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Auction Prices Realized, March 2021
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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Museum of Antique Coffee Mills Includes Coffee Bar
by M.A.D. staff

Café Museo, a museum of antique coffee mills in Clifton Forge, Virginia, that opened in 2020, is the only museum of its kind in the United States. Its name is Italian for “coffee museum.” The museum includes antique coffee mills from Judith and Stephen Sivonda’s collection of more than 300 coffee ... (Read More)

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Spinning a Nostalgic Yarn
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We are doing it again—we’re guest co-curating an exhibition. What had started out as a small show about one Ohio folk artist has blossomed into a major loan exhibition scheduled for early in 2022 at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, Ohio. The folk artist in ... (Read More)

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Canceled Sale of Monet Prompts Lawsuit
by M.A.D. staff

Piommiers en fleurs (Apple Trees in Blossom), 1872, a 23 3⁄8" x 28 7⁄8" oil on canvas by Claude Monet (1840-1926), was accessioned into the collection of the Union League Club of Chicago in 1895. Judge John Barton Payne sold it to the club for $500. Fast forward 125 years. The ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Andrew Spindler
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. Because we all might enjoy staring at someone else’s walls for a change, this column gives our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with ... (Read More)

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Stolen Paintings Turn Up Consigned for Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

When Cambridge, Massachusetts, auctioneer Carl R. Nordblom opened his copy of the February issue of Maine Antique Digest, he recalls, “I was shocked to see my pictures there.” Photographs of the pictures—two small China trade paintings—ran under the headline “Stolen China Trade Paintings.” They had been stolen in Portland, Maine. Nordblom ... (Read More)

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Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum’s American Furniture Collection
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) has published some landmark exhibition catalogs that introduced the world to its unparalleled collection of Philadelphia furniture: Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art; Federal Philadelphia, 1785-1825: The Athens of the Western World; Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758; and Classical ... (Read More)

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American Resilience
by Clayton Pennington, Editorial March 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a body blow to America. As of this writing, the United States has recorded over 27 million cases and 463,000 deaths. Businesses have shuttered, and the vaccine rollout is going slower than many had hoped. Americans are a remarkably resilient people. Take a look around any ... (Read More)

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Letter from London
by Ian McKay,

An explosive rat and a pair of candlesticks fashioned from a stag’s feet are among the more bizarre entries in this month’s selection, while a giant cicada, a wine jug in canine guise, and a ceramic menagerie add to that zoomorphic theme. A record-breaking “Midshipman” jug, a Pre-Raphaelite Queen of Hearts, ... (Read More)

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Americana Insights Launches
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The new year in the antiques world got off to an auspicious start with the launch on January 12 of Americana Insights, a new e-publication focusing on traditional American folk art and Americana that provides open access to original articles, research, and resources. A compendium of short-form scholarly essays on ... (Read More)
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