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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.

Antiques Appraisal & Buying Event - Bethlehem Public Library

Antiques Appraisal & Buying Event – Bethlehem Public Library 10/17

Antiques Appraisal & Buying Event - Bethlehem Public Library Join Mark Lawson for an Antiques Appraisal and Buying Event on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 to benefit the Bethlehem Public Library!

Do you have family treasures that you would like to sell or learn more about? Let the experts look at them!

Timed tickets are required for the event and can be purchased in person at the Bethlehem Public Library’s front desk. $5 per item, limit 3 ticketed items per person. However, appraisals of additional items may be available on the day of the event (at $5 per additional item) if time permits. Items can be sold at the event and 10% of the sale will be donated to the Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library.

The event itself is being held at the Normanside Country Club, in the Tawasentha Room.

Do you have a large or heavy item that you would like to have appraised? Bring high quality photos for the appraisers to evaluate.


Saturday October 17th, 2015 Antiques Appraisal and Buying Event Flier 2015

9am – 1pm

Normanside Country Club Tawasentha Room

150 Salisbury Rd, Delmar, NY 12054


Tickets can be purchased at the Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-9314


William Aiken Walker painting

Appraisal Event Finds: A William Aiken Walker Painting

William Aiken Walker paintingThis William Aiken Walker painting was the star of our appraisal day event at the Malta Community Center on Saturday, May 9th. The Antiques Roadshow-style event had a great turnout with a wonderful mix of family treasures and hidden gems. Attendees brought a varied group of items for a two hour speaking event that examined and evaluated each piece, its history, significance, and potential value.

William Aiken Walker (1839-1921) was a self taught painter born in Charleston, South Carolina. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Army but was soon wounded and mustered out. While the war raged on, Walker worked for the army creating sketches of Charleston’s defenses, painting in his spare time. After the war, he became a prolific itinerant artist, traveling across the South selling his paintings in popular tourist towns like New Orleans.

Walker primarily created two types of paintings: larger and finer oil paintings on canvas, and a significant quantity of postcard-sized scenes on board which were primarily marketed to tourists as souvenirs.The postcard-size paintings were often simple, quick oil sketches and were created in large quantities; it’s not uncommon to find these small paintings. His larger paintings are rather more scarce. At our event on Saturday, a very nice couple brought in this William Aiken Walker painting, a beautifully executed scene with richly layered detail and a great example of Walker’s finer, larger paintings.The oil painting on canvas depicts five African American figures in and around a wagon pulled by four donkeys with an autumn cornfield in the background.

This painting is a striking example of Walker’s body of work. During the 1880s-1890s, Walker primarily painted scenes of daily life during the Reconstruction era, focusing largely on black sharecroppers. These rural scenes show men and women at work in the fields, traveling along dusty roads, taking a noontime break, or engaged in tasks about the home and farm. William Aiken Walker’s paintings reflected a sympathetic, honest vision of what he saw during his travels around the American South.

The last few years have seen a renewal of interest in William Aiken Walker paintings. These realistic, keenly observed paintings are a valuable eye-witness account to specific time and place in American history. It was such an exciting moment to see one of Walker’s paintings at the appraisal event. As you can see from the photo, the painting has been severely damaged and we are helping restore it for the owners.


Louis Comfort Tiffany Vases

Appraisal Event Finds: Louis Comfort Tiffany Vases

lc-tiffany-vase-groupOn Saturday, April 25th, we were at the Malden Bridge Community Center for an Appraisal Day event. The event is similar to the Antiques Roadshow: individuals bring in their family treasures for appraisers to evaluate, looking for information and hoping for a pleasant surprise. We had a great time at the event, meeting lots of people and seeing some really interesting things. This week we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the highlights from the day.

One attendee at the Appraisal Day at the Malden Bridge Community Center brought in these three beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany vases. The vases are a very nice example of Tiffany’s innovative favrile glass technique. Favrile glass was a unique development in the late 19th century; unlike many other types of period iridescent glass, the luminous hues of Favrile glass were created by embedding the colors in the molten glass rather than applying them later to the item’s surface.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was inspired by the rich, shimmering colors of ancient Roman glass, and discovered that he could achieve a similar effect by adding chemical impurities to molten glass. While his contemporaries focused on “pure” glass, Tiffany’s deliberately “impure” glass achieved an unmatched iridescence and vibrancy. The two vases at the left and center in the image are beautiful examples of classic Tiffany favrile glass. The vases are also a striking example of how Tiffany brought fanciful natural forms into his art glass creations. The vases have graceful, elongated forms that echo the shape of a blooming long-stemmed flower. The far left type of Tiffany vase shape is usually called “floraform” and is characterized by a ruffled rim and (often) a figural plant-like stem.

The vase on the far right of the photo is a rather more unusual piece of Tiffany glass. Unlike the favrile glass vases which are iridescent and opaque, this daffodil-decorated vase has more of an overall translucence. This type of Tiffany vase is known as a paperweight vase and was made using techniques typically applied to art glass paperweights. The effect is quite lovely: a row of brightly colored daffodils appear to be suspended within the surface of the vase. The vase has an overall iridescent effect with a transparent background.

