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The Unveiling
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-Cohen"The Unveiling" was advertised on a postcard with a picture of a maple Savery armchair "veiled" behind a piece of mauve satin, only its leg and arm showing. The card was an invitation from two Chester County, Pennsylvania, dealers—Van Tassel/Baumann and H.L. Chalfant—to "Please Join Us at a ... (Read More)


The Winter Antiques Show 2008
by Lita Solis-Cohen

New York City by Lita Solis-Cohen "How do you explain that I sold one seven-figure object and eight six-figure objects, only one to an established client, during a week when financial markets across the world were tumbling?" asked Donald Ellis of Dundas, Ontario, and New York City, a dealer in Native American ... (Read More)


Getman's Show: Hope for the Middle Market
by Jeanne Schinto

Wilmington, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoThe most interesting piece of news to emerge from the latest Greater Boston Antiques Festival, held January 19 and 20 at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts, was not that dealers made significant sales, although many did. It was that those sales were made on Sunday."These people ... (Read More)


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)
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