Stories for April '20

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Karen and Ralph DiSaia Recipients of ADA Award of Merit
by M.A.D. staff

Karen and the late Ralph DiSaia will be the recipients of the 2020 Award of Merit, an annual award given by the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (ADA). Karen DiSaia was shceduled to accept the prize on the couple’s behalf at a dinner planned for Friday, April 24, at the ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, April 2020
by Ian McKay,

Incorporating a higher than usual number of lots from provincial sales along with the more usual London lots, this month’s “Letter” includes a broken and repaired Roman bust that made a fortune for its unsuspecting owners, not to mention a handsome bonus for the saleroom in which it was offered. A ... (Read More)

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Bucks County Artists Database
by M.A.D. staff

The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has refreshed the Bucks County Artists Database (BCAD), a free online resource celebrating the artistic traditions of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. With over 400 artists represented in the database, BCAD contains thousands of pages of information and images. The reimagined database is now more accessible ... (Read More)

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Oregon Warns of Catfish Scam
by M.A.D. staff

The (ODFR) Oregon Division of Finance is warning people about art market catfish scams. (A “catfish” scam lures a victim into an online relationship using a fictional online persona.) Recently, the ODFR reported that an 80-year-old widower was catfished out of $200,000. An unidentified fraudster stole a Florida woman’s identity to ... (Read More)

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American Furniture
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review The 2018 American Furniture is all about 18th-century furniture. It is a treat for old-time collectors and should inspire a new generation. Boston Chairs Erik K. Gronning calls his study of Boston’s early baroque seating “Luxury of Choice”and presents the evolution of the comfortable and sturdy Boston chair, with ... (Read More)

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Notes from Nashville
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Back in our early days in the auction business, every year in February, and sometimes in October, we would make a trip to Nashville. We see now that we were getting on-the-job logistics training. We would go down with a truck full of deliveries and return with a ... (Read More)

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Historical Society Deaccessions Rare Washington Medals and Offers Freedom Box
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In a first-page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, February 16, Stephan  Salisbury, staff cultural writer, questioned the decision of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) to sell a collection of commemorative medals given to the HSP in 1897 by William Spohn Baker (1824-1897), a legendary collector of all ... (Read More)

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Book Auctioneer Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny
by M.A.D. staff

Auctioneer David Hall of Freeville, New York of National Book Auctions and Worth Auctions pleaded guilty on February to grand larceny in the second degree. Hall was indicted in August 2019 for not paying $227,000 in auction proceeds for an estate consignment. He will be sentenced on April 2. The maximum ... (Read More)

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Dynamic Duo: Cleopatra and Dave Reign at Brunk Auctions
by Pete Prunkl

Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina Photos courtesy Brunk Auctions "Was she ever outdoors?” That was the question asked by potential bidders for Cleopatra Morente, a signed Carrara marble sculpture by Pio Fedi (Italian, 1816-1892). Brunk Auctions’ sculpture specialist Laura Crockett could account for roughly half of the life of the elegant 1842 ... (Read More)

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Fine Estate Jewelry at Alex Cooper Auctioneers
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Alex Cooper Auctioneers Alex Cooper Auctioneers’ February 6 auction included 192 lots of jewelry from two prominent Maryland estates. I spoke with Selden Morgan, director of fine jewelry at the Towson, Maryland, company, when I noticed that post-sale results included antique items that had brought good ... (Read More)

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The 2020 Ceramics Fair
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The New York Antique Ceramics Fair, New York City Eleven dealers set up shop at the New York Antique Ceramics Fair on the third floor of the Bohemian National Hall, January 23-26, and did plenty of business. The fair charges no admission. It opened with an invitation-only preview party for museum ... (Read More)

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The Art, Design & Antiques Show at Wallace Hall
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Art, Design & Antiques Show at Wallace Hall, held January 24-26, welcomed a new dealer to its ranks this go-round and drew collectors, curators, and designers in town for January’s Americana Week to its 33 booths. Americana dealer Jeffrey Tillou of Litchfield, Connecticut, set up a good-sized booth ... (Read More)

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Vintage Poster Auction
by Kay Manning

