Quebec, Canada Antique Show Reviews : The Old Montreal Antiques Show
|Posted by John Moise on 2010/10/20 7:20:00 (6466 reads)
The Old Montreal Antiques Show
15th October 2010
The second annual Old Montreal Antiques Show once again brought together a host of high quality antique dealers from across Quebec and Ontario. The show was full of atmosphere with the string quartet playing and the champagne and wine flowing. For your enjoyment, Antiques Promotion Canada presents some of the dealers favourite and most expensive pieces from the show. Just for fun, we challenge you to guess the correct price. Hold your mouse over the 'See the Price' button to see how close you are!
Shown here is the Promoter of:
The Old Montreal Antiques Show
La Belle Gueule de Bois
Most Expensive Pieces
La Belle Gueule De Bois, Magog, Quebec
Quebec Lion footed cabinet displayed by the show promoter Stephan Gagnon.
Set of 6, Quebec Ile d'Orleans 19th Century Chairs.
Times Past Antiques, Ottawa, Ontario
1896 Zlotny silver Bust of Emperor Nicholas I, by Morozov
Russian Imperial Gilt Bronze Box with Enamel Plaques, circa 1870-80.
Philippe et Anne Pallafray, Ile d'Orleans, Quebec
French Art Deco ceramic vase by Rene Buthaud (1886-1986).
Art Deco Sterling Silver knife stand set, with fishing and hunting scenes.
Croydon House Antiques, Enterprise, Ontario
"Sunset on the St. Lawrence" painting.
Canadian Folk Art "Lion in Cage" painting, circa 1930.
Pridham's, Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Bronze bust by Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote (1869-1937) "Pierre Martin".
Rosewood Chinese Foo Dog, with carved ball in mouth and between feet, c.1850.
Blemora Heritage Antiques, Utterson, Ontario
Glazed redware pottery picture frame from Ahrens Pottery, Ontario, late 19th Century.
Iroquois glass beaded purse on moose hair, early 19th Century.
Quebec Decoys, Laval, Quebec
White backed female tufted duck by Peter Pringle, Dunville, Ontario
Common Golden Eye female Decoy by Orel Le Boeuf, St. Anicet, Qc, circa 1950.
Gerard Bourguet Antiquaire, Quebec
Quebecois Adam Armoire, decorated with flowers and foliage, from the region of Joliette, circa 1790-1810.
Quebec Louis XV corner cabinet with shell detail and design along base, circa 1780-1800.
Peter E. Baker Antiques, Elgin, Quebec
Quebec, Louis XVIII armoire with beautiful blue colour.
Quebec, Louis XIII armchair, with arched legs and reversed arms.
Antiquites Brian Davies, Knowlton, Quebec
Thank you postcard from Emily Carr (1871-1945) to Rose Millman, Dominion Gallery, Montreal.
Quebec 19th Century pine tabernacle door.
Dacart Oeuvres d`Art, Longueuil, Quebec
Stunning Bronze sculpture of cockerel by Luciano Minguzzi.
17th Century Pharmaceutical apothecary, made in Rouen.
More pieces of interest or expense!
|Smith's Creek Antiques, Port Hope, Ontario|
A wonderful 18th Century Buffet with "Chapeau Gendarme" panels and rare St. Andrews Cross detail.
|Barry Ezrin Antiques, Moffat, Ontario|
Low pine Buffet or Commode, owned by Sister St. Madeline, L'Hopital General de Quebec, c.1690.
The Artophile Gallery, Port Perry, Ontario
Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto, Ontario
Original canvas poster artwork for 'Casablanca'.
Sterling silver presentation centerpiece, given as a gift from Louis Alexandre Tashereau (Premier of Quebec 1920-1936) to his nephew (Mr. R. A. Benoit) in 1929.
Milord Antiquites, Montreal, Quebec
Louis Morin, Montreal, Quebec
A stunning Charles X period rosewood twelve sided center table, with inlaid boxwood attributes on a tripod pedestal with lion paws feet, circa 1825.
A fantastic piece of Scandinavian art pottery, depicting a bunch of grapes.
