Stories for March '21

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American Resilience
by Clayton Pennington, Editorial March 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a body blow to America. As of this writing, the United States has recorded over 27 million cases and 463,000 deaths. Businesses have shuttered, and the vaccine rollout is going slower than many had hoped. Americans are a remarkably resilient people. Take a look around any ... (Read More)

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Letter from London
by Ian McKay,

An explosive rat and a pair of candlesticks fashioned from a stag’s feet are among the more bizarre entries in this month’s selection, while a giant cicada, a wine jug in canine guise, and a ceramic menagerie add to that zoomorphic theme. A record-breaking “Midshipman” jug, a Pre-Raphaelite Queen of Hearts, ... (Read More)

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Americana Insights Launches
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The new year in the antiques world got off to an auspicious start with the launch on January 12 of Americana Insights, a new e-publication focusing on traditional American folk art and Americana that provides open access to original articles, research, and resources. A compendium of short-form scholarly essays on ... (Read More)

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Americana Week in New York City during COVID-19
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Photos courtesy Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Keno Auctions The auctions and shows in New York City in January were probably seen by more people than ever before but not in person. They filled computer screens, tablets, and phones with an enormous number of pictures of some very good things accompanied by yards ... (Read More)

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Hennage Collection Goes to Colonial Williamsburg
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Photos courtesy Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg A Philadelphia high chest made of mahogany, yellow pine, tulip poplar, and sabicu—sometimes known as horseflesh mahogany—that descended in the family of Sarah (Franklin) and Richard Bache, Benjamin Franklin’s daughter and son-in-law, is just one of more than 400 objects that Joseph “Joe” and ... (Read More)

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Fireworks for Leleu Lots in the U.K.
by M.A.D. staff

The design sale held by Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, England, on January 26 included ten lots of work by Art Deco giant Jules Leleu (1883-1961), one of the largest groups of pieces by Leleu to come to market in recent years. The collection was consigned by the Greek descendants of ... (Read More)

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Ledbetter's Second Sale: Bringing Folk Art to Gibsonville
by Pete Prunkl

Ledbetter Folk Art and Americana Auction, Gibsonville, North Carolina Photos courtesy Ledbetter Folk Art and Americana Auction Most of the artists represented in Matt Ledbetter’s second sale, December 12, 2020, were Outsiders. Some were homeless, several were black, and most were self-taught and now deceased. If French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) were ... (Read More)

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Fine Art Dominates Doyle in December
by Mark Sisco

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle The auction at Doyle in New York City on December 9, 2020, showcased an attractive selection of furniture, silver, Chinese export porcelain, folk art, and rugs that brought a total of $847,969, with a strong clearance rate of 89% sold. But it was top-heavy with ... (Read More)

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Royal Repeat at Leland Little Auctions
by Pete Prunkl

Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough, North Carolina Photos courtesy Leland Little Auctions A service for 12 of Royal sterling silver flatware by French silversmith Puiforcat was the top lot at Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on December 5, 2020. Nicolas Cornu designed Royal circa 1775 as an openwork double helix long ... (Read More)

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Good Early Furniture Straight from the Source
by Mark Sisco

D. L. Straight Auctions, Sturbridge, Massachusetts Photos courtesy D. L. Straight Auctions Like many auctioneers, David Straight of D. L. Straight Auctions in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is rolling with the COVID-19 punch. For his auction on November 22, 2020, the number of in-person bidders was zero, but the number of Internet and absentee ... (Read More)

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Rising Interest in American Furniture
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s Rising interest in American furniture drove Eldred’s November 19 and 20, 2020, auction. Many of the lots came from New England collections and estates. One of those collections was that of Richard I. M. Kelton (1929-2019), a collector extraordinaire. Kelton’s collection has been sold at ... (Read More)

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American Historical Ephemera and Photography
by Don Johnson

Cowan’s Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Material from the Indian Wars brought strong interest during the November 19, 2020, sale of American historical ephemera and photography held by Cowan’s Auctions of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a change from Cowan’s typical American history auctions, which are often highlighted by Civil War ... (Read More)

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The Online TEFAF Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

TEFAF New York, New York City From November 1 to 4, 2020, The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) offered a virtual edition of TEFAF New York, the fair that would have filled the Park Avenue Armory in New York City for its fifth year but for the COVID-19 pandemic. TEFAF reports that ... (Read More)

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Farrin's Sets the Tables for Thanksgiving
by Mark Sisco

Farrin’s Country Auctions, Randolph, Maine One thing that business markets hate is uncertainty. Economic, social, and political doubts are often reflected in stock markets, currency markets, and antiques markets. Witness Rusty Farrin’s auction in Randolph, Maine, on the night of November 4, 2020, when the final results of the presidential election ... (Read More)
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