Fine Jewelry
April 17, 2017


Becky StoneJewelry Blogger and founder of Diamonds in the Library Becky Stone is a social media expert, freelance writer, and the founder of, which has been recognized by, JCK, Centurion, GemWorld and has been recognized as one of the best jewelry blogs in the world. Becky firmly believes that the love of jewelry is for…

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Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts
April 5, 2017

Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts Quiz

Do you know the difference between Louis XIV and Louis XV? How about a bergère and a fauteuil? In preparation for our April 12–13 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction, take our quiz to test your knowledge of 17th - 19th century design.

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Maria Pinto
March 31, 2017


Maria PintoFashion Designer, Artist and Creative Voice behind M2057 Fashion designer and artist Maria Pinto creates beautiful, modern fashion for women and is the creative voice behind M2057 by Maria Pinto, a ready-to-wear collection inspired by urban architecture and design. M2057 features clothing that is high fashion, high function, but low maintenance: pieces are machine washable,…

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St Louis Plan 19th Century Print
March 22, 2017

St. Louis’ Defining Moments in 19th Century Prints

Founded in 1764 as a French fur-trading village, St. Louis is a city with a colorful and vibrant history. In the mid-1800s, the city endured a number of catastrophes, including a cholera epidemic, the Great Fire of 1849 and the Great Tornado of 1896. Despite these disasters and the destruction to the St. Louis riverfront,…

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Paco Rabanne
March 17, 2017

Paco Rabanne | Metal Master

There is nothing traditional about Paco Rabanne. Even his ascent into fashion stardom was avant-garde. Rabanne started as a jewelry designer for major design houses such as Givenchy and Dior. His familiarity manipulating metals grew experimental when he started designing clothing using techniques learned in jewelry making. Rabanne’s first shows took place in 1966 at…

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Winter auction appraisals
February 28, 2017

Interesting Objects from our Winter Appraisals

This winter, our specialists have been traveling across the country discovering important collections, family heirlooms and exciting novelties. After a season of conducting appraisal events nationwide, our spring auction lineup is filled with exciting highlights and unique objects that will be sold in over a dozen auctions in Chicago, Palm Beach, St. Louis and Denver.…

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Asian Symbols
February 16, 2017

Asian Art Symbols and Meanings

This stunning blue and white porcelain vase from the Qianlong period (1736- 1795) combines many popular Chinese auspicious symbols that test the knowledge of new collectors. To be sold in our March Asian Works of Art auction, we’re breaking down the meaning behind these Asian symbols. Repeated throughout the collecting category, these motifs and more…

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Heiji Choy Black
February 8, 2017


Heiji Choy BlackFashion Expert Our tastemaker, Heiji Choy Black is an advisor to a number of fashion startups and a board member of the Renaissance Society and the Architecture and Design Society at the Art Institute.  She is the former fashion director of Chicago Magazine and the owner of the now closed Wicker Park boutique,…

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Haeger Pottery
February 3, 2017

The World’s Largest Hand-Thrown Vase: Haeger Pottery Collection

In 1976, Haeger Potteries set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hand-thrown vase. It stood more than eight feet tall and weighed over 650 pounds. Now, this colossal vase will be sold at auction as part of the Haeger Potteries Collection, February 24, 2017. After 145 years of providing innovative ceramic products and…

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January 23, 2017

Architecture, Art and Associations: New York Style

New York Style is an upcoming auction on February 16 that features designer garments, gowns and handbags from three influential women who impacted the professional, philanthropic and artistic communities of New York City and beyond. As we explored the collections of these remarkable women, unique qualities about their personalities, pastimes and interests revealed themselves. Within…

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