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Auction Prices Realized, February 2024
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)

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Manuscript and Printed Americana
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Sotheby’s “Visions of America,” its umbrella for Americana Week sales, ended January 29 with an offering of just 16 lots of manuscript and printed Americana, of which five sold. Maps and letters related to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and views of Mexico contributed ... (Read More)

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Americana at the Winter Show
by Clayton Pennington

New York City The 70th Winter Show celebrated its platinum anniversary with 70 booths of art and antiques in the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The cavernous 144-year-old brick building was transformed into a garden of delights—gratifying to the eyes, stimulating for the brain, and teasing the heart. The ten-day ... (Read More)

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Celebrating Anonymous Art and Design
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Nameless Art + Design Show, New York City American art and design by unknown makers was the theme of Nameless Art + Design Show, a new show that took place in far west Chelsea January 26-28. It overlapped with the final weekend run of the Winter Show, which took place 40 ... (Read More)

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Euphemisms and Americana Collectors
by Baron Perlman

A euphemism is a mild or indirect word or phrase that substitutes for a well-understood, more direct description or adjective. The latter may elicit more emotion and power; the former is softer and often meant not to hurt feelings. Why be blunt if one can avoid it? Why be clear ... (Read More)

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Tourists and Trade
by M.A.D. Staff

A Book Review In this book Bruce A. Austin describes the extraordinary history of how the automobile and the corresponding road building, road paving, and road traveling started the commerce of selling arts and crafts roadside. Driving around in the 1930s was more than, well, driving around. It was a ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Skip Chalfant
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Harold Leslie Chalfant Jr., whose parents called him Skip from the get-go, lives five miles from where he grew up. “I’m still here. Guess I didn’t get too far in life,” he said with a chuckle. For him, knowing lots of people and places in the area means a great ... (Read More)

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The Acid Test
by S. Clayton Pennington

Dealers, pickers, and auctioneers often spend many hours rifling through all sorts of stuff, looking for salable antiques and possibly a diamond in the rough. They should take proper precautions—there’s some dangerous stuff out there. On January 5, the Oroville, California, Police Department responded to a call regarding a possibly explosive ... (Read More)

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Antiques Art & Design at Wallace Hall
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City With a new owner, Antiques Art & Design at Wallace Hall rolled into town January 19-21 during a bitter cold and flurry-filled Americana Week in New York City. Featuring 28 dealers, many of whom were returnees, the show opened the morning after the Winter Show gala preview. Now presented ... (Read More)

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“Visions of America”
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Saturday, January 20, was Americana day at Sotheby’s in New York City. The 71 lots offered in a live morning sale were sold in an hour and a half. The total was $3,383,153; total estimates were $2,904,000/4,573,000, and the sale was 77% sold by lot. ... (Read More)
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