Stories for November '18

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Art Dealer Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
by M.A.D. staff

New York City art dealer Ezra Chowaiki, 49, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud art dealers and collectors of millions of dollars. Chowaiki entered into fraudulent agreements with dealers and collectors to buy or sell artwork through a private art gallery ... (Read More)

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American Folk Art Museum Receives $315,000 Grant
by M.A.D. staff

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the American Folk Art Museum a grant to support a Museum Careers Internship Program in partnership with LaGuardia Community College. The program is designed to create a pipeline of museum professionals from diverse backgrounds. Each year eight students in the humanities department from the ... (Read More)

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Olde Hope Publishes Catalog
by Lita Solis-Cohen

It has been six years since Patrick Bell and Edwin Hild of Olde Hope in New Hope, Pennsylvania, published a catalog of folk art for sale. In the days before websites, printed catalogs were a mainstay of marketing Americana. Now they are rare. The libraries of collectors used to have piles ... (Read More)

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Yes, There Will Be a New York Antique Ceramics Fair
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Nine dealers will show their wares at the New York Antique Ceramics Fair on the third floor of Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City, Thursday through Saturday, January 17-19, 2019, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nine dealers ... (Read More)

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Using Statistics
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #358 Simple statistical analysis can be useful for antiquers. High-level statistical analysis, sometimes known as “analytics,” used by large retail businesses is beyond our needs. Higher level statistics get an occasional bad rap. Nineteenth-century British statesman Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three types of lies—lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Eighteenth-century ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, November 2018
by Ian McKay,

Quite a mix in this month’s “Letter,” ranging from very costly portraits and sculptures to a very old light bulb. Here you will find Chippendale furniture in company with a hugely expensive car number plate, an old brown bottle that turned out not to be a fake after all, some ... (Read More)

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Rethink That Resale: Proposed American Royalties Too Act of 2018 Seeks to Regulate Downstream Sales
by M.A.D. staff

On September 25 members of Congress introduced the American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2018 (the ART act). The ART act has bipartisan support and calls for an amendment to the Copyright Act of 1976, which currently governs copyright disputes. The amendment would require purchasers of visual art to pay ... (Read More)

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An Exotic Side Chair Attributed to R.W. Bates & Co. of Chicago
by Roberta A. Mayer

An Exotic Side Chair Attributed to R.W. Bates & Co. of Chicago R.W. Bates & Co. was a high-end manufacturer of custom furniture and interiors in the late 19th century. Based in Chicago, the business had professional and private clients across the United States. Sharon Darling drew attention to this firm ... (Read More)

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Judi and Cy Stellmach, Blue Dog Antiques, Stafford Springs, Connecticut
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade When Judi Stellmach reflects on her career as a longtime antiques dealer, she notes that her path has paralleled what has happened in the antiques trade writ large: “In the 1960s I had a shop; then shows came along, and I did them, and now it’s the Internet.” ... (Read More)

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Simple Goods Show Returns to Berlin, Ohio
by M.A.D. staff

Promoters Christina Hummel and Kris Casucci have announced that the Simple Goods Early Country Antiques & Primitive Goods Show will return to the Heritage Community Center in Berlin, Ohio, this fall. The show had moved last April to Heritage Community Center, a brand new state-of-the-art facility that offers space for ... (Read More)

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Discovery: A Peter Stretch Watch
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In August antiques dealer James Kilvington of Dover, Delaware, drove to Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, to preview the cataloged sale of paintings, books, clocks, and American furniture from the estate of architect and interior designer James David “Jay” Hellyer Jr. to be sold on August 23. It was not ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, November 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)

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James Arthur and His “Temple of Time”: A Cautionary Tale for Collector-Donors and Their Benefici
by Jeanne Schinto

Photos courtesy Maude Arthur Brown Family Archive If asked to name an example of the thwarting of what is called, in philanthropic and legalistic circles, “donor intent,” many people in the collecting world would cite what was perhaps the most widely publicized case in recent memory. I’m referring to the protracted ... (Read More)

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White’s Auctions Sells Three Folk Portraits for $73,200
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Three watercolor portraits on paper found in an attic excited nine phone bidders, and the three portraits brought a total of $73,200 (includes buyers’ premiums) at White’s Auctions in Middleboro, Massachusetts, on September 30. “A local man brought the three portraits to us after the catalog was posted, just nine days ... (Read More)

