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Weinblatt Ceases Exhibiting at Shows
by M.A.D. Staff

Victor Weinblatt, a specialist in American folk signage, will no longer be exhibiting at shows. According to a press release, “While we no longer will be doing shows, we will actively and enthusiastically maintain our gallery by appointment in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Our Instagram account (@victor_weinblatt), created last winter, is ... (Read More)

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A History of Tiffany Lamps
by George H. Jones

A Book Review Scores of books have been written about the designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and his famed studio. This book takes a decidedly technical approach. The author’s perspective comes from a career working with opalescent glass, and here he explains in detail the evolution of Tiffany Studios over ... (Read More)

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Witherell Expands
by M.A.D. Staff

Brian and Donna Witherell of Witherell Luxury Asset Auctioneers & Appraisers, based in Sacramento, California, have launched a satellite auction company, the Wine Country Consignment Center in Windsor, California. The expansion is a return to the company’s roots. Witherell was founded 55 years ago in Healdsburg and relocated to Sacramento ... (Read More)

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Art Forgery Trial Finds Business Owners Liable for $50K Fake
by Justin Wingerter, as first reported by BusinessDen

On April 22 two Denver District Court employees gently placed a large painting against a wall in the fourth-floor courtroom of Judge Jon Olafson, where it remained all week. According to a signature in one of its corners, the depiction of a Mexican valley was painted in 1894 by José María ... (Read More)

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$100,000-Plus Book, Listed on eBay for $22,000, Leads to Arrest
by M.A.D. Staff

A woefully underpriced rare book on eBay has led to an arrest, a charge of felony larceny, and the recovery of a rare 1855 first-edition copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. According to an April 8 police report, police officers from Brevard, North Carolina, met with three faculty members of ... (Read More)

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Connecticut Dealer Pleads Guilty
by M.A.D. Staff

William Dawson, 52, of Connecticut pleaded guilty April 24 to fraudulently obtaining more than 100 gold coins and then transporting them outside of Massachusetts. Dawson pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of property taken by fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman scheduled sentencing for June 18. Dawson ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, June 2024
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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Damon Granger Buys Indy Ad Show
by Don Johnson

Damon Granger has purchased the Indy Ad Show from Morphy Auctions. The transaction was completed in May. Partnering with Granger are his wife, Angela, and adult son Zach. A former dealer at the semiannual Indy Antique Advertising Show (the event’s former name), Granger started his own show when the Indianapolis event ... (Read More)

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Letter to the Past
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface A little over 20 years ago, Andrew was fresh out of graduate school and ready to launch a career in the antiques business. But the antiques job market for a guy with no experience, student loans to pay, and the ink still drying on a master’s degree was ... (Read More)

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The Latest Miller’s Handbook
by M.A.D. Staff

A Book Review Author Judith Miller (1951-2023) passed away unexpectedly before finishing the 45th-anniversary edition of Miller’s Antiques Handbook & Price Guide. Her husband, John Wainwright, wrote in the introduction that “Judith’s extensive knowledge of and passion for antiques still runs through the new edition.” It certainly does! The more than ... (Read More)
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