Stories for July '22

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Hanging with John D. Ward
by Julie Schlenger Adell

After almost 25 years at Sotheby’s New York, John D. Ward, senior vice president and head of the silver and objects of vertu department, has developed a patina all his own. John D. Ward (standing) and Andrew Purdom in their 1930s Tudor Revival townhouse garden. Rob Sutton photo. Having worked under the ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, July 2022
by M.A.D. Staff

      Coat, waistcoat, trousers, and boots, from Pride and Prejudice, 1995, Simon Langton, director. Worn by Crispin Bonham-Carter as Charles Bingley. Dinah Collin, costume designer. —Through September 4 —Cincinnati, Ohio Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility at the Taft Museum of Art features approximately 50 costumes and accessories worn in popular film and television ... (Read More)

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Creole Portrait Goes to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
by Pete Prunkl

An air of mystery enfolds the dark-eyed Afro- Creole woman crowned in a colorful turban-style tignon. Her oil on canvas portrait took center stage at Brunk Auctions May 21 when it sold for close to one million dollars. Could the subject be the famed voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1801-1881)? Her assured ... (Read More)

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New Fritz Scholder Auction Record
by M.A.D. Staff

Hollywood Indian and Horse #2, Fritz Scholder, 68" x 80", acrylic on canvas, $500,000. Photo courtesy Hindman Auctions. A 1973 painting by Fritz Scholder (1937-2005), Hollywood Indian and Horse #2, set a new auction record for the artist in Hindman Auctions’ May 19 Western and contemporary Native American art auction in ... (Read More)

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Grant’s Revolvers Sell for $5.17 Million
by M.A.D. Staff

A pair of Remington New Model Army revolvers presented to Civil War general and 18th U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant sold for $5,170,000 (est. $1/3 million) May 13 at Rock Island Auction Company, Rock Island, Illinois. Numbered 1 and 2, the set features the work of L.D. Nimschke, a master engraver ... (Read More)

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The Elverson Antique Show and Sale
by Karl H. Pass

Elverson, Pennsylvania The popular Elverson Antique Show and Sale has returned. Held the first weekend in May on the 7th and 8th, the semiannual country show in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was last held in the fall of 2019. That year marked its 50th anniversary. Began as a fund-raiser for the Elverson Fire ... (Read More)

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Estate Jewelry Funds Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Alex Cooper Auctioneers Selden Morgan, director of sales and jewelry at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, Maryland, said there was great excitement about the sale of Barbara Katz’s “fabulous” jewelry held May 5. Katz’s jewelry collections “were so large and complete that we were able to ... (Read More)

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Americana, Tiffany Silver, and the Wainwright Estate
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Doyle, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle On May 3 and 4 Doyle held sales of American interest bundled as Americana week at Doyle. The two days of sales brought $1,931,185, surpassing the total presale estimate of $1,103,025/1,758,575 (figured without buyers’ premiums); the sales were 92% sold by lot. The sales began on ... (Read More)

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Americana Sales Total $3.4 Million
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s Freeman’s annual spring Americana sales are traditionally held a few days after the Philadelphia Antiques Show so that dealers and collectors in town for the show can preview the sale. This year’s May 3 offering was much smaller than usual, only 158 lots, exhibited at Freeman’s ... (Read More)

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The Philadelphia Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The venerable Philadelphia Show is a 60-year tradition. After a two-year suspension following a contentious five years under a big tent on various fields at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Philadelphia Show launched a new beginning in a big white tent built on a platform over the fountain on ... (Read More)

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It’s a Smalls World at Ararity Auctions
by Walter C. Newman

Ararity Auctions, Lorton, Virginia Photos courtesy Ararity Auctions Ararity Auctions, Lorton, Virginia, recently held a 134-lot online-only sale of special decorative smalls. The sale closed April 17 on the LiveAuctioneers platform. Ararity conducts a seemingly endless series of these comparatively small, targeted boutique-style sales. Similar size sales over the past months have ... (Read More)

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Two-Day Auction Featuring Maine and Ohio Collections
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

New Haven Auctions, Branford, Connecticut Photos courtesy New Haven Auctions The first day of the April 2 and 3 sale held by Fred Giampietro’s New Haven Auctions showcased the collection of Stephen and Patricia Center of Scarborough, Maine, who operated Centervale Farm Antiques in that town. The auction also included select additions ... (Read More)

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Oceanian Textiles Lead at Hilliard Eclectic Sales
by Walter C. Newman

Hilliard & Co., Madison, Virginia Photos courtesy Hilliard & Co Hilliard & Co. held an online “Eclectic” auction in two sessions, February 26 and April 2. The sales were staged at the firm’s gallery in Madison, Virginia, and were conducted in the format that Hilliard & Co. has adopted in response to ... (Read More)

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Settled in to Soaring Sales
by Karla Klein Albertson

The Nashville Show, Nashville, Tennessee The most exciting thing about the Nashville Show and its previous incarnations is that over the years the Jenkins management events have developed extraordinary breadth and range. Purists can find the American furniture, accessories, and art they crave. While the emphasis may be on country examples, ... (Read More)
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