Stories for February '23

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2023 Failey Grants
by M.A.D. Staff

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced that the 2023 Dean F. Failey Grant recipients will be British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO), London; the Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP), Hallowell, Maine; Preservation Long Island (PLI), Cold Spring Harbor, New York; and Stenton, Philadelphia. The Failey grant program provides support ... (Read More)

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The Metric Side of the Ruler
by Hollie Davis & Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface Bias comes up often in conversation these days, and as is always the case when any word gets thrown around rapidly, the meaning begins to get dented up or to accumulate connotations that do not belong to it. Because it is often used in connection with ideas that ... (Read More)

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Two Annual Shows Go Online
by Alice Kaufman

Promoter Kim Martindale canceled his annual February San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show and the late December American Indian Art Show and replaced them with two online shows February 23 through 26. Why? “There was not enough exhibitor or community interest,” he said. This lack of interest was a surprise ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, February 2023
by M.A.D. Staff

Here are a few notable prices of antiques sold recently at auction, as provided by press releases. All prices include the buyer’s premium when charged. We’re always looking for news of prices realized at auctions, particularly unusual or top lots. Send pictures, complete descriptions, and information to A.P.R., Maine Antique ... (Read More)

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Historical Association Weighs Selling Leutze’s Washington Rallying the Troops
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Should they keep it or sell it? Nearly everyone in Freehold, New Jersey, has an opinion. What got the town in a tizzy is a historic gift. On July 16, 1937, shortly after Walter B. Howe and his brother gave the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) the small version of the ... (Read More)

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Boston Athenæum Acquires Rare Painting by Robert Duncanson
by M.A.D. Staff

The Boston Athenæum announced it has acquired a painting by the 19th-century artist Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872). Boatman Delivering Goods on the South Fork, Shenandoah River, Virginia is the first work by Duncanson to enter the Athenæum’s special collections in the institution’s 215-year history. Boatman Delivering Goods on the South Fork, ... (Read More)

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20th Century Cincinnati Show under New Ownership
by M.A.D. Staff

On February 25 and 26, 20th Century Cincinnati will return to the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now in its 28th year, the 20th Century Cincinnati show is under new ownership by sisters and entrepreneurs Jess and Jenni Button. Show founder Bruce Metzger was already producing and managing a schedule ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Helen Allen, Executive Director, The Winter Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

As a third-generation native New Yorker, Helen Allen had the Metropolitan Museum of Art as her Upper East Side neighborhood playground. In fact, when she went for interviews for admittance to kindergarten and was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would matter-of-factly answer, “Director of my ... (Read More)

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Olde Hope’s Americana Exhibition in New York City
by M.A.D. Staff

Olde Hope is hosting an exhibition, Recent Arrivals featuring Highlights from an Important 30-year Pennsylvania Collection, in its New York City gallery until April 1. The Pennsylvania collection was started over 30 years ago by Susan Fetterolf and her husband, Jeff Gorrin, while living in New York City. Their early collecting ... (Read More)

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Don’t Trust, Always Verify
by Clayton Pennington

The crooks are sophisticated, and in 2020 they managed to snare two high-powered businesses, leading to losses and now court battles. A London insurer is suing online auction platform Invaluable, which has, in turn, filed suit against Sotheby’s. According to the lawsuit by underwriters at Lloyd’s of London filed in August 2022, ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, February 2023
by M.A.D. Staff

Margaret Norton (1905-2000) of the Folly Cove Designers demonstrating the printing process. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. —Through March 19 —Gloucester, Massachusetts Designed & Hand-Blocked by the Folly Cove Designers at the Cape Ann Museum explores the Folly Cove artistic collective, which existed from 1938 to 1969. Craftspersons, mostly women, created ... (Read More)

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New Auction Record for Netsuke
by M.A.D. Staff

On December 16, a 3 3/8" high wooden netsuke of a kirin on a cloud, estimated at $15,000/20,000, sold for a whopping $441,300 (includes buyer’s premium) at Bonhams, New York City. The buyer was a private collector, underbid by the Japanese trade. ... (Read More)

