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Celebrating the Artistry of Folly Cove Designers
by M.A.D. Staff

A Book Review Located on the North Shore of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the neighborhood of Folly Cove has inspired generations of artists, including the printmakers of Folly Cove Designers, which operated from 1941 to 1969. Unlike the emerging Abstract Expressionists of post-World War II, Folly Cove Designers were trained to draw their ... (Read More)

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Great Estates Thanksgiving Auction
by Don Johnson

Amelia Jeffers, Delaware, Ohio Photos courtesy Amelia Jeffers A Black Friday tradition returned to The Barn at Stratford in Delaware, Ohio, November 24 and 25 when Amelia Jeffers brought a Thanksgiving-weekend sale to the original home of Garth’s Auctions. The annual sale’s revival was one thing. Possibly of greater significance is that ... (Read More)

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Folk-Art Watercolor Goes to Independence Seaport Museum
by Lita Solis-Cohen

In 1984 a schoolboy’s navigation workbook was donated to what was then the Philadelphia Maritime Museum—now the Independence Seaport Museum (ISM)—by Mary Lyman Cox Muir Cammann, whose second husband, Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann (1912-1991), was directly related to Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. The notebook did not have anything to ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2023
by Ian McKay, [email protected]

Franklin’s Lost Arctic Companions Revealed More than doubling the high estimate in the process, the set of 14 recently rediscovered and very early daguerreotype portraits depicting Sir John Franklin and other senior members of an ill-fated 1845 expedition aimed at completing the charting of a Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and ... (Read More)

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More Protection, Please
by Clayton Pennington

The collapse of Garth’s is a stunning development. The Ohio-based business had been a steady regional auction house for decades. Since its founding in the 1950s, it has brought significant Americana to market. It’s an immense loss for the antiques market, evoking sadness and some anger. While we mourn Garth’s, the ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Bob Markowitz
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Treasures abound at “Casa Markowitz,” home to antiques collector and dealer Robert “Bob” Markowitz, whose day job is practicing pediatric medicine in Boston and its environs. The good doctor runs the Optimal Wellness for Life program specializing in pediatric obesity at Children’s Hospital and its satellite locations in Waltham and Peabody, ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, December 2023
by M.A.D. Staff

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, blown cameo glass vase, 1900, 6¼" x 21 1/16" x 21 1/16". Image courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art. Photo by Edward Pollard. © Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. —November 17, 2023-March 15, 2024 —Saint Augustine, Florida Art Nouveau is an exuberant, radical style that takes inspiration from the vitality of ... (Read More)

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Garth’s Auctions and Jeff Jeffers Surrender Auction Licenses
by Clayton Pennington

Garth’s Auctions—a staple in the Americana market for decades—is gone. According to a settlement agreement between Garth’s Auctions, Inc., and its CEO, Richard “Jeff” Jeffers, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which regulates auctions in Ohio, Jeffers and Garth’s are “permanently ineligible for auctioneering licenses in the state of Ohio.” The settlement, ... (Read More)

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The Annual “Louisiana Purchase” Auction
by Kay Manning

Neal Auction Company, New Orleans, Louisiana Photos courtesy Neal Auction Company It’s been 220 years since hundreds of acres in and around New Orleans were purchased from France, but the European country’s influence remains strong, as evidenced by the top lot in Neal Auction Company’s November 15-17 sale—an Impressionist painting by Henri-Jean ... (Read More)

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Bertoia’s Fall Two-Day Event Tops $1.8 Million
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Bertoia Auctions, Vineland, New Jersey Photos courtesy Bertoia Auctions Three major collections—Heath Hurlbert’s mechanical bank collection, the Willett still bank collection, and the Bob Davis aeronautical collection—plus additions made up Bertoia Auctions’ annual fall sale, held November 17 and 18. European and American toys grabbed the attention of collectors, and the auction ... (Read More)
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