At The Met: ‘Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection’

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has on exhibit 116 works of art and objects of Native America culture.  It features works from over fifty cultures across North America based off of geographical location:  Woodlands, Plains, Plateau, California and Great Basin, Southwest, Northwest Coast, and Arctic.

The exhibit, entitled ‘Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection’, features 116 pieces dating from the second century into the early twentieth century.  The collection from Charles and Valerie Diker is considered to be be one of the most significant private holdings of Native American art.  It includes sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, baskets from California, pottery from southwestern pueblos, drawings from the Plains, and rare pieces from the eastern Woodlands.

Native American Shoulder Bag ca. 1840
   Shoulder Bag ca. 1840

The collection has a wide variety of beautifully hand crafted objects.  One of the more vibrant types of work are the nineteenth-century shoulder bags, worn by Woodlands men for formal dress.  If the imagery within the bead work is asymmetrical as well as the strap, that indicates a great Seminole example.  When worn, one design appears on the front and another on the back, which is typical of the period.  A Delaware artist made the bag pictured here, following the tribe’s relocation there in the mid-nineteenth century. The symmetrical, geometric motifs in the center reflect the beginnings of Prairie-style bead work.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located on Lenapehoking which is a term for the lands historically inhabited by the Native American people known as the Lenape.  The museum recognizes and praises this with their exhibition acknowledging their cultural and spiritual connections to the area.

When: The exhibition opened October 4, 2018 and is ongoing.

For more information and a fantastic conservation story video of a Yup’ik mask visit the exhibition website.

Where: It is located in Gallery 746 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.

If you have a piece you would like to sell or are curious about, call us at (518)-587-8787 or send an e-mail to to make an appointment at either our Saratoga or Colonie locations!

Unidentified maker 19th century Malachite, Gold Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of J. Townsend Lansin

Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Exhibit Opening At Albany Institute of History and Art

Bejeweled and Bedazzled is opening this January 26th at the Albany Institute of History and Art.  Mark Lawson Antiques is a proud sponsor of the exhibit. This exhibit, lasting until July 28th of 2019, will feature jewelry from the museum’s collection.  There will be more than a hundred pieces of jewelry from four centuries worth of craftsmanship.  The Institute will use the pieces in the exhibit to tell stories of why and where they were purchased, who owned them, and when they were worn. The materials range broadly, from ceramic to mother of pearl, from gold to hair.

Unidentified maker 19th century Malachite, Gold Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of J. Townsend Lansin

Bejeweled and Bedazzled will be divided into three separate sections.  First is jewelry acquired from Europe.  This section spans Italian micromosaic brooches with vignettes from Roman ruins and carved shells with goddesses.  The next section is filled with jewelry that references ancient times.  Brightly colored scarab beetles call back to Egyptian decoration. Gilded filigree brooches emulate the opulence of Byzantium.  The final section is comprised of memorial jewelry.  This includes Victorian hair jewelry, a type of jewelry woven from the hair of loved ones.  Also included are brooches and lockets with hand-painted miniature portraits of family members.

Unknown maker 1785 Pearl, Gold, Ivory Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Mrs. Cornelia S. Cate and Mrs. Robert Davison, 1968.8.1 “D.T.-B. and C.S. / 1785” engraved on back of clasp. Bracelet given to Cornelia Stuyvesant by her groom Dirck Ten Brock.


This is the Institute’s first exhibit focusing on their incredible jewelry collection. We at Mark Lawson Antiques are proud to be sponsors of Bejeweled and Bedazzled, which will run from January 26th through July 28th, 2019.  For museum hours, please click here. We will be hosting an appraisal day at the Institute on March 30th from 10:30AM to 2PM.  This post will be updated with more information regarding the appraisal day.


Additional Resources:

Albany Institute of History and Art.  For any general questions and information on concurrent exhibits.

A history of jewelry.  An interesting read by the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Micromosaic Jewelry.  More information on the history of micromosaic jewelry by the Gemology Institute of America.

Opening at the Met: ‘The Art of London Firearms’

Flintlock pistol, made by Wogdon & Barton.

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.

Pair of flintlock pistols, made by Samuel Brunn.

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.

Antique Show at Niskayuna Reformed Church January 19, 2018

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.

