Hess Fine Art

Fine Art, Auction, Watch and Antique Experts Since 1984.
1131 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (map)
(727) 896-0622 | 1-800-922-4377
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What it's Worth

A Novelty Pocket Watch Worthy Of James Bond

Sometimes a watch is more than just a watch. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, luxury Swiss watchmaker LeCoultre (est. 1833) – long known for their watchmaking mastery of complicated chronographs, repeaters and other unusual watches – manufactured a watch for gamblers; it was called the Roulette Casino Royal. This remarkable watch features a...

Here, Duckie Duckie

Collecting duck decoys is one of the most rewarding – and frustrating – experiences in the world of collecting.

The overwhelming majority of duck decoys are common and only worth between $5 and $25. However, because of the cross-collectible interest in duck decoys as utilitarian items for actual duck hunting – and in Americana as an art form – occasionally,...

Fine Nardin Quality Vs. Religious Subject Matter

This Ulysse Nardin 1914 pocketwatch is one of the finest and most beautiful watches we have ever owned. It is the complete package … original box and papers and incredible signature of the artist Adr. Huybers.

When Subject Matter Stymies Art Valuation 

We were approached some 10 years ago with a warehoused collection of the famous artist and social realist, Emanuel Glicenstein-Romano.

We were highly excited to acquire such a collection and the source was rock solid, so we bought it sight unseen for a prodigious sum of money.

American Post WWII Prints

We typically advertise that we don’t buy prints, because the print market was co-opted in the 1970s by ne’er-dowells, exaggerators and outright fraudsters. We do often buy earlier prints, pre-1970s, created by artists before WWII. They were generally small, and black and white.

Miniatures — Art On A Smaller Scale

If you have fine art of any kind or any size for sale, we would love to purchase it or put it up on one of our upcoming auctions. Miniature paintings have been done for centuries, but reached their peak in the early to mid-1800s with the Peale family’s impressive output of miniature paintings. The family was famous for them; if you have something...

What’s It Worth?

From Then To Now: A Twisty, Fascinating Path

If you have fine art of any kind or any size for sale, we would love to purchase it or put it up on one of our upcoming auctions. While most of our day is spent selling luxury watches and diamonds in our jewelry store, Old Northeast Jewelers, we equally enjoy our fine- and decorative-arts business.

And one of...

Fancy Dials For Fancy Men

At the turn of the 20th century, it was in fashion for men to wear pocketwatches that, when opened, revealed a fancy dial that often depicted flowers and/or soft hues of pink and powder blue.

Sometimes, History Trumps Material

While the material this cameo is made of is mere Pinchbeck (a copper and zinc alloy resembling gold), a secret unfolded when researching the names on the cameo that was truly astounding – and that secret took an otherwise $50 cameo to a $1,000 cameo.

Adah Isaacs Menken was a childhood friend of Annie Holcombe. Annie and her sister were...