Stories for October '22

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Hanging with Jill Bokor
by Julie Schlenger Adell

As executive director of Salon Art + Design for the last 11 years, and a magazine editor and publisher for over 20 years before that, Jill Bokor has enjoyed many chapters in her life—professionally, personally, and in what she collects. Jill Bokor. A native New Yorker, Jill is currently going through a ... (Read More)

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New Ammi Phillips Discoveries
by Lita Solis-Cohen

David R. Allaway has spent more than a decade creating the digitized catalog of portraits by Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), the most prolific American folk artist. His study identifies sitters, provenance, and sale information. It lists Phillips’s portraits in alphabetical order in Volume 1, with sections on unidentified portraits, and displays ... (Read More)

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R. Scudder Smith, 87, Publisher and Editor
by Madelia Hickman Ring, Editor, Antiques And The Art

Reprinted courtesy Antiques And The Arts Weekly The Smith family announces with sadness the passing of R. Scudder Smith on August 14. He was 87 years old. Born April 12, 1935, Robert Scudder Smith was the elder son of Paul Scudder Smith and Mary Starr Conger Smith, and older brother to ... (Read More)

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Bite the Bullet
by Clayton Pennington

At every auction I attend as a reporter, I register and get a bidding number. The reason is two-fold: the registration gets me on the auction house’s mailing list, and, who knows, I might get a bargain if something is going cheaply. At every registration, I’m asked if I have ... (Read More)

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

Sign for the Black Horse, circa 1771. Connecticut Historical Society, 1961.63.8. —Ongoing —Hartford, Connecticut Between 1750 and 1850 more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs were produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals. Only a fraction of these signs ... (Read More)

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Musgo Sign Brings $1.5 Million
by M.A.D. Staff

Richmond Auctions in Greenville, South Carolina, sold a 48" diameter double-sided porcelain Musgo Gasoline sign for $1,552,500 (including buyer’s premium) August 27, setting a new world record for a porcelain advertising sign sold at auction. The estimate was $100,000/750,000. The buyer was a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous, said ... (Read More)

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Freeman’s Summer Jewels Auction
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Freeman’s The top price in the sale was for this diamond and platinum 16" long solitaire necklace from a private Massachusetts collection. The necklace is centered by a brilliant-pear-cut diamond in a platinum basket setting, suspended from a platinum rope chain. It was accompanied by a ... (Read More)

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The 65th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association Show
by Clayton Pennington

The New Hampshire Antiques Show, Manchester, New Hampshire It was 65 years ago when the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA) held its first annual show. According to the organization, it was held in an upstairs room at the Highway Hotel in Concord. From that humble beginning, the Dealers’ Show, as ... (Read More)

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The 2022 Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair
by Clayton Pennington

Manchester, New Hampshire “It’s a major show, during a major week, and people get on airplanes to come here.” Those words came from Christopher Settle, a Newton, Massachusetts, furniture dealer, explaining why Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair is the only antiques show he does. A major component of Antiques Week in New ... (Read More)

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Hot August Show in Deerfield
by Clayton Pennington

Deerfield Antique Show, Deerfield, New Hampshire On Monday, August 8, Gurley Antique Shows—the antiques show promotion company headed by brother and sister duo Joshua and Rachel Gurley—opened the Deerfield Antique Show to a waiting crowd at the Deerfield, New Hampshire, fairgrounds. It’s an appropriate venue. The fairgrounds easily accommodates a large antiques ... (Read More)

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Ever-Surprising Country Store Sale
by Pete Prunkl

Mebane Antique Auction Gallery, Mebane, North Carolina Photos courtesy Mebane Antique Auction Gallery Auctioneer Jon Lambert crammed over 3500 lots into his 29th annual country store sale, August 4-6. Included were bottles, fruit jars, display cases, tobacco tins, gasoline pumps, advertising signs, shipping boxes, neon trade signs, various old machines, and some ... (Read More)

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Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard
by Julie Schlenger Adell

South Salem, New York Buying commenced at 9 a.m. on the grounds of Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church in South Salem, New York, at the annual July 4 Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard show, managed by Debbie Turi of D. Turi Antique Shows. Red, white, and blue flags, clothing, and ... (Read More)

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The Sale of Mark and Marjorie Allen’s Estate
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook On July 1, the morning after the first session of the sale of Mark and Marjorie Allen’s estate at Pook & Pook, an image of a large pine server with well-worn blue paint was posted on Instagram announcing its price of ... (Read More)

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Native American Art Auction
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams “Overall decent,” said Ingmars Lindbergs, director of Native American art at Bonhams, about the results of the June 29 sale in Los Angeles. To Lindbergs, this was very much a “decent interim sale with some highlights,” coming in anticipation of a bigger two-day October auction. ... (Read More)

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Arroyo Collection Sold at New Haven Auctions
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

New Haven Auctions, Branford, Connecticut Photos courtesy New Haven Auctions New Haven Auctions gathered desirable antiques for its two-day sale June 25 and 26 in the Branford, Connecticut, gallery where over 800 lots found new owners. New Haven principal Fred Giampietro told M.A.D. that the auction drew 40 or 50 live bidders ... (Read More)

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One-Day Show at Laudholm Farm Keeps Getting Better
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Wells Antiques Show and Sale, Wells, Maine Far and away one of the most beautiful sites for an antiques show is at Laudholm Farm, the National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine, where Goosefare Antiques & Promotions presents a very well-attended annual event. Eager buyers gather well before the opening. Precisely at 10 ... (Read More)

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Crafting Modernism
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s The June 10 sale titled “Crafting Modernism: Masters of the American Studio Design Movement” was Sotheby’s first sale devoted entirely to works from the American studio design movement. The works made in the 20th and 21st centuries by the leading artists who defined the period ... (Read More)

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Modern and Contemporary Art Auctions
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Sotheby’s introduced a new sale platform for American art by integrating works into its 20th-century modern and contemporary art sales in May. The auction house offered over 600 lots over a two-day period in morning and afternoon sessions May 18 and May 20.  “This strategic step ... (Read More)

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Full Schedule for Bath Antique Sale
by M.A.D. Staff

For the first time since acquiring the Bath (Maine) Antique Sale, Gurley Antique Shows has announced that the show will have a full six-show schedule. The first show this fall, October 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have approximately 50 dealers from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont exhibiting. The ... (Read More)
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