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Several years ago I was visiting the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University. The museum’s collection spans all types of art from antiquity to contemporary art.  It also houses one of the finest collections of Rodin sculptures in the world, displayed in the B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden. The Rodin garden alone is worth a trip to this amazing museum.

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As I walked in, the attendant handed me a button that said “A Passion for Collecting“. That phrase struck a chord in me and I wore that button on my coat for years and have since kept it in the pocket. That phrase inspired and moved me. I thought, what would it be like to spend years learning all you could, about a certain artist or artistic movement and then to amass a collection like this.

Photo courtesy of insidersf.com

Photo courtesy of insidersf.com

The act of collecting becomes a lifelong passion and the thrill of the hunt for each piece, is as exciting as owning it. Most people don’t have the means to purchase great art or sculpture, but a collection can be anything…porcelain, glass, stamps, medals, dolls, etc.

Various items from the Religious Collection

Various items from the Religious Collection

Over the years I am amazed at the unique things people collect, and the ends they will go, to acquire them. Their passion sometimes borders on obsession, but I am always impressed at the wealth of knowledge they have gained along the way. A very prolific collector once told me “if you cannot afford what you love, collect the books to learn more about it”.

Great collections are eclectic and intriguing, but usually have a coherent theme. People collect for different reasons, aesthetic, intellectual but most often, for emotional reasons. I often wonder how they house all these special things. Do they incorporate them into their décor and live with them everyday to give them pleasure?

Bronze of Napoleon

Bronze of Napoleon

19th Century Napoleon II Riding on Horseback painting

19th Century Napoleon II

Kaminski Auctions is pleased to present three unique and exceptional collections in our June 7th auction. The first is a collection of Napoleonic items, which includes bronzes, oil paintings, miniatures, statuary, and Sèvres porcelain depicting Napoleon and Josephine.

The second is a unique collection of religious items including 18th and 19th century carved Italian figures and putti, Spanish Santos, chalices, reliquaries, crucifixes and so much more…

18th Century Italian carved figure

18th Century Italian carved figure

And finally a collection of Art Deco, including Icart etchings, various figures and a rare Demetre Chiparus sculpture titled “Les Amis Toujours” .

“Les Amis Toujours” by Demetre Chiparus

Collection of Art Deco Figures

Collection of Art Deco Figures

All three represent a true passion for collecting! View all the items on offer in these collections and much more in our June 7th Estate sale at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE !

Each year, for the past four years I have attended TEFAF, which stands for The European Fine Art Fair that takes place every March in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Maastricht is probably one of the more beautiful, quaint European cities you will ever visit, with amazing restaurants and shopping, and the art fair is truly amazing. The art and antiques are serious, and so are the buyer’s and the prices. It is like going to the finest museum in the world, where everything is for sale.

Maastricht along the Meuse River www.nyenrodealumni.nl

Maastricht along the Meuse River
Photo by -www.nyenrodealumni.nl

TEFAF is for museum curators and serious collectors to add to their collections, and for people like you and me to go enjoy some of the most beautiful art and antiques in the world, all under one roof. Started originally as an art fair specializing in Old Master paintings, today the fair showcases fine art, modern and contemporary art, tribal art, antiques, design and the world’s top jewelers like Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati. It is the largest and most diverse art fair in the world with over 275 international exhibitors and a strict vetting process.

There is always a fabulous display of roses at he entrance as a photo backdrop !

This year alone TEFAF saw over 70,00 visitors with 262 museums attending, including many of the top European and American institutions.  Maastricht is almost three hours from Amsterdam, and during 10 days in March, everyone is going there for the art.  The booths include works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Goya, and modern masters like Chagall, Klee, Picasso and nearly every well-known artist that comes to mind.

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

The art is accompanied with the most dazzling display of Dutch tulips you will ever see.  The MECC, Maastricht where the fair is held, is an enormous convention site decorated top to bottom with tulips and fancy venues for fine dining, sushi, tapas, as well as champagne bars and espresso cafes.

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You might be curious why I go each year as part of my work. I go to see the art and for inspiration, but I also go to promote Kaminski Auctions, and make sure the dealers at TEFAF are shopping our estate sales online every month. You never know where the next masterpiece might be found. There have been several times when I will walk into a fancy European dealers booth, and see a painting that was sold at one time, through our auction gallery.

