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Sotheby's Seeks Dismissal of False Claims Lawsuit
by M.A.D. staff

On December 18, 2020, Sotheby’s filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleging that Sotheby’s had violated New York’s False Claims Act. The case revolves around a collector using a false resale certificate to avoid paying sales tax (see M.A.D., January, p. ... (Read More)


$40,625 Rookwood Vase Tops “Art + Design” Sale
by Don Johnson

Treadway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Treadway Gallery A Rookwood Pottery vase took the top bid during the “Art + Design” auction held by Treadway Gallery of Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 7. In an Iris glaze, the 15" high vase was decorated by Kitaro Shirayamadani in 1907. Having a dozen poppies encircling ... (Read More)


Troyan Living Trust Sues to Recover Collection
by M.A.D. staff

“Without Bob, all of this couldn’t have happened. I put all my trust in him,” Mitzi J. Troyan said on December 11, 2011, at the National Arts Club in New York City. The occasion was an exhibition of the work of artist Matthew Troyan (1913-2007), her late husband. “Bob” referred to ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, February 2021
by Ian McKay,

The Aeneid, the 16th-century epic poem by Virgil, provided the inspiration for an extraordinary series of coloured enamel panels that feature in one of this month’s reports—one that also includes a painted figure of the Virgin Mary that brought a much higher than expected sum. A piratical painting, buried treasure, and ... (Read More)


Stoneware Donation to New York State Museum
by M.A.D. staff

Stoneware authority William C. Ketchum Jr., author of Potters and Potteries of New York State, has donated his research library and notes plus 14 pieces of New York decorated stoneware from his personal collection to the New York State Museum in Albany. Among the donated pieces are several early pieces from ... (Read More)

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To Price or Not to Price
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Even as you read this, doctors and nurses are administering vaccines. We can finally begin to believe that there is a life out there beyond the toilet-paper-hoarding fugue state that we have all been brumating in for nearly a year now. That life had stopped seeming like a ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, February 2021

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)


In the Cloud with the New York Antiques Show
by Walter C. Newman

The New York Antiques Show Online It is a bit surprising to learn of an entirely new antiques event entering today’s turbulent environment. But that is what occurred the weekend of January 29-31 when the inaugural New York Antiques Show debuted as an entirely virtual event. This new New York Antiques Show ... (Read More)


Theus Portrait Bought by Family Member
by Pete Prunkl

Wooten & Wooten Auctions, Camden, South Carolina Photos courtesy Wooten & Wooten In 1740, at the age of 24, Swiss émigré Jeremiah Theus (1716-1774) was advertising his skills as a painter to the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina. For the next three decades, he was perhaps the only full-time portrait painter in ... (Read More)


Online Sale of Folk Art and Americana
by Kay Manning

Circle Auction, Kansas City, Missouri Photos courtesy Circle Auction The product of what started as a side business for Ezra H. Griffith, a soda company representative, more than 150 years ago in New York was the show-stopper for a Circle Auction sale on January 30 that otherwise featured many items typically found ... (Read More)
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