Grand Central, Montreal, Quebec
A French Louis XVI style hidden desk with intricate inlaid wood and bronze detailing, circa 1850.
Evaluate your Antiques : How to Evaluate Your Antiques and Collectibles
|Posted by AntiqueLover on 2010/9/24 15:40:00 (10 reads)
The Magic Question ... How Much is it Worth?
It's always tricky to answer that question precisely as price may vary over time. It is important to understand that two identical items might sell for very different prices depending on; who the seller is, where the object is sold, the timing, the provenance, etc. Even though, it's is reasonable to believe that past prices will make a great prediction on average, of future prices.
The Secret to Evaluating Objectively
Simply saying you have a jar makes it nearly impossible to know how much it's worth. It helps to say that it's a pottery cookie jar, but there is still a lot of information missing. By adding a picture there is a much better sense of the item but if there are no visible marks to help identify the model or manufacturer, an objective evaluation still cannot be made. The secret to properly identifying a vintage or antique item is to gather as much information as possible and use multiple resources to definitively identify the item and determine its value.
1. Use the appropriate Antiques Promotion Canada forum to ask questions and post photos. Someone in the community – a dealer or another collector, may be able to provide information about your object (the style, the maker, its age, etc.). In fact, had you posted a picture of this cookie jar, we’re confident you would already have your answer that it is a Little Chef cookie jar by Shawnee Pottery.
2. Reference Books are one of the best ways to find complete information about an object. There are general books like “Kovel's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide” and “Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide,” although this has few photos but lists lots of objects. For beginners, we recommend more illustrated price guides such as “Millers Antiques Price Guide” (lots of colour pictures) or even better for Canadians, “The Unitt's Canadian Price Guides” with black and white photos from antique shops all over Canada. There are also books on all kinds of specialized subjects. If you have multiple objects in the same category, it would be wise to invest in such a book. You can find these books at shows from specialized dealers, on eBay, AbeBooks or Amazon.ca. Please see our book review section for links to books with Canadian connections.
Books with no pictures will discuss Shawnee Pottery and probably list a “Little Chef” cookie jar, but based on the little information in our example, it is unlikely you would find it. On the other hand, specialized books on cookie jars would be the best way to identify your cookie jar, as they are most likely to have a picture of it.
3. Researching on the Internet can produce extraordinary results or be very disappointing. Good luck! In general, information presented can be incomplete and/or very hard to find. We recommend you use Google but you need to have some idea what you are looking for. Sometimes a Google Image search can provide great results. We also recommend trying an eBay search, which is one of the easiest and best free search tools available. Yet another resource is LiveAuctioneers.com, also free and easy to find more expensive antiques auction results.
A Google search using “cookie jar chef” would be inconclusive because of how prevalent these words are on the Internet. However, an eBay search using the same keywords would provide more interesting results. When we tested this search, there was one Shawnee Little Chef cookie jar out of the 95 items on the eBay search. Furthermore, there were three Shawnee Little Chef cookie jars in the 295 completed items found. Note that search results for completed eBay auctions will vary because only the last two weeks of auction data is accessible. The same is true for current auctions or “Buy it Now” opportunities
Determining the Price
When you have an accurate description of your object, finding its value is relatively simple.
1. For small objects that are relatively common, which is more than 99.5% of items, eBay is generally a great solution. Completed items from the past two weeks often provide a reasonable evaluation. In our example, there were three Shawnee “Little Chef” cookie jars that sold on eBay but only one is identical with the same colour. It sold for $55. It's possible that during another week, an identical cookie jar will sell for more or less than $55 but it gives us a good idea of its commercial potential.
2. For small but very rare objects, auction results are often needed. You can order specialized auction catalogues on AbeBooks or on eBay.
3. For furniture, books with value guides are generally reliable although the suggested values are sometimes too high. Rely on your market experience to adjust the suggested prices to something more realistic. If you have little or no experience, we suggest going to a local auction to see how much similar items sell for. Online classifieds are also a good source of information, though not necessarily a good indicator of price.