Kesi – Chinese Tapestry – Definition

Kesi Definition

A Kesi is a finely-woven Chinese pictorial silk tapestry. The name, which means “cut silk”, comes from the “visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of colour.” (Information obtained from March 2013

Rick & Terry Ciccotelli Folk Art Collection

The Rick and Terry Ciccotelli Folk Art Collection-An Introduction

Rick and Terry Ciccotelli’s love of folk art began with fraktur, the decorated manuscripts produced by Pennsylvania-German immigrants and their descendants. Because many fraktur artists were teachers, as Rick was early in his career, the Ciccotellis found themselves drawn to the material. The scriptural nature of the texts resonated particularly with Rick, as a former college professor of religious studies. Their growing interest in fraktur [...] Click here to continue reading.

The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo – Provenance-Pook May 2012

The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo, Stockon, New Jersey

It all started around 1971. Just home from college and having a difficult time finding a job, I started going to house tag sales where I would find small interesting things to sell to antique dealers. It was something I really enjoyed doing, and 1 was amazed I was making real money for the first time. I soon realized that this was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Collection of Carl and Joyce Mueller, Tallmadge, Ohio-Provenance Note-Garths

The Lifetime Collection of Carl & Joyce Mueller, Tallmadge, Ohio

“For over one half century, we have collected – lived with – and enjoyed antiques”.

Carl spent over fifty years in the commercial radiator business started by his father in 1920. Joyce is a retired elementary public school teacher. Our first collecting passion was for Edwardian era antique automobiles and mechanical music (music boxes, automaton, orchestrion, etc.) Shortly after our marriage in [...] Click here to continue reading.

El Roy and Helene Master Collection -Provenance- Pook & Pook, 6-19-09

The Collection of El Roy and Helene Master

The offering of the antiques and collectables of El Roy P. and Helene Livingood Master comes with some degree of sadness. This collection has remained intact for five generations and it is hoped that others can now appreciate its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Helen, Harry and Minnie Janssen

This legacy started with the arrival of Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun from Germany at the turn [...] Click here to continue reading.

Smith, Richard and Joane – Provenance -Pook & Pook 10-30-2010

Ex Collection of Richard and Joane Smith

Richard Flanders Smith and his wife Joane both grew up in New England, Richard in Massachusetts and Joane in Connecticut. They both had a keen interest in art and design and attended the Yale University School of Fine Arts where they met as 3rd year art students. The couple sent each other one handmade drawn or painted card after card as their romance blossomed. After eloping in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moyer, Lederach – Provenance Note

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moyer, Lederach, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Jay R. Moyer, a public servant and former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is a proud descendant of Mennonite and Schwenkfelder immigrants, who arrived on ships such as the “Good Ship Friendship,” which docked in the City of Philadelphia in 1729. Jay’s ancestor, Hans Christian Meyer, along with other early settlers from Switzerland and Germany, finally settled and helped to form [...] Click here to continue reading.



Flax, also known as linseed, (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum, a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae), is an ancient and versatile plant of many uses. Dyed flax fibers have been found dating to 30,000 B.C., suggesting that it may have been the first plant domesticated for human use. In addition to its fibers, flax seeds have nutritional value for both human and animal consumption. From the earliest times these seeds [...] Click here to continue reading.

Samplers, American or English?

Samplers: American or English? Clues in the Canvas

Determining whether a sampler was produced in England or in America is not always easy. There are a few generalities that can be applied when one examines a sampler, but there are no hard and fast rules that apply each time. (Keep in mind that these tips do not apply to the beautiful silk on silk mourning pictures produced in the early 19th century.)

What to [...] Click here to continue reading.

Aubusson Carpets & Rugs

Aubusson Carpets and Rugs

Aubusson has had an established and renowned tradition of tapestry weaving dating to at least the second half of the 15th century. Although almost always referred to in the singular, Aubusson was not a specific workshop like Savonnerie, Gobelins or Beauvais. Rather, it was many different and competing ateliers all operating in or around the town of that name, that were collectively known as a “manufacture.” In 1743, the French [...] Click here to continue reading.

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