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Doyle + Design
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle With plenty of international interest, Doyle’s modern and contemporary art and design auction, held two weeks after Labor Day on September 17, rang up a total of $1,348,156 (with buyers’ premiums). Of the 253 lots offered, 82% sold. A young man standing in the salesroom with ... (Read More)

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Early Ming Bowl Sells for $1.4 Million
by Danielle Arnet

Who says Chicago is the second city? While East Coast auction houses generated much noise about their Asia Week triumphs, Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sold an early Ming Dynasty bowl for $1,452,500 (includes buyer’s premium). Originally collected by Stanley Field (1875-1964) of the city’s celebrated Field family, the blue-and-white porcelain ... (Read More)

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Good Buying at Pook & Pook
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook, Inc. Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, began the fall season with a 660-lot Americana and international offering on Friday evening, September 14, and Saturday, September 15. Much of it came from six estates, including one from New Mexico. Some of ... (Read More)

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The Ferrell Family Collection at Wooten & Wooten
by Pete Prunkl

Wooten & Wooten, Camden, South Carolina Photos courtesy Wooten & Wooten September 8 may be remembered as the last great reunion of Edgefield District pottery collectors. Drawing this dedicated group together was the remainder of the estate of Terry Ferrell (1922-2018), a collection of 19th-century and contemporary pottery, furniture, paintings, and one ... (Read More)

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Baltimore Shows Bring Summer to a Close in Style
by Walter C. Newman

Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Baltimore, Maryland The annual Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show was held over Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 2, at the Baltimore Convention Center, downtown at the Inner Harbor. This was the 38th year of the show, which over time has been branded under several ... (Read More)

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No Frills, with Honest-to-Goodness Antiques
by Don Johnson

Heartland at Hilliard, Hilliard, Ohio Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Jennifer Sabin during a canoe trip near Nelsonville, Ohio, last summer. As one of four people in two canoes, she found herself dunked in the river twice that day. Both times rapids had moved her craft under some trees, ... (Read More)

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Maine Antiques Dealers Association Goes Back to School
by Mark Sisco

Coastal Maine Antiques Show, Damariscotta, Maine The annual Maine Antiques Dealers Association (MADA) Coastal Maine Antiques Show, held on August 22, had to be moved to another location this year because of ongoing renovation and construction at the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) in Damariscotta, Maine, where the show has been held ... (Read More)

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Bid $100, Pay $100: How Strange Is That?
by Mark Sisco

Charles M. Talbot Associates, Turner, Maine Charles Talbot Associates, Turner, Maine, has been in business for over 60 years, making it one of the oldest auction firms in Maine. At the start of the August 21 sale, auctioneer and co-owner Dale Talbot related the story of the company: “Talbot was started ... (Read More)

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Ellsworth Woodlawn Show Going Strong in its Ninth Decade
by Mark Sisco

Ellsworth Antiques Show, Ellsworth, Maine The Ellsworth Antiques Show in Ellsworth, Maine, held this year from August 16 to 18 at the Woodlawn Museum, still lays claim to being America’s longest-running antiques show, with its genesis harking all the way back to 1937 and only a brief break during the World ... (Read More)

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MacKay and Field Collection
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Photos courtesy Northeast Auctions Connecticut dealers Susan MacKay and Peter Field began collecting at an early age. They set up as MacKay and Field Antiques in 1986 when their own collections were bursting. They began with flea markets and soon were exhibiting at indoor shows, all the ... (Read More)

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Edwardian Necklace Tops Joseph DuMouchelle August Sale
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Joseph DuMouchelle Joseph DuMouchelle’s fine jewels and timepieces auction was held on August 16 in Birmingham, Michigan, with around 105 lots on offer for jewelry enthusiasts and dealers. When I spoke with Melinda “Lindy” Adducci, G.G., vice president of Joseph DuMouchelle, on the phone after the ... (Read More)

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Three-Catalog Americana Sale at Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Inc., Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner, Inc. Skinner hosted a three-catalog Americana sale at its Marlborough, Massachusetts, gallery on August 12 and 13. One catalog was for the collection of respected New Hampshire dealers Gail and Don Piatt, which garnered much interest. The second included the folk art collection of Arthur ... (Read More)

