Stories for April '19

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Bonhams Raises Buyer’s Premium
by M.A.D. staff

On March 4 Bonhams raised its buyer’s premium. The new rates are 27.5% on the first $3000 of the hammer price; 25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3000 up to and including $400,000; 20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and ... (Read More)

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Reproduction
by M.A.D. staff

On February 17, just a month after she had shepherded a successful Outsider art sale at Christie’s, Cara Zimmerman gave birth to Alexander Dylan Forsyth, 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 inches long. Mother and father could not be happier, she wrote in an e-mail. Originally published in the April 2019 ... (Read More)

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Another Slice of the Loaf
by Clayton Pennington, Editorial April 2019

In a world where transactional costs are coming down thanks to technology, four big auction houses—Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Phillips, and Bonhams—have all “adjusted” their buyer’s premium, making it even costlier for buyers to acquire art and antiques via auction. None have crossed the 25% line, except for Bonhams, which now charges 27.5% ... (Read More)

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The Frenzy for Fresh to the Market
by Baron Perlman

Feature Fresh-to-the-market antiques seem as desirable to collectors as fresh-to-the-market corn on the cob, tomatoes, or other vegetables at a farmer’s stand. Dealers talk up pieces in their shops and show booths as untouched by the eyes of collectors. Entire shows take pride in antiques that have not been shopped around. ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, April 2019
by Ian McKay,

One Last Look at the Old Year and Old Masters Illustrated and/or featured here, though in some instances only briefly identified, is a selection of some of the old masters that caught my eye in end-of-season picture sales in London. I started out with rather more, but in order to wrap ... (Read More)

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What’s New in Word Processors
by John P. Reid

Computer Column #363 The computer has become a most important tool for writers. Those who write on a computer word processor may not know how difficult writing was on a typewriter. Four decades ago, I wrote by typewriter an article for a camping magazine on forest fires. In those days, manuscripts ... (Read More)

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The Art of Being Irrational
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We all like to think we are rational human beings, that we have it together and see the world as it is. After all, the world is a safer place if we are able to predict our own reactions and choices, and all the more so if we ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, April 2019
by M.A.D. staff

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)

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Drexel Plans to Rescue Philadelphia History
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Who says no one is interested in history? Four hundred people gathered on February 27 at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia at a meeting organized by the board of trustees of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent to learn how Drexel University plans to rescue the failed Atwater ... (Read More)

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Nursing Madonna Sells for $2,470,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

At Freeman’s in Philadelphia on February 27, 18 phone bidders competed with bidders online and in the salesroom for a late 15th-century Netherlandish Nursing Madonna painting attributed to the Master of the Embroidered Foliage. It sold for $2,470,000 (includes buyer’s premium). Probably painted in Brussels by a group of artists, it ... (Read More)

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Sotheby’s Raises Buyer’s Premium
by M.A.D. staff

On February 25 the buyer’s premium rates at Sotheby’s changed. For New York auctions (excluding wine auctions), the new rates are 25% on the hammer price up to and including $400,000; 20% on the hammer price in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000; and 13.9% on the portion ... (Read More)

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Bartlam Tea Bowl and Saucer Sell for $65,500
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A previously unrecorded American porcelain tea bowl and saucer attributed to the John Bartlam manufactory in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, 1765-69, sold after the auction for $65,500, its reserve price, at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury, Wiltshire, U.K., on February 19. The buyer was London dealer Roderick Jellicoe, who has ... (Read More)

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Jewelry Sale Brings In Over $2 Million
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Moderately estimated jewelry was sold in Doyle New York’s two recent sales—a February 19 auction of 850 lots of jewelry, watches, and gold coins, in addition to contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes by order of Bank of America, and a February 20 fine jewelry sale. All 199 ... (Read More)

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Hudson Valley Cupboard Sells for $46,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A mid-18th-century Hudson Valley stepback cupboard, found in a Dutch stone house in Ulster County, New York sold at Hyde Park Country Auctions, in Poughkeepsie, New York, on February 16 for $46,000 (includes buyer’s premium). “The estimate was $3000/6000. The consignor would have been happy with $2000,” said Dominick J. Navarra, ... (Read More)

