The Auction Insider

Kachina: Tradition and Artform

As I looked at the upcoming calendar for Witherell’s auctions, I was taken by the title “Kachina Dolls”, as it is a term I had never heard of. What are Kachina Dolls you ask? A kachina doll is a carved, painted, costumed doll made by Southwest Native Americans,...

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Polished and Repurposed

My most recent blog post focused on how art can make a home uniquely yours. Want to make your table settings also uniquely yours? Then use old silver serving pieces. A humble silver porringer with a revolutionary history A primary highlight of this premier auction is...

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Adventure and Style in the Living Room

As a designer, I tell my clients original art is what makes a home uniquely yours. I always encourage purchasing one of a kind original art within their budget rather than limited editions. But I make an exception for collectible posters. In particular travel posters,...

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A Curated Auction of the Stuff Men Like!

Recent news stories have reported that the gap in Mother’s Day and Father’s Day spending continues to widen. Only once since 2002 has Father’s Day spending per person exceeded Mother’s Day spending. In support of dads everywhere, Witherell’s is offering its first...

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Tom Sawyer

When I was in my twenties, I had the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, the great science fiction writer and poet, Ray Bradbury. I had been reading his stories since I was ten, and had to spend several months in the hospital. My parents gave me a subscription to...

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The American West at Auction

Coming in May On May 17, Witherell’s is presenting a live auction full of diverse treasures spanning the history of the American West.     For California history buffs there are several highlights Take a look at the framed John Sutter (1803-1880) and James...

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Bits and Pieces of History

In our American West sale there is an item that really caught my attention, not because of condition (it is good) nor because of value (it is moderate) but because of where it has been, and the “stories it could tell!” The item is a Colt Single Action, with a 7 ½ inch...

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Searching for Treasures

Most collectors are at least amateur historians. The excitement of holding, owning, a real piece of history is irresistible. At the same time, the sense of discovery is truly addictive- especially when the thing that you discover has been overlooked, or even forgotten...

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