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Why We Still Love Felix the Cat After 100 Years

Why We Still Love Felix the Cat After 100 Years

In 1919, Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer created Felix the Cat, one of the most popular and enduring cartoon characters of all time. Felix was a black cat with white eyes who starred in his own series of short films from 1919 to 1930. The character became so popular that […]

Pitcher features a cut-out handle, manipulated rim, and mottled emerald, raspberry, and purple glaze. Incised script signature to underside ‘G E Ohr’. Sold for$9,375 at RAGO, May 2022.

George Edgar Ohr The Father of Modern American Ceramics

The George Ohr Pottery is one of the most fascinating ceramic art movements in history. The eccentric artist George Edgar Ohr was its founder, and his unique pottery has become highly sought after by collectors. However, much of George Ohr’s fame, recognition and interest in his work came posthumously. In […]

Mary Blair Concept Art For Its A Small World. Sold for $33,600 at Heritage Auctions $33,600, December 2019.

Mary Blair and Disney’s It’s A Small World

Mary Blair was a celebrated artist and designer who played a pivotal role in shaping the look of Disney animation in the 1950s. She was responsible for designing some of the most iconic scenes in films like “Cinderella”, “Peter Pan” and “Alice in Wonderland.”  for over two decades. However, her […]

A French Unis tinplate clockwork Auto Pompe Fire Engine. Sold for £55 at Lacy Scott and Knight, December 2021.

Collecting Tinplate Fire Engines

There’s something special about tinplate fire engines. They’re intricate, they’re beautiful, and they hark back to a bygone era of firefighting. For collectors the area is easily definable and a good collection can be acquired. We include a number of examples along with their estimates or prices achieved at auction. […]

World War 1 Allied Commanders Toby Jugs by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould for Wilkinson. This set sold for CAD 14,400 at Waddington's, June 2013.

World War 1 Allied Commanders Toby Jugs by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould for Wilkinson

Released during the Great War from 1915-1919 was an impressive set of eleven toby jugs based on the Allied Political and Military leaders by Wilkinson after designs and caricatures by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould. Each of the figures holds an item or is an item and has associated words e.g. […]

A vintage Rollieflex camera

The history of the Rollieflex TLR camera and its impact on photography

The Rollieflex TLR camera revolutionized photographic history by making high-quality photography more accessible to the general public. Prior to its release, cameras were bulky, expensive, and difficult to use, limiting their use to professional photographers or wealthy hobbyists.  The Rollieflex’s simple design and affordable price made photography available to a […]

A Boxed Tri-ang Spot-On Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith No 103. This example sold for £170 at Richard Winterton Auctions, August 2018.

How Superior Detailing and Scale Models Led to the Success of the Spot-On Range

Spot-On was a range of die-cast toys produced by British toy factory Tri-ang from 1959 to 1967 (Tri-ang was a division of Lines Brothers, which had been established as a toy maker in 1935). The Spot-On range was created in response to the success of rival toy company’s Dinky and Corgi.  […]

Antonio Da Ros Sommerso fish for Cedenese. Sold for £1,000 at Bonhams, London, December 2021.

The Murano Cenedese glass factory and its designers

For nearly 80 years, the Murano Cenedese glass factory has been renowned for its exquisite handcrafted glass creations. Founded in Venice, Italy in 1946 by master glassblower Gino Cenedese (1907-1973). He initially started the factory with several other glass masters of the time: Alfredo Barbini, Gino Fort, Angelo Tosi and […]

Louis Wain Cubist Cat By Amphora. Record price of £8,200 at Canterbury Auction Galleries in June 2008.

Louis Wain The Forgotten Cubist Cats and Animals

Louis Wain was one of the most famous British artists of the early 20th century. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of cats in various humorous and abstract poses, but what some people may not know is that he also created a series of Cubist Cats. Some […]

Ewald Dahlskog Globose Vase for Bo Fajans

Ewald Dahlskog The Swedish Functionalist Glass and Ceramic Designer

Ewald Dahlskog (1894-1950) was a Swedish designer who has become known for his ceramic, glass work, pottery designs and his work in public buildings. His work is often minimalist and inspired by natural forms, which can be seen in his use of simple curves and muted colors. Dahlskog’s pieces are […]