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Auction Prices Realized, July 2021
by M.A.D. staff

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)


New Dealers for NHADA Annual Show
by M.A.D. staff

The 64th annual New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association antiques show will return to an in-person event, beginning Thursday, August 12, and running through August 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester, New Hampshire. Several new exhibitors have secured a coveted spot in the show. Added to the show this year ... (Read More)


Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard
by Julie Schlenger Adell

South Salem, New York Flags were flying, burgers were grilling, and antiquers were hunting for treasures after 16 months at home. The longtime Antiques and Artisans in the Church Yard show, held annually on July 4, did not disappoint. Cars lined up at 9 a.m., and several volunteers, many of whom have ... (Read More)


Evans Sale Is Strong across the Board
by Walter C. Newman

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Mt. Crawford, Virginia Photos courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Is there a better time to celebrate Americana than Independence Day? Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates held its 40th semiannual “Premier Americana” auction in two sessions over Independence Day weekend, July 2 and 3, at the firm’s ... (Read More)

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A Word of Advice
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface Andrew and Hollie are taking the month off, but they decided that after last month’s column, even more advice might be appreciated, so enjoy these letters to Aunty Eek instead. Dear Aunty Eek, I recently received some terrible news and don’t know what to do. I love my local auction ... (Read More)

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Art, Furniture, and Genealogy
by Bob Frishman

A Book Review "Buy the object, not the story.” This classic advice properly cautions antiques buyers against paying for questionable provenance or celebrity associations. Antique furniture, paintings, silver, and everything else should stand on their own aesthetic and historical merits, not on “granny notes,” family lore, or dealer anecdotes. But at the ... (Read More)


Charles Carroll’s Declaration Sells for $4,420,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

One of Charles Carroll’s two copies of “The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America,” engraved by William J. Stone in 1823, sold at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on July 1 for $4,420,000 (includes buyer’s premium). It is the second-highest price ever paid for any printing of the Declaration of ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, July 2021
by Ian McKay,

A record-demolishing $2 million price in Scotland for a little medieval ivory casket from Paris was a last-minute entry to this month’s “Letter” but gets pride of place. Fearsome-looking suits of Japanese armour, bizarre birds and other appealing Martinware creations, a rare Saxon shilling, and a bidding race between a camel ... (Read More)


Gifts to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Upgrade Collection
by M.A.D. staff

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM) in the Bronx, New York, has received important additions to its collection of early 19th-century American furniture and furnishings. A Classical bronze-mounted mahogany center table with an original Thomaston marble top made by Isaac Vose & Son, Boston, 1820-24, has replaced an Empire Revival table in ... (Read More)


Small Sale Equals Good Results
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams "For a small sale [100 lots], the results were quite good,” said Native American art department director Ingmars Lindbergs about the June 29 auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles. “Quite good” translates to total sales of $645,404 (including buyers’ premiums). The sell-through rate was 87% ... (Read More)
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