bought a huge Murano chandelier at auction which arrived in a million pieces and had to be assembled before it was installed. Miraculously, we figured out how it went together and hung it up successfully.
The room looked better, but still boring. I went on to other decorating projects, as I still did not have a clear sense of how I wanted the room to look. I had no shortage of ideas for the kitchen and other rooms in the house but the dining room was another story.
Two years ago I designed and installed a spectacular Poggenpohl work area and created an open plan eat-in kitchen that could seat 10 comfortably for dinner.
We live in that kitchen and adjoining family room and our old formal dining room is used only for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a sometimes a formal New Year’s Eve sit down dinner. In other words, it was the forgotten room.
We moved to London for several years and I was inspired with how the English were decorating old stately houses with modern furniture, fabrics, and wallpapers. When I came back from London, there was so much to do to freshen other rooms in the house the dining room remained the same for several more years.
In London designers would pair traditional mahogany dining chairs with a modern glass and chrome table. I have a beautiful triple pedestal mahogany dining room table in the room and mahogany ribbon back chairs. I wanted a fresh modern looking room, but I was married to my traditional mahogany furniture.
It wasn’t until I recently found a beautiful raspberry fabric with a gold fleur-de-lis pattern that gave me the inspiration to change the room. The fabric has a decidedly Venetian flavor to it, and the huge scale of design I need for a room this large . It reminded me of Fortuny design fabric from Venice and I knew it would work perfectly with the Murano chandelier.
I started by painting the room a raspberry color to match the background of the Venetian style fabric. Every stock paint color I tried was either too red or too pink. I finally had a custom color mixed that worked perfectly!
As you can see everything pops against the new bright raspberry color, even the traditional mahogany side board looks great !
There is much more to come as I have the curtains made out of that fabulous Venetian style fabric and chairs covered in a modern pink and green animal print to really give some new life to the old dining room but I will save that for another post !
To be continued!!!!!!! Read the rest of this entry »
Sorry forgot all my links so I am reposting! Diane
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Our Sunday night obsession is back and I, for one, could not be happier. Written by Julian Fellows of Gosford Park fame, the award winning “Downton Abbey” series is addictive. The compelling tale centers upon a British aristocratic family living in a spectacular manor house refrered to only as “Downton.” The story begins in the Edwardian years 0f 1901-1910 before the first World War and follows the family and their staff through harrowing years of the war and beyond.
The series has a” downstairs upstairs” aspect to it as well. While we watch the family interact at formal dinners served by liveried footmen in white tie, we also follow the conversation of the loyal staff as they take their meals around the kitchen table downstairs. All of them are proud to be in service to the Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters, Lady Mary, Lady Edith…
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