Sunday, April 28, 2013

Garth's Americana Auction- My top picks

Garth's is one of my favorite auction houses. Though from time to time they have really formal, high level antiques, for the most part their offerings are bold, colorful, and very folk art oriented. Formal just isn't my taste, so Garth's suits me just fine. When Garth's has an Americana auction, I like to set aside some me-time to pour through the catalog and enjoy all the beautiful things they've amassed for sale. Basically the only requisite for making my top picks list is if it's something I'd want to put in my house. Feel free to check out the entire auction catalog- there's many beautiful things that didn't make the list too! You can view it here.
I love how bright and charming this parrot is.

Just a sweet little bandbox. The faded colors are soft and pleasant.

I'm quite certain I need a gilded mirror with a dragon on top.

Two lovely blown glass pitchers.

Like an instant ray of sunshine- this creamy yellow corner cupboard would bring life into any space.

The star sconce is so pretty.

I'm a sucker for these mid 19th century appliqué quilts.

Beautiful pair of 19th century folk landscapes.

A tremendous 19th century sawbuck table. 

Gorgeous little antique hand mirror

The bright colors on this 19th century oil still life are as vibrant as the day it was painted!

An antique cupboard with punched tin bottom panel and a soft white paint surface.

Another pretty painting of parrots. I think I might start collecting parrot paintings.

I'd love to fill my new antique stepback cupboard with antique ironstone. I bought one piece today that I'll show you pictures of tonight!

An especially well done 19th century sampler. This one dates to 1838- the very end of the era when young ladies completed these at school.

An exceptional folk art cupboard. The white paint on the backboard really highlights the funky carving.

A very handsome antique pie safe.

Great folk art landscape.

They have a set of six matching whimsical paint decorated chairs. In an otherwise simple and muted room, these would be dynamite.

I absolutely love this painting. It takes my breath away every time I look at it. So stunning.

Perhaps my favorite thing at the auction. I really want one of these antique hanging lanterns for  the vaulted ceiling in the guest room.

The perfect organization solution. If I were a crafter, I would snatch this up in a heartbeat and then neatly sort all my scissors and crayons and whatever else crafters use.

Just imagine this in a front hall!

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