Stories for December '22

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Williamsburg Buys Its Earliest Piece of American Silver
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A caudle cup struck with the marks of Robert Sanderson Sr. (c. 1608-1693), his partner caudle cup struck with the marks of Robert Sanderson Sr. (c. 1608-1693), his partner John Hull (1624-1683), and their apprentice Jeremiah Dummer (1645-1718) offered at a Heritage Auctions’ coin sale in Dallas, Texas, August 22 ... (Read More)

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New Show in Denville, New Jersey
by M.A.D. Staff

The Denville Historical Society and Morris Catholic High School have partnered with D. Turi Antique Shows to present a new show, Christmas Antique & Design Market on December 3 and 4. The show will be held at Morris Catholic High School in Denville, New Jersey, and will benefit the school’s scholarship ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, December 2022
by M.A.D. Staff

Here are a few notable prices of antiques sold recently at auction, as provided by press releases. All prices include the buyer’s premium when charged. We’re always looking for news of prices realized at auctions, particularly unusual or top lots. Send pictures, complete descriptions, and information to A.P.R., Maine Antique ... (Read More)

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William Reese Company Has New Owners
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The William Reese Company, the world’s leading antiquarian bookseller of printed and manuscript Americana, has been sold to new owners. James Cummins Bookseller, based in New York City, and London bookseller Peter Harrington have acquired the company, which will continue to operate at its existing premises at 409 Temple Street, ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Chuck Auerbach
by Julie Schlenger Adell

When M.A.D. caught up with Chuck Auerbach of Akron, Ohio, he was in his car picking up his two grandchildren, who live in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife had made the eight-hour drive the day before in order to help their older son, Dan, who is the lead singer, ... (Read More)

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Ann Comes Home after More Than 50 Years
by Clayton Pennington

It took more than 50 years, but there’s a happy ending on Staten Island. In November 1970, Richmondtown Restoration, a town and farm museum complex on Staten Island now known as Historic Richmond Town, suffered a break-in and theft. Four paintings were discovered missing—portraits of John Totten (1771-1846) and his wife, ... (Read More)

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

Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), portraits of Dirck D. and Annatje Eltinge Wynkoop. —Through December 18 —New Paltz, New York Acquisitions and Re-acquisitions at the Dubois Fort Visitor Center at Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) celebrates the return of two portraits by itinerant painter Ammi Phillips, stolen 50 years ago and recently returned by the ... (Read More)

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Corson Doll Collection Is 100% Sold at Withington
by M.A.D. Staff

Photos courtesy Withington Auctions The Carol Corson doll collection was 100% sold at a live auction held October 20 by Withington Auctions at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Nashua, New Hampshire. The hammer total of the sale was $780,000 (buyers paid a premium of 15% or 18% depending on how they ... (Read More)

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Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck
by Fran Kramer

Rhinebeck, New York October means picking (apples), taking rides in the countryside (for fall foliage), and going to a historic town near the Hudson River to a spot for great antiques and art. The twice-a-year Antiques at Rhinebeck by Barn Star Productions is held inside large buildings on the Dutchess County ... (Read More)

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Three-Day Sale Brings $2.5 Million
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook It took three days for Pook & Pook to sell 1408 lots in its Americana and international auction October 5-7. The 1372 sold lots brought a total of $2,518,924 (with buyers’ premiums); the hammer total (without premiums) was at the top ... (Read More)

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The Estate of Peter H. Tillou
by Pete Prunkl

Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina Photos courtesy Brunk Auctions In a 2002 article in Antiques & Fine Art, Peter H. Tillou (1935-2021) said that there was a common denominator to his love affair with dealing and collecting. In everything he acquired as a curious eight-year-old and as an adult, there was an ... (Read More)

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One-Owner, One-Artist Collection Highlights Hindman Auction
by Danielle Arnet

Hindman Auctions, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Hindman Auctions Hindman Auctions in Chicago always rolls out the big guns for its seasonal fine arts sales, but the September 27-29 sales added a blitz of high power. Bidders accustomed to a traditional series of American and European art, postwar and contemporary art, plus prints and ... (Read More)