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Maine Antiques Festival Approaching Middle Age at 37
by Mark Sisco

Maine Antiques Festival, Union, Maine With about 150 exhibitors, the Maine Antiques Festival, held in Union, Maine, August 3-5, lays claim to being the largest antiques show in Maine. I arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday, a bit after the early rush dissipated. As a reporter, one can always get ... (Read More)

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Americana at Stair Galleries
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Stair Galleries, Hudson, New York Photos courtesy Stair Galleries Stair Galleries’ August 4 sale of Americana, decorative, folk art, and fine art was filled with over 600 lots that “tell the story of American life from the 18th century to the present.” The almost eight-hour sale totaled just under $800,000 with buyers’ premiums ... (Read More)

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Americana and Paintings
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s A summer auction on Cape Cod is a more than acceptable way to pass an afternoon. Over the course of three days, August 1-3, under a green and white striped tent in East Dennis, Massachusetts, Eldred’s sold nearly 1400 lots of Americana objects and paintings. ... (Read More)

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Coeur d’Alene Art Auction Exceeds $13 Million Mark
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Reno, Nevada Photos courtesy Coeur d’Alene Art Auction The Thirsty Trapper by American artist Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874) led the way at the 2018 edition of the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, held July 28 in Reno, Nevada. The 24" x 20" oil on canvas sold for $1,715,000 (including ... (Read More)

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Camden-Rockport Show Turns 38
by Mark Sisco

Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show, Rockport, Maine Even before the opening gun sounded at the 38th running of the annual Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show, there were 50 or 60 people at the gate and more streaming in from the parking lot. The show, under the management of John and Elizabeth ... (Read More)

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The Randolph Street Market
by Danielle Arnet

Chicago, Illinois No one can accuse Sally Schwartz of not adapting to the winds of change. As cofounder, sole owner, and general be-all of the Randolph Street Market (RSM), Chicago’s five-acre gated outdoor/indoor site of shopping for all things vintage, Schwartz has already done a near-180 turn on the market’s content ... (Read More)

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Fraternal Objects Sold in Ohio
by Ian Berke

Ross Auction Company, Chillicothe, Ohio On Saturday, July 21, Ross Auction Company in Chillicothe, Ohio, sold a large trove of Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) ceremonial objects. Heart-in-hand staffs, oversize bows and arrows, decorated axes and pikes, carved torches, swords, shields, robes, collars, and even a coffin with a human ... (Read More)

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His Best Auction of the Year to Date, Farrin Away!
by Mark Sisco

Farrin’s Country Auctions, Randolph, Maine Twice a year, Rusty Farrin of Farrin’s Country Auctions in Randolph, Maine, puts together a sale showcasing top items gleaned from months of gathering and sorting. This time it happened on July 18. This sale came with a new twist. For about the first 190 lots, Farrin ... (Read More)

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Sporting Antiques Sold on the Cape
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s The highlight of the sale came late in the day when this Louisiana swimming ring-necked or ring-bill drake decoy by Nicole Vidacovitch Sr. (1853-1945), circa 1890, flew past the $7500/9500 estimate to sell for $21,250. Vidacovitch carved with great care, using mostly cypress root, and ... (Read More)

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A Housewarming to Remember
by Karla Klein Albertson

Case Antiques, Inc., Auctions and Appraisals, Knoxville, Tennessee At the Friday night preview party for Case Antiques’ July 14 sale, auction-goers and staff alike enjoyed the stimulating new gallery glow of their recently purchased facility on Papermill Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee. Whether you spoke with co-owners John and Stephanie Case or ... (Read More)

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Third Annual Textiles and Sewing Auction
by Walter C. Newman

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Mt. Crawford, Virginia Photos courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates On July 14 Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates held the firm’s third annual textiles and sewing auction at its gallery in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. A total of 345 lots were offered from across a wide range of ... (Read More)

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Bishop Hill Antique Market
by Don Johnson

Bishop Hill Country Antique Market, Bishop Hill, Illinois In the middle of summer, two things—and only two things—dominate a drive through Henry County in northwest Illinois: cornfields and industrial wind turbines. For anyone on the way to the annual Bishop Hill Country Antique Market, most recently held on July 14 in ... (Read More)
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