Stories for June '19

(Issue Story)

Letter from London, June 2019
by Ian McKay,

In the early weeks of April, when this “Letter” was put together, the principal London salerooms had not really got into full swing, and some were far more focussed on what was happening in China, so on this occasion I have taken the opportunity to pick out a few additional ... (Read More)

(Young Collectors)

Size Matters
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Size Matters We talk often as an industry about what many consider to be the first rule of collecting: buy the best you can afford. Reduced, however, that means collecting two or three great objects per year rather than 25 “just good” objects. In theory, it makes sense, but ... (Read More)

(Issue Story)

Exhibitions, June 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)

(Auction)

African American Fine Art at Swann
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries Swann Galleries, New York City, has been offering African American fine art twice a year in dedicated auctions for the past 11 years. The spring auction on April 4, which began at 2 p.m., as is the house tradition, included 175 lots of ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Big Cupboard and Door Latch Combine for Over Twenty Grand
by Mark Sisco

Hap Moore, York, Maine At Hap Moore’s March 30 auction in York, Maine, a large red cupboard was expected to do very well, and it didn’t disappoint. But it was a 16" iron door latch that rose from obscurity to finish near the top. The star of the show was a New ... (Read More)

(Show)

The Elverson Antique Show & Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Elverson, Pennsylvania Elverson is a borough that measures one square mile in the northwestern corner of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Twice a year for half a century, the Elverson Antique Show & Sale has brought collectors to this small town whose historical district has been on the national register since 1993. The Elverson ... (Read More)

(Show)

Raleigh in the Spring: Rugs and Other Essentials
by Pete Prunkl

Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza, Raleigh, North Carolina On opening day at the Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza, it took less than five minutes for red sold tickets to sprout on three items in the booth of John Cooper of Antiques & Folk Art at Wilmington, Wake Forest, North Carolina. His display was the first ... (Read More)

(Show)

Chester County Historical Society Antiques & Art Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Exton, Pennsylvania “Antiques and Art Show Today” read the sign at the entrance to the Church Farm School announcing the 37th annual Chester County Historical Society Antiques & Art Show. These days many antiques dealers offer paintings along with furniture and decorations, so shows in the city and the country have ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Fred Giampietro’s Second Fine Art and Estates Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New Haven Auctions, New Haven, Connecticut Photos courtesy New Haven Auctions Fred Giampietro has gone back to his roots. The New Haven, Connecticut, gallerist put together his first auction of 2019 on Sunday, March 17, with bidding available in the salesroom of his off-site location on Peck Street, as well as through ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Strong Showing for Bird Haven
by Walter C. Newman

Laughlin Auctions, Inc., Edinburg, Virginia Laughlin Auctions, Inc., headquartered in Woodstock, Virginia, held its 32nd annual spring sale at the firm’s galleries in nearby Edinburg on March 16. Laughlin auctions are always large, with auctioneers utilizing three galleries simultaneously. This sale was no exception. While there were no blockbuster or record-setting ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Swan Decoy Tops Country Americana Sale
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Sometimes it’s not the top lot that makes the most significant statement. When Garth’s Auctions held a sale of country Americana on March 15 in Columbus, Ohio, it was a lesser piece of furniture that stuck in the mind of Jeff Jeffers, Garth’s principal auctioneer ... (Read More)

(Show)

Show Benefiting Kerr Memorial Museum Shines in 15th Year
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Oakmont Antique Show, Oakmont, Pennsylvania The 15th annual Oakmont Antique Show was held Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, with a preview party held on Friday night, at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and though the dealers are only 25 strong; there is nothing “only” about this show—be ... (Read More)

(Show)

53rd Tolland Antiques Show
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Tolland Antiques Show, Tolland, Connecticut An antiques show that has endured for 53 years is remarkable these days. Such is the case for the Tolland Antiques Show, a smallish show with 40 or so dealers from around the Northeast who bring their best quality American antiques. Dealers and show attendees alike ... (Read More)

(Show)

Short, Sweet, and Snowy March Sale
by Mark Sisco

Bath Antique Sale, Bath, Maine Paul Fuller’s Bath Antique Sale, held one Sunday a month in Bath, Maine, from November through April (but not February), is an unjuried come-as-you-are affair. At the March 10 show, some dealers brought A-game material, but there is plenty of room for B- and C-game merch ... (Read More)

(Auction)

Fine and Decorative Art, Including Americana
by Don Johnson

Cowan’s Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Cowan’s Auctions For the third time in less than five months, Cowan’s Auctions has sold an Andrew Clemens (1857-1894) sand bottle for a six-figure price. The most recent sale came during an auction of fine and decorative art on February 23 in Cincinnati. The bottle featured a ... (Read More)

(Show)

The Nashville Show by Jenkins: Change Is in the Air
by Karla Klein Albertson

Nashville, Tennessee When visitors to the Nashville Show this year bought tickets at the front door, the first thing they saw was an artist’s rendering of what the new exposition buildings at the Nashville Fairgrounds will look like when collectors return in 2020. Construction is already underway, and modern techniques can ... (Read More)

(Fragment)

Antiques at Rhinebeck Adds Fourth Building
by M.A.D. staff

Barn Star Productions’ Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck Show and Sale on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, will be adding a fourth building to the event to accommodate more exhibitors. The show is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York, and Barn Star has filled the ... (Read More)

(Auction)

American Paintings, Furniture, and Decorative Arts
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle Doyle’s spring auction of American paintings, furniture, and decorative arts on March 27 offered over 400 lots, and the hours-long sale totaled $998,281 (including buyers’ premiums) with a sell-through rate of 81%. The presale estimate for the total sale was $954,450/1,446,900. There were 15 to 20 ... (Read More)
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