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Rare Tomahawk Pipe Leads Selkirk’s Auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Artifacts Representin

ST. LOUIS - Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers will host an auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Artifacts, with Persian and Oriental rugs, at 10 a.m. on March 11, 2017, at its gallery in St. Louis’ Central West End. Spanning the pre-historic to modern eras, more than 350 lots of Native American items are to be offered, including rare items from a number of private collections. ​Furthermore, 100+ lots of Ethnographic artifacts and 100+ lots of Persian and non-tribal oriental rugs will be sold. This specialty auction builds on the interest which brought strong sales prices for several items offered in Selkirk's October 2016 Eclectic Auction in which a rare Tlingit dagger sold for $9,000

Curating a Lifestyle: Reinterpreting a Classic

In 1927 when René Jules Lalique released his Bacchantes vase, he was 67 years old and riding a wave of success that had lasted an impressive four decades. His eponymous glassworks, based in Alsace, France, had received extraordinary acclaim at the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris - an event which both established and gave a name to the Art Deco movement. Having launched his career in the Art Nouveau period of the late 19th Century, Lalique bucked the trend of most artists of the period who favored a restrained nod to nature’s elegance; instead challenging the notion that “sophisticated” equaled “simple”. His jewelry designs were considered haute

'St. Louis stuff' has different meanings for local 'stuff' professionals

Even local professionals, such as auction appraisers and museum curators and directors, have different relationships with stuff. The City Museum’s relationship? It’s complicated. “We control the market on Hostess cupcake pans,” says Rick Erwin with a sigh. Which is what happens when several thousand Hostess cupcake, Twinkie and Ding Dong pans come up at auction when the factory here closed in 2012. “Well, we just have to have them,” he says. Erwin is the director of the City Museum, the kid and adult playground downtown where a ventilation system serves as a fish slide and Vess Soda bottles make up a wall. They’ve been building walls with the Hostess pans, too. Their philosophy toward stuff?

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