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Dogs in Art at Doyle
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle Doyle’s sporting art sale on February 13 coincided with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the opening of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in midtown Manhattan. The catalyst for the 238-lot sale was the collection of James W. Smith (1941-2018) of ... (Read More)

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Chronometers Set the Pace at CRN
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

CRN Auctions, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts Photos courtesy CRN Auctions, Inc. The annual CRN Auctions’ winter sale, held on January 27 in its Cambridge gallery, began with a group of choice chronometers—mostly marine examples—and a few navigational instruments from a meticulously held Connecticut collection that found great favor with bidders. The collector had ... (Read More)

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Lebanon Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Lebanon, Ohio Midway through the first day of the Lebanon Antique Show, held January 26 and 27 in southwestern Ohio, show manager John Wanat was helping a buyer move a room-size Oriental rug. The new owner was from Cincinnati, roughly a half-hour’s drive away, and hadn’t come to the show to ... (Read More)

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Edmondson’s “Uplifted Lady” Raises the Roof
by Karla Klein Albertson

Case Antiques Auctions and Appraisals, Knoxville, Tennessee Photos courtesy Case Antiques John Case and the entire auction house team in Knoxville, Tennessee, were elated with the results of their January 26 one-day sale of over 850 lots. While the top-ten list contained everything from modern paintings to regional pottery to Federal formality, ... (Read More)

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Pushing the Button Collection and Pulling Another
by Pete Prunkl

Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina Photos courtesy Brunk Auctions In 2017 figure skater champion and straight-talking sports commentator Dick Button lent a portion of his skating-related art collection to the Fenimore Art Museum. His posters, paintings, sculptures, skates, costumes, and other artifacts filled six gallery rooms at the Cooperstown, New York, museum. ... (Read More)

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Quinn’s Opens 2019 with Strong Sales
by Walter C. Newman

Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, Virginia Photos courtesy Quinn’s Auction Galleries Quinn’s Auction Galleries opened its 2019 sales year with a pair of midwinter cataloged auctions at the firm’s Falls Church, Virginia, gallery on January 24 and 26. The first sale comprised 385 lots of modern prints, posters, and works on paper. ... (Read More)

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Sculpture Stampedes Past Paintings at Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Boston, Massachusetts Photo courtesy Skinner Good Western sculpture was the most interesting art in the January 25 auction of fine American and European works of art at Skinner’s Boston gallery. Sculpture by Western artist Harry Andrew Jackson was front and center, along with a wide range of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The ... (Read More)

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Collectors’ Passion Sale
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Nye & Company, Bloomfield, New Jersey Photos courtesy Nye & Company Nye & Company held its first sale of 2019 on January 23, a few days after Sotheby’s and Christie’s Americana Week sales had concluded and during the second week of the Winter Show. Called a “Collectors’ Passion Sale,” the auction drew ... (Read More)

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The New York Antique Ceramics Fair
by Lita Solis-Cohen

New York City There were nine dealers at the New York Antique Ceramics Fair, which filled half of the third floor of the National Bohemian Hall, January 17-20, in New York City. The dealers rescued the fair when, after nearly two decades of participating in Americana Week in New York, show ... (Read More)

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Backus Painting Brings $20,900
by M.A.D. staff

One day before the January 20 auction conducted by Ron Rennick of Rennick Auctions Inc., Vero Beach, Florida, featuring paintings by A.E. Backus and Highwaymen, Zollie Reed of Melbourne brought in two paintings by Harold Newton (1934-1994) that she personally had bought from Newton and a painting by Alfred Hair ... (Read More)

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Outsider and Vernacular Art at Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Images, Ltd., 2019 Christie’s sale of Outsider and vernacular art held a treasure-trove of works from notable collections, including the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and the Louis-Dreyfus family collections; and the collections of Larry Dumont, Eugenie and Lael Johnson, and Bonnie Grossman, founder of the Ames ... (Read More)

