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Books Received, April 2020
by M.A.D. staff

Books Received by M.A.D. Staff 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. ----------------------------------------------- At First Light: Two Centuries of Maine Artists, Their ... (Read More)

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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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Fairhaven Antiques Festival Resurrected
by Don Johnson

After an eight-year hiatus, the Fairhaven Antiques Festival will return to southwest Ohio this year. Under the management of Katherine Bovard, the popular event will be held Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5. Founded in 1975, the annual show was originally managed by the Fairhaven Dealers Association. Built on a ... (Read More)

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The Met Acquires David Drake Storage Jar
by M.A.D. staff

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a stoneware storage jar by the enslaved black potter and poet David Drake (c. 1801-1870s). Made at the Stony Bluff Manufactory pottery site in Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, in 1858, the alkaline-glazed vessel is signed, dated, and inscribed by Drake. There are ... (Read More)
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