Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2015 Chicago International Workshops

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the prototypes (in most cases) or photos (in a few) for the workshops to be given at next year's Chicago International.  The full list should be on line in a day or two.

These are the workshops that intrigued me.

Arlene Finkelstein's New York City Florist Shop...could also be a Parisian flower shop with a few tweaks.

Michael Walton's very popular furniture finishing workshop where you use his proprietary materials and learn to finish furniture the way Michael does on his full-scale and miniature furniture.

Patricia Hopkins Studio French pastries...she has also designed and is teaching the box for these goodies-below.  You'll walk away with all the items below, plus molds and materials to make more at home.

 Frank Crescente's very grand Master Bedchamber and Bath is the latest in his interrelated roomboxes.

Geoff Wonnacott's fabulous Louis XV style writing table.  Geoff is reputed to be a wonderful, patient teacher but I am afraid to sign up as I don't think I have the skill to make this and I would hate to do a poor job on such a beautiful piece.  I wonder if I can talk my husband into taking the class?  He has taken classes to make full scale furniture.  Or maybe Geoff will have one for sale on his table....

Isn't this Victorian Santa wonderful?  As you know, I don't do dolls but he would be right at home with my Christmas market stalls.  Maybe Anna Hardman will have one for sale.  No way could I make this.

Whitledge-Burgess is offering a two-room workshop that can be finished in a number of ways.  Not a good photo but the best I could do.

Which workshop would you sign up for if you could?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Where Will You Be This Weekend?

Tom Bishop presents 


 Holiday Inn Express - Palatine
 1550 East Dundee Road
 Palatine, IL  60074
  Telephone: 847-934-4900

Exclusive Preview Show & Sale
Friday, August 22 ~ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tickets Available at Door - $12.00
 Includes Early Buying Privileges and 3 Day Admission
Saturday, August 23 ~ 10 am - 5 pm
 Sunday, August 24 ~ 12 pm - 4 pm
Daily Admission: Adults $6.00 
 Children under 12 - $3.00 (No Strollers)

I'll be there with bells on....Come Visit!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Book Report: The Miniaturist

I read another interesting book this past week -- The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton.  I will be released in the US on August 26 but with a title like that I couldn't wait so ordered the hardcover from Amazon UK.

The novel tells the story of Petronella Oortman, the Dutch woman whose amazing cabinet house is on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/BK-NM-1010.

Petronella was married to merchant Johannes Brandt, 
who presumably commissioned the cabinet house for his wife.

Here it is.....if you go on the Rijksmuseum site you can 
zoom in to see the details.

The story is a little weird but I enjoyed it nonetheless, 
if for no other reason than it made me research this wonderful 
miniature house.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Report: The Secret of the Key

Some time ago I posted about The 68 Rooms series by Marianne Malone.  I am a real fan of these young adult books--which are lots of fun, even for adult miniaturists.

The premise is that two children are able to shrink and explore the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.   I would love to be one of them!  Each book (and each room) is full of history and adventure.  

The final book in the series has just been published.  It's called  The Secret of the Key and I have it on my iPad to read this weekend.  In this final book, Jack and Ruthie learn more about the magic in the Thorne Rooms. 

Wouldn't you love to see the Thorne Rooms from the inside?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

September Miniature Collector

I just got the September issue of Miniature Collector which has a story I wrote about Susan and Andrew Bembridge, whose divine wallpapers I adore.  I'm so excited!

Do have a look at the story and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Miniatures Auction Coming Up Soon

I've just discovered that there is another miniatures auction coming up very soon--August 15-16 at Ron Rhoads in Spring City, PA.  There is online bidding available for this auction as well.

Here's the information.  I may get over my objections and bid on some of the goodies in this one.

Friday & Saturday August 15th & 16th


                     PREVIEW:  Thursday  August 14th   1 to 4 P.M.