Every year it’s something different that creates a buzz.  My jaw dropped as I came around the corner this year, to see an enormous booth of Shaker furniture.  Even more surprising than the Shaker exhibit was the fact that it was the vision of Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown in PARIS!  It took him 5 years to put the collection together, as a joint venture with the Shaker Museum in New York.  They had on loan four pieces from the museum’s collection, and the rest were pieces they sourced themselves. According to their representative, everything had sold.

Quoted in The Arts and Antiques Weekly, Francois Laffanour said, “It was no accident that his incredible collection of Shaker furniture was brought to TEFAF. “We wanted to expose the European market to Shaker furniture and design, something they are very unfamiliar with. TEFAF’S audience is extremely educated and sophisticated and the reception has been incredible.  They understand what we are doing and have embraced it.”

Shaker furniture on display  by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris

Shaker furniture on display by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris                         with an unimaginably long,long,long table!


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The Design section of the fair has grown tremendously over the past few years. With my interest in design I always make a beeline to Axel Vervoodt’s booth. The Belgian designer is probably one of the most influential European tastemakers of all time. He has published several books on design including Axel Vervoodt- Living with Light and Axel Vervoodt-Timeless Interiors both available on Amazon.com

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“We treasure things that are made by time,” says Axel Vervoordt,” ” the antiques dealer and interior designer’s celebrated style—which favors muted tones, weathered surfaces, richly patinated antiques, and a mix of ancient and modern artworks that share abstract, universal qualities.” (Quoted from Architectural Digest) 

His interiors tend to be minimalist, and he mixes sculptural furniture with classical antiquities and contemporary art.  Decorators and stylists from all over Europe visit TEFAF to see what he is doing each year. His stature in the design world influences trends in every aspect of interior design.

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Axel Vervoodt”s booth at TEFAF 2015

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The photos above are from Axel Vervoodt’s booth at TEFAF this year.  He mixes old with new, and contrasts contemporary art with classical antiquities!

How does this all relate back to Kaminski Auctions and my DéCor Blog? I want my readers to know that our monthly Estate sales is where you will find the pieces that represent the latest design trends and the age old classical antiques to make your decorating style stand out from the rest. Whether it be a piece of affordable contemporary art, a European stone bust or a piece of mid century modern furniture from our May 17th Modern sale…such as these great furniture and art finds shown below.

Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Lot#-2065-Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

L0t#-2967-Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Lot#-2011-Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Poul Henningsen

L0t#-2101-Poul Henningsen “Artichoke” hanging lamp, white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s

Pair of Knoll

Lot#2068-Pair of Knoll “Womb” chairs with “Morocco” wool upholstery on steel frame,

Alexander Calder print

Lot#-2019 -Alexander Calder print

              Victor Vaserely

Lot # 2097-Victor Vasarely (1906-1995). “Mexico City”, print, edition XII/CI

Our Modern sale goes online this Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8:00pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to find your next design treasure.  Visit our website at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to receive our email updates! ! !

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.

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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

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or as the perfect foyer table

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 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.

EST:$300-$500

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It adds texture and interest as a coffee table in a living room
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And adds a bit of the exotic to any living room

                                               It can be used inside or out as well.

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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.

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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.

EST-$500-$700

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Late 19th or early 20th century round dining table, mahogany, 31 1/2″ h x 65 1/2″ dia.

EST-$500-$800

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Here are some fabulous foyer looks..

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Or you can paint it white !

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If mid century modern is your look . This fabulous chair is also featured in our July 13th sale

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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.

EST-$300-$500

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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.

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And our pieces are the real thing that will hold their value.

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#9081 -Pair of Chinese blue and white vases, 11 1/2″. Provenance: MA estate.

EST-$400-$600

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9396-Chinese fish tank, blue and white porcelain, 12″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CT collection.

EST-$300-$500

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9326 -Chinese blue and white vase, porcelain, dragon-shaped holder, marked on base, 10 1/2″. Provenance: CT collection.

EST-$300-$500

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 !

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9070-Chinese red door lacquer cabinet, 29″ x 20″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CA collector.

