About Rebecca McCormick

Rebecca H. McCormick is working on her MA in History of Decorative Arts. She is a Collector’s Series Auction cataloger at Quinn’s Auction Galleries. She has worked at the Texas Historical Commission and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. She received her BA in History and Art History from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband and their two cats.
rebecca has written 10 articles so far, you can find them below.

Exhibition Review: Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900

In a survey of art history, little attention is given to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  Generally, the majority of the nineteenth century is passed over in favor of discussing the Baroque and Rococo of the seventeenth century or the avant-garde of the twentieth century.  The Pre-Raphaelites are a casualty of this oversight with more attention given […]
Florida Water 1904

Victorian Files: Murray and Lanman Florida Water

When you think of florida water, you probably think of beautiful beaches, warm sand between your toes, perhaps a certain Spring Break where you had a bit too much fun in the sun?  But during the nineteenth century, florida water was the ultimate high class fragrance.  While perfumes and colognes were discouraged for their overbearing […]
Sheet of Hitler Stamps

Nazi Memorabilia at Auction: Spoils of War or Symbols of Hate?

Unlike stamps and coins, Nazi memorabilia is not the most common collectible.  Some would argue that it is not a collectible at all.  Although perhaps not the most common of collections, Nazi memorabilia is highly collectible and often brings high prices when brought to auction. Today, I had a walk-in consignor with a rather peculiar […]

Term of the Day: Listed Artist

What is a “Listed artist”? Listed artist is a term that is thrown around every day at an auction house.  One of those terms that we use so often that we begin to forget that everyone doesn’t know it’s meaning.  But it isn’t as self-explanatory as it seems, nor as simple as some definitions may lead […]

Kitsch at Auction: A Case Study

On June 22, 1964, the Supreme Court judges handed down a decision on the case of Jacobellis v. Ohio.  The question at hand was whether to uphold or reverse the lower court’s decision that the film The Lovers was pornographic and could thus be censored under obscenity laws.  In the concurring opinion Justice Potter Stewart […]
Double Irish Chair Feedsack quilt

Stitches and Such: Feedsack Quilts

A certain American romance surrounds the women who, when forced out of necessity, either through poverty or war, made useful and, often times, beautiful quilts and clothes out of a lowly feed sack, a byproduct of consumer culture that is reborn in the hands of thrifty and ingenious American women.  There is certainly a nostalgia […]
flea market

“Antiques Roadshow Effect” and a Flea-Market Renoir

You may have heard the story: A lucky woman finds a painting with a gold frame in a box of goods at a remote flea market in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.  She purchases the whole lot for $7.  The painting slides around in the back of her car for a while.  It spends a stint […]
Postage Stamps

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Stamps

According to FS Collectibles, stamp collecting is the third most common type of collection following baseball cards, and coins. Because they are so common especially among Baby Boomers, you will likely have to deal with selling inherited stamps at some point in your life.  However, selling inherited stamps can be one of the most frustrating […]
Pair of Engraved Revolvers

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Guns

Here are a few things to consider when selling inherited guns (both modern or antique firearms). Saturday, I got back from an early morning auction in the country exhausted yet intrigued by my experience.  I have gone to Pete’s Auction in Madison, Virginia several times before for their Saturday Antique and Collectibles Auction which generally […]
Attributed to Hannah Foote, Baltimore, Maryland c.1860. Sold at Sotheby's New York January 2004 for $72,000.

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Quilts

Some would say that there is no more American art form than a quilt.  Made by the earliest settlers, they have been around since the late seventeenth century.  They are also a common item to be passed down from generation to generation so you are likely to inherit one at some point.  However, quilts can […]