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Manhattan Dealer Strikes Plea Deal in Ivory Case
by M.A.D. staff

The owner of a Manhattan-based antiques store and his corporation were charged with felonies in connection with illegal ivory sales in New York County Criminal Court in October, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Alexander Sakhai and Alexander’s Antiques Inc. of 1050 Second Avenue were each ... (Read More)

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Long-running Hudson, Ohio, Antique Show to Change Location
by M.A.D. staff

Entering its 48th year, the Hudson Antique Show, Hudson, Ohio, is changing venues. The show had been located at the Clarion Inn in Hudson for the past several years, but the hotel recently was sold and will no longer host events. The new location will be the Days Inn in ... (Read More)

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Semple Kettle Stand Offered at Williamsburg Holiday Show
by Walter C. Newman

Along with offering booths filled with fine antiques, artwork, and collectibles, the 36th Annual Holiday Antiques Show in Williamsburg, Virginia, enjoyed the presence of a piece of American Colonial furniture royalty. Known simply as the “Semple” kettle stand or table, the carved mahogany masterpiece is attributed to Robert Walker of ... (Read More)

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Glass, Maritime Art, and Americana in Marion
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Marion Antique Auctions, Marion, Massachusetts Estates and collections make up most sales at Marion Antique Auctions in Marion, Massachusetts, bringing to market antique and historical objects and art from the area lately termed the “Southeast coast.” For the November 25, 2017, auction at the Marion Music Hall, Frank McNamee and C. ... (Read More)

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A Tea Caddy Collection
by Mark Bramble

More than half a century ago my mother, Marnie Bramble, began collecting tea caddies. She often said that as a petite person (5'2"), she was attracted to small things and naturally drawn to the 4" to 5" highly decorative containers used for storing tea. Mother said she acquired her first ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2017
by Ian McKay

 Ian McKay, <> With a poet’s desk, an admiral’s armchair, and a hall settee that may well be the work of William Linnell, there is a certain celebrity element to the furniture content of this month’s “Letter,” and an undeniable one where the season-opening Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh sales that ... (Read More)

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57th Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Delaware, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Auctions Having an obscure subject matter on top of a bizarre medium, a painting that sold halfway through the 57th Thanksgiving Americana auction held by Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio, on November 24 offered an interesting analogy of the day itself. Pennsylvania painting of a man ... (Read More)

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Lawren Harris "Lake Superior" Sketch Brings $161,000 Canadian
by M.A.D. staff

The preparatory work for an iconic 44" x 49 15/16" oil on canvas, Lake Superior, by Lawren Harris (Canadian, 1885-1970) sold for $161,000 in Canadian dollars ($126,309 U.S.), including buyer’s premium, on November 23, 2017, at a Toronto, Ontario, auction conducted by Consignor Canadian Fine Art. The estimate was $20,000/30,000 ... (Read More)

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The Manafort Mystery
by Clayton Pennington

Editorial When the federal grand jury’s indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates was handed up on October 27, court papers revealed a tantalizing mystery. Manafort, accused of laundering money in offshore accounts and failing to pay taxes on it, had an appetite for decorative arts. The indictment lists Vendor C as ... (Read More)

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Fendelman and Farrell Join Board of CPWP
by M.A.D. staff

Helaine Fendelman and Daniel Farrell have joined the board of directors of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP), a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the research and preservation of historic American paint-decorated plaster walls from 1800 to 1860. The mission of the organization is to survey and document paint-decorated ... (Read More)
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