Stories for October '19

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Kelly Kinzle to Supervise Morphy’s New Americana and Folk Art Division
by Lita Solis-Cohen

On September 5 Dan Morphy announced that Americana and folk art dealer Kelly Kinzle will head Morphy Auctions’ new Americana, folk art, and American decorative arts division. “Dan Morphy called me and told me he had a collection of Americana he thought might launch a new division and asked me to ... (Read More)

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Brunk Auctions Expands into Virginia
by M.A.D. staff

Brunk Auctions is expanding into Virginia. With a presence in Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and now Richmond, Virginia, Brunk Auctions “will provide its bespoke auction services to clients throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions,” an August 14 press release from the firm stated. The Richmond location will host biannual auctions ... (Read More)

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Consolidation
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

September, the time of year for looking back at the summer and all that has been accomplished! Or not accomplished, as the case may be. One bay of the garage is still filled with furniture and totes, the gutters on the workshop still need to be cleaned, and the deck ... (Read More)

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Emelie Gevalt Named Curator of Folk Art at American Folk Art Museum
by M.A.D. staff

Jason T. Busch, the director of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), has announced that Emelie Gevalt will become curator of folk art at the museum beginning in November. She succeeds Stacy C. Hollander, who left the museum in June.  Gevalt comes to AFAM from an internship at the Museum of ... (Read More)

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Native American Jewelry Collection at Whitley’s Auctioneers
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Whitley’s Auctioneers Whitley’s Auctioneers, Dania Beach, Florida, held an auction of a single-owner collection of Native American jewelry on August 7. The sale included over 300 lots of jewelry “from traditional designs to intricate inlaid, overlaid and carved masterpieces,” according to presale information. I spoke with and ... (Read More)

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Kochan Launches Mars & Neptune Trust
by Lita Solis-Cohen

After 21 years as a full-time antiques and fine arts dealer, James L. Kochan has decided he wants to spend his days researching the military in the Western Hemisphere before 1850. “I am returning to the nonprofit sector as president and CEO of The Mars & Neptune Trust, a 501(c)(3) ... (Read More)

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New Show in Ottawa
by M.A.D. staff

The Canadian Antique Dealers Association (CADA) has announced a new antiques fair and sale, the 2019 National Capital Antiques Art and Design Fair (NCAADF), to be held November 8-10 at Tudor Hall, 3750 North Bowesville Road, Ottawa, Ontario. The fair will open with a Friday wine and hors d’oeuvres reception (6:30-9 ... (Read More)

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The Curtain Falls on the Williamsburg Holiday Antiques Show
by Walter C. Newman

After 37 years, there will be no antiques show in Williamsburg, Virginia, this Thanksgiving weekend. With a lump in her throat and a tear in her eye, Bettianne Sweeney has announced that her Williamsburg Holiday Antiques Show is no more. Referring to the event as “her” show is not a misstatement. ... (Read More)

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Newly Completed Expo Center at the Nashville Fairgrounds Will House Two of the February Events
by Karla Klein Albertson

Once again, changes are coming to show week in Nashville. In February 2020, the Nashville Show, managed by the Jenkins family, and the recently renamed Fiddlers at the Fairgrounds, owned by Doug Supinger, will set up their dealers in adjacent halls within the new Expo Center opening shortly at the ... (Read More)

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Transferware Research Grants Announced
by M.A.D. staff

The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC), a U.S.-based international nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of British transfer-printed ceramics, has announced the recipients of the 2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grants for the study of British transferware. Grants totaling more than $13,000 will be distributed to recipients from ... (Read More)

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Charles and Olenka Santore: An Appreciation
by M.A.D. staff

After a brief illness, Charles “Charlie” Santore died on August 11, exactly four months after the death of his wife and best friend, Olenka. To the world at large, Santore was best known as an award-winning illustrator of children’s books, including classics such as The Wizard of Oz, The Night ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, October 2019
by Ian McKay,

Quite a few pictures appear in this month’s “Letter,” with one piece featuring a note on a famous portrait painter’s dislike for “Curs’d faces.” Overdressed ladies in a Turkish bath and a work by the “Little Spaniard” are also to be found. And are they really “pulling the goose” in ... (Read More)

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The Complete Story of the Thomas Drowne Chanticleer at the MFA
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A story in the September issue of M.A.D. (see p. 133) congratulated the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on the acquisition of the Shem Drowne weathercock that had been atop the Third Parish Church of Newburyport from 1725 until 1801 and then was moved to the new meeting ... (Read More)

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Potter & Potter: Magic and So Much More
by Karla Klein Albertson

Head of the House Photos courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions Gabe Fajuri began Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago in 2007 to disperse the magical memorabilia collection of Jay Marshall (1919-2005). Since then, the firm has branched out into a broad range of collectibles, producing sales that have continued to be magical ... (Read More)

