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     Park Avenue Antiques                                                                             Permit #111
                                                                                                      Augusta, GA                                                                            Sept. 20, 2002
       3179 Washington Road
   Village West Shopping Center
        Augusta, Ga. 30907
                                                                                                                                                                                             Inside this issue:
                                                                                                                                                                                             Fall’s Open House
        Fax 706-863-9520
                                                                                                                                                                                             The Wonderful World of Light

                                                                                                                                                                                             Who Cares if George Wash-

                                                                                                                                                                                             ington Slept There

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                                                                                                                                                   “Park Avenue Fall Open House”
                                                                                                                     Fall is in the air, and plans are in motion for Park Avenue Antiques’ Fall Open House. This
                                                                                                                     season is a celebration of returning friends. We are always pleased to have Estes-Simmons
                                                                                                                     of Atlanta here offering their fine service of repairing silver. Kyle Culbertson, of Douglasville,
                                                                                                                     is returning with his antique and vintage engravings, lithographic prints and bookplates. Joe
                                                                                                                     Logan of Logan and Company will also be here appraising your your antiques and valuables.
                                                                                                                     And all of you will welcome seeing the various finds of Linda McIntosh, our former vendor
                                                                                                                     specializing in garden furnishings. Please join us October 4th, 5th and 6th for a great weekend
                                     You are cordially invited to                                                    of antiques!
                          Park Avenue Antiques’ Fall Open House
                    Friday, October 4th, Saturday October 5th 10:00AM to 6:00PM
                                                                                                                               The Wonderful World of Light –From Edison’s Lab to Your Living Room
                              Sunday, October 6th, 12:00PM to 5:00PM
                                             FEATURING                                                               Then there was light. Yes,          bulb burned for 40 hours—       reach of the incandescent bulb
            Estes-Simmons Silverplating of Atlanta (Friday and Saturday) Free Estimates                              the revolutionary invention         long enough to illuminate a     beyond Edison’s laboratory and
                 Nostalgia Fine Art of Douglasville • Antique Prints and Bookplates                                  from Thomas Alva Edison il-         modern day workweek.            into the homes and offices of
     Linda McIntosh Antiques and Interiors • Antique and Vintage Wicker and Garden Furnishings                       luminated our world in a way                                        regular citizens. Three years af-
     Logan and Company Appraisals of Augusta • Appraisals $15.00 per item, limit 2 to a customer                     that differed greatly from the                                      ter Edison’s landmark discovery,
                          HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm                                                open flames of 19th century                                         the Pearl Street power station in
                                         Sunday: 12pm to 5pm                                                         gas fixtures. Although many                                         New York began commercial
                                            (706-860-7909)                                                           other individuals had ideas                                         operations by supplying energy
                                                                           relating to the incandescent                                        to the New York Times editorial
                                                                                                                     bulb, Edison brought the con-                                       and counting room. At the end
                                                                                                                     cept to fruition. His first bulb,                                   of the year, the station was
                                     Don’t forget to check out our Web Site at                                       developed in October 1879,                                          lighting 3,400 lamps for 231
                                                                          utilized the new Sprengel air                                       customers. By the following
      We are always adding new “old” merchandise for shopping at home. You can read this newslet-                    pump to create a better vacuum                                      summer, the station’s customer
     ter on line and email it to a friend. Laurie McRae Interiors is also featured on the site, where you            and a filament of carbonized                                        base had increased to more
       can see client references and project photos. Remember…you can buy furniture at a furniture                   cotton, which Edison fitted                                         than 430 people with 10,000
                                                                                                                     into a hairpin-shaped groove        Other developments were lamps requiring electricity.
                                                 store, but you                                                                                          quickly realized, extending the As the demand for electricity
                                                                                                                     cut into nickel plate. The
increased, more sophisticated sources of power           lighting needs. You’ll find many fine examples                 For example, A simple chest with southern origins,
were developed—sources such as the early hy-             of period lighting—chandeliers, floor lamps, and               which is made of walnut and yellow pine, was proba-
droelectric plants. Edison again played a critical       table lamps—widely ranging in both price and                   bly made in the south, with a value at least twice that
role, opening the first facility on the banks of the     style. Park Avenue Antiques also houses Beacon                 of a similar northern chest. Similarly, a Chippendale
Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. Westinghouse           Lamps, a lighting repair facility that is staffed by our       chair made of black walnut with a North Carolina
followed suit, establishing a plant at Niagara Falls     resident lighting experts who are more than happy              history and plain-style construction, could possibly
in 1892. Today, nearly 125 years after Edison’s          to answer your questions about antique lighting.               be a rare North Carolina or southern Virginia chair.
