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Kaminski Auctions is pleased to present the collection of the internationally renowned interior design icon Thomas Britt. His artistry has been published extensively in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House and GardenThe New York Times, Washington Post, W Magazine and in international design publications.

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Known for his creative designs incorporating bold colors and luxurious textures his style is always a harmonious blend of classic and modern design.
His illustrious career spans over 40 years and among his awards and honors are the prestigious Smithsonian Institute’s award “Giants of Interior Design” in 1987, numerous Who’s Who in Interior Design awards and the Architectural Digest “ The AD 100” award every year since it’s inception.

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His keen eye for detail, extravagant designs and well appointed interiors have attracted a glittering clientele.  His impressive client list includes ambassadors, counts and countesses, princesses as well as New York City society.

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We are pleased to offer decorative items that graced his Manhattan apartment and Long Island seaside retreat. There is also a selection of custom furniture and objects from his company warehouse that he designed and sourced for his clientele from around the globe.
From 19th century Chinese carved altar and demilune tables, to colorful Indian dhurrie rugs and decorative brass and pottery vessels to Chinese porcelain and garden seats, to 19th century Italian classical engravings there is something in this sale to add interest to any décor.

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Kaminski Auctions is pleased present part one of the collection in a one day unreserved auction on Sunday, January 31st starting at 10:00 am at their auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, Rt. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Preview for this exciting sale is Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00pm and day of sale starting at 8:00 am.

Go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com to preview all lots and sign up to bid by Internet with KaminskiLIVE. For more information, or telephone or absentee bidding call 978-927-2223.

If you are like me you love to see the before and after photos of a great apartment/home renovation or redecoration.

One of my favorite sites for “Before and After” makeovers is a website called “ Apartment Therapy “. I am addicted to it. I read it daily and love the apartment makeovers they profile from all over the world. Whether it’s a Victorian apartment in London or a studio in Brooklyn, I love to see the creativity, and the way people are using vintage items and auction finds to make their apartments feel more like a home.

One post in particular resonated with me as they profiled a series of basic white box apartments decorated in an up to date modern style with a bit of chrome, plexiglass and modern pieces of furniture.  But each and every one of the rooms had a vintage or antique piece in it that added character, depth and timelessness to the room.  What was interesting as well, was that each person interviewed chose the antique piece as their “favorite find” that really made the apartment decoration come together and feel like home.

Storage and organization seems to be a common theme on the Apartment Therapy blog as well.  The limited space in apartment living makes for very creative storage solutions. Forget The Container Store or that bookcase from Pottery Barn, there is no better place to find furniture for creative storage solutions than Kaminski Auctions!

For inspiration I will show you a few pieces coming up in our October 25th Estate Auction that can be  mixed in with your modern décor that will make your decorating so much more interesting or could will provide a creative storage solution.

In the October 25th sale we have three “pier tables”,  perfect as a small entry table or in a living room set up as a cocktail bar.  The mirrored back to these wonderful tables provides a reflective element in the room that will make the room  look larger…perfect for a small space !

Lot 8110-19th Century Marble Top Pier Table

Lot 8110-19th Century Marble Top Pier Table

French Pier Table

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Lot#-8299-19th Century Mahogany Pier Table

Lot#-8299-19th Century Mahogany Pier Table

This old fashioned french vitrine could double as a coffee table and is a great way to display a favorite collection.

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Lot#-8404- French Vitrine

Lot- #8387 is a fabulous old English Regency Sideboard that could double as a cocktail bar and a television or media center could go in the base.

Lot#-8387-English Regency Sideboard

Lot#-8387-English Regency Sideboard

Not just for the kitchen…this brass baker’s stand provides great storage for any room in the house….  A perfect bookcase or étagère.

Lot#-8385-Brass Baker's Stand

Lot#-8385-Brass Baker’s Stand

or this English Regency version

Lot#-8274-English Etagere

Lot#-8274-English Etagere

This set of nesting tables are can provide extra surface space for parties or dinners in front of the television.

Lot#-8321-Adams style Nesting Tables

Lot#-8321-Adams style Nesting Tables

This beautiful marble stand would make a perfect plant stand and bring a little greenery into the room.

