Stories for October '18

(Book Review)

Ceramics in America 2017
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review Robert Hunter dedicated Ceramics in America 2017 to the life and legacy of archaeologist Ivor Noël Hume, who passed away on February 4, 2017, at the age of 89. Noël, as he was known, mentored many in the archaeological profession. His 1969 book A Guide to Artifacts of ... (Read More)

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Amelia Jeffers to Conduct Sale of Peter Chillingworth’s Collection
by M.A.D. staff

On October 19 and 20 auction veteran Amelia Jeffers will conduct an on-site auction of the inventory and personal collection of Peter Chillingworth, longtime antiques dealer and show promoter, of Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. Auctioneer Amelia Jeffers will be conducting the on-site auction of longtime Americana dealer and close personal friend Peter ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

The First Major Victim
by Clayton Pennington

The English magazine Antiques Trade Gazette (ATG) dropped a bombshell on August 27: a George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn of Nostell Priory for his London house between 1766 and 1769, was stripped of its ivory before being shipped from the ... (Read More)

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Judge Tosses Art Defamation Lawsuit
by M.A.D. staff

On August 9 United States District Judge Miranda M. Du ruled in favor of Peter Stremmel, Stremmel Galleries, Mike Overby, and Coeur D’Alene Art Auction of Nevada, LLC, granting their request for summary judgment in a defamation lawsuit filed by Gerald Peters and Gerald Peters Gallery. Peters had filed the suit ... (Read More)

(Computer Article)

VPN Protection
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #357 In the past, we have suggested using Virtual Private Network (VPN) software for guarding your data against spying while using a public Wi-Fi network. VPN software has become better and more useful, so we will update the information. An unrelated bonus download fills out the column. VPNs Virtual Private Networks ... (Read More)

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Lollipop Tree Suit Settled
by M.A.D. staff

Lollipop Tree Suit Settled On July 31 LAILA Company International Ltd., d.b.a. Connery & Associates Fine Art International, and Adrien Meyer filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in federal court, ending the lawsuit the pair had filed against Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in connection with the sale of Lollipop Tree, an oil ... (Read More)

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Menconi + Schoelkopf Moves
by M.A.D. staff

After almost 17 years in its location at 13 East 69th Street in New York City, Menconi + Schoelkopf is moving to a new space at 22 East 80th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. According to the website, the new gallery will open on September 24. “We couldn’t be ... (Read More)

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Original Miami Beach Antique Show to Return to Miami Beach Convention Center
by M.A.D. staff

After a two-year hiatus, while the Miami Beach Convention Center underwent a $615 million renovation, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show (OMBAS) is returning to its original home for its 2019 event, January 27-30. The 2017 and 2018 Original Miami Beach Antique Shows were held at the Miami Fairgrounds. “During the ... (Read More)

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Gurleys to Continue Marlborough Show
by M.A.D. staff

Joshua and Rachel Gurley will be producing the Thanksgiving Sunday Antique Show at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on November 25. “A longstanding Gurley tradition, the Thanksgiving Sunday Show is always a great event for both dealers and collectors,” the Gurleys said in press release. The show will ... (Read More)

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Collecting Facts
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Jim Gergat has been collecting for decades. His passion is American woodworkers. He does not collect furniture or carvings; he collects facts about the lives of 1500 woodworkers active in Philadelphia before 1800. One of the intriguing mysteries about Philadelphia furniture carvers that has bugged Gergat for years is the life ... (Read More)

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Elverson Antique Show Changes Dates
by M.A.D. staff

The Elverson Antique Show and Sale has changed its date to the last weekend in October. The semiannual show, held at the Twin Valley High School in Elverson, Pennsylvania, will take place on Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ... (Read More)

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Garth’s Moves to Columbus Municipal Light Plant
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions will move into a new permanent home, the historic Municipal Light Plant, near the heart of Columbus, Ohio, in January. The company’s last sale in The Barn at Stratford was September 14 and 15, when a selection of country Americana served as a fitting good-bye. The auction house ... (Read More)