We never tire of seeing Louis Comfort Tiffany vases, lamps, dishes, or any of the spectacular pieces that came from the Tiffany Studios. Tiffany was a remarkable artist and innovator. If you’re interested in learning more, we wrote about a few very interesting pieces of historical memorabilia from the Tiffany Studios from a 2013 appraisal event and celebrated the anniversary of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s birth in February.

Native American “Wild West” Show Beaded Costume Jacket

Today’s spotlight is on an early twentieth century piece of  Western American History. Recently we took a look at the authentic Native American jacket we found at the Malden Bridge Community Center Appraisal Day event. The jacket is characterized by intricate beading and design.

19th century Native American beaded costume

Though the history of this garment is still speculative, the original owners believe that it was crafted by Plains Indians primarily as a costume in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows. Shows like Buffalo Bill’s and others characterized late nineteenth and early twentieth century entertainment in the central and eastern United States.

The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show started in 1883 under the leadership of William Fredrick “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Cody employed a cast of over one hundred Native Americans, and sharpshooters like Annie Oakley to portray a theatrical and abbreviated history of the “conquering” of the western frontier to an audience that knew little of the American Indian wars of the 18th and 19th century.

The Wild West Shows were created to romanticize pre-war Native American civilization. The shows featured live “buffalo hunts” and even reenactments of the Battle of Little Big Horn. Some of the cast in the Wild West Shows  had even been present for the battle, and -for the most part- willingly participated in the battle’s caricature. Though the Wild West performances originated  in Nebraska, they became so popular in the late 1800s that the cast went on tour to New York and Europe, accumulating a large fan base that included Queen Victoria.
Jacket detailed beading
The beaded jacket here was not created for traditional use in everyday Native American life. It was created as an eye-catching garment to be worn by performers in the Wild West Shows. The details are more intricate and the colors are brighter than one would normally see on a traditional Native American item. This particular jacket is a costume that was worn by a Wild West Performer during the early 1900s, and it is estimated to be work between $3,000 and $5,000.

19th century Chinese carved peach stone

Appraisal Event Finds: Antique Chinese Fruit Pit Carvings

On Saturday, April 25th, we were in residence at the Malden Bridge Community Center Appraisal Day event. The event is similar to the Antiques Roadshow: individuals bring in their family treasures for appraisers to evaluate, looking for information and hoping for a pleasant surprise. We had a great time at the event, meeting lots of people and seeing some really interesting things. This week we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the highlights from the day.

19th Century Chinese Fruit Pit CarvingsThis small box held one of the tiniest surprises of the day: four intricately carved peach pits from China. Carving fruit and walnut pits has been an admired form of folk art in China for centuries. The art of fruit pit carvings is called Heidao (“nut carving”). It may have began from the Chinese belief that the peach symbolized life and longevity, or may be because “peach” is pronounced the same as the word for “escape”. The origins are mysterious, but using or wearing peach pits to ward off evil and avoid misfortune was a firmly established tradition that likely evolved into this art form. While Heidao means “nut carving”, the art form has primarily used peach stones. The art of nut carving gained popularity over 700 years ago, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the intricate miniature sculptures had become one of the most appreciated art forms as well as a fashionable accessory. Even the emperor himself owned several decorative pieces by master artisans.

Each peach stone is unique, with an irregular shape covered in bumps and holes. A master carver was capable of producing an exquisite three-dimensional sculpture on a very tiny scale. The finest master carvers could create complex historical scenes, poetic themes, overflowing flower baskets, rustic landscapes, on a peach stone usually measuring somewhere between 3/4″ to 1 3/4″ long. Each tiny work of art was an incredible feat of creative vision, technical skill, and patience.19th century Chinese fruit pit carvings: carved peach stone

The carved peach pits brought to Saturday’s Appraisal Event probably date to the 19th century. Each has a unique design, miniature in scale and finely detailed in technique: a fishing boat, a person driving a wagon, a city market scene filled with merchants and customers, and an intricate landscape arrangement of flowers, leaves, and vines. These fruit pit carvings are a really nice example of how this traditional folk art has persevered for centuries.



coins & paper currency

Antique Appraisal Event Fundraiser for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 2/18/14

Antique Appraisal Event to be held at Hilton Hotel, Hoosick Street, Troy


Fundraising Event on February 8 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The public can attend without or without reservations to have antiques, unique items, gold and precious metals appraised by local experts, Mark Lawson from Mark Lawson Antiques, Dennis Holzman from Dennis Holzman Antiques, and Nancy Toomer from The House of Rose Antiques.

Large items will be accepted. Separate entrance is available if necessary.

Tickets may be purchased in advance with estimated time frames for convenience and planning of attendees. These tickets may be purchased by calling either Dani at (518) 596-9533 or Vikki at (518) 320-0972.

Walk-ins are accepted and encouraged but will be on a first come/first serve basis.

Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Proceeds will benefit the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. ESDC is committed to bringing dance to underserved communities and populations through Arts-In-Education (AIE), ESDC offers performances and workshops in and around New York State’s Capitol Region. Residencies, workshops and performances bring the excitement of exploring the creative process to children and young adults in both urban and rural schools.

Prices for the evaluations will be $7 per item (up to three items per person) or three items for $20.

February 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Troy

235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180
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