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Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art Acquired
by M.A.D. staff

After being locally owned for 56 years, the Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art has been acquired by Luxe Events of Naples, Florida, which will produce the 150-exhibitor event for its 57th year March 6-8, 2020, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The ... (Read More)

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A Comprehensive Look at the Bond Family of Clockmakers
by Bob Frishman

A Book Review Queen Victoria visited the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations on several occasions in 1851. The brainchild of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, this inaugural world’s fair also was called the Crystal Palace Exhibition. She penned and published lengthy journal entries about those royal ... (Read More)

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Protected Speech
by Clayton Pennington

New York state law allows dealers to sell to out-of-state buyers ivory that conforms to federal restrictions, but the dealers are not allowed to display it. New York state’s restrictive ivory law—far more draconian than federal ivory law—does not allow for the “physical display for sale” of any ivory object not ... (Read More)

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Freeman’s Moves
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s in Philadelphia, America’s oldest auction house, has sold its historic building at 1808 Chestnut Street, and the firm is moving its main salesroom to the newly refitted Aramark building at 2400 Market Street, just a short walk from the 30th Street Station. Freeman’s new purpose-built gallery and auction room with ... (Read More)

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

Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947), Sharecroppers’ Revolt, 1939, oil on panel, 24" x 30". Shogren-Meyer collection. —St. Peter, Minnesota —Through November 10 ... (Read More)

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Armed Robbery at Mebane Antique Auction Gallery
by M.A.D. staff

On August 23 deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an armed robbery at the Mebane Antique Auction Gallery in Mebane, North Carolina. Two men had entered the business through an unlocked door and robbed the owner at gunpoint. A short time later, deputies arrested ... (Read More)

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The NHADA Show 2019
by Clayton Pennington

New Hampshire Antiques Show, Manchester, New Hampshire Several weeks after Antiques Week in New Hampshire was finished, dealer Arthur Liverant succinctly summed it up: “It’s the womb of American antiques.” Liverant, whose family business, Nathan Liverant & Son, Colchester, Connecticut, is approaching its 100th year selling antiques, set up for the 15th ... (Read More)

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Antiques In Manchester 2019
by Clayton Pennington

Manchester, New Hampshire Antiques In Manchester: The Collector’s Fair set up shop in the Sullivan Arena on the campus of St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on August 7 and 8. This year was the eighth incarnation of the show, which continues to get better. The 68-dealer show uses the tag ... (Read More)

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Twenty-Five Years, and the Sky Is Still Blue
by Fran Kramer

MidWeek One Day Antiques Fair, Manchester, New Hampshire When Frank Gaglio, manager of Barn Star Productions, greeted us as we walked into his 25th MidWeek show in New Hampshire (23 held in Manchester and two in nearby Concord), part of Antiques Week, he said, “When I first suggested another antiques show ... (Read More)

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Americana Celebration 2019
by Clayton Pennington

Concord, New Hampshire "I had a great gate, and the quality was high,” said promoter Peter Mavris about his show—Americana Celebration, the third event of Antiques Week in New Hampshire, held on August 6 at the Douglas N. Everett Arena in Concord, New Hampshire. “I thought it went great, I really ... (Read More)

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The Deerfield Antiques Show 2019
by Fran Kramer

Deerfield, New Hampshire The only show during Antiques Week in New Hampshire that involves some outdoor booths is the long-running Deerfield Antiques Show at the fairgrounds in Deerfield, New Hampshire, about 30 minutes east of Manchester. Yes, there are two large indoor halls, but the apple pie lady and a few ... (Read More)

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“Fresh to Market” at Milford Antiques Show
by Fran Kramer

Milford, New Hampshire Every antiques show that manager Jack Donigian presents in Milford, New Hampshire, is a new show in terms of merchandise. Considering that he puts on shows every Sunday from October through March, with special ones on occasions like Antiques Week in New Hampshire each August, that is an ... (Read More)

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The Newport Show 2019: Antiques, Art & Exquisite Objects
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Middletown, Rhode Island With an emphasis on “feel good” and “carry-out” purchases, The Newport Show opened its doors on Friday, July 26, to a lively crowd of supporters. Now in its 13th year, the July 26-28 show, which eliminated the word “antiques” from its title in 2018 (as have other shows, including ... (Read More)

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Thanksgiving Comes Early at Farrin’s
by Mark Sisco

Farrin’s Country Auctions, Randolph, Maine Rusty Farrin of Farrin’s Country Auctions holds an annual “Thanksgiving in July” auction at his Randolph, Maine, hall. This year, Thanksgiving came on July 28, featuring lots of painted furniture, some good primitive artworks, and one outstanding clock, with about 90% of the sale coming from ... (Read More)

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Indian Hill Antiques Fair
by Don Johnson

