art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
“the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch”
considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
“the front room is stuffed with kitsch knickknacks, little glass and gilt ornaments”
The other day the word “Kitsch” came up in a conversation. The word seems to mean different things to different people, and is misunderstood probably just as much as are the objects the word is used to describe. The “researcher” inside of me begged for more clarification, and sought to explore the world of Kitsch more deeply. (Cue dramatic Indiana Jones music).
As I began to look into this unique term, I found that people commonly use this label on everything from Velvet Elvis paintings, to ceramic poodles, vintage Hawaiian decor, and even ornately carved oriental furniture! Read on…(more…)
It’s been said that “mystery is a resource, like gold, and its preservation is a fine thing.”
Sometimes at Pot of Gold Auctions, mystery, gold and preservation intertwine…as was the case recently with an 1834 $2.50 Classic Quarter Eagle No MOTTO Gold piece.
1834 $2.50 GOLD Classic, ANACS VF 30, Lot #369, July 15, 2014
Initially, this coin was received from one of our consignor’s in raw form; herein lays the “mystery”. The coin was not as brilliant and did not share the luster of similar gold coins, the fields were weak, grainy and dimpled, the reeded edge and rim appeared “off”; however the weight was correct at 4.18 grams and the diameter was exact at 17.50 millimeters and it was 180 years old! Questions began to arise… What was this coin’s history? Where had this nearly two century year old coin spent a good portion of its existence? And the flip side…Was it possible that this piece could be a “cast reproduction”, ie., a fake with no mysterious history at all? Read on…
When you are bidding on line, and you see something like this majestic Eagle Bolo Tie, it looks larger than life…prideful, stately bird that represents the greatest nation on earth…it’s got to be about a foot tall, right? Read on for a helpful hint…
Before becoming part of the Pot Of Gold Team, Elspeth Killinger was in Interior Design. Elspeth attributes her success in the field of Design to using her keen eye and skillful research to find and buy great pieces that set her projects off in clever and unique ways! Buying at auction allows Interior Designers to stay on budget by setting the price they want to bid, saves time by offering 24/7 shopping online from the comfort of one’s office, and enhances portfolios with amazing and hard-to-find items! Read below to hear Elspeth’s thoughts…
Old Masters Style Still Life Painting; Evelyn Conde Estate Collection. Lot #386, July 15, 2014 auction.
Every now and then something extremely cool walks in the door. Something with history and genealogical intrigue…something with a tantalizing story that it wants to tell, but stays stubbornly silent and mysterious. Sometimes it’s the things that are small and boring at first glance…until you research them. That’s exactly what I thought when I pulled this small frame off the wall and was ready to list it. It has taken a ton of research and digging to trace all the information and put the pieces of the puzzle together and this particular task was certainly no easy feat! A team effort of literally sifting through boxes of notes, antique ledgers and of course a little luck! And even after all of that, it is still a tantalizing mystery! Read on…
Rare finds go unnoticed everyday at Estate Sales, Flea Markets, Consignment and Thrift Shops…and even at our very own auction house! The chair you see below sold here at Pot Of Gold Auctions back on December 14, 2013 for a bargain price of $35. We were recently contacted via email from a seemingly knowledgeable person that this may have been an important piece of Victorian Reed Furniture, that while originally priced at $3.00, would in today’s market be a museum-worthy piece. Read on…
Ann Abbott-Stong and her family traveled all the way from Colorado in hopes of being reunited with the family bible.
This unassuming leather bound book becomes a huge blessing connecting the past with the present:
1864 Family Bible w/ Genealogy & Photos
A Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments which was published by John Edwin Potter in Philadelphia in 1864. In 1868 the Bible was presented to Peter V. Van Arsdale by his father. The Bible contains 768 pages, is leather bound with a metal clasp lock. The pages between the Old and New Testament contain a fascinating family genealogy and family portraits. There are several loose items in the Book as well, a couple of locks of hair, a peacock feather, news clippings, and other items. Book is well worn due to age and use, the leather cover is worn and some of the pages have foxing.
Watch this heartwarming story of how one of our bidders used her love of genealogy to track down the family of which this 150 year old Bible holds the family history. Grab a tissue and enjoy!