EST $350-$550

Don’t miss our July 13th Estate sale at 

http://www.kaminskiauctions.com 

you can bid live through the Internet with our online bidding program  

KaminskiLIVE or by phone or absentee bid 

 

Your foyer is the entry into your home and your world. A well decorated foyer can speak volumes about who you are, and what you are interested in. It is a reflection of your home, your style,and the welcoming point for friends and guests. It is the first impression you make on anyone, so make a great first impression and decorate your foyer as you would any room in your home. It’s fun to make an impact! Be sure to consider scale, paint color, furniture and decorative objects to style your foyer.

House Beautiful Magazine Fantastic Designer Foyers by Jonathan Berger

Traditionally a foyer holds your coat closet, and maybe a place to hang a hat or an umbrella stand. It is a often a furnished with a small table, and mirror for a last minute look as you rush out the door, and or a bench to sit and put on shoes. You can also incorporate wonderful old antiques for storage or just interest in your foyer.

Fantastic Designer Foyers House Beautiful by Jonathan Adler

Having a theme for your foyer can be a reflection of your personal tastes and interests.  A nautical theme reflects a families interest in sailing or boating, equestrian prints say “we are into horses”, contemporary art shows your interest in modern artwork… etc. Whatever your interest its fun to decorate the foyer as a window into your home and your life .

The foyer is also a great place to showcase a collection . Such as these wonderful black and white photographs artfully displayed with stacks of photography themed books.

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There is always a great selection of mirrors and side tables at our monthly estate auctions, but its those one of a kind pieces, that really add the decorating sparkle.  Our auctions are all about finding those wonderful pieces, and buying at auction is such a fun way to acquire them.

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Be to sure to shop our website monthly at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com  to find wonderful blue and white chinese ginger jars, like those pictured here or wonderful original contemporary artwork ,like these Dennis Akervik Coehlo’s featured in our October 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale.

Dennis Akervik Coehlo (American, b. 1968), “Sunset over Provincetown”, oil on canvas

If sailing is your thing, or you live by the ocean, be sure to check out our Ocean Liner Memorabilia and Nautical sale on October 21st for amazing nautical themed finds!!

Raffaele Corsini (Turkish), “Southerner of Greenock, Captain James Grant Entering Smyrna 1864”, oil on board

Model of Nantucket Lightship

Decorate your foyer to set just the right tone for the rest of your home at Kaminski Auctions!

I am extremely fortunate to spend part of my summers on Nantucket Island.  As I shop around the amazing design stores downtown, I am constantly inspired by the talented artisans that sell their work in these small boutique shops.

One inspiration that I see constantly, is that anything “old ” or “vintage” can look modern when displayed in a Lucite box.  From nautical signal flags and sea shells, to vintage button collections or any collection for that matter, when framed in this way immediately puts a modern spin on it.

The red, white and blue, patriotic theme is a favorite in Nantucket and I often see old vintage American flags or even fragments of old flags artfully displayed in a oversized lucite box .

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The flag immediately becomes a focal point or anchor in the room and gives the room it’s theme or thread that you can carry into other objects, decorative pillows or coordinating fabric.  In our July Nahant auction we offered a wonderful American flag and folk art  plaque that would be perfect displayed in this manner.

20th Century Folk Art Sign and Flag- Lot # 8677
Kaminski Auctions July 14th Nautical and American Sale

Antique Signal Flag as seen at Nantucket Looms, Nantucket, Massachusetts

You can customize the boxes with background lighting, coordinating wallpaper or colored background to complement your design scheme or collection.  Such as a Chinese snuff  bottle collection displayed with  rice paper as a background in lighted lucite boxes.  A collection displayed in this manner becomes the only art you need in the room .

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A series of Lucite boxes displaying your vintage collection can make a huge difference within your décor and is a fantastic way to display your collection for maximium visual impact.

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Using framed Lucite shadow boxes is also a fantastic way to preserve  your collection. Grouping them  together in this way, gives the collection order and organization.

I cannot emphasize enough how important the ” how ” is when displaying your possessions within a room.  You need to style them just as you would your furniture or paintings.  So the next time you see some fantastic vintage find to add to your collection or as the feature of a new one you are starting, consider displaying it in a lucite box to give it a wonderful  modern spin .