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Art, Design, and Objects of Value

Art, Design, and Objects of Value

Witherell’s, September 20, “Art, Design and Objects of Value” auction is full of newly discovered treasures. Recycle by Repurposing With so much emphasis on what can be done to reduce overflowing landfills, I’m surprised more attention has not been paid to...
Prices Surging for Hawaiian Art

Prices Surging for Hawaiian Art

While the popularity of artists and styles may change over time, two factors remain constant in the sale of fine art: 1) desirability of the subject matter and 2) quality of the execution. Paintings from international destinations like Hawaii where residences are...
Sonoma County Finds

Sonoma County Finds

Heirlooms from the Ghirardelli Family highlight Sonoma County Discoveries. Santa Rosa resident Randy Wells, the grandson of famed San Francisco chocolatier, was surprised to learn the paintings he recently inherited were a small cache of California art. Randy...
Butte County Bounty

Butte County Bounty

Discoveries Adventure Yields Butte County Bounty  Antiques appraiser Brian Witherell’s recent trip to Butte County yielded a bounty. The artifacts of a Plains Indian warrior were brought out of storage by an older Oroville woman who inherited them in 1982 from her...
Child Stands on Chair in Closet for a Century

Child Stands on Chair in Closet for a Century

After 150 years of being lost to time, I was fortunate to discover this Civil War era painting by Seymour Guy tucked away in a dark closet. The client was unaware she owned a small treasure and had phoned me to do an appraisal on a different piece of art, not...