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The Oldest Show Nears Its Ninth Decade
by Mark Sisco

Portland, Maineby Mark SiscoNobody really famous showed up this time, but it doesn't take a celebrity face to make a successful antiques show, especially when it's the longest continually running show in the country. This year marked the 78th year of the Maine Antiques Dealers Association Antiques Show, held September ... (Read More)


Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair Introduces Fall Fair
by Danielle Arnet

Chicago, Illinoisby Danielle ArnetHard on the heels of its highly successful April 2007 Artropolis extravaganza, Chicago's Merchandise Mart took on another daunting project. It launched Fall Fair, a version of the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, for the first time October 12-15.To recap, the spring event involved five shows on ... (Read More)


Motley's Celebrates Its 40th Year of Auctions
by Walter C. Newman

Motley's Auction & Realty Group, Richmond, Virginiaby Walter C. NewmanRichard Motley entered the auction business as a volunteer. After a family tragedy, Dick and his wife, Linda, became active in the Richmond, Virginia, chapter of the March of Dimes. During one of the charity's fund-raising auctions, Dick was pressed into ... (Read More)


Some Observations on Buying a Half-Million-Dollar Letter by Davy Crockett
by David Hewett

Opinionby David Hewett"It's déjà vu all over again!" observed that shrewd commentator on human nature, Yogi Berra. "What goes around, comes around," also comes to mind.Why these pithy observations?The Texas Historical Commission announced in early September that it had tentatively agreed to purchase a document from Houston's Simpson Galleries for ... (Read More)


In Praise of Pairpoint Lamps
by John Norris

by John NorrisAll prices in Canadian funds unless noted; rounded U.S. figures in parenthesisOn June 6 a Pairpoint reverse-painted glass and gilt-metal table lamp, the largest Rose Bonnet or Easter Bonnet puffy, estimated at $3000/5000, soared to $69,600 ($65,726) (including buyer's premium) at Ritchies in Toronto, setting a Canadian auction ... (Read More)


Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style
by Jeanne Schinto

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoWhen Samuel McIntire died in 1811, he owned over 300 carving tools, more than three times the number in a typical carver's shop of the period. He needed the surplus for his multiple styles and the wide variety of carving challenges he faced, so ... (Read More)


Stoneware Stag Hunted at Pook & Pook's
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenPook & Pook Inc. in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, put together 921 lots of mostly American furniture and decorations, including some appealing19th-century stoneware and a dozen painted dower chests, for a fall sale on September 28 and 29. It brought out the locals, attracted a ... (Read More)

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SeaFair Launched
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenAfter three and a half years and many delays, SeaFair's well-publicized five-story 228' yacht Grand Luxe tied up at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut, and opened for business on September 27.Twenty-eight dealers had signed up for gallery space for the first voyage, which launched in Greenwich, then ... (Read More)


Sotheby's October Americana Auction
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby's, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenThe October Americana sales in New York City showed that when people want something they will pay for it, and if they don't want it, you cannot give it away."The market wants premier objects, and when the estimates are conservative there is interest," said Erik ... (Read More)


A Spirit Anew
by Cathy Aldrich

Renton, Washingtonby Cathy AldrichLast spring left us with the dance in transition. The party who had conceived the whole notion was leaving, looking forward to sitting on the sidelines. The new partner understood the moves and was ready to waltz on alone. The new venue for the dance passed muster, ... (Read More)
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