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New CEO for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
by M.A.D. staff

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announced on June 5 that the firm has appointed Thomas Galbraith as chief executive officer, effective June 4. He succeeds Leslie Hindman, who founded the firm in 1982 and reopened it in 2003 after Sotheby’s, which had bought it in 1997, stopped conducting sales in Chicago in ... (Read More)

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Books Received, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Books Received These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept mail, phone, or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. This catalog examines the work of 21 self-taught artists through ... (Read More)

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Moravian Flask Brings $28,600
by M.A.D. staff

A 6 5/8" tall Moravian pottery flask in the form of a woman wearing a green dress and holding a flower sold for $28,600 (includes buyer’s premium) on June 2 at Kennedy’s Auction Service’s sale in Selmer, Tennessee, of the Carl Smith estate. The circa 1811 piece is thought to ... (Read More)

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The Heartland Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Richmond, Indiana Of the things normally scribbled into a reporter’s notebook, there are these: 100 dealers from 20 states. Twenty-ninth year. Strong sales of smalls across the floor. Spotty movement of furniture. A good gate that resulted in overflow parking. Three terns, carved and painted wood, mid-20th century, New England, $195 the ... (Read More)

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The Pottery Industry in Southeastern Massachusetts
by Justin W. Thomas

The red earthenware manufactured in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the 18th and 19th centuries has been desired for at least a century now by collectors, dealers, and museums. A combination of factors have contributed to this infatuation, including the refinement of the production, the color of the glazes, and the ... (Read More)

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The Art of the Peales
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review The Art of the Peales in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Adaptations and Innovations by  Carol Eaton Soltis Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2017, 344 pages, hardbound, $65. Carol Eaton Soltis, project associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), has created a ... (Read More)

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Letter From London, June 2018
by Ian McKay,

Letter from London The really big money went on pictures, notably some “Orientalist” paintings and a newly discovered example of canine portraiture, but the most expensive single piece featured in this month’s “Letter” is an exceptionally rare Leica camera—though it was actually sold in Vienna, not London. This month’s most pictorial piece ... (Read More)

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Tom Wesdorp, Antiques Anonymous, Millerton, New York
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade Tom Wesdorp calls his business Antiques Anonymous. It is, he said, “A play on Alcoholics Anonymous: you’ve got to get your fix once you’ve been bitten by the buying bug.” But the term might also apply to him—and to dealers like him—in another sense. Although Wesdorp is hardly “anonymous,” ... (Read More)

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Rococo: Celebrating 18th-Century Design and Decoration
by M.A.D. staff

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), English furniture maker, author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (1754), and important disseminator of what is commonly known today as the Rococo style. Since the 1840s, the term “Rococo” has been used to describe a variety ... (Read More)

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Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania On Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, the 47th annual Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show filled the courtyard, downstairs galleries, and three floors of the atrium of the old Hoffman’s grist mill, built in 1864 and now transformed into a modern art museum. A brief history of the ... (Read More)
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