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Spirited Buying for Fine Jewelry at Freeman’s
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Freeman’s sale of fine jewelry on November 6, 2018, in Philadelphia was a lively affair. Highlights in the sale of diamonds, gemstones, and a single-owner 12-piece collection of Seamen Schepps jewelry were the subject of competitive bidding by “assorted buyers” and “notably went to some private clients,” ... (Read More)


A Parade of Americana
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Skinner, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Skinner Americana collided with Americana at Skinner’s noon-time preview of its November 3, 2018, sale at the Boston gallery. The victory parade route of the Red Sox, winners of the 2018 World Series, jammed up the city, making access to the gallery a near impossibility. Dealers ... (Read More)


Olde Hope Publishes Catalog
by Lita Solis-Cohen

It has been six years since Patrick Bell and Edwin Hild of Olde Hope in New Hope, Pennsylvania, published a catalog of folk art for sale. In the days before websites, printed catalogs were a mainstay of marketing Americana. Now they are rare. The libraries of collectors used to have piles ... (Read More)


Yes, There Will Be a New York Antique Ceramics Fair
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Nine dealers will show their wares at the New York Antique Ceramics Fair on the third floor of Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City, Thursday through Saturday, January 17-19, 2019, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nine dealers ... (Read More)


Charlotte Antiques & Garden Show: Super Show with a Slow Start
by Pete Prunkl

Charlotte, North Carolina Photos by Donna Prunkl In late 2002, after a 35-year run, the Mint Museum Antique Show in Charlotte, North Carolina, closed its doors. Organized by Chicago’s Robert Lawler, the show featured top-flight dealers, renowned lecturers, and, in its final iteration, sparse crowds (see M.A.D., January 2003, p. 12-D). On ... (Read More)

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Using Statistics
by John P. Reid,

Computer Column #358 Simple statistical analysis can be useful for antiquers. High-level statistical analysis, sometimes known as “analytics,” used by large retail businesses is beyond our needs. Higher level statistics get an occasional bad rap. Nineteenth-century British statesman Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three types of lies—lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Eighteenth-century ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, November 2018
by Ian McKay,

Quite a mix in this month’s “Letter,” ranging from very costly portraits and sculptures to a very old light bulb. Here you will find Chippendale furniture in company with a hugely expensive car number plate, an old brown bottle that turned out not to be a fake after all, some ... (Read More)


Rethink That Resale: Proposed American Royalties Too Act of 2018 Seeks to Regulate Downstream Sales
by M.A.D. staff

On September 25 members of Congress introduced the American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2018 (the ART act). The ART act has bipartisan support and calls for an amendment to the Copyright Act of 1976, which currently governs copyright disputes. The amendment would require purchasers of visual art to pay ... (Read More)


TEFAF Fall Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

TEFAF New York Fall, New York City George Washington made an appearance at TEFAF New York Fall in the booth of Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York City, and the full-length, 95" x 64" Munro-Lenox portrait by Gilbert Stuart was spoken for by the third day of the event. This full-length portrait ... (Read More)

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An Exotic Side Chair Attributed to R.W. Bates & Co. of Chicago
by Roberta A. Mayer

An Exotic Side Chair Attributed to R.W. Bates & Co. of Chicago R.W. Bates & Co. was a high-end manufacturer of custom furniture and interiors in the late 19th century. Based in Chicago, the business had professional and private clients across the United States. Sharon Darling drew attention to this firm ... (Read More)
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