(Young Collectors)

Wherever You Go
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector When we lived in the schoolhouse, it was maddening to lose something. By the end of our time there, the four of us were packed in like sardines, but there were only two small, atypical closets and there was no basement, so when something vanished, it was infuriating. ... (Read More)

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Bonhams Sold
by M.A.D. staff

On September 4 it was announced that Bonhams had been acquired from private shareholders by Epiris Fund II, advised by Epiris LLP. Financial terms were not disclosed. Epiris LLP is a private equity firm. Founded in 1793, Bonhams holds more than 250 sales a year at its salesrooms, including London, New ... (Read More)

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New Brick-and-Mortar Store for Maria and Peter Warren Antiques
by M.A.D. staff

Maria and Peter Warren Antiques now has a brick-and-mortar establishment in Monroe, Connecticut. A grand opening was held on September 15. While the business specializes in 18th- and 19th-century English ceramics, Chinese export, delft, and decorative arts, it also carries 19th- and 20th-century paintings, early American furniture, mid-century modern, vintage ... (Read More)

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Bob Bockius Cancels York Shows
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Bob Bockius bought the Greater York Antiques Shows from Donna Burk, Jim Burk’s widow, in May 2013 and ran 11 shows at the York (Pennsylvania) Fairgrounds for a loyal following of dealers and buyers. He had hoped to celebrate the Greater York Antiques Show’s 50th anniversary on November 16 and ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Jeff, Matt, and Beth Ann Foster, Man Cave Antiques, Fly Creek, New York
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade You may be old enough to remember what the antiques business was like in the 1980s and ’90s when everybody seemed to want antiques. Prices just kept going up. If you paid too much for something, you simply waited awhile and prices caught up. That’s how it is ... (Read More)

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Clarke Gallery Relocates to Rockland, Maine
by M.A.D. staff

Clarke Gallery Relocates to Rockland, Maine Clarke Gallery has relocated to 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine. The gallery was formerly located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Having purchased the 19th-century Federal townhouse in January, Peter and Karen Clarke completed a top-to-bottom renovation of the building, complete with a large first-floor gallery space. The ... (Read More)

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Suit Filed against Worth Auctions, David Hall, and More
by M.A.D. staff

Suit Filed against Worth Auctions, David Hall, and More On June 28 the Grippi Revocable Trust filed a lawsuit against David Hall; Worth Auctions, LLC (doing business as National Book Auctions and Worth Auctions); Bid Club, Inc.; and JLF Holdings, LLC.   According to the suit, on August 23, 2017, the ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Letter from London, October 2018
by Ian McKay,

There remain on my files a good many items that I had picked out from the summer sales for inclusion in one of these “Letters,” some of which I may well be able to get into next month’s issue before the new London season gets fully under way. I shall ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

The Red Earthenware Available in the 18th and 19th Centuries in New York City
by Justin W. Thomas

New York City’s 18th- and 19th-century stoneware industry is well documented, with production that was established, and later intertwined by the Crolius and Remmey families, as early as the late 1720s and 1730s in Manhattan. This early stoneware production drew inspiration from the Rhineland area in Germany, where these families ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Break-in at American Folk Art Museum’s Long Island City Facility but No Loss
by M.A.D. staff

A headline in the September 6 Sunnyside Post, “Thief Steals Property from American Folk Art Museum Storage in LIC after Scaling Roof: NYPD,” sent shivers down the spine of folk art collectors. According to Kate Merlino, director of communications and marketing at the American Folk Art Museum, the headline and ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

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

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Spain’s “First Dollar of the Americas” Sells for $528,000
by M.A.D. staff

The “First Dollar of the New World,” struck in Mexico City by the Spanish in 1538, sold for $528,000 (includes buyer’s premium) on August 17 at an auction of ancient and world coins held by Heritage Auctions in Philadelphia. Photos courtesy Heritage Auctions. The first dollar-size coin struck in the Americas, it ... (Read More)