Address: 20 Bonnie Brae Road (Rt. 724), Spring City, Pa
 Charlotte Scott of Alabama, Susan Brooks, Jane Innis, and other important collectors  
Dollhouses, Ray Whitledge Roomboxes, Featuring Rare Bill Robertson Miniatures, Vintage & Artisan Furniture & Accessorie
 ARTISTS TO INCLUDE: Bill Robertson drop-leaf table, one-drawer stands and rare miniature Drafting Set, George Schlosser paintings, Marjorie Adams fan and paintings, Rosemarie Torre, Susanne Russo, John Hodgson, Walter Schutter, Natasha Beshenkovsky, Julian Biggers, Roger Gutheil, Jean Tag, Jane Graber, Le Chateau, largest collection of Debbie McKnight we’ve ever sold to include: Gaudy Welsh set of dishes, crocks, all types of porcelains, Jean Strup chair and needlepoint, Dennis Jenvey,  Kummerow, Therese Bahl, Pat Stevens hats & forms, Great dogs by Irene, Frances Whittemore, Nellie Belt, Gerald Crawford, Sterling: Acquisto, Obadiah Fisher, Nancy Summers, Ray Whitledge Room Boxes, The Rare Mens Store, Geoffrey Wonnacott, Edward Norton Period Furniture, Jim Gans, Tony Jones, Jean Welch, Renee Isabelle, Gudgel, Singing Tree, Glenda Hooker, Marcia Backstrom, Gail Morey, Betty Valentine, Chestnut Hill, Ginger Wyatt, Emily Good, El-Kru, Jean Yingling, Karen Zorich, David Krupick, wonderful selection of Herbillon Furniture. Many shops and roomboxes: Bakery Shop, Floral Shop, Toy Shop, Candy Shop, Country Roombox, U.S. Mailroom, etc. Hundreds of artisan accessories including holiday items, hats and forms, Setsu Ueno rare flapper hats, ladies’ accessories, dolls, baskets, suitcases,  Balestieri carved birds, Posy Patch flowers, outdoor furniture and plants, cakes, Easter, Christmas, Valentines, all kinds of decorations. This is a wonderful offering of the best artisans of the 1970’s, ‘80’s and onward. Everything is in excellent condition.
ANTIQUE & VINTAGE MINIATURES:  Rare Law Office roombox made by Flora Gill Jacobs, Tynietoy, enameled furniture, German ship, antique Noah’s Ark, McLaughlin Folding House, garden plants, ormolu chandeliers, lamps pictures, mirrors, accessories, Boulle desk and bedroom suite, Schneegass, kitchen items, rugs, Maynard Manor tapestries, French porcelains, accessories, lots of furniture.
DOLLHOUSES English Tutor Castle with accessories, several vintage houses with gingerbread, etc.  Converse bungalow, German stables, and more !
DOLLS: Many Bisque and China head dolls,  lots of small all-bisque dolls, vintage doll clothing, shoes, hats, and so much more!!!
18% Buyer’s Premium, 21% Internet Sales

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miniatures Auction Today at Leslie Hindman (And Online for the Brave)

In under an hour the auction of Cookie Ziemba's miniature collection will begin at Leslie Hindman right here in Chicago.  Since I was on vacation, I didn't have time to go down to the showroom to see the collection in person, but many local miniaturists are on the scene, including Michael Walton, who will pack up your items and ship them to you.

There are some lovely minis in this long-time collector's collection like this Dutch Canal House.

I'm told Cookie kept meticulous records of everything in her collection--something I have neglected.  What about you?

You can follow the lots as they come up here:  http://catalogues.lesliehindman.com/asp/search.asp?pg=1&st=D&sale_no=344.

And you can download the catalogue here for future reference. http://www.lesliehindman.com//files/SALE_344.pdf

I do love reading the descriptions of each item--written as if they were full-sized.

My experience bidding online on the last two miniature auctions was not good.

I was naive: I actually thought the estimated prices listed in the catalogues were intended to be an estimate of selling price. Turns out they are simply for insurance purposes and in no way reflect what the House (or the seller) expects them to sell for.  So that was my first mistake.  A perfect example was a green settee I bid on with an estimate of $200-$400--which actually sold for more than $2000!  Then there was the bed I was bidding on in another online auction-- I was so excited because the winning bid on my computer screen was the amount I bid -- but it turned out someone else had bid the same amount a second before my bid was registered.  The lesson I learned is that it pays to be in the room if you really want to bid--there are too many variables bidding online.  I don't think it is the auction house's fault, it's the software, the speed of the internet connection you're on, the number of other people bidding, etc. that cause the variability.  I'd be curious to hear what others' experience has been--leave me a comment if you've bid online for minis.

So today I will only watch to see what things go for. Maybe this time will be different.  When the auction is over you can download the selling prices as well.

Good luck if you happen to be bidding!