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Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art Acquired
by M.A.D. staff

After being locally owned for 56 years, the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art has been acquired by Luxe Events of Naples, Florida, which will produce the 150-exhibitor event for its 57th year March 6-8, 2020, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The ... (Read More)

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A Comprehensive Look at the Bond Family of Clockmakers
by Bob Frishman

A Book Review Queen Victoria visited the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations on several occasions in 1851. The brainchild of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, this inaugural world’s fair also was called the Crystal Palace Exhibition. She penned and published lengthy journal entries about those royal ... (Read More)

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Protected Speech
by Clayton Pennington

New York state law allows dealers to sell to out-of-state buyers ivory that conforms to federal restrictions, but the dealers are not allowed to display it. New York state’s restrictive ivory law—far more draconian than federal ivory law—does not allow for the “physical display for sale” of any ivory object not ... (Read More)


Freeman’s Moves
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s in Philadelphia, America’s oldest auction house, has sold its historic building at 1808 Chestnut Street, and the firm is moving its main salesroom to the newly refitted Aramark building at 2400 Market Street, just a short walk from the 30th Street Station. Freeman’s new purpose-built gallery and auction room with ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, October 2019
by M.A.D. staff

Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947), Sharecroppers’ Revolt, 1939, oil on panel, 24" x 30". Shogren-Meyer collection. —St. Peter, Minnesota —Through November 10 ... (Read More)

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100% Sold at Litchfield Auctions
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Litchfield Auctions Litchfield Auctions’ sale of jewelry on September 15 yielded a “white glove” result—100% sold—with “most items selling at or above estimate,” according to a post-sale press release. The 360-lot auction realized $960,500 with buyers’ premiums. “With a live crowd of auction-goers present at the gallery, ... (Read More)


Sammons Sentenced to Prison
by M.A.D. staff

Timothy Sammons, 63, a former art sales agent operating in New York and London, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for stealing at least $10 million through a criminal scheme involving the sale of valuable artwork. On July 2 Sammons pleaded guilty to all 15 counts in the ... (Read More)


“Blue Dog” Benefit
by M.A.D. staff

Leading the Benefit Shop Foundation’s Red Carpet auction on September 11 was Dreaming of You, one of George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog” paintings, which sold for $25,600 (includes buyer’s premium). The title, Dreaming of You, and the year 2000 are handwritten on the reverse of the painting. “This signed painting was acquired ... (Read More)


Ivan the Terrible Returns Home
by Walter C. Newman

On September 9 a ceremony was held in the gallery of The Potomack Company in Alexandria, Virginia. The event was the culmination of nearly two years of research, investigation, and diplomatic discussions related to the return of a large oil painting to Ukraine. Among those present at the repatriation ceremonies ... (Read More)


Valuable Words to Remember: Hunter Family
by Pete Prunkl

Wooten & Wooten Auction & Appraisal, Camden, South Carolina Photos courtesy Wooten & Wooten When antiques show dealers query your reporter, their questions are always the same: “What’s selling?” For dealers in the South, Jeremy Wooten’s auction on September 7 in Camden, South Carolina, provided a quick and reliable answer: furniture made ... (Read More)
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