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Original 179th York Antiques Show and Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

York, Pennsylvania The Original 179th York Antiques Show and Sale at the York, Pennsylvania, fairgrounds September 23 and 24 was a shadow of what it once was but still a “great dealers’ swap meet.” Reduced to only 50 dealers from the 75 advertised, and down from 98 in its heyday, the show ... (Read More)

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Back To Our Roots Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Dayton, Ohio Concentrating on early country antiques and primitives, the Back To Our Roots Antique Show was held September 24 on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio. The semiannual event featured a full slate of 44 dealers in a comfortable indoor setting. The show began in 2015 in Medina, Ohio, south ... (Read More)

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Quality Jewelry at a Fair Price
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Chiswick Auctions Chiswick Auctions, headquartered in Chiswick, London, presented a jewelry auction on September 22 “which sold 87% of the lots for 95% of their estimates,” according to Raphaëlle Godfrey, acting director of jewelry. Godfrey had been covering for Sarah Duncan, head of the jewelry department, ... (Read More)

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There is a Lot to See at Battersea
by Walter C. Newman

Battersea Antiques Show and Historic Trades Fair, Petersburg, Virginia The third annual Battersea Antiques Show and Historic Trades Fair was held at the historic Petersburg, Virginia, site on the Appomattox River September 17 and 18. Dealers and exhibitors set up in the ground-floor rooms of the Battersea mansion and on the ... (Read More)

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Sale of Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum Brings $8.5 Million
by Kay Manning

Mecum Auctions, Fountain City, Wisconsin Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions Up Elmer’s Road, through hundreds of discarded cars, to Eagle’s Bluff—one of the highest points on the Mississippi River—lay a slice of Americana, the kind of quirky attraction that has long drawn people to Wisconsin. There, stacked to the rafters of barns, were ... (Read More)

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Flying Pig Sells 311 Lots
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Flying Pig Auctions, Westmoreland, New Hampshire Photos courtesy Flying Pig Auctions Flying Pig Auctions of Westmoreland, New Hampshire, filled its August 29 auction with antiques of every variety. The contents of the estate of Henry Armand Millon (1927-2018) and Judith Rice Millon (b. 1934) were replete with enviable mid-century objects—including two tables ... (Read More)

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Online American Art Sale
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Bonhams, New York City Photos courtesy Bonhams An online-only summer sale of American art filled with works depicting water was offered for the first time by Bonhams American art department. At the end of the 67-lot sale, which began at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, the auction house had realized $494,303 and ... (Read More)

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A Modern-Day Old Country Auction
by Walter C. Newman

Laughlin Auctions, Edinburg, Virginia Photos courtesy Laughlin Auctions A friend recently posed a rhetorical question: “Is there any such thing as a little country auction anymore?” My knee-jerk response was that there are not and something to the effect that online auctions have supplanted them. Upon reflection, I wish to walk that back ... (Read More)

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The Connoisseur’s Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Marion Antique Auctions, Marion, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Marion Antique Auctions Frank McNamee and David Glynn of Marion Antique Auctions, Marion, Massachusetts, billed their August 6 sale “The Connoisseur’s Sale,” and it was that. Their auctions, held in their quarters at 13 Atlantis Drive, the former Marconi transmitter building, are reliable sources of ... (Read More)

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Eldred’s Two-Day Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Eldred’s Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Eldred’s auctions on Cape Cod in East Dennis, Massachusetts, offered its annual two-day summer sale July 26 and 27 beneath the tent on the terrace outside the viewing rooms. The firm is now run by the third generation of Eldreds. The ... (Read More)

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Wyeth Material Tops Sale
by Don Johnson

Caza Sikes, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Caza Sikes Items from a small grouping of material by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), including artwork and negatives of unpublished photographs depicting the artist at work, brought the top interest during the auction of fine and decorative art held by Caza Sikes in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 16. The ... (Read More)
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