Indian Hill (Cincinnati), Ohio The Indian Hill Antiques Fair, a summer tradition in northeast Cincinnati for 37 years, held its latest edition on July 28. Although the event was notably smaller than in the past, promoter Doug Supinger saw the show’s size as one of its strengths. “The smaller shows are the ... (Read More)

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Scrimshaw Lives at Marine Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s The question of the day before Eldred’s July 25 marine sale was “Will it or won’t it?” Three tornados had passed through the area, knocking down trees and disrupting power. For Eldred’s staff, the prospect of a maritime sale conducted with only ... (Read More)

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Traveling up the Mountain to Scenic Cashiers
by Pete Prunkl

Cashiers Benefit Antique Show, Cashiers, North Carolina Tourists, retirees, and vacation homeowners long ago discovered the forested Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in western North Carolina. With 16 golf courses and 29 exclusive communities, it is both popular and upscale. That level of prosperity has made the annual Cashiers Benefit Antique Show a destination ... (Read More)

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Buying Heats Up in Rockport
by Mark Sisco

Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show, Rockport, Maine When it comes to the Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show, held at the Camden-Rockport High School in Rockport, Maine, each year, you can almost set your calendar by the weather. If it’s the hottest day of the year to date, it will be the ... (Read More)

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Dutch Watercolor Leads at Hilliard & Co.
by Walter C. Newman

Hilliard & Co. Auctioneers, Madison, Virginia Photos courtesy Hilliard & Co. Hilliard & Co. Auctioneers held a midsummer auction at its Madison, Virginia, gallery on July 20. If anyone had forgotten that it was summer, the 100 degrees recorded on the time and temperature sign down the street should have been a ... (Read More)

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New Auction Record for a Face Vessel
by Karl H. Pass

Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland Photos courtesy Crocker Farm The Zipps of Crocker Farm celebrated 15 years in the auction business on July 20 with a 543-lot sale at their facility in Sparks, Maryland (37 additional uncataloged lots were sold at the end of the auction). “People really responded, in terms of consignments and ... (Read More)

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Case’s Best Summer Auction Ever
by Karla Klein Albertson

Case Antiques, Knoxville, Tennessee Photos courtesy Case Antiques John Case is a “big picture” kind of guy. He wants to know not only what happened, but why it happened. The firm’s annual summer sale on July 13 produced the highest total results in Case Antiques’ history. And although a precise figure was ... (Read More)

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Shaker Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Willis Henry Auctions, Pittsfield, Massachusetts Since 1982, Willis Henry Auctions’ annual Shaker auctions have become a well-attended affair. The July 13 event at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was no exception. Willis and Karel Henry, who by 1982 were dealing in antiques, were introduced to the Shakers in 1971 or ... (Read More)

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Antiques and Artisans in the Churchyard
by Julie Schlenger Adell

South Salem, New York The tradition continued July 4 on the grounds of the Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church as D. Turi Antique Shows took over the management of the one-day holiday show. Celebrating the 27th iteration of Antiques in the Churchyard, and with the addition of the word “artisans” in the ... (Read More)

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Wells Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Wells, Maine The 19th Wells Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale, held June 30 at Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells, Maine, had it all. A spectacular and historical setting, fine weather, committed buyers, what show managers John and Elizabeth DeSimone described as “professional collectors,” and dealers. Nearly 80 dealers set up on ... (Read More)

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Silver-Tongued Auctioneer Makes Gold Out of Silver
by Mark Sisco

Hap Moore Antiques Auctions, York, Maine Sterling silver accounted for about a third of the gross of Hap Moore’s June 29 auction in York, Maine. A couple of sets of sterling silver flatware sold for well over $3000 apiece. But $1265 (including buyer’s premium) was the biggest price for a single ... (Read More)

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Ethnographic Art Auction
by Don Johnson

Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas Photos courtesy Heritage Auctions Results were mixed during the ethnographic art sale held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, on June 25. An array of American Indian, pre-Columbian, and tribal material was offered. Two highly anticipated lots, both from the American Indian session, failed to sell. Instead, an ... (Read More)

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The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential and Political Americana, Part V
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas Photos courtesy Heritage Auctions Want to know how to identify a collection put together by learned, passionate individuals and an auction house that knows what it’s doing? Look at the results of the fifth auction that took place to disperse said collection and see that the sale total ... (Read More)

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Kroll and Bertoia Are Rock Stars at Barridoff
by Mark Sisco

Barridoff Galleries, South Portland, Maine On June 22 the newly reconstituted Barridoff Galleries held its fourth auction since the new owners in partnership took charge in August 2017. It was the third at Barridoff’s location in South Portland, Maine. William Milliken, one of the auctioneers and partners, confirmed after the sale ... (Read More)

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Steam Toys Gain Traction at Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., and Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions Ltd., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook/Noel Barrett "Quality brings the big bucks,” said Noel Barrett after the June 15 toy sale at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. As at every Barrett/Pook sale, more than just toys were offered, and ... (Read More)
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