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Honest, Abe! It’s Really You!
by Mark Sisco

On August 16 L.T. Auctions, St. George, Maine, scored a major hit with a little carte de visite. Larry Trueman has been auctioneering for over 30 years, and the carte de visite turned out to be the most expensive single item he’d ever sold. He found it in Friendship, Maine, ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

August Jewelry Auction Results: Cordier Auctions and Appraisals and Clars Auction Gallery
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology August Jewelry Auction Results: Cordier Auctions and Appraisals and Clars Auction Gallery This month we feature results from Cordier Auctions and Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. Both auctions included a good selection of jewelry that sold along with decorative and fine arts, ... (Read More)

(Show)

The 2018 NHADA Show
by Clayton Pennington

The New Hampshire Antiques Show, Manchester, New Hampshire Three high chests in three different booths sold on August 9 in the early opening hours of the annual show produced by the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association in Manchester, New Hampshire. (The show continued until August 11.) Pratt’s Antiques, Steven F. Still, ... (Read More)

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Experience Counts: MidWeek in Manchester
by Fran Kramer

MidWeek in Manchester Antiques Show & Sale, Manchester, New Hampshire After decades in the business, Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions knows that it is the dealers and their merchandise that make the difference between a fair antiques show and a very good one. The opening crowd. Gaglio, after all, was one of ... (Read More)

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Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair
by Clayton Pennington

Manchester, New Hampshire For the seventh year, DiSaia Management produced Antiques in Manchester during Antiques Week in New Hampshire. The result was damn near perfect. The late 19th-century wooden boxers in original paint and “untouched condition” were $8500 from DBR Antiques, Hadley, Massachusetts. They depict Gentleman Jim Corbett’s 27-round heavyweight victory over ... (Read More)

(Show)

Americana Celebration
by Clayton Pennington

Concord, New Hampshire “I thought it was great—it was better than the first two,” said promoter Peter Mavris several days after Americana Celebration, the one-day show he produces at the Douglas Everett Arena in Concord, New Hampshire, closed. The show happens on Tuesday during Antiques Week in New Hampshire, and it ... (Read More)

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Tighter and Better: Gurley Show in Deerfield
by Fran Kramer

Deerfield Antique Show, Deerfield, New Hampshire When we walked into one of two long tin-roofed buildings at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, located about 30 minutes from Manchester, New Hampshire, at 9 a.m. on August 6 to view the one-day Deerfield Antique Show, the first dealer we met said, “This show is tighter ... (Read More)

(Show)

Early Birds
by Fran Kramer

Milford Antiques Show, Milford, New Hampshire The early bird gets the-you-know-what, but just how early is that bird? How about 6:30 a.m. on a summer morning in Milford, New Hampshire? That is when promoter Jack Donigian opens his once-a-week show six months out of the year and at the beginning of ... (Read More)

(Show)

Good Things Come in Small Packages
by Fran Kramer

From Out of the Woods Buy and Fly Antique Show, Goffstown, New Hampshire “How many dealers in the show?” is a common question we have all asked. Bigger, however, does not always mean better. The 25 dealer booths on the lawn of a well-known antiques group shop in Goffstown, New Hampshire, ... (Read More)

(Show)

The Newport Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

The Newport Show, Middletown, Rhode Island With a shortened name and abbreviated selling time, The Newport Show’s 12th edition offered “antiques, art, & exquisite objects” July 28 and 29. Gone was the label “antiques” from the show’s name, and the length of the show was reduced by a day. James and Nancy ... (Read More)

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Six Tattoo Flash Art Sheets Bring Combined $41,375
by M.A.D. staff

