Fall Fine Art & Collectibles Auction

Worthington Galleries' Fall Fine Art & Collectibles Auction is scheduled for September 14, 2019, to begin at 10:30am.   The auction will be simulcast on most major auction platforms including Invaluable, Liveauctioneers, and Auctionzip. 

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

As a student of Pietro da Cortona, Giovanni Francesco Romanelli was given a prestigious artistic debut by assisting the decoration of Rome’s Palazzo Barberini. Like his teacher, Romanelli was inducted into a group of artists supported by Pope Urban VIII and his nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, whose patronage provided Romanelli with commissions throughout the churches and palaces of Rome and the Vatican. Characterized as espousing a classicized, restrained version of his master’s Roman Baroque style, Romanelli’s work possessed the richly decorative values of his teacher—often embellished with gilded stucco work—and yet with a subdued sense of energy. Upon the exile of the Barberini family, Romanelli accompanied his patrons to Paris, where he became a prominent artistic influence, commissioned to decorate the National Library and the summer apartments of the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, within the Louvre.

Civil War & Militaria Auction Spectacular

Worthington Galleries is hosting a live online auction featuring more than 350 lots of Civil War and militaria collectibles. This sale also includes fine art, sculptures, rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Auction is Open for Bidding. Ends Saturday, October 21st.

Paper Money Grading Introduction: Grading is the most controversial component of paper money collecting. Small differences in grade can mean significant differences in value. To facilitate communication between sellers and

NRA ANTIQUE FIREARM CONDITIONS STANDARDS: FACTORY NEW: All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out. EXCELLENT: All original parts; over 80% original finish;

Glossary of Autograph Abbreviations & Terms

Investing in antique and/or rare documents and manuscripts can be confusing at times given the many abbreviations and terms used by auction houses, appraisers and experts.  The following is a list of the primary terms and abbreviations often used by buyers and sellers of documents and manuscripts.

Historical Manuscripts as Archives: Some Definitions and Their Application

HISTORICAL manuscripts are regarded primarily if not exclusively as materials for research, whatever their origin or provenance. That august word provenance as the hallmark of archives has given archival records a superior status in the minds of some historians as well as archivists. It is agreed, at least among archivists, that archives are something more than raw materials for the scholar's use; indeed, such a gross understatement of their function would be seriously challenged. Whatever one's point of view, attempts to distinguish one class of records from another raise the question: What is the relation between historical manuscripts and archives ? Is the one only the needy next-of-kin of the other?

Antique & Vintage Scales

Collecting Antique and Vintage Scales. Balance Scales include a fulcrum, a beam that balances on it, two pans at the ends of the beam to hold the materials to be weighed, and counter-balancing weights. Balance scales that require equal weights on each side of the fulcrum have been used by everyone from apothecaries and assayers to jewelers and postal workers. The most accurate mechanical equal-arm scales, as they are called, are housed in wood-and-glass cases to keep dust from tipping the scales, so to speak. Firms known for their high-quality balance scales include Philip Harris of England, Becker of Belgium, and U.S. maker Kohlbusch.