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2023 Failey Grants
by M.A.D. Staff

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced that the 2023 Dean F. Failey Grant recipients will be British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO), London; the Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP), Hallowell, Maine; Preservation Long Island (PLI), Cold Spring Harbor, New York; and Stenton, Philadelphia. The Failey grant program provides support ... (Read More)

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The Metric Side of the Ruler
by Hollie Davis & Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface Bias comes up often in conversation these days, and as is always the case when any word gets thrown around rapidly, the meaning begins to get dented up or to accumulate connotations that do not belong to it. Because it is often used in connection with ideas that ... (Read More)

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Two Annual Shows Go Online
by Alice Kaufman

Promoter Kim Martindale canceled his annual February San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show and the late December American Indian Art Show and replaced them with two online shows February 23 through 26. Why? “There was not enough exhibitor or community interest,” he said. This lack of interest was a surprise ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, February 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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Historical Association Weighs Selling Leutze’s Washington Rallying the Troops
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Should they keep it or sell it? Nearly everyone in Freehold, New Jersey, has an opinion. What got the town in a tizzy is a historic gift. On July 16, 1937, shortly after Walter B. Howe and his brother gave the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) the small version of the ... (Read More)

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Boston Athenæum Acquires Rare Painting by Robert Duncanson
by M.A.D. Staff

The Boston Athenæum announced it has acquired a painting by the 19th-century artist Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872). Boatman Delivering Goods on the South Fork, Shenandoah River, Virginia is the first work by Duncanson to enter the Athenæum’s special collections in the institution’s 215-year history. Boatman Delivering Goods on the South Fork, ... (Read More)

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20th Century Cincinnati Show under New Ownership
by M.A.D. Staff

On February 25 and 26, 20th Century Cincinnati will return to the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now in its 28th year, the 20th Century Cincinnati show is under new ownership by sisters and entrepreneurs Jess and Jenni Button. Show founder Bruce Metzger was already producing and managing a schedule ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Helen Allen, Executive Director, The Winter Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

As a third-generation native New Yorker, Helen Allen had the Metropolitan Museum of Art as her Upper East Side neighborhood playground. In fact, when she went for interviews for admittance to kindergarten and was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would matter-of-factly answer, “Director of my ... (Read More)

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Olde Hope’s Americana Exhibition in New York City
by M.A.D. Staff

Olde Hope is hosting an exhibition, Recent Arrivals featuring Highlights from an Important 30-year Pennsylvania Collection, in its New York City gallery until April 1. The Pennsylvania collection was started over 30 years ago by Susan Fetterolf and her husband, Jeff Gorrin, while living in New York City. Their early collecting ... (Read More)

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Don’t Trust, Always Verify
by Clayton Pennington

The crooks are sophisticated, and in 2020 they managed to snare two high-powered businesses, leading to losses and now court battles. A London insurer is suing online auction platform Invaluable, which has, in turn, filed suit against Sotheby’s. According to the lawsuit by underwriters at Lloyd’s of London filed in August 2022, ... (Read More)
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