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(Book Review)

Book Reviews
by M.A.D. staff

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book” is a sentiment attributed to Austin Phelps. You’ll find many interesting new antiques-related books in this month’s selection. We have included contact information for books that you can order directly from the publisher or museum. We also encourage you to consider ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Auction Prices Realized, December 2020
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)

(Young Collectors)

Waiting for the Light
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Usually about this time of year, we would turn in a travelogue of sorts. Light, we imagine, entertaining, we hope, the kind of thing you want to read about someone else doing because you would have more sense than to do it yourself. One of these crisp, bright ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Letter from London, December 2020
by Ian McKay,

Though Bonhams helped by getting their new season’s bigger sales under way a little earlier than most, recent weeks have seen most of the big sales taking place in the Far East and North America. So while there are several London sales in what follows, I have dipped into some ... (Read More)


January York Show Canceled
by M.A.D. staff

Promoter Melvin Arion has canceled The Original 176th Semi-Annual York Antiques Show & Sale, scheduled for January 29-31, 2021, in York, Pennsylvania, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the website ( or call Arion at (302) 542-3286. Originally published in the December 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Hanging with Rebecca and Taylor Thistlethwaite
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)


David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles Launch New Blog
by M.A.D. staff

David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles of Woodbury, Connecticut,  have launched a new educational and editorial blog to showcase and discuss works within the broader context of the Americana field. The second-generation firm will offer a perspective based on the dealers’ experience and position in the marketplace. The first entry ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Vermont Latest to Get It Wrong but Gives Dealers Some Time
by Clayton Pennington

Vermont antiques dealers have about a year to legally sell all their antique scrimshaw, ivory netsuke, or any other antique that will be illegal to sell under a newly passed animal parts and products law. The law—signed on October 8—prohibits the buying and selling of any item of a covered animal ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Exhibitions, December 2020
by M.A.D. staff

Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704), The Battle of Lowestoft, circa 1690, oil on canvas, 40¾" x 71¼". Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust. —Through December 6 —Denver, Colorado Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) by the Berger Collection Educational Trust ... (Read More)


Grogan & Company “Does Better” at Fall Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Grogan & Company, Boston, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Grogan & Company Visitors to the Grogan & Company gallery in Boston to preview the November 15, 2020, auction were greeted by plywood across the front door. During the Black Lives Matter protests last June, the door had been spray-painted “#BLM Do Better, Art World!” ... (Read More)
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