Americana Week 2017 achieved $19.4 million across six blockbuster auctions. This unforgettable series of sales are testament to the continued interest of collectors' in the finest works of Americana furniture, folk art, silver, letters and manuscripts. View upcoming events at Sotheby's New York: Sothebys.com/eventsny
“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world,” wrote Oscar Wilde. But aside from witty dinner conversation, the English table has long been renowned for its impressive and expertly crafted silver. A multi-piece setting would perfectly express a host’s timeless sense of taste, and in the case of particularly elaborate displays, one’s noble status. What would you need to recreate a stately spread worthy of an aristocrat? Inspired by our upcoming sale of an important silver collection, as well as our archives, we selected 19 essential and amusing pieces, from teapots to sauce boats, so you can entertain with distinction. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Lead Image: A still life by Pieter Gerritsz. van Roestraeten.
NEW YORK – Part of a fourth-generation steel family and the CEO and President of Majestic Steel, the company his father founded in 1979, Todd Leebow embraces his product as both a national – and personal – calling. Today, he’s continuing steel’s legacy of innovation in a number of ways, including as a material primed for the country’s leading artists and designers. Ahead of Americana Week, when a Majestic Flag will be on display at Sotheby’s New York, we spoke with Leebow about the creative potential of steel. TODD LEEBOW. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MAJESTIC STEEL.
First Look: The American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin Collecting for 15 years, Stephen and Petra Levin filled their Vermont home with extraordinary American folk art. Now that they are selling the property, it’s your chance to own a piece of American history. Their whimsical cigar store figures, weathervanes and sculptures will be sold by Sotheby’s New York in American Beauty: The American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin on 23 January. The Schorsch Collection: An Eye for Americana From sofas to lanterns, ceramics to needleworks and pistols to pianos, the collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch has more than 1000 items to be treasured by historians and Americana enthusiasts alike. Click ahead to tour Hidden Glen Farms, the Schorsch’s humble abode. 10 American Icons to Ring in Americana Week From Washington and Lincoln to Coca-Cola and Rita Hayworth, Americana Week is full of history's most celebrated, recognisable American icons. Here, a look at just some of the property on auction that shows what it means to live in the USA. A Stitch of History Pictures with hybrid animals, caterpillars with human faces and enormous strawberries that dwarf the people...no, this is not a Surrealist painting but rather a 17th-century needlework. The Schorsch Collection, which will be sold without reserve on 20 - 22 January in New York, contains an extraordinary array of professional and amateur caskets, purses, shoes and pictures. Weathervanes: Americana’s Turning Point Once an essential tool for agriculture and travel, the weathervane is now a dignified emblem of Americana, uniquely linking the U.S. to the ancient Greeks, Vikings and even the Pope. Pulitzer-Winning Historian Eric Foner on Americana and Nostalgia American history is very much alive in the public imagination – whether it’s through Oscar-winning films, televised debates or, as seen in Sotheby's Americana Week, folk art and other creative representations of political culture. We asked Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, about the on-going appeal of these rare objects and how they give us an equally unique glimpse of the nation’s past. American Picker Mike Wolfe Talks Folk Art and Collecting Ahead of our Americana Week auctions, star of the hit show American Pickers and owner of vintage store Antique Archaeology Mike Wolfe talks about the unique beauty of weathervanes and jugs, his favourite artists and advice new folk art collectors should keep in mind. Four Floors of Americana Our Americana Week reception at Sotheby’s New York drew guests eager to preview highlights ahead of three major sales. A soundtrack of classic American music set the mood for browsing historical treasures such as weathervanes, Federal-period furniture and charming portraits.
American history is very much alive in the public imagination – whether it’s through Oscar-winning films, televised debates, sold-out musicals or, as seen in Sotheby’s upcoming Americana Week, folk art and other creative representations of political culture. We asked Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, about the on-going appeal of these rare objects and how they give us an equally unique glimpse of the nation’s past.