The Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening a new exhibit featuring exquisitely crafted firearms, highlighting the abilities of British gunmakers. The exhibit, entitled ‘The Art of London Firearms’, features seventeen separate firearms, each made in London. Instead of rifles and long guns, the focus will be on pistols dating from the mid-eighteenth century into the early nineteenth century. Included is a pistol made for the Prince of Wales, King George IV of England. The pieces are pulled from the Metropolitan’s permanent collection and many of them have never been on display.
In the period encapsulated by the show, a group of gunmakers with workshops on the outskirts of London and became fierce competitors. This competition led to rapid design growth, paring down Baroque design elements for simple, elegant, and efficient design. These gunsmiths include Durs Egg, John Manton, and Samuel Brunn.
When: The exhibition opens January 29, 2019 and lasts until January 29, 2020. For more information visit the exhibition website.
Where: It will be in Gallery 380 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York City and is open Sunday through Thursday from 10AM to 5:30PM, Friday and Saturday from 10AM to 9PM.
Admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free for children under 12. New York State residents have the ability to choose what to pay. This exhibit and all others are included in museum admission. There are also multiple membership options available.
Well-made firearms have always had collectible value and can be sold for a tidy sum. When not in museum exhibits, guns like these are often in personal collections. Collectors can find more information on the sale of these and other types of firearms here.
This Eugene Iverd painting was the hidden treasure of the appraisal booth at the Niskayuna Reformed Church’s Antique Show on Friday, January 19th. The show had a wonderful selection of vendors and attendees brought a great variety of antiques for Mark to appraise.
Eugene Iverd (1893-1936), born George Melvin Erickson, was a Minnesota artist well-known in the 1920s for his paintings and illustrations. He submitted his first picture to The Saturday Evening Post in 1926 with them publishing his first artwork on the March 13th cover of the same year. During his career, Iverd produced 55 magazine covers and approximately 60 advertisements for clients including Campbell’s Soup Company and Monarch Foods.
This beautiful painting, entitled ‘Lighting the Pumpkin,’ was published on the cover of the November 3, 1934 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. The framed painting, measuring approximately 26″ x 18″, wowed onlookers with its beauty. The young girl makes eye contact with the viewer, a bright smile on her face. Light spills from the jack-o-lantern as the young boy in costume, his face covered in glee, puts a match into it. Beyond the warm glow, pairs of spooky eyes emerge from the darkness.
The artworks of The Saturday Evening Post have always had a special place in the heart of America. There is a certain nostalgia for the jolly characters that graced the cover each week. ‘Lighting the Pumpkin’ is an exquisite example that is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
To view more of Eugene Iverd’s covers of The Saturday Evening Post visit here.
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Mark of Mark Lawson Antiques will be conducting appraisals Friday, January 19th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Niskayuna Reformed Church’s Annual Antique Show. Each appraisal will be $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Niskayuna Reformed Church. The event is open to the public so come discuss your antiques, art, and other objects with a professional. You never know what you might have as unique treasures have been found at our past events! Additionally, the Antique Show will have a variety of vendors set up with antiques for sale.
Please call the church office at 518-785-5575 with questions.
Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques will be hosting an Antiques Appraisal event at Hearthstone Village in Latham, NY on Friday September 15th, 2017. Register in advance to claim one of 40 spots to have your family heirloom or mysterious attic find evaluated. This Antiques Roadshow-style event will publicly evaluate and discuss the antiques, art, and other objects of interest provided by the audience. Our previous events have turned up some unexpected treasures – who knows what we’ll find this time? Even if you don’t have anything you’d like to bring for appraisal, this event is open to the public and you’re welcome to come and enjoy the show!
Register today by calling Hearthstone Village at (518) 867-4050. Only 40 spots are available and they’ll go fast!
Have you stumbled across an old interesting item while spring cleaning? Have you always wondered about that unusual painting that once belonged to your grandparents?
On Saturday, May 9th 2015, Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques and sponsor of Antiques Road Show will be doing an evaluation of your antiques and other items of interest at the Malta Community Center. The event begins at 10am.
Mark Lawson will speak about antiques and publicly evaluate each interesting item and fantastic estate find that registered participants have brought in. Bring an item to be appraised or come just to watch!
Have you always wanted to go to an Antiques Roadshow event? Are you ready to discover the value of your family heirloom? This Saturday, April 25th 2015, Mark Lawson will be at the Malden Bridge Community Center to take part in their Roadshow style event. We will be offering appraisals on your items from 10am to 2pm.
Appraisals are at a cost of $8 for one item, or $20 for a limit of three items. Items may include jewelry & coins, antiques & collectibles, small furniture, paintings and other artwork, art glass and art pottery, etc. All appraisals are on a “first come, first served” basis with no appointments. Click here for directions.
Make a note in your calendar! We’ll see you there!