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Have you every purchased a piece of Mahogany furniture? What exactly is mahogany? According to the dictionary, mahogany is a hard reddish-brown wood from the genus Swietnenia mahagoni. In the 18th Century, this wood was found in places like the West Indies, Florida and Cuba, but by the 19th Century, with the original sources of this wood depleted, furniture makers started using Honduran or Belize mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla).
Today, all species of the Swietenia genus are protected and cannot be used. Most “mahogany” today comes from the genus Khaya from Africa, which is closely related to the Swietenia genus. There are also other woods that manufacturers use that have a similar grain to mahogany and which are stained to imitate mahogany. However, true mahogany is the choice of many furniture makers because of its durability and workability as well as its beauty when polished.
We are proud to announce that our friend Rosanna and her mother-in-law have jumped into the antiques and unique collectibles business and would like to announce their Grand Opening here today. Bella Villa which is located at 39317 John Mosby Highway (Route 50) in Aldie, Virginia opened its doors yesterday at 10 AM and will continue its Grand Opening activities through tomorrow, Saturday November 17, 2007 from 10 AM to 8 PM. The Grand Opening of Bella Villa will feature home-made hors d'ouevres, fabulous wines from The Winery at La Grange, espresso, chocolate, drawings for gifts and enough "Rosanna" to make your head spin!
Bella Villa invites you to experience a place which captures a dichotomy of styles that are both rustic and elegant. Bella Villa is inspired by natural textures and colors that recall the earthy simplicity of old world traditions and the Mediterranean. Highlighting European and traditional American decor, Bella Villa is a unique destination for those seeking to incorporate character and one-of-a-kind treasures that will inspire a sense of history.
Mikey goes to his office one morning as he did most mornings, even though we all know Mikey doesn’t really do anything. In any case, he is sitting in his office crying when his assistant comes in and asks him what is wrong. Mikey says, “earlier this morning, I received a phone call that my mother has passed away.” “I’m so sorry” his assist says, “maybe you should go home for the day.” However, Mikey refuses because he said he would feel better doing something and keeping his mind occupied.
A little later, Sally hears Mikey cry and out is sobbing in his office again. She runs in and asks him, “What happened now? Are you going to be okay?” In between sobs Mikey looks up at his assistant and said, “I’m sorry but my sister just called and it has been a bad day!! Seems her mother just died too!!”
American folk hero or Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa always carried guns. Two of the guns were auctioned off this weekend in Texas where organizers say they fetched less than expected. A Remington Model 1875 single action revolver with his real name (Doreteo Arango) engraved on the barrel sold for $18,000 and a rifle owned by Villa was auctioned off for about $7,500. The two day auction in Texas featured late 19th century guns and Western memorabilia as well as native American items.
A Swiss woman stored what she thought was a fake Qing dynasty vase at the bottom of her closet along with her shoes and boots after inheriting it from her parents. Sotheby’s this week announced the sale of the vase for more than $7.5 million. As it turns out, the blue and white dragon vase, which was a beautiful example of its period, was not a fake.
The woman’s parents had purchased the vase at an antique store in Germany for a song. In the thirty years she had the vase, she used it to put flowers in it and apparently one day got sick of looking at it and put it away at the bottom of her closet. Later, the Swiss woman saw a similar vase at an exhibition and contacted Sotheby’s Auction House in London, who enlightened her about the worth of the vase.
On Saturday, November 10, 2007, Sloan & Kenyon Auctioneers of Washington auctioned off the ill gotten belongings of Barbara Bullock in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For those of you who may not remember, Ms Bullock is serving a 6 ˝ year prison sentence for stealing more than $4.5 million from the Washington Teacher’s Union in 2004. She used part of the money to buy 19th Century Tiffany Silver, furs and handbags. Money recouped from the auction was returned to Union coffers. In addition to the stolen loot, Sloan & Kenyon had works by Warhol and Foujita as well as strands of hair from Washington and Lincoln.
It took a year to find someone in the state of Texas who would get excited about this controversial and provocative project then actually stay with it and be part of it. Many responded, but most all fell aside after their initial enthusiasm. But, the year's passing showed changed attitudes even in Texas and, finally, it is launched!
Sean Chandler West, a local art dealer, entrepreneur and artist has combined his abilities with his heartfelt and strong thoughts about our current state of affairs and our reputation both within our borders and around the world. He has come up with a line of art-on-board, sculptural designs and paperweights made from actual "BS" from Texas. Having spent a great deal of time and effort, Sean is very protective over his methods or sources.
His paperweights are available now. They come in two versions, one generic for $28 and others ID numbered and initialed by the artist for $35. All are hand painted, sealed in glass and designed as to convey subliminal messages. The art and sculptural pieces will debut on Black Friday week-end right after Thanksgiving. Some of those designs will be in a short series and others rare one-of-a-kind. All will include a special technique so the buyer or recipient can tell if they are Sean's original pieces or copies. For information e-mail GalleryWestArt@aol.com