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The Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck Show
by Clayton Pennington

Rhinebeck, New York Frank Gaglio had a problem. The spring edition of Barn Star Productions’ Antiques at Rhinebeck Show was cruising right along—there was good weather and a large crowd, and sales were being made. The fly in the ointment? His on-site shipper had not shown up and was not returning ... (Read More)

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Three R.S. Prussia Bowls Reach a Combined $33,000
by M.A.D. staff

Three marked R.S. Prussia bowls—each one boasting a portrait and scenic décor of one of the four seasons—sold as individual lots for a combined $33,000 during part one of the sale of the collection of the late John and Lavaun Headlee, held on May 26 by Woody Auction in the ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, June 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Black-figure amphora, 675-650 B.C.E., attributed to the Swing Painter (Greek, Attic), terracotta. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund. —Through July 8 —Richmond, Virginia The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) presents The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition was organized in partnership with the National ... (Read More)

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Journal of Revolutionary War Prisoner of War Donated to Museum of the American Revolution
by M.A.D. staff

The original handwritten journal of Christopher Hawkins (1764-1837), who was captured from a privateer ship and was a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War, has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The journal was discovered nearly two decades ago in the linen closet of Margaret ... (Read More)

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American Art
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Bonhams, New York City Photos courtesy Bonhams American Modernists dominated the small sale held at Bonhams the afternoon of May 23. The hourlong sale of 56 lots totaled $2,112,750. Forty-seven lots sold, for a sell-through rate of 84%. John Marin (1870-1953), Sea in Red (Version II), 1948. The signed and dated oil on ... (Read More)

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Court Battle over Withdrawn Lot
by M.A.D. staff

One of baseball’s foundational documents—once headed to the auction block—is now at the center of a lawsuit between an auction house and a 92-year-old widow. The sale was stopped, but allegedly the auction house will not release the document, claiming that it is owed for expensive but futile marketing efforts. On ... (Read More)

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Christie’s Adds $32.8 Million to American Art Total for May
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Christie’s sale of American art on May 22, held less than two weeks after its record-breaking sale of the Rockefeller collection of art of the Americas, did not disappoint. Of the 84 lots offered, 69 sold, for a sell-through rate of 82%. The sale totaled ... (Read More)

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Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer
by Lemuel Shaw and Keith Downer Frances McQueeney-Jo

The unidentified portrait of a man that hung outside the chambers of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court intrigued many when it was retrieved from storage after the relatively recent restoration of the John Quincy Adams Courthouse in Boston. It was among a group of ... (Read More)

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Software for Antiques Shops and Malls
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #353 Software for antiques shops and malls has been a common subject of these columns over the years. Programs for dealers have a point-of-sale (POS) cash register feature and inventory recordkeeping. Those for malls or group shops accept items from more than one dealer on a single sales slip ... (Read More)

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Bombé Desk Brings $240,000
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

CRN Auctions, Cambridge, Massachusetts A Chippendale mahogany bombé desk made between 1765 and 1770 was the runaway favorite at CRN Auctions’ May 20 sale in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, gallery. Prospective buyers had streamed to the auction gallery to see it. Bidding on the desk, estimated at $30,000/50,000, opened at $50,000 and ... (Read More)
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