discovery, the world’s demand for electrical light-      Beacon Lamps repairs and refurbishes chande-                   If you can connect these pieces to a prominent fam-
ing has reached a level that even Edison himself         liers, floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces. Staff            ily, values might increase fivefold!
could not have imagined. Electrical lighting il-         also can assist in designing, by special request, a            Provenance is particularly important when pur-
luminates not only our homes and offices, but            unique lamp using vases or other items.                        chasing fine art, because it is vital to the authen-
our cars and planes, our refrigerators and ovens,        Next time you flip a light switch, say a little thank          tication of works. Often, artists kept diaries or other
our baseball fields and bowling alleys.                                                                                 records of their paintings, which can be compared to
The earliest electrical fixtures were reworked gas                                                                      works in question. In addition, labels or even simple
fixtures from the 19th century. Companies such as                                                                       inscriptions can help prove a work’s authenticity by
Bergman, American Brass and Copper, Aladdin,                Who Cares If George Washington Slept                        comparing them to known exhibition records.
Milhender Electric, the Luminous Unit Company,                                    There?                                Several years ago, I purchased a painting that was
Edward Miller, Mutual Lamp, Handel, Jefferson,               The Importance of Establishing Provenance                  sold to me as a nice work, but not an original. While
Pairpoint, Phoenix, Duffner and Kimberly, and, of                          By David A. Towles                           I was not familiar with the artist’s work, I thought
course, the Tiffany Studios began developing and         How many times have you been asked, “What is                   it was worth its price, even if it was by an unknown
producing high quality electrical lighting fixtures      the history behind that piece?” Many collectors and            artist. As I researched the painting on paper, I found           Services Offered by
and lamps. Moving from a utilitarian tool to beauti-     dealers feel that it doesn’t matter where an item              that its colors, size, evidence of tack marks in the
ful (yet still functional) ornamentation, these com-     came from, as long as it’s old. In reality, knowing            margins and its paper foundation, all were charac-
panies and many others began producing elaborate         and documenting the history of ownership and ori-              teristics of works by Albert Bierstadt, whose initials
lamp bases and shades for the most affluent people in    gins of a piece, known as provenance, can dramati-             were on the painting. By researching inscriptions
society. Leaded glass, reverse painted, hand-painted,    cally increase the market value of an item.                    on the front of the work and drawings and inscrip-
and slag glass shades were all the rage during the       Recently, I handled an estate on behalf of a close             tions found on the reverse during restoration in
late 1800s through the early 1900s. Prices for these     friend. Most items had remained in the same family             California, we were able to authenticate the paint-
eye catching lighting fixtures were high for the time;                                                                                                                                           Clock Repair
                                                         for more than 150 years, and could be traced back              ing as a work done by Bierstadt during the sum-
however, they graced many a parlor and library.          to the home of Rubens Peale, one of America’s most             mer of 1856, during his travels through Germany.                    Lamp Repair and Parts
The earliest examples of these lighting fixtures         famous still life artists of the 19th century. Because of      While I had no history of ownership, the other clues
now hold court in museums across the nation or                                                                                                                                                  Interior Design
                                                         this provenance, most items had an increased value             provided enough foundation on which nationally
in the homes of serious collectors. And, only the        of 20 to 30 percent over comparable items without              renowned experts could comfortably confirm our                    Estate and Auction Services
best will do—strictly original and always in per-                                                                       conclusions.
                                                         an established provenance, even though many of                                                                           Knowledgeable, Honest, & Experienced Staff
fect condition. These elegant and highly collectible                                                                    Remember, though, that even with an established
                                                         the pieces had been repaired or refinished.
lighting pieces command extremely high prices in                                                                        provenance, two factors can dramatically affect                      Open 7 days a week
                                                         Whenever buying items from a dealer or person, ask
today’s market. For example, a Tiffany wisteria                                                                         market value of a piece. First, even though “clean                    Extensive Parking
                                                         about an item’s history of ownership. When dealing
pattern lamp sold for $500,000. And, collectors                                                                         and shiny” is preferred by many buyers today,
                                                         with antique furniture, this can help pinpoint a place                                                                                 Bridal Registry
tell the tale of a Tiffany floor lamp selling at auc-                                                                   original condition and finish in furniture and dec-
                                                         of origin, and sometimes even the cabinetmaker or
tion for $1.2 million. You probably won’t be lucky                                                                      orative arts is always preferred by museums and                     Vast, varied inventory
enough to stumble upon one of these jewels, but                                                                         serious collectors. And finally, even with original
the market abounds with many fine examples of
                                                         Place of origin is of particular importance to today’s                                                                                   Want List
                                                         institutional collectors, as well as to individuals who        finish and excellent provenance, an ugly chest with
some of the best lighting fixtures of this era. Most                                                                    poor proportions is still ugly and should be priced                    Approval Policy
                                                         focus on items from certain regions or “schools.”
sell for hefty prices; however, they’re great invest-
                                                         For instance, Southern furniture is currently in high          accordingly!                                                        Lay Away & Financing
ments—appreciating in value every year.
                                                         demand because of its scarcity and a high level of                                                                          Inventory of Antique Reference Books
Park Avenue Antiques has a wide and varied se-
                                                         interest from Colonial Williamsburg and The Mu-
lection of antique lamps and fixtures to meet your
                                                         seum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
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