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Folk-Art Watercolor Goes to Independence Seaport Museum
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In 1984 a schoolboy’s navigation workbook was donated to what was then the Philadelphia Maritime Museum—now the Independence Seaport Museum (ISM)—by Mary Lyman Cox Muir Cammann, whose second husband, Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann (1912-1991), was directly related to Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. The notebook did not have anything to ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2023
by Ian McKay, [email protected]

Franklin’s Lost Arctic Companions Revealed More than doubling the high estimate in the process, the set of 14 recently rediscovered and very early daguerreotype portraits depicting Sir John Franklin and other senior members of an ill-fated 1845 expedition aimed at completing the charting of a Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and ... (Read More)

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More Protection, Please
by Clayton Pennington

The collapse of Garth’s is a stunning development. The Ohio-based business had been a steady regional auction house for decades. Since its founding in the 1950s, it has brought significant Americana to market. It’s an immense loss for the antiques market, evoking sadness and some anger. While we mourn Garth’s, the ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Bob Markowitz
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Treasures abound at “Casa Markowitz,” home to antiques collector and dealer Robert “Bob” Markowitz, whose day job is practicing pediatric medicine in Boston and its environs. The good doctor runs the Optimal Wellness for Life program specializing in pediatric obesity at Children’s Hospital and its satellite locations in Waltham and Peabody, ... (Read More)

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

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, blown cameo glass vase, 1900, 6¼" x 21 1/16" x 21 1/16". Image courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo by Edward Pollard. © Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. —November 17, 2023-March 15, 2024 —Saint Augustine, Florida Art Nouveau is an exuberant, radical style that takes inspiration from the vitality of ... (Read More)

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Garth’s Auctions and Jeff Jeffers Surrender Auction Licenses
by Clayton Pennington

Garth’s Auctions—a staple in the Americana market for decades—is gone. According to a settlement agreement between Garth’s Auctions, Inc., and its CEO, Richard “Jeff” Jeffers, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which regulates auctions in Ohio, Jeffers and Garth’s are “permanently ineligible for auctioneering licenses in the state of Ohio.” The settlement, ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, November 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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New York Requires Background Checks for Antique Firearms
by M.A.D. Staff

As of September 13 background checks are required for purchasers of antique firearms and ammunition in New York state, according to a press release from Governor Kathy Hochul. The legislation requiring New York sellers of guns and ammunition to perform background checks for firearms and ammunition transfers also mandates that ... (Read More)

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Community Watch
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface You learn things over the life of marriage, and then, or so it seems to us, if you stay married you learn to accept the things you have learned as being immutable. People are just strange, and they are very often consistent in their strangeness. It is best ... (Read More)
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