Lot#8226-Marble Stand

Lot#8226-Marble Stand

A French glass cabinet would dress up any apartment kitchen or dining room filled with glassware and dishes instead of hidden away in kitchen cabinets.

Lot#-8212 French Glass Cabinet

Lot#-8212 French Glass Cabinet

And finally this very decorative whatnot stand could hold towels in the bathroom, plants in the foyer or a collection of family photographs in the corner of your living room….

Lot#-8227- Decorative Whatnotstand

Lot#-8227- Decorative Whatnotstand

As with any antique purchase the piece will surely be a reflection of you, so buy what you love and you will find a place for it ! Click on any photo to visit our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device !

In honor of Bastille Day this week I wanted to share with you some beautiful French Empire style furniture that you often see in our Estate auctions and show you ways to use it in your modern DéCoR.

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A little seems to go a long way with French Empire furniture but even one piece can add a lot of glamour to a room. I especially like to see pieces repurposed or used in a casual way that makes them look more modern.

19th century French Empire furniture became popular during the court of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.  It was furniture made of dark mahogany, fruitwood and yew imported from the African continent.  Highly polished woods were embellished with classical ornamentation of ormolu (mounts made of bronze). These embellishments were often in the forms of laurel wreaths, and urns, the European influence and many Egyptian motifs in the forms of sphinxes, winged cobras and serpents.

A selection of furniture that sold in our July 9th Estate sale are very typical of this style such as the following wonderful pieces…

French Empire Style mahogany and ormolu center table, the three standards modeled as winged caryatid terms on lion claw feet, the apron embellished with bronze paterae detailed with anthemion sprays and laurel

French Empire Style mahogany and ormolu center table

          This center table would add glamour and drama to any room. Imagine it in an entry hall or even as a cocktail bar in a living room….

19th century French Empire desk and chest, mahogany

19th century French Empire desk and chest, mahogany

French Empire Style bleached and bronze mounted wood tall pedestal, the top inset with St, Anne marble and embellished with paterae of fountains flanked by lions, the four standards crested by winged bronze female terms

French Empire Style bleached and bronze mounted wood tall pedestal

Some interesting pieces coming up in our August 9th auction include this drop down secretary which could work in a living room, again as a cocktail bar or as a fancy home office with your computer table as the drop down desk…or repurposed as a great looking television cabinet that can hide the screen away in your bedroom or living room.

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French Bombe Chest with marble top and ormolu mounts

French Bombe Chest with marble top and ormolu mounts

French bombe chests are being repurposed as vanities in a bathroom.

French Empire style side tables with marble tops

French Empire style side tables with marble tops

French Empire style bedroom side tables would make fabulous plant stands flanking both sides of an entry, liquor cabinets in a                            living room, storage in a bathroom or just as they meant to be as bedroom side tables.

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Or just add some instant drama with a French style wrought iron and crystal chandelier in any room in your home.

Let your imagination go wild the next time you are antiquing or at auction and think of creative ways to use this beautiful furniture in your modern DéCoR !

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.

An example of Queensware  dinner service

An example of Queensware dinner service

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.

From the Lady Lever Gallery, Liverpool, England

From the Lady Lever Gallery, Liverpool, England

Fine Jasper ware was highly prized and collected by wealthy English and Europeans households and is included in fine museum collections throughout the world.

from The San Antonio Museum Collection

from The San Antonio Museum Collection

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 !

Lot# 7256- WEDGWOOD JASPERWARE FLOWER POTS

Lot# 7256-Wedgwood Jasper ware Flower pots

Lot#7362 Pair of Wedgwood Jasperware covered biscuit jars in lilac

Lot#7362 Pair of Wedgwood Jasper ware covered biscuit jars in lilac

Lot# 7305 Lot of twelve blue and white Wedgwood Jasperware items

Lot# 7305 Lot of twelve blue and white Wedgwood Jasper ware items

Jasperware cheese dome and underplate

Lot# 7347 Jasper ware cheese dome and underplate

Lot #7349 Two pieces of black and white Wedgwood Jasperware, including a covered pot and a covered dish

Lot #7349 Two pieces of black and white Wedgwood Jasper ware, including a covered pot and a covered dish

Lot # 7332 Yellow Wedgwood Jasperware biscuit jar

Lot # 7332 Yellow Wedgwood Jasper ware biscuit jar

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. 

