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Coffee table books bring out the beauty of reading

Coffee table books took reading into the realm of beauty. While they convey information, their first job is to sit there and look pretty, giving pleasure even if no one actually lifts the cover.  The concept of a coffee table book is a relatively recent phenomenon, although Michel Montaigne in his 1581 book Upon Some […]

Designer & Signed Jewelry sparkles in Sept. 29 New York auction

On Wednesday, September 29, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold an auction of Designer & Signed Jewelry – 225 lots of treasures from Tiffany & Co., David Webb, David Yurman, Harry Winston, Oscar Heyman, Angela Cummings, Marina B, Alberto Juan, Henry Dunay, H. Stern, Cartier, Chaumet, Bulgari, Buccellati, Garrard, Van Cleef & […]

Whiskey: Building a spirited collection

For centuries, bourbon, rye, corn, wheat and other grains have provided the basis of aqua vitae (Latin for “water of life”). Once distilled, the liquid becomes ethanol with a high alcoholic content – or, as its connoisseurs know it, whiskey. European monks in Scotland and Ireland perfected the distillation process around the 15th century, with […]

Make time to bid on Vintage to Modern Designer Watches Sept. 21

What time is it? Time to expand your watch wardrobe via some smart, strategic bids. On Tuesday, September 21, starting at 9 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a sale of Vintage to Modern Designer Watches – 162 lots of wristwatches and other timepieces by venerated names such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Tag Heuer, […]

Trapunto takes quilting into the third dimension

Trapunto – an Italian word that means “to quilt” or “embroider” – takes the fine art of quilting to a higher level. Since the 13th century in Italy, textile artists have employed the trapunto technique – with includes the use of excess soft material – to highlight certain areas of a quilt’s pattern. Trapunto literally […]

Raise a glass to the jolly Toby jug

Toby Jugs are small ceramic drinking vessels that depict fictional, historic or generic characters in full figure and high relief. They originated in mid-18th century Staffordshire, England, an area rich in clay and other natural resources. Early designs feature merry old souls dressed in the standard men’s outfit of the day: frock coat, breeches, waistcoat, […]

Jasper52 showcases choice Americana, advertising Sept. 9

On Thursday, September 9, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a 375-lot Americana auction for the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, a noted expert in the realms of tramp art, folk art, and Americana. View the auction here. Learn more about the auction […]

Sept. 6 no-reserve auction packs a punch with vintage comic books

You can get comics delivered to your iPad or phone, but there’s something special about rifling through boxes or racks of printed, physical comic books. That sense of specialness is enhanced when the comic books are vintage, and date from times you never knew or barely existed in. It gives the sense that the stories […]