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The Nelson and Happy Rockefeller Collection
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Nelson Rockefeller shared the collecting gene with his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948), and with his aunt Lucy Truman Aldrich (1869-1955). Between 1934 and 1956, Lucy’s collections were given to the Rhode Island School of Design, where they were joined by gifts from her younger ... (Read More)

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Chinese Export Art
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Images, Ltd., 2019 Houqua (1769-1843) was the most powerful and wealthy of the Chinese merchants who made up the Co-Hong in Canton. By the time he retired in 1834, his wealth was estimated at $26 million. China traders wrote about his lavish entertaining and generous ... (Read More)

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The Word is Out on Outsider Art
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Outsider Art Fair, New York City The word is out. The seventh edition of the Outsider Art Fair (OAF) under the helm of gallerist Andrew Edlin’s Wide Open Arts, held January 17-20, during Americana Week, was a big hit with collectors, dealers, and curators who made the trip downtown to the ... (Read More)

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The Contents of Little Cassiobury
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Images, Ltd., 2019 When Cassiobury Park, the Earl of Essex’s country house for 250 years in Hertfordshire, northwest of London, was demolished in 1927, some of its interior features were sold to museums and wealthy Americans. A grand staircase went to the Metropolitan Museum of ... (Read More)

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The Vogel Collection
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s The collection of Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III was part of the fast-moving, well-attended, and informative all-day Americana Week symposium at Sotheby’s in New York City on January 15. The stunning installation on the second and third floor at Sotheby’s of the Vogels’ 17th- ... (Read More)

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January Show Kicks Off Antiques Season in Ohio
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Hudson Antique Show, Richfield, Ohio Hosting an antiques show in January in Ohio is always a thrill. Steve Sherhag, show manager for the Hudson Antique Show, held at the Richfield, Ohio, Days Inn, January 12 and 13, has learned to go with the flow. This year the weather was not an ... (Read More)

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Americana and Decorative Arts
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Auctions Decorative arts took second billing to Americana during the January 12 sale held by Garth’s Auctions in Columbus, Ohio. “There was a level of Americana in that auction that was commensurate with the level of quality we had for Thanksgiving,” said Jeff Jeffers, Garth’s ... (Read More)

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A World-Class Restoration Job Leads Gamage Sale
by Mark Sisco

Bruce Gamage Auction, Rockland, Maine Bruce Gamage’s January 5 and 6 auction in Rockland, Maine, was a good kickoff to his auction year. What was arguably the oldest piece of furniture in the sale turned out to be the most expensive. The extensive repairs on an extraordinary Pilgrim-century chest, circa 1690, seemed ... (Read More)

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Nipper Nets Top Spot at Nadeau’s
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, Windsor, Connecticut Photos courtesy Nadeau’s Auction Gallery It’s a very good sign when an auction gallery has standing room only nearly an hour before the beginning of the sale. Such was the case at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day auction in its Windsor, Connecticut, gallery where every ... (Read More)

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Foster Kicks Off Maine’s New Auction Year
by Mark Sisco

Robert L. Foster Auction Company, Newcastle, Maine It was a grand way to open a new year for the Maine auction trade. Once again, people flocked by the hundreds to Robert Foster’s New Year’s Day auction in Newcastle, Maine, as they’ve been doing for the past several decades. Some works by ... (Read More)

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Fall Sales Bring Six-Figure Success
by Karla Klein Albertson

New Orleans Auction Galleries, New Orleans, Louisiana Photos courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries The New Orleans Auction Galleries (NOAG) had a remarkable year with a total of nearly $16 million ($15,930,000) for all sales. This figure was the result of ten events in all, a total that included major estates auctions featuring ... (Read More)

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Tremont Auctions Moves
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Tremont Auctions, formerly of Newton, Massachusetts, has moved to new quarters in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and is open for business. The new gallery at 615 Boston Post Road (Route 20) is larger, with more accommodation for storage and parking than at the previous location. In addition, it is situated on a ... (Read More)

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Sotheby’s Expands
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s new expanded exhibition galleries at its York Avenue, New York City, the location will be ready in time for its May sales of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. The renovation and expansion was designed by Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, in collaboration with Sotheby’s. Exhibition and auction space has ... (Read More)
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