There is a style of decorating called “Chinoiserie” that is a French term pronounced  (shen’wäz-re’)  “which pays homage to Oriental influences but expressed in such a way that the rooms have a very European flavor. Chinoiserie became wildly popular in the late 17th century and and peaked around the middle of the 18th century before Neoclassicism became all the rage.

Europeans and the English were fascinated with the Far East and as trade opened up with China and Asia, exotic silks, porcelains and fantastic tales of the way these peoples live inspired this decorating style.  It could be seen in everything from landscape design to furniture to architecture and all through the decorative arts. It was embraced by the French as it blended so well with the Rococo style.  Thomas Chippendale incorporated fretwork into furniture and the term “Chinese Chippendale” was coined. English country estates built fanciful pagodas and French chateaus and castles had entire rooms painted in the “Chinoiserie” style.

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The style can be a bit formal and fussy for the way we live today, but nonetheless an elegant mix of pieces from the Far East  and the old world can give any room you are decorating incredible flair.

Very often our monthly estate auctions feature many pieces of decorative Asian porcelain, furniture, art and decorative antiques. With all the current interest by Asian collectors these pieces often sell for very high prices and are out of reach of the average persons decorating budget.  Surprisingly though, many are still very affordable, especially if they do not have a lot of antique value and were produced for the masses.

Your decorating style does not have to be  Asian themed for them to work well. Asian antiques work with most decorating styles and add a bit of the exotic to any room.

Take for example this 19th century Chinese Famille Rose Vase that was in our February 8th sale, valued at $300-$500 it sold for $150.00 to a lucky bidder. Decorated in beautiful pinks and greens, with peonies and birds in a baluster form this vase would have huge decorative impact empty, or filled with flowers on an entry table, or in any room of the house.

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Imagine this lovely piece on your foyer table or in a living room with forced branches of apple blossoms, quince or pussy willows this spring.

When looking at Asian porcelain the painting should be highly detailed and precise, the colors should be harmonious with the colors you have chosen for your interior.

Our estate auctions are the perfect place to start a blue and white porcelain collection in which you can mix many types, both Asian and European.  Blue and white Canton pieces come up frequently and are very affordable and are the perfect pieces to start a collection.  I love the look of many may pieces of blue and white together in any room.

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All of these wonderful blue and white Asian pieces sold for $100 at our auctions,

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with a few purchases like this you are well on your way to a fantastic collection….

Chinoiserie wallpaper is very popular and is a great way to dramatically change the look of a room.

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An example of a dining room with Chinoiserie wallpaper

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And a more modern interpretation of  Chinoiserie wallpaper in a foyer .

If you don’t want to go “whole hog” with the “Chinoiserie” look in a room, Chinese artists often painted onto screens, panels and scrolls. They were prized for their detailed images and calligraphy brush strokes.  Our estate sales often feature pieces like these that can easily create a focal point for a large wall space or behind a furniture grouping .

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Screens also work very well in a bedroom and make wonderful decorative headboards.

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Every month is different but you will often find Asian cabinets like these pictured, in our monthly auctions.

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From-despiertaymira.com

garden stools  …

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Beautiful Asian vases made into lamps

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And decorative mirrors like this Chinoiserie mirror coming up this spring.

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Curious about auctions, but too intimidated to attend? Let us demystify the process and introduce you to the fun, exciting, and addictive world of auctions! 

Join us this spring for one of our evening programs on 

How to Bid and Buy at Auction

Thursday, April 30th & Thursday, May 14th

Browse our gallery, and listen to an informative presentation on the art of bidding at auction.

Kaminski Auction Gallery 
 117 Elliott Street, RT.62, Beverly, Massachusetts
 To help with your initiation into the auction world,  we also encourage you to bring a single item for a complimentary appraisal! Sign up by calling 978-927-2223  Ext. 500 0r send me an email at driva@kaminskiauctions.com