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Fine Art Records Melt Down at Spring Auction
by Ed Pfeiffer

Shannon's, Greenwich, Connecticutby Ed PfeifferIt's not news that one of Shannon's twice-yearly fine art auctions in Greenwich, Connecticut, has broken records. Shannon's has been doing that consistently for all of the 11 years it has been in business.Shannon's sale on May 1 continued the pattern with its offering of a ... (Read More)


Gastronomic Lit Sales: Recipe for Success
by Jeanne Schinto

Swann Galleries, New York Cityby Jeanne SchintoSwann Galleries set three auction-price records for books on gastronomy at two sales, April 3 and 7.One record was achieved when a dealer paid $192,000 (includes buyer's premium) for Deipnosophistarum, a work on ancient Greek gastronomy. Published in early 16th-century Venice, it retains its ... (Read More)


Fusco & Four Brings Modernism and More to Boston
by Jeanne Schinto

Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoDisbelief is one word that could describe the initial reaction of dealers and showgoers to the success of the all-new Boston undertaking by Fusco & Four/Ventures that premiered on the first weekend in April. Delight is another."They pulled it off," said one participating dealer at the gala ... (Read More)


Editorial: Don't Wine

Recently we had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of a new antiques gallery in a nearby town. Jeff Cherry and his wife, Kass Hogan, purchased the old municipal building in Damariscotta, Maine, and after extensive renovations have transformed it into the attractive new home of their business, Cherry ... (Read More)


Bloomsbury Launches Photographs Department; First Photo Sale in October

Bloomsbury Auctions has launched a photographs department in New York City, appointing John Cowey as head of department and Hannah Hayden as junior specialist, according to a statement from the firm. The department is being guided by specialist Rick Wester as international consultant.Bloomsbury Auctions opened its New York salesroom eight ... (Read More)


Walker Flies, Davis Dies
by Mark Sisco

The Cobbs Auctioneers, Peterborough, New Hampshireby Mark SiscoAt The Cobbs Auctioneers' April 12 auction in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the biggest question was, "Is it Jefferson Davis or isn't it?"There was some evidence that seemed to confirm that the item in question really was an original tintype of the president of ... (Read More)


Americana Sale in Downingtown Rolls Along
by Karl H. Pass

Pook & Pook Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvaniaby Karl H. PassA highlight of the 755-lot sale at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on April 18 was a group of Amish quilts. "These are some of the nicest Amish quilts to surface in a long time as a collection," reflected Lancaster County ... (Read More)


In the Trade: Mario Pollo, Bearsville, New York
by Frank Donegan

by Frank DoneganIf you know Mario Pollo only from shows, where his booths always contain a tasteful selection of high-country stuff, nice painted furniture, weathervanes, and folk art, you might be surprised to find that he lives in a pink ranch house. In fact, so is Pollo. He shook his ... (Read More)


ADAA President Resolves to Secure Donation Pledges in Return for Tax Code Changes
by Daniel Grant

by Daniel GrantYear after year, artists, art dealers, and art museum directors have called upon Congress to enact legislation that would permit artists to receive a full, fair-market deduction on their tax returns when they donate their own artwork to museums. (Since 1969, artists making donations of artwork are permitted ... (Read More)


Moorcroft Mostly Hits the Mark
by John Norris

Waddington's, Toronto, Ontarioby John NorrisAll prices in Canadian fundsPerhaps "pretty" is the best word to describe Moorcroft pottery. It's the perfect gift. You can surprise your mother with it for her birthday and/or Christmas, then inherit it years later and expect its monetary value to have grown. Indeed, there is ... (Read More)
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