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Oregon Warns of Catfish Scam
by M.A.D. staff

The (ODFR) Oregon Division of Finance is warning people about art market catfish scams. (A “catfish” scam lures a victim into an online relationship using a fictional online persona.) Recently, the ODFR reported that an 80-year-old widower was catfished out of $200,000. An unidentified fraudster stole a Florida woman’s identity to ... (Read More)

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American Furniture
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review The 2018 American Furniture is all about 18th-century furniture. It is a treat for old-time collectors and should inspire a new generation. Boston Chairs Erik K. Gronning calls his study of Boston’s early baroque seating “Luxury of Choice”and presents the evolution of the comfortable and sturdy Boston chair, with ... (Read More)

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Notes from Nashville
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Back in our early days in the auction business, every year in February, and sometimes in October, we would make a trip to Nashville. We see now that we were getting on-the-job logistics training. We would go down with a truck full of deliveries and return with a ... (Read More)

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Historical Society Deaccessions Rare Washington Medals and Offers Freedom Box
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In a first-page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, February 16, Stephan  Salisbury, staff cultural writer, questioned the decision of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) to sell a collection of commemorative medals given to the HSP in 1897 by William Spohn Baker (1824-1897), a legendary collector of all ... (Read More)

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Fairhaven Antiques Festival Resurrected
by Don Johnson

After an eight-year hiatus, the Fairhaven Antiques Festival will return to southwest Ohio this year. Under the management of Katherine Bovard, the popular event will be held Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5. Founded in 1975, the annual show was originally managed by the Fairhaven Dealers Association. Built on a ... (Read More)

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The Met Acquires David Drake Storage Jar
by M.A.D. staff

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a stoneware storage jar by the enslaved black potter and poet David Drake (c. 1801-1870s). Made at the Stony Bluff Manufactory pottery site in Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, in 1858, the alkaline-glazed vessel is signed, dated, and inscribed by Drake. There are ... (Read More)

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Gun Dealer Tony Wilcox Charged with Larceny
by M.A.D. staff

A former Warrenton, Virginia, business owner has been charged following a joint investigation by the Warrenton Police Department and the Virginia State Police. The Warrenton police began the investigation upon receiving a complaint after the business owner moved to another state. Anthony “Tony” Wilcox, 53, of Leola, Pennsylvania, has been charged ... (Read More)

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Ohio Country Antiques Show Changes Owners
by Don Johnson

The Ohio Country Antiques Show has been sold to promoter Jennifer Sabin. The event will become part of the Heartland family of shows. The change took place in January. Bruce Metzger of Queen City Shows, Cincinnati, Ohio, founded Ohio Country, which began as an annual event in April 2005. Held at ... (Read More)

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$10,000 Reward Offered for Long-Lost Well of the Scribes
by M.A.D. staff

A  reward of up to $10,000   is being offered to anyone with information leading to the recovery of sections of the long-lost sculpture Well of the Scribes, which disappeared from the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library 50 years ago. The 1926 bronze fountain went missing from the Central Library in ... (Read More)

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Letter from London
by Ian McKay,

This month’s “Letter” begins with a return to Madame de Pompadour’s boudoir but then moves on to look at such fun attractions as upside-down dinner plates, silver pigs, and a mummified cat. An ancient lion hunter, a North American Indian chief with the less than flattering title of “Flat Mouth,” and ... (Read More)
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