Self-Expression vs Communism: Art During Communist Controlled Czechoslovakia + Feb 6 Auction

When the Iron Curtain fell across much of Central and Eastern Europe, communism took control over almost a third of the world’s population. During the 40 year reign of the communist state in Europe promotion of the self was banned in favor of the advancement of the masses. Most art at the time championed the glory of communism and the state with a few statues of Lenin and Stalin dotted in the town...

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A 19th Century Toy Telling an 11th Century Story

Christmas, like everything else in 2020, was very different. One thing that will stay the same is that one Mariah Carey Christmas song that gets played on all of the radio stations. You know it. No? Well, let me sing you the refrain, “All I want for Christmas is a windup horse drawn chariot painted with scenes from the rule of Roger I of Sicily.” Wait. That can’t be right. I think I must have mixed...

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The Great American Propaganda Machine and the American Public + October 3rd Auction Event

By Alexandra Ponti During World War II, supporting the troops was a part of your patriotic duty as an American. People all over the country planted victory gardens to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and everywhere you went, Uncle Sam told you to support the war effort by signing up to join the military or buy war bonds. Many of these recruiting posters still survive, and are the most familiar...

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VoxPop Radio Show December 3rd, 2019

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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2019/12/vp-ARCHIVE-12-3-19.mp3 Source: https://www.wamc.org/post/antiques-12319   We enjoyed another visit with Ray Graf on Vox Pop on WAMC 90.3 FM yesterday! Thanks to everyone who called and emailed in, and listened along. In case you missed it, make sure you like our Facebook page so you can get all our updates with events and future radio shows. You can...

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Frankart & Nuart: Innovators of Everyday Art Deco Design

Art Deco Frankart Nude Lamp
At Mark Lawson Antiques, we are endlessly excited to see the array of treasures folks bring in for evaluation. Though we are fortunate to see a potpourri of beautiful items every day, we take special delight in evaluating and buying Art Deco antiques of any kind. The form and style of Art Deco pieces are almost as popular now as when they first debuted in the 1920s. It is easy to understand why....

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My Commitment to Your Safety and Well-Being

In these uncertain times, your safety and well-being remains my highest priority. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities, I want to share the immediate steps I’ve taken to help keep my clients and employees safe and healthy. My staff and I have consulted and will continue to monitor current guidelines and best practices provided by New York State and the Center for Disease...

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Find of the Week: Rare Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

asscher cut diamond ring
A piece of fine antique jewelry set with an Asscher cut diamond is one of the rarest and most desirable pieces of jewelry that we find. This week on Find of the Week, we are showcasing an absolutely exceptional antique piece of jewelry. It is a beautiful Asscher cut diamond sapphire and platinum ornately engraved ring that was made sometime around 1920. It is accented with scattered clean and white...

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WAMC’s Vox Pop with Ray Graf, September 10th, 2019

WAMC’s Vox Pop with Ray Graf Mark Lawson Antiques, Jewelry & Coin call in show Episode 5, September 10, 2019   https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2019/09/vp-ARCHIVE-9-10-19.mp3 Source: WAMC’s Vox Pop Antiques 09/10/2019   We had another interesting and enjoyable hour with Ray on V talking about a large collection of Chinese antiques we are cataloguing, historical autographed letters,...

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