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Exhibitions, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Plate from Ackermann’s Repository, London, 1824. Courtesy Jane Nylander. —Through July 8 —Concord, Massachusetts As part of the statewide Mass Fashion collaborative project, Fresh Goods: Shopping for Clothing in a New England Town, 1750-1900, an exhibition at the Concord Museum, examines questions about the sources and context of small-town Massachusetts fashion. The ... (Read More)

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Books Received, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Books Received These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept mail, phone, or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. This catalog examines the work of 21 self-taught artists through ... (Read More)

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The Pottery Industry in Southeastern Massachusetts
by Justin W. Thomas

The red earthenware manufactured in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the 18th and 19th centuries has been desired for at least a century now by collectors, dealers, and museums. A combination of factors have contributed to this infatuation, including the refinement of the production, the color of the glazes, and the ... (Read More)

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The Art of the Peales
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review The Art of the Peales in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Adaptations and Innovations by  Carol Eaton Soltis Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2017, 344 pages, hardbound, $65. Carol Eaton Soltis, project associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), has created a ... (Read More)

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Letter From London, June 2018
by Ian McKay,

Letter from London The really big money went on pictures, notably some “Orientalist” paintings and a newly discovered example of canine portraiture, but the most expensive single piece featured in this month’s “Letter” is an exceptionally rare Leica camera—though it was actually sold in Vienna, not London. This month’s most pictorial piece ... (Read More)

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Tom Wesdorp, Antiques Anonymous, Millerton, New York
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade Tom Wesdorp calls his business Antiques Anonymous. It is, he said, “A play on Alcoholics Anonymous: you’ve got to get your fix once you’ve been bitten by the buying bug.” But the term might also apply to him—and to dealers like him—in another sense. Although Wesdorp is hardly “anonymous,” ... (Read More)

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Rococo: Celebrating 18th-Century Design and Decoration
by M.A.D. staff

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), English furniture maker, author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (1754), and important disseminator of what is commonly known today as the Rococo style. Since the 1840s, the term “Rococo” has been used to describe a variety ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Black-figure amphora, 675-650 B.C.E., attributed to the Swing Painter (Greek, Attic), terracotta. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund. —Through July 8 —Richmond, Virginia The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) presents The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the National ... (Read More)

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Journal of Revolutionary War Prisoner of War Donated to Museum of the American Revolution
by M.A.D. staff

The original handwritten journal of Christopher Hawkins (1764-1837), who was captured from a privateer ship and was a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War, has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The journal was discovered nearly two decades ago in the linen closet of Margaret ... (Read More)

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Court Battle over Withdrawn Lot
by M.A.D. staff

One of baseball’s foundational documents—once headed to the auction block—is now at the center of a lawsuit between an auction house and a 92-year-old widow. The sale was stopped, but allegedly the auction house will not release the document, claiming that it is owed for expensive but futile marketing efforts. On ... (Read More)
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