Stories for June '18

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Exhibitions, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Black-figure amphora, 675-650 B.C.E., attributed to the Swing Painter (Greek, Attic), terracotta. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund. —Through July 8 —Richmond, Virginia The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) presents The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the National ... (Read More)

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Journal of Revolutionary War Prisoner of War Donated to Museum of the American Revolution
by M.A.D. staff

The original handwritten journal of Christopher Hawkins (1764-1837), who was captured from a privateer ship and was a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War, has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The journal was discovered nearly two decades ago in the linen closet of Margaret ... (Read More)

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Court Battle over Withdrawn Lot
by M.A.D. staff

One of baseball’s foundational documents—once headed to the auction block—is now at the center of a lawsuit between an auction house and a 92-year-old widow. The sale was stopped, but allegedly the auction house will not release the document, claiming that it is owed for expensive but futile marketing efforts. On ... (Read More)

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Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer
by Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer Frances McQueeney-Jo

The unidentified portrait of a man that hung outside the chambers of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court intrigued many when it was retrieved from storage after the relatively recent restoration of the John Quincy Adams Courthouse in Boston. It was among a group of ... (Read More)

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Software for Antiques Shops and Malls
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #353 Software for antiques shops and malls has been a common subject of these columns over the years. Programs for dealers have a point-of-sale (POS) cash register feature and inventory recordkeeping. Those for malls or group shops accept items from more than one dealer on a single sales slip ... (Read More)

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The Collection of Ruth Bryson
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook In 1982 Ruth Bryson and her husband, Jack, bought a stone farmhouse in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, in the southern part of Lancaster County. After they restored it and filled it with appropriate Pennsylvania antiques, Ruth opened her antiques shop in a barn on ... (Read More)

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The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Hartford, Connecticut Dealers and collectors have traditionally looked forward to the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show. The very name is suggestive of freshness. The show opened in 1974 at the massive granite Connecticut State Armory and Arsenal in Hartford. It has moved around some but has been back at the armory since ... (Read More)

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Legendary Shenandoah Valley Redware Lamb Brings $49,200
by Karl H. Pass

Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland Photos courtesy Crocker Farm On March 24 the Zipp family of Crocker Farm held their first sale of 2018, a 474-lot sale that grossed $663,190. An uncataloged group of pottery was sold directly following the main sale. It is difficult to think of another auction company that has ... (Read More)

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A 1700-Gun Salute at Julia’s—Will the Last One Out Please Turn Out the Lights?
by Mark Sisco

James D. Julia Inc., Fairfield, Maine At a total of nearly $15 million and with a puny 13% buy-in rate, it was a fitting close to James D. Julia’s auction career. As most of the auction world now knows, James D. Julia Inc. has been sold to Morphy Auctions, Denver, Pennsylvania. ... (Read More)

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Annual Spring Sale Loaded with Primitives
by Walter C. Newman

Laughlin Auctions, Edinburg, Virginia Photos courtesy Laughlin Auctions Laughlin Auctions, Inc. held its 31st annual spring auction on March 17 at its facility in Edinburg, Virginia. As expected, the main sales floor was loaded with a wide variety of offerings, and because Laughlin does not offer online bidding, there was a very ... (Read More)

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Fox Valley Frenzy
by Danielle Arnet

Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show, St. Charles, Illinois If you think that shows are independent entities or that the world of antiques shows is not interconnected, think again. We learned the truth when we arrived at the 61st Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show, held by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association ... (Read More)

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Intarsia Patchwork Table Cover Tops Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan’s Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Cowan’s Cowan’s sale of fine and decorative art held March 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio, offered an international buffet of consignments while also keeping a wide array of Americana on the table. Although the U.S. goods were strong, as is usually the case at Cowan’s, it was ... (Read More)

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A Gathering on the Prairie
by Don Johnson

Arthur, Illinois The kitchen might not have been the most important part of A Gathering on the Prairie, but it did say something about the show. More on that shortly. Held March 3 at the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois, A Gathering on the Prairie, now in its 15th year, is the ... (Read More)

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Country Spirit Antique Show
by Country Spirit Antique Show Don Johnson

Arcola, Illinois Shortly before the opening of her Country Spirit Antique Show, promoter Jill Mattingly likes to post images on Facebook depicting some of the show’s dealers standing next to hand-picked favorite items from their booths. It’s a good way to market the event while also giving the sellers added exposure. ... (Read More)

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Rural Life Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Tuscola, Illinois Kyla Ruf was on the move. It was 10:30 a.m. on the first day of the Rural Life Antique Show, held in three venues in Tuscola, Illinois, March 2 and 3. The show had been going on for two and a half hours, and Ruf was seeing her most ... (Read More)
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