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Americana Celebration 2021
by Fran Kramer

Concord, New Hampshire The 40-plus dealers from 13 states celebrated their sales, buyers celebrated their purchases, and show manager Peter Mavris of Parsonsfield, Maine, celebrated another successful show in the “quadrangle” of shows in August 2021 in no-sales-tax New Hampshire. The Tuesday, August 10, Americana Celebration antiques show in the Douglas Everett ... (Read More)

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A Hit Debut and a Welcome Return
by Clayton Pennington

Downeast Art & Antiques Show, Blue Hill, Maine The Downeast Art & Antiques Show made its debut with a well-attended preview party on August 2 at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine. The show continued August 3 and 4. The tagline for the show read “A continuing tradition since 1948.” How ... (Read More)

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Decorative Arts Trust Awards Research Grants
by M.A.D. staff

The Decorative Arts Trust’s annual research grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in doctoral and master’s programs. Each year the trust awards research grants to graduate students working on a master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation in a field related to the decorative arts. The trust encourages projects that advance ... (Read More)

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Arrests Made in Maine Museum Robbery
by M.A.D. staff

On June 19 the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at the Oakfield Railroad Museum in Oakfield, Maine. Tools, artifacts, lanterns, and other objects had been stolen sometime in the days leading up to the date the burglary was reported. Museum volunteers located some objects hidden nearby, ... (Read More)

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1stDibs Goes Public
by M.A.D. staff

On June 10 shares in 1stdibs.com, Inc., began trading on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol DIBS. The initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock began trading at $21.50 after being priced at $20 per share. 1stDibs (www.1stdibs.com) is an online marketplace for vintage, antique, and contemporary furniture, ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, August 2021
by Ian McKay,

Though there is most definitely a strong Chinese and Russian presence in this month’s “Letter,” it remains exceptionally wide ranging in content. Those Chinese lots include a ceramic dish that made an unexpected and record-breaking sum in a Swedish auction as well as rare and highly prized items of huanghuali furniture ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Jill Waddell
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Coming from a family of do-it-yourselfers has guided Jill Waddell in her career, and the “thoughtful, clever, and resourceful traits” she inherited have been carried over to her work as a vice president and senior specialist in the silver department at Christie’s New York. The Christie’s vice president, a senior ... (Read More)

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Withington Auctions Gets New Partners
by M.A.D. staff

There will soon be increased auction activity in central New Hampshire under a familiar name. Marcia and Larry Leizure, owners of Hillsborough, New Hampshire-based Withington Auctions, are joining their business with new partners who are looking to continue the Withington auction legacy. From left: Kenneth Labnon, Gary Yeaton, and Mike Reopel. New ... (Read More)

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Antique Jewelry to Be Worn and Loved All Over Again
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Sworders There is a wealth of antique jewelry to be found “across the pond,” and Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers’ sale of fine jewelry and watches, held live online on July 27 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, U.K., had stellar examples in its 493-lot auction. Because so many of ... (Read More)

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Betting Big on a Recovery
by Clayton Pennington

On July 10 the first lot sold at Casco Bay Auctions in Freeport, Maine, was a Connecticut cherry bonnet-top highboy. Estimated at $8000/12,000, it sold for $51,000 (includes buyer’s premium). Longtime market observers thought it was a good buy. “That would have easily been $100,000 in the old days,” they said. Savvy ... (Read More)
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