Author Archives: Karen Waterman


Limoges of….Ohio?

Q. I have a pitcher and basin set that has descended in our family. It has a mark on the bottom stamped ”Limoges.” Is this from France and is it valuable? A. Limoges porcelain has been around since the 19th century and pieces marked “Limoges” are not necessarily from the same maker. Limoges is a


A chair fit for a pilgrim

Q: I volunteer at a local the preservation society and someone recently donated this chair to the museum. It looks like a Pilgrim chair and on the back is stamped “Governor Carver 1620.” No one knows anything about it. Can you help? A: This style chair is referred to as a “Governor Carver chair” named


Girandole mirrors let there be light

During this just-past time of the year which involves so much decorating with lights and candles, I think of what it must have been like to celebrate the holidays before electricity. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has the word “girandole” defined as “a radiating and showy composition” or “circle of fire”. It has also come to mean

Splitting up: who gets the Picasso?

When couples begin divorce proceedings, some of the biggest fights are over artwork or antiques. Emotional attachments can be greater than financial (or perceived financial) values. Some tips to consider for a peaceable and equitable split: 1. Make an inventory of all personal property (of significance). Include dates of when and how they were acquired.