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Books Received, December 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Books Received These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept mail, phone, or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson: Art Landscape Architecture, edited by ... (Read More)

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Bill Hamel, Hamel20, Red Hook, New York
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade If you want mid-century modern furniture for your home, you’ll have no trouble finding it. It’s all over the place. Dealers who once upon a time sneered at anything made after 1840 are now eager to show off their Finn Juhl chairs or their Harvey Probber sectionals. Acquiring the ... (Read More)

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Legal Actions Mount against National Book Auctions
by M.A.D. staff

*Update: Ithaca.com reports David Hall has been arrested, and charged with second degree grand larceny   Denis Gouey, a consignor to National Book Auctions who filed suit in May against the Ithaca, New York, firm, was granted a default judgment on October 26, 2018. The Torrington, Connecticut, bookbinder claimed in court papers that ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, December 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2018
by Ian McKay,

September and October sales in London saw $1.4 million paid for a Banksy painting at Sotheby’s that was seen to (partially) self-destruct as the hammer fell—and thereby immediately increase in value—while in New York City at Christie’s a far, far higher than predicted $432,500 was paid for an AI (artificial ... (Read More)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)
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