Picc-A-Dilly is celebrating it’s 40th year in business in 2010. Definitely not your usual dry dusty old smelling market – the atmosphere at Picc-A-dilly is alive with socializing; great finds, and music provided by Christopher Stubbs. The Flea (as it’s affectionately called) is clean and well run. Attention to detail by management is as evident as the fun friendly family atmosphere and the always fresh mix of vendors, shoppers and unique items. At the Picc-A-Dilly you can find whatever you are looking for even if you don’t know what it is you are looking for. Eugene’s only Flea Market. Conveniently located at the Lane County Fairgrounds http://www.piccadillyflea.com/about-us.php
The wooden chest, which was being used as a TV stand and drinks cabinet, was a Japanese antique worth millions.
It was owned by an unnamed French engineer living in London who bought the 5ft long box for £100 in 1970 at a private sale without realising its value.
After his recent death the antique surfaced during a clearout of his house and was sold at auction.
The container, made of cedar wood and gold lacquer, was identified as a lost Japanese chest dating back to 1640.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum had been searching worldwide for it since 1941, the last recording of it.
The chest – one of only 10 in the world – sat undetected at the owner’s house in South Kensington, less than a mile from the museum, until 1986 when he moved.
It has now been bought at auction by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for £6.3 million pounds – £6.1 million higher than the estimate of £200,000.
Menno Fitski, the curator of East Asian art at the Rijksmuseum, said: “The thing to note about this chest is that it is the best of the best. It was the best when it was made and the same still applies today.
“It has an incredible back story which makes it all the more special. Amazingly it only surfaced when the owner died and his family were having a clear-out.
“The quality is the highest and the level of detail is incredible. There was a real feeling at the auction that this piece belonged at our museum.
“To be able to add such a significant item to our collection is a real honour.”
The intricate chest is decorated inside and out with gold lacquer depticting Japanese myths including the Tale of Genji.
It was made in 1640 in Kyoto by master crasftsman Kaomi Nagashige on commission for the Dutch East India Company.
In 1658 it was acquired by Cardinal Jules Mazarin, then the chief minister of France, for his extensive art collection and then passed down through his family.
British poet William Beckford bought it in 1802 and through his daughter Euphemia, wife of the Duke of Hamilton, it was included in the Hamilton Palace sale in 1882.
It was later acquired by prominent collectors Sir Trevor Lawrence and then Welsh colliery owner Sir Clifford Cory – but following Cory’s death in 1941 it disappeared off the radar.
Unknown to experts, it had been bought by a Polish doctor living in London who, unaware of its origins, sold it to a French engineer for just £100 in 1970.
When the Frenchman retired he moved from England to the Loire Valley in France, taking the chest with him.
The sum paid by the Rijksmuseum is thought to be the second highest ever paid at auction for Japanese art after a 12th century lacquered Buddha sold for £6.7 million in 2008.
Turn left onto Prince, and follow (3 blocks) to stop sign at Burlington St. Turn right on Burlington St. (later 4th St.) (Rte. 662) and follow 1.2 miles to entrance to “White Hill Mansion” in Fieldsboro.
The “White Hill Mansion” (beyond trees to right) was the 18th Century home of the American patriots Robert and Mary Field. An early activist for the American cause, Field was to die shortly after the Revolution began, leaving his wife alone to protect her young family through the ravages of war. More than once her home was occupied and she was frequently interrogated for her alleged patriotic activities.
As a result of the British army’s capture of Philadelphia in the fall of 1777, most of the American navy, which had been stationed on the Delaware, became trapped upstream. For lack of a better place to moor, the vessels -stood at the foot of White Hill in the spring of 1778, near the Field landing. In early May word reached the area that a detachment of British ships was sailing up the river to seize the American. Fleet and the inhabitants of this tiny community, acting under orders, took the only course open to them to prevent the seizure. When the British reached White Hill on 6 May 1778 they found the riverfront ablaze-local patriots having put the torch to each and every vessel.
Become a member of the Friends of White Hill Mansion. For a membership fee of $25 per year, you will be not only be supporting the preservation project, but will be included on our exclusive mailing list to participate in upcoming events that will promote White Hill. Your membership will include an “I Helped Save White Hill Mansion” t-shirt and discounts to upcoming such as membership parties, paranormal investigations, historic events and house tours. Click on the “Membership Form” link to print out a form for membership.
Sending in my $25.00 to help the cause 🙂
The auction house described the 18th century ring as a “simple” band decorated with two pear-shaped gems, a blue sapphire and diamond, which face opposite directions. “At the time, Napoleon had very little money,” Osenat’s Jean-Christophe Chataignier explained to the Daily Mail. “The ring is a very ordinary one.” An ordinary ring, save for the fact that the man who gave it to his beloved went on to become the emperor of France. Though their marriage ended in divorce after 14 years, Josephine was said to have cherished the ring and continued to pass it down as a family heirloom.
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