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The Schoedinger Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Christie's, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenThe collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger of St. Louis was put together with good advice and good taste in the late 1980's and '90's when the market for American furniture was at its peak. They bought furniture with clean lines, rich patinas, and in ... (Read More)

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The Young Collector: Really Living with Antiques
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young CollectorReally Living with Antiquesby Hollie Davis and Andrew RichmondIn the marketplace you hear much talk about living with antiques, but in reality, many younger collectors are afraid of what they think that phrase entails. Fact is, many collectors live "around" their antiques, and that environment keeps many young ... (Read More)


Decoys in New York
by Karl H. Pass

Christie's/Sotheby's, New York Cityby Karl H. Pass"We're seeing a lot of crossover interest from folk art people becoming interested in decoys here," commented Gary Guyette at the preview in Christie's Rockefeller Plaza showrooms. Guyette and business partner Frank Schmidt held a sale in association with Christie's Americana sale Friday, January ... (Read More)

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Esmerian Suit Still in Limbo
by David Hewett

by David HewettRecently, Ralph Esmerian pulled his Edward Hicks folk art icon The Peaceable Kingdom from the American Folk Art Museum and deposited it with Sotheby's for a private auction (M.A.D., March 2008, p. 11-A). It did not sell, we have learned, and probably will be included in an art ... (Read More)

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Angel Gabriel Weathervane, Made by Blacksmith in 1822, Sold
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-Cohen"It is a truly great weathervane, one of the top ten, maybe one of the top five, right up there with Shem Drowne's grasshopper atop Faneuil Hall," said New Haven, Connecticut, antiques dealer Fred Giampietro. He was speaking about the early 19th-century wrought-iron Angel Gabriel weathervane he sold ... (Read More)

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"Young America" Sells for $4.3 Million
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenAn unsigned oil on canvas, 26½" x 34", of a young boy standing on a soapbox in front of a wall plastered with broadsides, one announcing a meeting of "Young America," and surrounded by a crowd of women with market baskets, a well-dressed Black man, and boys horsing ... (Read More)

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Promised Museum Gifts May Be Sold
by Daniel Grant

by Daniel GrantGem dealer Ralph Esmerian, looking to raise money, has put up for private sale at Sotheby's The Peaceable Kingdom, a folk painting by Edward Hicks, from his collection that had been promised to the American Folk Art Museum (M.A.D., March 2008, p. 11-A). Esmerian is a collector of ... (Read More)


Record Howard Regulator Clock
by David Hewett

by David HewettOn February 17 Skinner proved once again that it takes a back seat to no one when it comes to getting record prices for Howard clocks. It set the record on June 3, 2007, when a massive 87½" high Howard Regulator No. 36 wall clock in walnut soared ... (Read More)


Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan's, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonDuring Cowan's auction of historic firearms and early militaria, held November 7 and 8, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio, nearly 1300 lots grossed $1.577 million (including buyers' premiums), proving to auctioneer Wesley Cowan that he was right to pursue a portion of the marketplace for vintage guns ... (Read More)

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Two Declarations-Two Outcomes

EditorialTwo Declarations-Two OutcomesThe state of Maine lost a key court battle in Virginia in late February when a judge ruled that a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence sent to Pownalborough, Massachusetts (now Wiscasset, Maine), belonged to a collector and not the town. In July 1776 the Executive Council ... (Read More)
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