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Princeton Sued Over Religious Manuscripts
by M.A.D. staff

A lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey on December 13, 2018, accuses Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, of holding in its collection four religious manuscripts that were stolen in 1917 from a Greek monastery. The lawsuit, filed by plaintiffs His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, New ... (Read More)

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Ferren Plasters Sell High
by M.A.D. staff

Two abstract plaster reliefs by John Millard Ferren (1905-1970) were the top lots at Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Massachusetts, on February 3. There was strong competition for the pieces, both of which were signed and dated 1937. The work numbered 29 sold with buyer’s premium for $69,600 (est. $20,000/30,000). The ... (Read More)

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Corn Mummy Opens The Potomack Company’s Year
by Walter C. Newman

The Potomack Company opened its 2019 auction season with a series of antiques and fine art sales beginning on February 2. The high lot of the live catalog sale was probably one of the oldest items ever offered by the Alexandria, Virginia, firm. This Egyptian corn mummy in a gilt and ... (Read More)

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Record-Breaking Attendance at The Met
by M.A.D. staff

The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomed 7.36 million visitors to its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—in 2018, an increase over the 7 million it reported for 2017. According to the institution, the number is due in part to the record-breaking attendance for Heavenly Bodies: ... (Read More)

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New Bartlam Discovery
by Lita Solis-Cohen

An important and previously unrecorded American porcelain tea bowl and saucer, attributed to the John Bartlam manufactory in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, 1765-69, have been consigned to a February 19 auction at Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury, U.K. The tea bowl and saucer were made at John Bartlam’s pottery in Cain ... (Read More)

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We talk a lot in the antiques business about the dollars and cents of things, but for many of us and for much of our work, it is often much more emotional work than financial. It is, bluntly, hard, challenging, sometimes even saddening work. Much of our effort ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, February 2019
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Letter from London Ian McKay, <> Now That’s What You Call a Royally Great Vase! One of the more important vases produced by the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg to come to auction for generations was a star turn of a Russian pictures and works of art sale held at Christie’s, ... (Read More)

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The Winter Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

New York City The Winter Show celebrated its 65th year, a sapphire jubilee, January 17-27, at the Park Avenue Armory. There were sapphire lights projected on the ceiling and on the front of the loan exhibition, Collecting Nantucket / Connecting the World. Many at the preview party wore sapphire blue, making ... (Read More)

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Edmondson’s Miss Lucy Brings $324,000
by M.A.D. staff

On January 26 a sculpture by William Edmondson, Miss Lucy, An Uplifted Lady, sold for $324,000 (includes buyer’s premium) at Case Antiques Inc. Auctions and Appraisals in Knoxville, Tennessee. That figure is believed to be the highest price ever paid at auction for an Edmondson female figure, according to Case. The ... (Read More)

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Lebanon Antique Show
by Don Johnson

Lebanon, Ohio Midway through the first day of the Lebanon Antique Show, held January 26 and 27 in southwestern Ohio, show manager John Wanat was helping a buyer move a room-size Oriental rug. The new owner was from Cincinnati, roughly a half-hour’s drive away, and hadn’t come to the show to ... (Read More)
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