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Chinese Scrolls, Armani Figurines and Sterling Gave Meaning to “Eclectic”

Elegant Erte and Armani “Ladies” Lead Bidding at the Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers Winter Eclectic Auction On a rare sunny day in January, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers in St. Louis had a full gallery for their Winter Eclectic Auction. Appropriately named, “eclectic” was the operative word for spirited bidding on such diverse items as Chinese hanging scrolls, a collection of snuff bottles, Armani figurines, an oil painting by James Peter Cost, and sterling pieces. Sculptures and figurines of women were the highlight of the auction, specifically on two bronze sculptures by Romain de Tirtoff Erte (French/Russian, 1892-1990). “Fire Dancer” and “Dream Girl” brought $2,625 and $2,75

Curating a Lifestyle: American Art Pottery

Tackling the field of pottery collecting in a two-page article is akin to filling a pool with a teacup. As broad a category as any, pottery generally refers to any object shaped from clay and dried (or fired) to fix the form. Humans have been creating functional (and functionally beautiful) pottery objects for over 13,000 years, and while methods and materials have largely remained the same, design, style and form has changed dramatically across cultures and generations. A relatively undervalued segment of the collecting world today happens to be one that particularly appeals to us: American art pottery. Rising from the practical use of rich and abundant clay deposits across the eastern and

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