For a country that always seems thirsty to soak up anything cultural that Britain and Europe can provide, the USA, or Middle America in particular, seems to be turning its back on the diminishing supplies of European antique furniture. The buying and selling of Eurocentric antiques has always been the preserve of the very wealthy. However, the opening of new antique galleries across America has created a readiness for the US citizen to embrace its own culture and an opportunity for home grown antiquarians to wax lyrical about American antiques.
An example of the worm turning is the opening of a new antiques auction gallery in Ohio that wants it first live auction to concentrate on what Ohio and the houses of its residents have to offer. Its main focus is on Ohio’s tradition of glass making where a large gold coloured punchbowl is advertised for sale, plus other forms of carnival glass that have become quite rare due to a limited production run of only two years.
Other items of interest include McCoy pottery from the factory which originally was established in Zanesville in Ohio during the middle of the 19th century. A little further afield, Arts and Crafts designs by Karl Kipp, master metal smith from the Roycroft Factory in East Aurora, New York are also being presented for auction. These pieces herald from the Tookay Shop where he moved to after leaving Roycroft. From here in the early part of the 20th century, Kipp produced some of the finest hammered copper metal work of the Arts and Crafts movement. So this first auction will be a real celebration of what Ohio and America has to offer.
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