Entries by Jessie Gusman

Fraktur: Americana with a German accent

Fraktur (pronounced frahk-toor), in the simplest terms, is a distinctive letter style with origins in 16th-century Europe. However, upon viewing examples of fraktur created by Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries, “simple” is hardly fitting. To better understand fraktur, which is seen by many as both a resplendent form of folk art and […]

6 Vintage Toys with Lasting Value

In this technological age, the lasting value of vintage toys is not to be underestimated. A century’s worth of toys has been curated into a prized collection that allows bidders to indulge their nostalgia for trains, planes and automobiles. Here are 6 standouts from the auction’s collection: Technofix Wind-Up Tin Motorcycle The popularity of mid-20th century […]

A Vintage Porcelain Collection with Loads of European Elegance

Exquisite European ceramic wares comprise much of the catalog for this week’s Vintage Porcelain sale. From teapots to plates, vases to candlesticks, this collection has it all and delivers with elegance. Here are 6 standout pieces from the collection. A large ceramic tray designed by Carl Sigmund Luber (1868-1933) and produced by the ceramics firm of […]

Why 1960s Vintage Watches Are So Popular

This week, our collection of vintage watches focuses on timepieces from one decade – the 1960s. Watches from this time period are among the most highly collected and feature many of our favorite brands known for design, function, and precision. Here are 6 standouts from this 1960s collection for which we’d absolutely turn our clocks back. […]

6 Rugs To Make Your Living Room Even Cozier

There are over 100 beautiful and lush Persian rugs in this week’s collection, but today we’re going to highlight just six for you to lust over. Woven in village workshops, these ornate rugs reveal a variety of intricate designs. Whether floral or geometric, each rug pattern retains a sense of elegance and refinement. These carpets […]

Georg Jensen: Godfather of Danish Modern Silver

In the realm of silversmithing, the name Georg Jensen is the epitome of the craft. Longtime collectors seek out Art Nouveau-influenced Jensen hollowware – the large tableware that is both highly decorative and functional. Younger consumers, on the other hand, tend to favor the modernist flatware and jewelry – the more-affordable pieces that still reflect […]

A Trip Around the World Through Historical Maps

Maps are snapshots of world history. They record the result of battles, migrations and the birth of new nations. Enthusiasts collect maps for various reasons. The mind, the eye, and the heart all play a role in making new acquisitions. For serious scholars, maps are crucial documents that present reality on the ground at a […]

A Shining Welcome For Fine Silver

We are proud to present Jasper52’s inaugural Fine European & American Silver auction this week. This 120-lot collection ranges from an early 18th century Queen Anne chocolate pot to a German-made Hanukkah Menorah from the 1920s. The Queen Anne silver chocolate pot was crafted by Simon Pantin in 1709. The standard tapering plain form is […]

The Many Faces of Tribal Art in One Collection

Let’s go on an adventure to explore this newly curated collection of Tribal Art. Carved out in this collection of tribal art are masks and figures integral to traditional African ceremonies. Imbued with stylized detail and tremendous depth of meaning, handcrafted African, Native American and Pre-Columbian pieces enchant collectors worldwide. Among the cross-continental highlights are a large […]

Kilim and Dhurrie Rugs Complement Trending Tribal Style

As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” – exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel – has spread from fashion to home decor. There’s a caravan of interesting furniture and accessories that work in any space, from the sleek and contemporary to the simple and functional. “It’s a look that’s meant to reflect the […]