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Exhibitions: May 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Sally Mann (b. 1951), untitled (Scarred Tree), from the “Deep South” series, 1998, gelatin silver print. National Gallery of Art, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund. —Through May 28 —Washington, D.C. The National Gallery of Art (NGA) presents Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. The exhibition of over 100 photographs reflects ... (Read More)


Time and Tools
by Bob Frishman

Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner “What the hell.” With that soft outburst, a friend sitting next to me bid again, $27,000 this time, risking bank account and marriage, he confessed. Luckily or unluckily for him, the phone bidder quickly replied with $28,000, and the war was over. They were competing for ... (Read More)


The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania It was an unseasonably cold 40 degrees in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 19, when the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show opened. The winds howled and wall labels swayed. Those who checked their coats retrieved them after the first hour, and after three hours dealer Peter Pap had wrapped himself ... (Read More)


Americana Revisited
by Danielle Arnet

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers A sale of furniture, decorative arts, and silver held April 18 and 19 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers may forever be known as the sale with “the chest.” The Americana highlight of the sale was this circa 1770 Chippendale mahogany chest-on-chest estimated at $100,000/200,000 ... (Read More)


Scottish Rite Masonic Center Sells Collection
by Kay Manning

Bailey’s Honor Auction & Estate Service, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Photos courtesy Bailey’s Honor Auction & Estate Service In November 2017 the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center’s members sold their organization’s home of more than 100 years. The 130-year-old building in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin—which is 70,000 square feet and includes a 470-seat theatre—contained an ... (Read More)


The Prices Are Right for the Michener
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Doyle New York, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle New York Doyle New York’s auction of American paintings, furniture, and decorative arts on April 18 was a consistent sale where the paintings accounted for $813,344 of the overall total of $1,225,344 (including buyers’ premiums). The presale estimate of the entire sale was ... (Read More)


AD 20/21
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

AD 20/21 Home & Boston Print Fair, Boston, Massachusetts This year’s Boston’s AD 20/21 Home & Boston Print Fair, held April 12-15, was a feast for the eyes. Added to the roster of dealers in fine art, prints, and mid-century modern were designers and fine furniture makers. There was something for ... (Read More)


The Collection of Ruth Bryson
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook In 1982 Ruth Bryson and her husband, Jack, bought a stone farmhouse in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, in the southern part of Lancaster County. After they restored it and filled it with appropriate Pennsylvania antiques, Ruth opened her antiques shop in a barn on ... (Read More)


Hingham Highlights
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Willis Henry Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Willis Henry Auctions Positioned as it has been on the South Shore of Massachusetts for well over four decades, Willis Henry Auctions is ideally located to gather collections and estates from surrounding towns. The sale on April 14 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, included many lots of ... (Read More)


Mormons, Mexicana, and Marilyn Monroe—All in a Day’s Work at Printed and Manuscript Americana Sa
by Jeanne Schinto

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries A first edition of The Book of Mormon was the top lot of Swann’s printed and manuscript Americana sale on April 12 in its New York City gallery—yet again. The auction house has done well with Mormon material for at least a decade. ... (Read More)
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