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Victorian politicians were lampooned on chamber pots and, in the 1940s, Adolf Hitler was pictured inside and users were exhorted to "Have this one on old nasty".

Antiques Art Appraisals Auctions & Collectibles Blog
Welcome to the new look Chatelaine's Antiques Magazine.
In 2013 we will be continually updating the whole website and this page is to blog about new exhibitions and auctions worldwide, and the new pages inside the magazine.

John F. Kennedy memorabilia
More than 650 items of former President John F. Kennedy memorabilia will be auctioned by John McInnis Auctioneers on Feb. 17, 2013, including this leather "Air Force One Bomber Jacket" from 1962, estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. The items are from the estate of David F. Powers, who was special assistant to Kennedy and the first curator of the JFK Library. This year is the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.

The "Jumbo Wagner"
The only known existing outsized 1909 T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card, which is graded EX 5 (MC) on the PSA grading scale, The Jumbo Wagner is the star feature of Goldin Auctions this February.  With interest rates so low, the collectibles markets are booming as investors have entered the market.  This auction should set records again, with the USD$3 million barrier likely to be hit.  Chatelaine's Antiques will be following the lead up to the auction and expanding our comprehensive Trading Cards section.

Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 exhibitions
Upcoming major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including:
Brett Whiteley: The London years 1960-67 - Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul - Read all the Art Gallery of NSW 2013 Exhibitions

We are Australian Pickers (and we showcase Pickers Worldwide)
In new pages at Chatelaine's we will highlight some of the finds as we pick for antiques. We are looking for: ceramics, glass and kitchenware, farm items and tools, furniture, retro collectibles, old advertising signs, jewelry and gold or silver, art and posters, watches and clocks, light fittings and lamps, coins and stamp collections, any collections, militaria and medals. Also looking for building materials in good condition.
See the Antique and Collectibles Pickers website here

Chatelaine's Antiques joins ebay Partner Network
10 January 2013 - Chatelaine's are proud to announce membership of the eBay Partner Network.  This website has been one of ebay's affiliates since 1999 and this new Network is the best we've seen.  In the coming weeks we hope to add the API auctions where items for sale on ebay's site are shown on the relevant pages here at Chatelaine's Antiques.  You can access ebay from the banner located top right of every page.

British Museum to tour the Cyrus Cylinder
9 January 2013 - The British Museum has announced that the Cyrus Cylinder will tour five cities in the US.  The Cyrus Cylinder buried in the foundations of a wall after Cyrus the Great, the Persian Emperor, captured Babylon in 539 BC. The cylinder is written in Babylonian cuneiform by a Babylonian scribe. It records that aided by the god Marduk Cyrus captured Babylon without a struggle, restored shrines dedicated to different gods, and repatriated deported peoples who had been brought to Babylon.  Read more about the Cyrus Cylinder on the British Museum webpage.

Whilst at the British Museum we found a delightful press release about the Crystal Skull, a life-size carving of a human skull made from a single block of rock crystal (a clear, colourless variety of quartz). It was acquired by the Museum in 1897 purporting to be an ancient Mexican object. However scientific research conducted by the Museum has established that the skull was most likely produced in the nineteenth century in Europe. As such the object is not an authentic pre-Columbian artefact.  Read More about the Crystal Skull here.

Also at The British Museum until 5 May 2013 2013 Bubbles and bankruptcy: Financial crises in Britain since 1700 - Featuring prospectuses and original share certificates for companies that collapsed, notes from failed banks, and reports about crises. These objects provide a fascinating insight into how and why crises occur.

9 January, 2013 - Kovels Komments, a feature of Kovels, is the weekly electronic newsletter about antiques & collectibles with timely news items, insider tips, answers to readers’ questions and more by experts.
Here are the Kovel favorite 10+ “good news” stories of 2012:
1. December 2012: A Treasure from Goodwill
2. October 2012: Marble Sells for Record $25,800
3. September 2012: Abstract Painting Brings Thousands
4. July 2012: Blue Pickle Bottle Brings $16,200
5. July 2012: Baseball Cards Found in Attic Could Be Worth Millions
6. May 2012: Wedding Cake Slice Sells For Thousands
7. April 2012: Picasso Treasure Found at Thrift Store
8. April 2012: Valuable Movie Posters Turn Up in Attic
9. March 2012: A $3 Art Investment Yields $190,000
10. February 2012: Millions of Dollars in Comics Found in Aunt's Basement
11. February 2012: A Million Dollars Worth of Gold Coins Discovered in Old Building
Read more details about each story on the Kovel Top 10+

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, best known as the world’s largest indoor antique show, will be held this Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2013.

Minden Estate Sale of Civil War and Contemporary Items
An Estate Sale in an historic home in a Civil War town offers items from Colonial America to Mid-20th Century Coca Cola collectibles. The 3-day sale start January 25 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

41st Annual New York International Numismatic Convention 2013
The New York International Numismatic Convention is the United States’ most prestigious numismatic events. With over 100 participants, the convention offers a wide variety of numismatics from modern coinage through antiquity, January 10th through January 14th.

2013 Florida United Numismatists Convention
 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from January 10 to 13th.

The Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme
5 January 2013 - Thousands of archaeological objects are discovered every year, many by members of the public, particularly by people while metal-detecting. If recorded, these finds have great potential to transform archaeological knowledge, helping us understand when, where and how people lived in the past. Read more Portable Antiquities Scheme

5 January - Just one more day to go at the British Museum's Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia exhibition exploring the various contexts in which water, alcohol and tea have been used in Asian cultures throughout history, displaying objects used in and relating to the diverse and rich traditions of liquid consumption.

Armor Venue, prime seller of period armor and weaponry, is having a special winter sale.

Hollywood's Art Deco Trend
Following this past summer's New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, Topazery Jewelry has shifted its antique jewelry inventory to prominently showcase the Art Deco trends that emerged from the exhibition.

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Timken Museum of Art :
European works of art, American paintings, and Russian icons in the Putnam Foundation collection

Art and Devotion in Siena After 1350:
Luca Di Tomme and Niccolo Di Buonaccorso