Stories for May '19

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Supreme Court Decision Changes Sales Tax Policies at Auction Houses
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

In an e-mail sent on March 26, Josh Eldred, president of Robert C. Eldred, Inc., East Dennis, Massachusetts, notified clients of recent changes in sales tax laws that will require the imposition of sales tax on all objects shipped to New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The 2018 Supreme Court’s ruling in ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, May 2019
by Ian McKay,

There are Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and moderns contributing to the pictorial content of this month’s “Letter,” but in terms of sheer numbers it is an exceptional collection of Lalique wares that leads the illustration count. Elsewhere there are dummy boards and walking sticks, something for those who like to row, and, ... (Read More)

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Silhouettes “Cut Without Hands...”: A Rare Broadside for Miss Martha Ann Honeywell
by Marius B. Péladeau

The discovery of a previously unknown printed advertisement for Martha Ann Honeywell, a silhouette artist born without arms, caused this author to reexamine the young lady’s life and see if anything had surfaced in recent years that might cast new light on her unusual career. For someone to forge ahead in ... (Read More)

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A Fundamental Question
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Is there anything more exhausting than a small child who wants to know the why of everything? And to answer is just a trap! We all know that nothing good comes of answering “Why?” because it’s just followed by another one. It is unending. Kid questions are unending ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, May 2019
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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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Auction Updates: Skinner and Fortuna
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Skinner and Fortuna Two jewelry auctions in one week in March, one online-only at Skinner in Boston and the other at Fortuna in New York City in a newly established monthly live auction format, represent the ways auction houses are tailoring sales to satisfy the needs ... (Read More)

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The Art Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Art Show, an annual event that features 72 member dealers whose proposals are reviewed and selected by their peers, offers its audience a more curatorial approach than other art fairs. The show, which is hosted by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), was held February 27 ... (Read More)

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Skinner Americana
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Boston, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner Skinner’s Americana sale on March 2 celebrated the historical with objects as documents. Material relating to George Washington, for example, was highly desirable, and buyers bid accordingly. It wasn’t just the portraits and documents for sale; two porcelain objects were also historical. This portrait by Sheldon Peck (1797-1868) ... (Read More)

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The Marin Show 2019
by Alice Kaufman

American Indian Art Show/Marin, San Rafael, California The February 16 and 17 American Indian Art Show/Marin was a first for producer Kim Martindale—he wasn't there. Felled by pneumonia, he spent the show in the hotel across the footbridge, in bed. How did the show do without him? “Fantastic,” he said. “Perhaps ... (Read More)

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Decoy Hunting Brings $2.4 Million at Copley’s Winter Sale
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Copley Fine Art Auctions, Charleston, South Carolina Photos courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions “Everybody loves a beautifully carved and painted bird,” stated Stephen O’Brien, owner and auctioneer of Copley Fine Art Auctions LLC, Boston, Massachusetts. This was in response to the question “Why?” Why with all the genres of collecting that exist, ... (Read More)

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Antiques Lovers Gather on Valentine’s Day
by Karla Klein Albertson

Heart of Tennessee Antique Show, Lebanon, Tennessee The business of selling antiques is equal parts acquisition and presentation, and closing the deal is the satisfying bow on top. These days, dealers have access to more avenues of presentation. They may run a virtual store online as well as a brick-and-mortar shop, ... (Read More)

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The Sale of the L.D. Brinkman Western Art Collection
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams To L.D. “Brink” Brinkman (1929-2015), the Western artists he collected and promoted strove “to perpetuate the memory and culture of the Old West…and to ensure authentic representation of the life of the West as it was and is.” He called his collection “a sample of ... (Read More)

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The Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

York, Pennsylvania The Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale There was a lot of Americana for sale at the 172nd Original Semi-annual York Antiques Show and Sale in York, Pennsylvania. A surprise snowstorm didn’t keep a corps of regulars from coming to the York Fairgrounds on Friday, February 1. Some arrived ... (Read More)

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Rago Brings in $4.8 Million
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville, New Jersey Lita Solis-Cohen Photos courtesy Rago Arts & Auction Center Rago’s design sales in Lambertville, New Jersey, on Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, were at the same time as the Americana sales at Sotheby’s, and, like the sales in New York City, they had ... (Read More)

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20th-Century Design in New York City
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Bonhams, Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Bonhams, Christie’s Images Ltd., Phillips, and Sotheby’s Mid-December is the time when prewar and postwar European and American design is offered at four major auction houses in New York City. In December 2018 there were a number of successes, topped by a ... (Read More)
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