Stories for December '21

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100 Years of Weathervanes
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Olde Hope, New York City There must be something in the New York fall air. Weathervanes seem to be everywhere, including at Olde Hope’s New York City gallery exhibition and sale and at the American Folk Art Museum’s months-long, well-publicized exhibition American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (open through January ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Holly and Jeff Noordsy
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Objects tell stories, and those stories keep evolving, certainly for Holly and Jeff Noordsy, antique bottle, glass, and earthenware dealers who live in Cornwall, Vermont. Jeff and Holly Noordsy in their abode. Their story begins at a film studies class during the January term at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Jeff, then ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, December 2021
by M.A.D staff

Claude Monet (1840-1926), Charing Cross Bridge, brouillard, 1902, oil on canvas, 28¾" x 36¼". Collection of Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Gift of Ethel and Milton Harris, 1990. Photograph © AGO. —Through January 23, 2022 —San Antonio, Texas Claude Monet and James Abbott McNeill Whistler were both fascinated by London’s Thames River. ... (Read More)

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Passing It On
by S. Clayton Pennington

Passing It On In 2020, staring into the teeth of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany launched a rescue package dubbed Neustart Kultur (Restart Culture), which committed one billion euros in order to maintain the country’s cultural scene and infrastructure. When the initial funds were used up, Germany threw another billion euros at ... (Read More)

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Chris Strand Named Director of Winterthur
by M.A.D staff

Chris Strand, the longtime director of garden and estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, has been named its Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO. Strand has served as interim director and CEO at Winterthur since May. As interim director, Strand was responsible for all aspects of museum, library, and garden ... (Read More)

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The Estate of Al Capone
by Alice Kaufman

Witherell’s, Sacramento, California Photos courtesy Witherell’s “Buyers drop more than $3.1M during auction of Al Capone’s heirlooms” was a headline in the New York Post on October 12. But even before the blockbuster prices, the Witherell’s auction on October 8, “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone,” was a remarkable ... (Read More)

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The ADA/Historic Deerfield Online Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Antiques Dealers’ Association of America The Antiques Dealers’ Association of America, Inc. (ADA), established in May 1984 as a nonprofit trade association to make the business of buying and selling antiques more professional, was one of the first to launch an online antiques show. In 2019 when COVID-19 closed shows and ... (Read More)

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A Record Day at Fishersville
by Walter C. Newman

Fishersville Antiques Expo, Fishersville, Virginia The 67th semiannual Fishersville Antiques Expo was held as scheduled, October 8 and 9, at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, Virginia. The show is staged by Heritage Promotions, Lynchburg, Virginia. The firm is co-owned by Ray and Martha Stokes and their daughter, Lesley Bartram. Fishersville is ... (Read More)

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$3.5 Million Sale at Pook
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook A Mickey Mouse print by Andy Warhol sold for $196,800 (including buyer’s premium); a Harriet Whitney Frishmuth bronze fountain sold for $147,600; an Elie Nadelman bronze head of a man wearing a jaunty hat sold for $116,850; and four bronze 1992 ... (Read More)

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Hindman’s Fall Fine Art Sales Online
by Danielle Arnet

Hindman Auctions, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Hindman Auctions We love these salad days in the auction biz, and still they continue. This September in a series of three days (September 27-29), each with a cataloged fine art sale, Hindman Auctions in Chicago realized over $7.5 million. In the process, more than 15 ... (Read More)

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Fresh Kensett Painting Tops $1 Million
by Kay Manning

A September 18 online sale described as “small   and exclusive” by Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, New York, netted $3.75 million, with a painting by John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872), a Navajo chief’s blanket, and a circa 1870 timepiece setting the pace. Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts by Kensett, a Hudson River ... (Read More)

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Live and Online Americana Sales
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner Skinner’s summer Americana sale on August 19 in the Marlborough gallery had a live audience of 12 to 15 carefully masked and spaced bidders for the 166-lot sale. The online sale, August 9-18, offered 2030 lots. In preliminary remarks Stephen L. Fletcher, head of Americana among other ... (Read More)

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Provincetown Art Highlights Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s Eldred’s July 28-30 three-day sale was just what a summer sale should be. Replete with Provincetown art, the sale included a group of white-line woodblock prints by artists of the Provincetown Printers, formed in 1915. Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955), who spent summers in Provincetown, ... (Read More)
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