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Chromolithography an Artform of the Ages

Chromolithography is a method for making multi-color prints. This type of color printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in color.  It replaced coloring prints by hand, and eventually served as a replica of a real painting. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of relief or intaglio printing. 


Dumb Mikey Sees a Psychiatrist

Mikey goes to his new psychiatrist’s office and settles into the couch.  When he is nice an comfy, the psychiatrist begins his therapy session and said, “Mikey, I’m not aware of your problem, so perhaps you should begin at the top.  “Of course,” Dumb Mikey replies, “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth . . .”


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Depending on the number of colors present, a chromolithograph could take months to produce.  To make what was once referred to as a “chromo”, a lithographer – with a finished painting in front of him – gradually built and corrected the print to look as much as possible like the painting in front of him, sometimes using dozens of layers. The process can be very time-consuming and cumbersome, contingent upon the skill of the lithographer.

Monet & Giacometti Record Auction Prices

An anonymous bidder paid close to $41.5 million for a painting by French impressionist Claude Monet.  Christie's Auction House says Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil, an oil painting of a bridge over the Seine, was the top sale at its New York Spring Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale this week.  Sources said that this sale bested the previous record set for a Monet painting by nearly $5 million.  Last year Monet's 1904 painting Nympheas sold for more than $36.5 million.

Two of the most famous printers are Louis Prang and Lothar Meggendorfer.  Prang was a famous lithographer and publisher who printed the first American Christmas card.  One of the reasons Prang decided to take on the challenge of producing chromolithographs was because he felt that quality art should not be limited to the elite.  Meggendorfer gained international fame for his children’s educational books and games.


Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s (New Book)

Kitschy kitchen collector and author C. Dianne Zweig is taking you on an informative and nostalgic journey back to the colorful eras of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Board the retro express, back to a time when homemaking and home decor were the keys to keeping your family in stylish comfort. Readers who enjoyed going up and down the dime store aisles or cherished their catalogs from Montgomery Ward or Sears will have just as much fun again.

This charming and well researched resource will capture your attention with over 700 full-photo color photographs of your favorite kitchen and home collectibles including kitchenware, and pottery, everyday textiles; laundry, sewing, washday products and accessories, bath and beauty essentials; vintage recipe and appliance booklets; magazines, advertising, prints; and baby notions and nursery decor. Readers will find that Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, & 50s is a fresh approach to collecting retro house wares, textiles, and decor.


Antique Bottle Show & A Brief History of Bottle Collecting

On Saturday June 7th, 2008 antique bottle collectors from the coast of Maine to the coast of California and many States in between, will congregate at the High School in Ballston Spa, NY for the annualAntique Bottle Show & Sale sponsored by the National Bottle Museum ®.

Antique bottle collecting is an internationally popular activity. Most sought after examples of glass bottles are those which were mouth blown prior to the invention of the automatic bottle making machines in 1903. These beautiful objects are treasured for the history they represent. At the early factories, strong men toiled in intense heat 12 hours a day, blowing glass bottles individually, using a blow pipe. It took a team of 3 to 5 men to produce each bottle and jar.

Through antique bottles, it is possible to trace 18th and 19th century commerce, the birth and eventual demise of worldwide industries, new advances in science and medicine and of course, human nature at its best and worst. Although rare bottles will also be offered, many of these historic artifacts will be available for purchase at a price anyone can afford.  Shoppers will also find antique stoneware crocks and jugs, out-of-print books on the history and identification of antique bottles, trade cards, and advertising materials related to the subject, and old postcards.


The second record at this auction was brought by the statue Grande Femme Debout II by the artist Alberto Giacometti.  The bronze sculpture with dark brown patina which was cast in the 1960’s sold for close to $27.5 million.  It was purchased by the Gagosian Gallery.  Giacometti was a key player in the Surrealist Movement, but his work resists easy categorization.  An oil on canvas painting by Giacometti, Portrait of Caroline, also sold for a record $14.6 million at a recent Sotheby’s auction in New York.


Highlights of the book include sections on whimsical kitchenware, the 1950s Pastel kitchen, The Red and Yellow Kitchen, A Passion for Fruits and Flowers, Dutch themed items, American dinnerware, Pigs & Country Farm.

Rare Music Manuscript Found at Flea Market

It was reported on CNN this month that a rare and original manuscript of America (My Country ‘tis of Thee) was found by a flea market shopper in New York.  The flea marketer purchased a framed picture for $10 and later found the original manuscript behind the picture.

America was written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831 and was first heard at a church in Newton, Massachusetts. Later, the song was sung by all school students, so much so, that as I was reading the article, the song became stuck in my head and I started to sing out loud. The flea market shopper sold the manuscript to Keya Morgan who is an art collector and handwriting expert.

May 9, 2008
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