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Jim Morneau, Classic Home Hardware, Canton, Connecticut
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade People get into the antiques business in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of reasons. Take Jim Morneau for example. When he was 23 years old, a house fire incinerated his furniture, and he discovered it was a lot cheaper to buy replacements at the local ... (Read More)

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American History Sells Well
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s Freeman’s Americana sale on April 25 demonstrated that there is still a strong market for American history among passionate group of collectors and dealers. Bidding erupted with gusto when American books and ephemera consigned by a prominent Quaker family crossed the block. Toward the end of ... (Read More)

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Lost Portrait of Forgotten Hero of American Revolution Rediscovered
by M.A.D. staff

Research on both sides of the Atlantic has unlocked the identity of a portrait of a French general wearing a Spanish uniform with medals including a Society of the Cincinnati eagle insignia. He’s a forgotten hero of the Revolutionary War. The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati in ... (Read More)

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Farrin’s Launches Parking Lot Show
by M.A.D. staff

Farrin’s Country Auctions of Randolph, Maine, is launching an outside antiques show in the parking area of the auction house. Farrin’s Country Antique Show and Vintage Market will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date, June 24) at 36 Water Street. The new ... (Read More)

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California and Western Paintings and Sculpture
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams Sales totaled $2,685,000 at Bonhams’ April 24 auction held in Los Angeles and simulcast in San Francisco. San Francisco-based specialist Aaron Bastian said, “We saw broad and deep interest in the sale, with a continued focus from our buyers on the big names in California ... (Read More)

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American Folk Art Museum Establishes the Anne Radice Education Fund
by M.A.D. staff

To honor Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, who stepped down after five and a half years as executive director of the American Folk Art Museum, a fund for educational programming has been created. “During Dr. Radice’s tenure, more than 15,000 New York City public school students visited the museum, where folk and self-taught ... (Read More)

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Books Received, May 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse by Arthur D. Hittner (Apple Ridge Press, 2017, 348 pp., softbound, $19.95). Arthur Hittner worked for eight years on a catalogue raisonné and biography of Harold J. Rabinowitz, a talented young Social Realist who died in 1944 at age 29 after being held by the Japanese for ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions: May 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Sally Mann (b. 1951), untitled (Scarred Tree), from the “Deep South” series, 1998, gelatin silver print. National Gallery of Art, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund. —Through May 28 —Washington, D.C. The National Gallery of Art (NGA) presents Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. The exhibition of over 100 photographs reflects ... (Read More)

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Time and Tools
by Bob Frishman

Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner “What the hell.” With that soft outburst, a friend sitting next to me bid again, $27,000 this time, risking bank account and marriage, he confessed. Luckily or unluckily for him, the phone bidder quickly replied with $28,000, and the war was over. They were competing for ... (Read More)

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The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania It was an unseasonably cold 40 degrees in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 19, when the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show opened. The winds howled and wall labels swayed. Those who checked their coats retrieved them after the first hour, and after three hours dealer Peter Pap had wrapped himself ... (Read More)
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