Six early American original tattoo flash art sheets attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly sold for a combined $41,375 (includes buyers’ premiums) at Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 28. The top-selling sheet finished at $11,250. According to the auction house, the six sheets were found in the bottom ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Raising Caines
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Guyette & Deeter, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire Photos courtesy Guyette & Deeter, Inc. Summer decoy auctions draw collectors in the same way that decoys draw migrating waterfowl. The birds and the collectors flock, almost as a group, from place to place. Attendant to the auctions are decoy shows where birds are bought, ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Canada Goose Brings $810,000
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Copley Fine Art Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusetts Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo Photos courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions Bidders didn’t have too long to wait for the fireworks to start at the two-day sale of decoys and other sporting art held July 19 and 20 at Copley Fine Art Auctions in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where over a ... (Read More)

(Auction)

A Whale of a Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

In a foreword to the catalog for Eldred’s July 19 and 20 marine sale, Josh Eldred, president of the auction house, wrote, “Over the past few years we have been fortunate to have put together some amazing auctions, but this one probably beats them all. It features two major collections, the Kobacker Scrimshaw Collection and ... (Read More)

(Auction)

George Washington Script Here
by Mark Sisco

The Cobbs Auctioneers, Peterborough, New Hampshire Business is booming at The Cobbs Auctioneers in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Over the past few years, some family members and staffers have moved on to other ventures, but the business is carrying on smoothly. Owner and head auctioneer Charlie Cobb runs a tight, well-laid-out sale, ... (Read More)

(Show)

The 56th Lititz Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Lititz Antiques Show, Lititz, Pennsylvania “It’s my first time here, and I will be back,” said Jan Welshans as she headed to the parking lot. “Next year I will bring the pickup truck. We drove the car, so I could only buy smalls this time.” She said she had made three ... (Read More)

(Auction)

The Revolution Lives On in Searsport
by Mark Sisco

DownEast Auctions, Searsport, Maine “This will be the last sale we conduct in this building,” Mark Bradstreet announced at the beginning of his DownEast Auctions offering on June 30 in Searsport, Maine. DownEast Auctions will be moving into newer and improved facilities, he promised. This day’s sale was the remainder of ... (Read More)

(Show)

Life Is Good Down on Laudholm Farm
by Mark Sisco

Wells Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale, Wells, Maine Perfect weather, a beautiful outdoor setting, and 77 exhibitors teamed up on June 24 to make a strong showing at the 18th year of Goosefare Antiques and Promotions’ show at the rambling Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust. This single-banded mocha bowl, unchipped and uncracked, ... (Read More)

(Show)

It’s Heaven—Pure and Simple
by Don Johnson

Pure and Simple Antique Show, Kokomo, Indiana Marti Korba couldn’t make it through the interview without being interrupted. That was a good thing. Late in the day at the Pure and Simple Antique Show, held on June 23 in Kokomo, Indiana, she was offering a recap for this article when a woman ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Rare Photo Tops History Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan’s Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Cowan’s Auctions The Wild West put on a considerable show during the American history sale held by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 22. The top lot was an albumen photograph of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, John Baker “Texas Jack” Omohundro, and William Frederick ... (Read More)

(Auction)

A North Carolina Showcase with Asian Surprises
by Pete Prunkl

Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough, North Carolina Photos courtesy Leland Little Auctions Over the past 20 years, auctioneer Leland Little has tweaked his business model in clever and innovative ways. In addition to print, he advertises on three public radio stations—WFAE Charlotte, WFDD Greensboro, and WUNC Chapel Hill. He transmits a digital catalog ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Clouds and Rhinoceros Horn Cups Lead at Quinn’s
by Walter C. Newman

Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, Virginia Photos courtesy Quinn’s Auction Galleries There was very little doubt as to which lots would most likely become the stars of Quinn’s Auction Galleries’ sale held on June 9. The catalog’s cover featured a closeup of a large painting by popular Washington, D.C., artist Sam Gilliam. ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Historical and Eclectic
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Marion Antique Auctions, Marion, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Marion Antique Auctions Collectors and dealers know that Marion Antique Auctions in Marion, Massachusetts, is a dependable resource for historical and eclectic offerings. The June 9 sale in the Marion Music Hall by Frank McNamee and C. David Glynn was no exception. There were antiques ... (Read More)
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