Potter & Potter Auctions, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions Potter & Potter Auctions took a big step toward its goal of diversifying from magic and circus memorabilia, upon which its reputation was built, with a vintage poster auction featuring more than 600 items on January 25 in Chicago. Hundreds ... (Read More)

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Audubons and Maps Sell at Arader during Americana Week
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Arader Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Arader Galleries Arader Galleries’ first sale of 2020, held during Americana Week in New York City, totaled $2,618,047. Of the 247 lots offered, 157 lots sold, for a 64% sell-through rate. The auction house offered 52 lots of first-edition aquatint engravings from John James Audubon’s The ... (Read More)

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Sultanabad Carpet Takes Flight at Wooten Sale
by Pete Prunkl

Wooten & Wooten, Camden, South Carolina      Photos courtesy Wooten & Wooten The CliffsNotes version of the January 25 winter sale at Wooten & Wooten goes like this: Two small collections that were expected to sell high did not, and a large collection that had more modest estimates sold well, especially ... (Read More)

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Sotheby’s Various-Owners Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s "The Mario Buatta preview was like a cocktail party,” said a longtime collector. “Young and old and middle-aged were having a good time deciding what they wanted.” In contrast, he said, “Walking into the adjoining galleries to see the various-owners Americana, it was like entering ... (Read More)

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Solid Results at Two-Day Art Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Boston, Massachusetts Skinner has changed up its paintings sales, with prints, multiples, and photographs in the evening of the first day, followed by paintings and sculpture at noon the next day. American artists were well represented at Skinner’s January 23 and 24 paintings sale, and it brought solid results. The three ... (Read More)

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The Winter Show 2020
by Lita Solis-Cohen

New York City There were only a handful of dealers with American furniture and folk art at the Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, January 23 through February 2, but they made more sales than most of the other 70. Moreover, the press release sent at the end of the ... (Read More)

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Shute Portrait Tops Americana Auction
by Clayton Pennington

Doyle New York, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle New York On January 23 Doyle New York offered a single-owner collection of toys, folk art, and Americana. The roughly 400 lots brought $924,069, right about in the middle of the $787,175/1,247,475 estimate. The sale was 91% sold by lot. The timing of ... (Read More)

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Witherell’s Luxury Auction
by Alice Kaufman

Witherell’s, Sacramento, California Photos courtesy Witherell’s Who says brown furniture doesn’t sell? Not Brian Witherell, chief operating officer of Witherell’s, a Sacramento auction house. Witherell said the January 16 “Luxury Asset” auction featuring property from the Newport, New Hampshire, home of William B. Ruger Jr. (1939-2018)  was “our best as a company to ... (Read More)

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More Carpenter Estate Consignments
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Nye & Company, Bloomfield, New Jersey Photos courtesy Nye & Company The sale at Nye & Company in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on January 15 included antiques from the collection of Ralph (d. 2009) and Roberta “Bobbie” (d. 2019) Carpenter that did not meet Christie’s minimum $3000/5000 per lot. The sale at Nye ... (Read More)

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Great Offerings and Interesting Weather Bring Decent Sales to Hudson
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Hudson Antique Show, Richfield, Ohio The 49th annual Hudson Antique Show, organized by show promoter Steve Sherhag, was held January 11 and 12. Though the show’s location has changed several times since its inception, this year the event was again held at the Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, Ohio. Again this year ... (Read More)

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Two-Day Auction of Folk Art, Fine Art, and Antiques
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

New Haven Auctions, New Haven, Connecticut Photos courtesy New Haven Auctions The gallery at New Haven Auctions was fitted out with the collection of Susie and Richie Burmann for the January 11 auction. The mellow brick walls of the former Erector set factory in New Haven, Connecticut, made an ideal setting for ... (Read More)

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Rare Bitters from the Ken Fee Collection
by Don Johnson

American Bottle Auctions, Sacramento, California Photos courtesy American Bottle Auctions Color, condition, rarity, mystery, history, and a hefty price. A Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters bottle had it all during an absentee auction held by American Bottle Auctions, Sacramento, California, that ended on December 8, 2019. The bottle sold for $155,100 (including buyer’s ... (Read More)
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