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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Majolica Auction - October 31, 2009

MAJOLICA AUCTIONS will be holding their semi-annual auction on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Alderfer Auction Center in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. The auction will start at 9:00AM with preview at 7:30. Preview will also be available on Friday, October 30 from 10:00am TO 5:00pm. Catalogs will be mailed early next week. Be sure to contact Michael if you wish to be on the "Preferred Mailing List" in order to obtain your catalog. The complete catalog will also be available on Michael's website at Live internet bidding will also be available at

This auction includes many rare and unusual majolica pieces including the Minton fox and mushroom game tureen. Visit our website for photos.

Telephone bidding will be accepted at this auction on any lot with a minimum opening bid of $5,000.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sparrows, Fine French Antiques: After 36 Years, we are retiring - STORE SALE

Sparrows majolica collection

Sparrows offers the Baltimore-Washington corridor an incomparable selection of French antiques, including 18th through early 20th century furniture, lighting, ironwork, sculpture, paintings, majolica, faience and pottery, country to formal, in a full range of styles and periods up to and including Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Art Moderne.


After 36 years in business, we are retiring, and have decided to close our brick-and-mortar store. Our entire showroom inventory is now being liquidated, with every single item on sale. Our website does not reflect sale prices - call or email for the latest pricing.

Beginning January, 2010, we will begin to accept items for restoration, and expect to resume offering an exceptional selection of French antiques through our website. We thank you for your support and appreciation over these may years.

We are closing our brick & mortar location. Everything in our current inventory is on sale. We can be reached by e-mail ( or telephone (toll free 1-888-800-1235) for more details. We have so enjoyed collecting majolica and along the way meeting so many wonderful collectors.

Let us know if you would like any more information about anything.

Regards, Lori

Lori Chaikin
Showroom Manager
Sparrows Antiques
Kensington, MD 20895

Monday, September 7, 2009

At Auction - Derrill Osborn's Lifetime Bovine Collection

FD Luxe, a Dallas Morning News monthly fashion magazine, announced in its Bid Time column, that Derrill Osborn's, Lifetime Bovine Collection will be up for action October 14th, at Dallas Auction Gallery. The collection consists of over 500 items (oils, Staffordshire, Black Forest carvings, and Majolica). Most of the items celebrate a bovine theme. Read the entire article at:

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Decorator Article in Southern Accents - Features Majolica

The Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Southern Accents has an article titled Capturing Cashiers, by Grace Collins Barr. It guides us through a spectacular North Carolina mountain retreat of Dorothy and Walter Fletcher. Several of the rooms feature majolica as a predominate decorative art. The article starts on page 102 and I couldn't find the same photos at the Southern Accents web. The issue is currently at home delivery and you can find majolica throughout the dinning and kitchen areas.