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Three Estates Fuel the Jewelry Section of Nye & Co.’s Auction
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Nye & Co. A wide variety of jewelry was offered at the December 7 and 8 estate treasures auction held by Nye & Co., Bloomfield, New Jersey. I asked John Nye, president of Nye & Co., if the jewelry came from different estates, and he said, ... (Read More)

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The Jennings Collection at Wooten & Wooten
by Pete Prunkl

Wooten & Wooten, Camden, South Carolina Photos courtesy Wooten & Wooten Of the 462 lots in the November 19 sale at Wooten & Wooten, 192 were consigned by the family of the late Betty and Ralph Jennings. The couple collected widely but concentrated on North and South Carolina pottery, paintings, baskets, iron ... (Read More)

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New Record for Manhattan Stoneware
by Karl H. Pass

Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland Photos courtesy Crocker Farm The Zipp family, which owns Crocker Farm, is accustomed to setting auction records. The latest was for Manhattan stoneware when the specialty house sold a presentation pitcher for $264,000 (includes buyer’s premium) to a private collector. The pitcher with incised decoration of a Federal ... (Read More)

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Ernie Barnes’s Bojangles Leads American Paintings Sale
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Bonhams, New York City Photos courtesy Bonhams As the last auction house in New York City to maintain a November American art sale, Bonhams held a sale on November 17, the week before Thanksgiving, that attracted dealers and collectors to its Madison Avenue headquarters. The 80-lot sale totaled $1,557,975 with a sell-through ... (Read More)

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Washington Letter with Maine Connection Brings $2.38 Million
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia Photos courtesy Freeman’s On September 18, 1787, George Washington forwarded a freshly printed copy of the new Constitution to Thomas Jefferson, the American minister to France. Washington’s cover letter, minus the enclosure, read “Yesterday put an end to the business of the Federal Convention. Enclosed is a copy of the ... (Read More)

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The Fall 2022 Gathering on the Prairie
by Don Johnson

Arthur, Illinois Chuck Springob was coughing up blood. That’s when he and his wife, Mary, knew something was seriously wrong. The Springobs manage A Gathering on the Prairie, which held its fall outing on November 12 in Arthur, Illinois. Chuck hadn’t been feeling well since returning home from a show in Iowa ... (Read More)

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The 2022 Homesteaders Folk Art & Antiques Show
by Don Johnson

Arthur, Illinois It was business as usual at Homesteaders Folk Art & Antiques Show, held November 11 and 12 at Arthur, Illinois. That was the good news. The expected news. But there was something else. Homesteaders has long been a regular part of the semi-annual Antiques Week in Central Illinois, a multi-venue ... (Read More)

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The Fall 2022 Country Spirit Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Arcola, Illinois “Four shows, three towns, two days, one heck of a good time.” That’s how Jill Mattingly summed up the fall edition of Antiques Week in Central Illinois. As promoter of Country Spirit Antique Show, Mattingly manages one of those shows at three of those locations in one of those ... (Read More)

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The Fall 2022 Rural Life Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Tuscola, Illinois The fall edition of the Rural Life Antique Show was held November 11 and 12 in Tuscola, Illinois. As in the spring, Rural Life used two locations, having previously been in three sites for several years. A notice on Rural Life’s Facebook page three days before the show noted, ... (Read More)

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Samaha Collection Adds Variety to CRN Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

CRN Auctions, Cambridge, Massachusetts Photos courtesy CRN Auctions Variety was the flavor of the day at CRN Auctions’ November 6 sale in its Cambridge, Massachusetts, gallery. The sale was filled with surprising offerings, and for the most part prices reflected that. At the opening, the 13 hardy souls in the gallery were ... (Read More)

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The 34th Annual ADAA Art Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), returned to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City November 3-6 for its 34th edition. Attendance was strong, and sales were made. The four-day show had an evening preview November 2. The preview, which has historically ... (Read More)

