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Decorative Arts Trust IDEAL Internship Grants
by M.A.D. Staff

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced the four institutions that have received IDEAL Internship Grants for 2024: The Clay Studio in Philadelphia; MassArt Art Museum in Boston; San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Lodi, California; and The Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, Florida. The objective of the IDEAL Internship Initiative is to ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, December 2023
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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Artificial “Intelligence”
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface Small business, as many of you know, has its perks. You can go to the movies, bank, or grocery store in the middle of the week when things are quiet. You can be 15 minutes late getting back from a dental appointment or take off early in the ... (Read More)

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A Closer Look at David Ellinger
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Native Son: The Life and Art of David Ellinger by Lisa Minardi is the catalog for the retrospective exhibition of works by David Ellinger (1913-2003), a native son of Trappe, Pennsylvania, on view until July 28, 2024, in the galleries of the Dewees Tavern at Historic Trappe, at the crossroads ... (Read More)

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Celebrating the Artistry of Folly Cove Designers
by M.A.D. Staff

A Book Review Located on the North Shore of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the neighborhood of Folly Cove has inspired generations of artists, including the printmakers of Folly Cove Designers, which operated from 1941 to 1969. Unlike the emerging Abstract Expressionists of post-World War II, Folly Cove Designers were trained to draw their ... (Read More)

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Folk-Art Watercolor Goes to Independence Seaport Museum
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In 1984 a schoolboy’s navigation workbook was donated to what was then the Philadelphia Maritime Museum—now the Independence Seaport Museum (ISM)—by Mary Lyman Cox Muir Cammann, whose second husband, Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann (1912-1991), was directly related to Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. The notebook did not have anything to ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2023
by Ian McKay, [email protected]

Franklin’s Lost Arctic Companions Revealed More than doubling the high estimate in the process, the set of 14 recently rediscovered and very early daguerreotype portraits depicting Sir John Franklin and other senior members of an ill-fated 1845 expedition aimed at completing the charting of a Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and ... (Read More)

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More Protection, Please
by Clayton Pennington

The collapse of Garth’s is a stunning development. The Ohio-based business had been a steady regional auction house for decades. Since its founding in the 1950s, it has brought significant Americana to market. It’s an immense loss for the antiques market, evoking sadness and some anger. While we mourn Garth’s, the ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Bob Markowitz
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Treasures abound at “Casa Markowitz,” home to antiques collector and dealer Robert “Bob” Markowitz, whose day job is practicing pediatric medicine in Boston and its environs. The good doctor runs the Optimal Wellness for Life program specializing in pediatric obesity at Children’s Hospital and its satellite locations in Waltham and Peabody, ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, December 2023
by M.A.D. Staff

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, blown cameo glass vase, 1900, 6¼" x 21 1/16" x 21 1/16". Image courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo by Edward Pollard. © Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. —November 17, 2023-March 15, 2024 —Saint Augustine, Florida Art Nouveau is an exuberant, radical style that takes inspiration from the vitality of ... (Read More)
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