Where: Niskayuna Reformed Chuch 3041 Troy-Niskayuna Road Niskayuna, NY 12309

When: Friday, January 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Cost: $5 per object to benefit the Niskayuna Reformed Church

We hope to see you there!

Malta Community Center speaking event

Antiques Appraisal Event at Hearthstone Village September 15, 2017

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!


Where: Hearthstone Village 4000 Florence Dr, Latham, NY 12110

When: Friday September 15, 2017 at 10am

Registration: $10/item. Preregistration is required – call Hearthstone Village at (518) 867-4050 to register. Please call Hearthstone Village for any questions or additional details.

Details: All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hope House of Albany.

William Aiken Walker painting

Malta Community Center Spring Antiques Appraisal Show

William Aiken Walker paintingMark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques will talk about antiques, appraisals, and the ins and outs of downsizing at the Malta Community Center on Saturday May 6, 2017. Learn more about the constantly changing trends in the antiques world, and watch a live appraisal of antiques and other items of interest provided by audience members. This promises to be an exciting event; you never know what treasures will come to light at this highly anticipated yearly appraisal show. Previous finds at the Malta event include an uncommon original oil painting by William Aiken Walker.

Where: The Malta Community Center One Bayberry Dr. Malta NY 12020

When: Saturday May 6, 2017 at 10am

Details: Pre-registration is required. Contact the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for additional details.

Mark Lawson Antiques Hosts Landmark Saratoga Springs Estate Sale March 10-12 2017

Mark Lawson Antiques announces an historic Saratoga Springs estate sale taking place March 10, 11, and 12. This untouched on-site estate sale is a landmark event, with a wide variety of items collected over the years by the long-time Saratoga Springs residents.

The gentleman of the house was a true captain of industry, an avid amateur woodworker with an interest in antique and modern tools, and an advanced collector of militaria, painting his own toy soldiers and creating small dioramas. He also acquired memorabilia from the Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations, including some Civil Rights related letters signed by Robert Kennedy during his term as Attorney General. He was also an automobile enthusiast with scattered automobile collectibles including signs, old framed advertisements, and a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

The lady of the house was a successful artist exhibiting in New York galleries in the 1970s. she was known for her framed collage and mixed media assemblage works, a number of which are featured in the sale. Her works can be found in private and public collections around the world.

The contents of the estate are fresh to the market and include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Saratoga Racetrack objects, memorabilia, artwork, and photographs (antique, vintage, and modern)
  • High quality antique, vintage, and modern furniture, rugs
  • Large amount of framed artwork – including antique 19th and 20th century oil paintings, drawings, and limited edition prints
  • Military collectibles – Civil War swords and leather, porcelain figurines, many lead soldier sets and small dioramas
  • Presidential memorabilia including photographs and signed letters
  • Antique tools and woodworking equipment, including many antique cabinets with lots of drawers
  • Modern tools – lathe, table & band saws, drill press, radial arm saw
  • Designer clothing, hats, shoes, belts, and bags
  • Custom window hangings
  • Good quality household & kitchen items – fine porcelain and glassware
  • 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Sedan, Color: Ivory, Miles: 92K

Dates and Times:

Friday March 10, 9am-4pm

Saturday March 11, 9am-4pm

Sunday March 12, 10am-3pm


View additional details, including photographs and terms of sale, by visiting the listing on

Mark Lawson Antiques Saratoga Springs Estate Sale March 10, 11, 12 2017Mark Lawson Antiques Saratoga Springs Estate Sale March 10, 11, 12 2017


Buy Sell Gold Silver Jewelry Coins Diamonds Antiques Amsterdam NY

Appraisal & Buying Event at the Amsterdam Century Club

Come see us Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the Century Club of Amsterdam for an Appraisal & Buying Event.

Discover the value of that family heirloom, the mysterious painting that has always been on the wall or the old sword your grandfather said came from Japan. Receive top professional prices for those old pieces of jewelry you never wear, the silver coins that have been sitting in a drawer for years, or that diamond that somehow got chipped. Our appraisers will be on-site from 10am to 2pm to evaluate and purchase:


(click on any link for more information about the kinds of things we purchase)


Appraisals are 1 item for $3, or 3 items for $5.

Appraisal fee proceeds to support the Century Club.


When: Saturday, November 5th 2016, 10am-2pm

Where: 130 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam NY 12010 (link to map, opens in new tab)