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Downer and Stinson of Tremont Auctions Dissolve Partnership
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Brett Downer and Doug Stinson, the two principals of Tremont Auctions of Newton, Massachusetts, have agreed to a parting of the ways. The partnership was dissolved on January 15, as the two longtime antiques dealers and auctioneers are going in different directions. Brett Downer (left) and Doug Stinson during a June ... (Read More)

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Robert Cheney’s Dream Job
by Bob Frishman

When Robert Cheney was six years old, he made his first visit to the rural homestead in Grafton, Massachusetts, where members of the famed Willard family first began making clocks. Privately owned and seriously run down, the home and workshop were endangered. Robert’s father, clockmaker Bradford W. Cheney, was hoping ... (Read More)

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Norman and Mary Gronning, Shaftsbury, Vermont
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade For more than half a century, Norman and Mary Gronning have been selling period American antiques. They’ve developed an inventory that is both broad and deep. They sell formal, high country, and painted furniture from the 17th through the early 19th centuries, along with paintings, folk art, metalwork, ... (Read More)

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Massachusetts Attorney General and Berkshire Museum Agree on Plan
by Julie Schlenger Adell

After eight long months of outcries from residents and a few Norman Rockwell descendants, protest marches, injunctions, and copious numbers of documents, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have agreed on a plan for the sale of up to 40 artworks to address the financial ... (Read More)

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Using Collectibles as Ad Props: A Good Sign?
by Jeanne Schinto

It’s encouraging to see the props that were chosen for this TD Ameritrade ad: a small collection of early telephones, along with a Big Ben alarm clock that could be vintage. There are also some old books, a couple of them set up as they might be for a trompe ... (Read More)

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Expert Opinion
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector When you are a librarian, everyone wants you to be on their team for Trivial Pursuit. “You know all the answers,” they say. “No,” a fellow librarian once said, “I know how to find all the answers.” That conversation is the intersection of our understanding of the difference between ... (Read More)

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The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The 56th Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show has new support. The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and Penn Medicine have become joint beneficiaries of the show, and the PMA will gradually assume full responsibility for the show’s organization and management in the following years and apparently become its sole beneficiary. The ... (Read More)

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Boston’s Ayer Mansion Seeks Its Missing Tiffany Vase
by Jeanne Schinto

Photos courtesy Ayer Mansion A preservation organization that is renovating a historic house in Boston’s Back Bay is asking collectors, dealers, curators, and others to be on the lookout for a vase by Louis Comfort Tiffany that has gone missing. It was one of three that Tiffany designed for Frederick Ayer ... (Read More)

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Internet Browsers
by John Reid,

Computer Column #350 Many of us spend part of every day staring at a web browser on a computer, perhaps buying, selling, or researching antiques or maybe just checking the news and gossip. We all have our favorite browsers, yet browsers are still evolving. New features are worth taking a look ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, March 2018
by Ian McKay,

The longest piece in this month’s selection focusses on the always fascinating and sometimes unexpectedly costly world of antiquities, but room is also found for the return of Lord Nelson, for a couple of remarkable celestial globes, and a really old master discovery. Tsar Nicholas I’s passion for military uniforms provides ... (Read More)
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