Stories for October '21

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Art House to Open in New York City
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City will welcome a new venue at the former Barneys flagship store at 660 Madison Avenue in Manhattan in November when Art House takes over five floors of the marble-covered, wood-paneled, windowed space strategically located between 60th and 61st Streets. “We knew that New York has the highest concentration ... (Read More)

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Sotheby’s Sues Florida Couple and Company over Alleged Fakes
by M.A.D. staff

Sotheby’s wants its money back. The privately held auction house claims that several consigned Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) lots were fake, as were the provided provenance documents. On August 5 Sotheby’s filed suit in federal court against Frederic Thut, Bettina Von Marnitz Thut, and FAAM LLC (Fine Art Auctions Miami). According to court ... (Read More)

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A Shot in the Arm
by Clayton Pennington

Two years ago—with the antiques market seemingly mired in the doldrums—we described the annual shows that make up Antiques Week in New Hampshire as a firewall. If the widely anticipated and well-attended Americana shows floundered, it would point to a larger downturn. In the end, the firewall held, and the 2019 ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, October 2021
by M.A.D. staff

William Doriani (1891-1958), Flag Day, 1935, oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sidney and Harriet Janis collection. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York. —Through December 11 —Atlanta, Georgia The High Museum of Art presents Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught ... (Read More)

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The 2021 Annual NHADA Show
by Clayton Pennington

The New Hampshire Antiques Show, Manchester, New Hampshire The annual antiques show of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA)—always one of the most anticipated events of the year—was back live after a year’s hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The August 12-14 New Hampshire Antiques Show at the DoubleTree by ... (Read More)

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The 2021 Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair
by Clayton Pennington

Manchester, New Hampshire "Sales at the show were sort of out of sight,” wrote Wiscasset, Maine, antiques dealer Peter Eaton regarding Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair, held on August 11 and 12, promoted by Karen DiSaia Management. The Rogers family William and Mary maple high chest has a molded cornice, applied ... (Read More)

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Americana Celebration 2021
by Fran Kramer

Concord, New Hampshire The 40-plus dealers from 13 states celebrated their sales, buyers celebrated their purchases, and show manager Peter Mavris of Parsonsfield, Maine, celebrated another successful show in the “quadrangle” of shows in August 2021 in no-sales-tax New Hampshire. The Tuesday, August 10, Americana Celebration antiques show in the Douglas Everett ... (Read More)

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A Hit Debut and a Welcome Return
by Clayton Pennington

Downeast Art & Antiques Show, Blue Hill, Maine The Downeast Art & Antiques Show made its debut with a well-attended preview party on August 2 at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine. The show continued August 3 and 4. The tagline for the show read “A continuing tradition since 1948.” How ... (Read More)

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Antique Jewelry to Be Worn and Loved All Over Again
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Sworders There is a wealth of antique jewelry to be found “across the pond,” and Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers’ sale of fine jewelry and watches, held live online on July 27 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, U.K., had stellar examples in its 493-lot auction. Because so many of ... (Read More)

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Holy Grail of Sports Cards Smashes All-Time Auction Record
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Lot 1 at a timed sale that began on July 23 and was scheduled to end on August 15 at 9 p.m. at Robert Edward Auctions,  Chester, New Jersey, was a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card. Brian Dwyer, who in 2016 bought the New Jersey sports memorabilia company founded ... (Read More)

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Coolidge Point Estate
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s Eldred’s single-owner sale on July 15 brought to market antiques from the collection of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica of Coolidge Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. The sale, beneath a tent on the terrace at the gallery in East Dennis, had a 99% sell-through rate. Coolidge Point, formerly Millet’s ... (Read More)

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The Johnson Decoy Collection and the Sporting Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Copley Fine Art, Hingham, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Copley Fine Art The annual summer feast of feathers kicked off July 9 with Copley Fine Art’s two-day online sale of the Johnson decoy collection, which merited its own 140-page catalog, and the sporting sale, which continued on July 10. The sales were live-streamed from ... (Read More)

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Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard
by Julie Schlenger Adell

South Salem, New York Flags were flying, burgers were grilling, and antiquers were hunting for treasures after 16 months at home. The longtime Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard show, held annually on July 4, did not disappoint. Cars lined up at 9 a.m., and several volunteers, many of whom have ... (Read More)

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Small Sale Equals Good Results
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams "For a small sale [100 lots], the results were quite good,” said Native American art department director Ingmars Lindbergs about the June 29 auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles. “Quite good” translates to total sales of $645,404 (including buyers’ premiums). The sell-through rate was 87% ... (Read More)

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Looking on the Bright Side of Life: The Summer Sale at Leland Little
by Pete Prunkl

Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough, North Carolina Photos courtesy Leland Little Auctions Two bright, cheery paintings that portrayed the sheer joy of summer set the tone for Leland Little Auctions’ signature summer sale held on June 12. The perky paintings also far exceeded their estimates. They were produced by an Iowa farm girl ... (Read More)

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“Keramics & Rookwood”: American and European Art Pottery Sold Online
by Danielle Arnet

Toomey & Co., Oak Park, Illinois Photos courtesy Toomey & Co. The Chicago auction scene notched another big win on the collector scale on June 17 when Toomey & Co. held a dedicated art pottery auction offering more than 400 lots of choice examples. It was, as far as we could determine, ... (Read More)

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Strong Asian Sale at Oakridge
by Walter C. Newman

Oakridge Auction Gallery, Ashburn, Virginia Photos courtesy Oakridge Auction Gallery Oakridge Auction Gallery held its sale of Asian art and antiques in two sessions, June 12 and 13, at its gallery in Ashburn, Virginia. For the time being, Oakridge continues to conduct virtual sales using five online bidding platforms as well as ... (Read More)

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Back in Action in the Green Hills of Turner
by Mark Sisco

Charles M. Talbot Associates, Turner, Maine It was a cool, misty late spring morning when Charles M. Talbot Associates emerged from a COVID-19-induced slumber to hold its first auction in over a year on June 12 in Turner, Maine. With a rural setting of the old Talbot homestead graced by a ... (Read More)

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A Two-Day Auction with Deep Historical Connections
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

John McInnis Auctioneers, Amesbury, Massachusetts Photos courtesy John McInnis Auctioneers The historical and quirky came to market at John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in two online single-owner sessions on June 12. The estate antiques of Jack and Grace Weil of Marblehead, Massachusetts, included well over 800 lots, many with deep American ... (Read More)

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Two Online Sales at Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner, Inc. Skinner’s quarterly paintings auction was bifurcated, with the sale of American and European works of art taking place online on May 21 and paintings, sculpture, and works of art on paper sold online from May 11 through May 20. That format is in place ... (Read More)

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American Art, Including the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Collection
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Christie’s held two auctions back to back on the morning of May 18—“Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason” and its customary spring American art sale. By the early afternoon the auction house’s sales totaled $17,146,125 (including buyers’ premiums). Down ... (Read More)
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