Stories for December '20

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Letter from London, December 2020
by Ian McKay,

Though Bonhams helped by getting their new season’s bigger sales under way a little earlier than most, recent weeks have seen most of the big sales taking place in the Far East and North America. So while there are several London sales in what follows, I have dipped into some ... (Read More)

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January York Show Canceled
by M.A.D. staff

Promoter Melvin Arion has canceled The Original 176th Semi-Annual York Antiques Show & Sale, scheduled for January 29-31, 2021, in York, Pennsylvania, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the website (www.theoriginalyorkantiquesshow.com) or call Arion at (302) 542-3286. Originally published in the December 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Rebecca and Taylor Thistlethwaite
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. Because we all might enjoy staring at someone else’s walls for a change, this column gives our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with ... (Read More)

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David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles Launch New Blog
by M.A.D. staff

David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles of Woodbury, Connecticut,  have launched a new educational and editorial blog to showcase and discuss works within the broader context of the Americana field. The second-generation firm will offer a perspective based on the dealers’ experience and position in the marketplace. The first entry ... (Read More)

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Vermont Latest to Get It Wrong but Gives Dealers Some Time
by Clayton Pennington

Vermont antiques dealers have about a year to legally sell all their antique scrimshaw, ivory netsuke, or any other antique that will be illegal to sell under a newly passed animal parts and products law. The law—signed on October 8—prohibits the buying and selling of any item of a covered animal ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, December 2020
by M.A.D. staff

Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704), The Battle of Lowestoft, circa 1690, oil on canvas, 40¾" x 71¼". Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust. —Through December 6 —Denver, Colorado Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) by the Berger Collection Educational Trust ... (Read More)

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The ADA Online Deerfield Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Antiques Dealers’ Association of America The Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (ADA), founded in 1984 to make the antiques trade more honest and ethical, has been organizing shows for its members since the summer of 1985. In 1998 it moved its fall show to Deerfield, Massachusetts, as a fund-raiser for Historic ... (Read More)

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Fall Jewelry Sale
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Rago Arts and Auction held its fall jewelry and watches auction on October 6 in Lambertville, New Jersey. I talked with Dianne Batista, director of fine jewelry at Rago, about the sale, and she said she was working on the deadline for ... (Read More)

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Antiques at Fletcher Field
by Clayton Pennington

Proctorsville, Vermont Antiques at Fletcher Field was the larger of the Vermont Antiques Week shows in 2020. Because of the pandemic, there were only two shows this year, both managed by Ohio dealer and show promoter Steve Sherhag. The new event, held October 3 and 4, replaced the Okemo Antique Show ... (Read More)

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The Black River Antique Show
by Clayton Pennington

Ludlow, Vermont The Black River Antique Show, held October 2 and 3, opened on Friday at 1 p.m. under a large tent pitched on the Paul P. Pullinen Field adjacent to the Ludlow Elementary School in Ludlow, Vermont. It was one of two shows that constituted Vermont Antiques Week in 2020, ... (Read More)

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Bugatti Furniture Attracts International Attention
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

CRN Auctions, Cambridge, Massachusetts Carl Nordblom and Karin Phillips of CRN Auctions can be relied on to assemble auctions of items considered esoteric, even for Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the September 20 auction, eight lots of furniture by Italian designer Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) spurred international bidding. Bugatti, a designer of ceramics, musical instruments, ... (Read More)

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Country Americana
by Don Johnson

Garth’s, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Auctions A presentation pitcher in an Albany slip with scratched text and decoration sold for $6120 (including buyer’s premium) to lead the country Americana sale held by Garth’s in Columbus, Ohio, on September 12. The 10½" tall pitcher was incised “Mrs. R. Pannabaker from Charles 1891” ... (Read More)

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Fine Art and Decorative Rarities
by Mark Sisco

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, Maine Photos courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is up and running full steam ahead, bucking the headwinds of the COVID-bedeviled economy. Thomaston Place put up its usual upscale summer auction on August 29 and 30 this year, with a sale top-heavy with major ... (Read More)

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Country Farm Antiques Show
by Don Johnson

Casey, Illinois They needed this. Everyone did. After the stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and lack of time with family and friends. After the loss of income due to multi-state shutdowns. After the absence of in-person, hands-on, face-to-face opportunities to shop. After any sense of just being able to get out and ... (Read More)

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Kolar Collection at Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner John Kolar coauthored Weathervanes: Three Centuries of a Pennsylvania Folk Art Tradition with Jennifer Royer,  and he collaborated with Patrick Hornberger in the writing of The Lancaster Long Rifles. Kolar, also a scholar and collector, gathered an enviable collection of decorative arts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. ... (Read More)

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Circus, Sideshow, and Oddities Sale
by Danielle Arnet

Potter & Potter Auctions, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions A smart bidder can find just about anything in a Chicago auction, from a Meissen monkey band to prime mid-century furniture. But one auction house has traveled a different path. Tucked into a North Side neighborhood in the upscale Lincoln ... (Read More)
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