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Sale of the Bjurman Collection and Western Art
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles Photos courtesy Bonhams Western art specialist Katherine Halligan called the paintings owned by G. Andrew Bjurman (1948-2022) “an extraordinary collection,” and the market agreed on November 1 at Bonhams, paying a total of $5,436,720 (including buyers’ premiums) for them. Halligan said Bjurman was a careful and quiet collector who ... (Read More)

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American Art at Shannon’s
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut Photos courtesy Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers Celebrating a quarter of a century, Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers marked the occasion with an October 27 auction in its Milford, Connecticut, gallery. American art from the 19th through the 21st centuries was culled from collections and estates far and ... (Read More)

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The Baltimore Show Returns
by Walter C. Newman

Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Baltimore, Maryland The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show returned to the Baltimore Convention Center for its 40th edition October 20-23. The 2020 and 2021 shows had been canceled because of COVID-19. During the pandemic the Convention Center had been transformed into a field hospital ... (Read More)

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Record Price for 20th-Century Painting
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Cleveland, Ohio Photos courtesy Rachel Davis Fine Arts There is nothing like setting a world record to make a great auction even better. Just ask Rachel Davis of Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Cleveland, Ohio. October 22 and 23 found the gallery hopping during its two-day fall event where ... (Read More)

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The Fall Virginia Pickers Show
by Walter C. Newman

Virginia Pickers Antiques & Collectables Show, Glen Allen, Virginia The fall edition of the Virginia Pickers Antiques & Collectables Show was held October 21 and 22 at Gilmanor Farm in Glen Allen, Virginia. This was the ninth installment of the biannual event. Having begun as a seat-of-the-pants gathering in October 2018, ... (Read More)

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The 48th Annual Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show: Online
by Danielle Arnet

While prepping this article about the online 48th annual Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show held October 18 and 19 by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA), we learned of a seller anecdote that captures the allure of that long-lived show. Seller Tim Chambers of Missouri Plain Folk, Sikeston, Missouri, knew ... (Read More)

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The Return of the San Francisco Fall Show
by Alice Kaufman

San Francisco, California The post-COVID return of the San Francisco Fall Show, formerly the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show and the San Francisco Art & Antiques Show, was warmly welcomed by exhibitors, collectors, and just plain fans who think of it as an elegant temporary museum. This was the show’s 40th ... (Read More)

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A Sunny Day at Fishersville
by Walter C. Newman

Fishersville Antiques Expo, Fishersville, Virginia After several weeks of dramatic late summer temperature fluctuations and a week of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ian, the skies were clear and there was a hint of fall in the air when the gates opened for the 69th semiannual Fishersville Antiques Expo. October ... (Read More)

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Folk, Outsider, and Self-Taught Art Plus Americana
by Danielle Arnet

Toomey & Co., Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Toomey & Co. Readers who expected a big whoop-de-do and rapturous advance over an October 11 Toomey   & Co. sale of folk, Outsider, and self-taught art plus Americana were probably disappointed when the event happened without bugles, bells, or hyperbole. A little history on the event ... (Read More)

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African American Art Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries Swann Galleries continues to be a source for some of the most sought-after works of African American art. Its October 6 afternoon sale totaled $3.7 million (including buyers’ premiums). The auction had a sell-through rate of 82.5%; of the 222 lots offered, 183 ... (Read More)

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Online Decoy and Decoratives Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Decoys Unlimited, West Barnstable, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Decoys Unlimited Decoys Unlimited’s online auction September 17 featured objects from collections from all over. Judy and Ted Harmon, principals of Decoys Unlimited of West Barnstable, Massachusetts, gathered nearly 300 lots of decoys and decorative bird and fish carvings for every taste. Buying by collectors ... (Read More)

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Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts
by Don Johnson

Hindman, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Hindman Two Andrew Clemens sand bottles, a southern water cooler, and a portrait of a black stage actor brought some of the most attention and strongest bids during the sale of American furniture, folk art, and decorative arts held by Hindman September 14 and 15 in Cincinnati, ... (Read More)
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