Gold Fever: Cataloger Picks

By Nathan Shults: When I was a child, one of my favorite action movies was the James Bond classic Goldfinger. The movie’s plot centers on the corrupt businessman Auric Goldfinger and his plan to steal the gold from the bullion depository at Fort Knox. However, the villain’s obsession with precious metal is ended when his […]

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Artistry and Coin Designs

Artistry and Coin Designs

By Sarah Miller: From the earliest beginnings of the US Mint in the 1790s until the early 1900s, designs for American coinage were not typically produced by outside artists. Instead, the images displayed on our nickels, cents, gold coins, and more tended to be produced in a relatively insular manner by a small group of in-house […]

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Petrified Wood

Nature’s Art: The Science Behind Petrified Wood

By Grace Evanko: As a student of Environmental Studies, I cannot stress enough the importance and utility of understanding Earth’s natural processes. Whether noticing striated cirrus clouds (a tell-tale sign of impending rain) or feeling the shift in the wind from the south to the north as summer turns to fall, possessing and seeking out […]

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hollywood

8 Types of Leading Men in Hollywood: American Edition

By Holly Culbreath: The price of success in show business is not always hubris.  Often it is being too closely identified with an onscreen persona.  In the bygone days of studio contract players, typecasting was the order of the day.  Like a deck of cards, every studio had one of each kind in the suit.  […]

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A Symphony of Modern Art, and The Beauty of Its Presentation

By Kathryn Hoogendoorn: Ever a lover of the arts, one of my first stops in each city I visit or move to is the local art museum.  I recently moved back into the Dallas area and my favorite past time has quickly become visiting the Dallas Museum of Art. Their permanent collection is excellent and […]

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Challenges and Coinage in Early America

By Sarah Miller: With the ease of today’s credit or debit cards and a seemingly endless supply of change collecting in our desk drawers and back pockets, it can be difficult to imagine that early Americans once did not have enough coins in circulation to complete the simplest of transactions. However, the lack of circulating coinage […]

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Bar-B-Que Guns

By Michael Morgan: For as long as humankind has been carrying weapons, people have been decorating them. Early designs were attempts to add a magical power to the piece. Later efforts were intended to beautify, and to show off the wealth and status of the owner. Elaborately embellished weaponry became a form of male jewelry […]

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A Wedgwood Partial Service: The Thrill of the Hunt

By Catherine Rigdon: If you flip to the mid-section of our upcoming Fine & Decorative Arts Sale, you will find this quite peculiar moth-centric dining service.  Here at Heritage’s Art Annex we have a special fondness for the moth, as we often pull our tired bodies to the Meddlesome Moth to fix our palates with […]

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To Hold the World in your Hand

By Katie Nartonis The upcoming Fine and Decorative Art Auction #5218, slated for sale on the Heritage auction block from June 19-21, reveals an interesting visual and decorative thread. Three of the pieces offered in this sale jump out as exceptional examples of the use of natural form as decoration. Even more intriguing, these examples […]

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Texas

Frank Reaugh: Dean of Texas Artists

By Holly Culbreath: Often referred to as the “Dean of Texas Artists,” Frank Reaugh became a pillar in the foundation of Texas art, developing and influencing the art communities in Dallas and Fort Worth as both painter and teacher. If you have ever seen a Frank Reaugh, you might find it difficult to believe he […]

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