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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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Dave Drake Stoneware Jar Sets Record at $1.56 Million
by Karl H. Pass

The Zipp family of Crocker Farm sold a 25-gallon poem jar by Dave Drake, among the most important items of American stoneware the firm has sold in its career, for $1.56 million (with buyer’s premium) in an auction that closed on August 6.  The buyer was an American institution. “We had ... (Read More)

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Questioning the Canon
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface This summer, in an attempt to encourage reading something other than Calvin and Hobbes comics (which, don’t get us wrong, we love and which are great for vocabulary), we decided to create a summer reading challenge. The idea was pretty straightforward. Each kid got a list of 25 ... (Read More)

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Rago/Wright Merges with Los Angeles Modern Auctions
by M.A.D. staff

Rago/Wright will merge with Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). All three independently owned houses will continue to work under their individual names while sharing technology, expertise, and marketing efforts. Richard Wright will continue in his role as CEO of the combined companies. LAMA, founded in 1992 by Peter Loughrey (1968-2020), was ... (Read More)

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VADA Dissolved
by M.A.D. staff

On July 27 the eight-person board of the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association (VADA) met at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury, Vermont, and voted unanimously to dissolve the association. “The board voted to disband the organization after reaching out to membership. It came down to a lack of interest and a lack ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, September 2021
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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Are They or Are They Not George Washington’s Camp Cups?
by Lita Solis-Cohen

On August 20, 1777, George Washington gave Philadelphia silversmith Edmund Milne (1724-1822) 16 silver dollars weighing 13 ounces 18 dwt. to make a dozen camp cups to serve wine to his officers in the field. Milne’s charge for making them was 8 pounds 8 shillings. According to the bill to “His ... (Read More)
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