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Rarities at 2012 Auctions to go on Public Display

New York Times / January 1st, 2013

Private collectors and museum storage units yielded up several unusual pieces at auctions in 2012 that are now headed for public view.

Wendell D. Garrett, Decorative Arts Specialist, Remembered

Antiques & the Arts Weekly / November 20th, 2012

Wendell D. Garrett, well-known as an American decorative arts expert on the TV series "Antiques Roadshow" and as an editor of The Magazine Antiques, died in Williston, Vermont, on Nov. 14. He was 83.

Brad Pitt Debuts Art Deco-style Furniture Collection

ArtfixDaily / November 5th, 2012

Actor Brad Pitt is delving into the world of furniture design. His Art Nouveau and Art Deco-inspired collection will be launched in...

George Washington's Constitution Copy On View at Mount Vernon

CBS / September 17th, 2012

Nearly $10 million was spent to acquire George Washington's copy of the Constitution, complete with his handwritten notes on Presidential duties, for display at the Founding Father's Mount Vernon estate.

Smithsonian Buys Benjamin Franklin Suit; His 1778 Bust Reported Stolen in Penn.

Washington Post / August 30th, 2012

Donors have helped the Smithsonian purchase Benjamin Franklin’s three-piece silk suit worn on a pivotal diplomatic mission to France in 1778. Just last week, a valuable portrait bust of Franklin, also dated 1778, was reported stolen from a private home...

Naval Flag Collection Fetches $784,500 at Auction

Washington Post / May 1st, 2012

Eleven rare and historic naval flags brought a total of $784,500 at a Freeman's auction in Philadelphia, according to reports. Banners that flew over the course of two centuries from the USS Constitution...

Americana Week Tops $47 Million in Auction Sales

Antiques and the Arts / January 26th, 2012

Nearly $47 million was spent on American art and antiques at five auction houses during Americana Week in New York. About 2,000 lots were offered in sales from January 16 to 22 during the focused series of events that includes a host of related antiques fairs, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions. Five highlights from the sales:

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Receives $8 Million Grant

ArtfixDaily / January 25th, 2012

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, in Greensburg, Penn., has received the largest donation in its history, which will go towards its endowment and capital campaign. An $8 million grant from...

$1 Million Dollar Sampler, $3.5 Million Highboy Star at Sotheby's

ArtfixDaily / January 22nd, 2012

A John Townsend high chest, inscribed Newport 1756, had it all: original finish, hardware, and finial; impeccable provenance; and style representing the pinnacle of colonial American craftsmanship. From a $2-3 million presale estimate, the piece soared to $3,554,500 at Sotheby's Important ...

George Washington Wine Cooler Reaps $782,500 at Christie's

ArtfixDaily / January 22nd, 2012

A wine cooler, which George Washington presented to Alexander Hamilton as a gift, far exceeded its expected sale price at auction, going for $782,500 on January 19th. The cooler was designed according to specifications given by George Washington himself...

New Tuscaloosa Museum of Art to Showcase Important American Art

ArtfixDaily / December 12th, 2011

Last week, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art opened its doors, finally giving a home to the art collection assembled by Jack Warner. Earlier this year, the Jack Warner Foundation and Westervelt Company separated, leaving the fate undetermined as to where their respective collections would be housed. ...

Last chance to visit American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2011

Independence Day weekenders can soak up Americana, from Colonial portraiture to quilts, in Manhattan for one last stretch at the American Folk Art Museum's 45 West 53rd St. location. The museum will be moving to its home at 2 Lincoln Square on July 9.

Antiques dealer Albert M. Sack remembered

New York Times / June 1st, 2011

Albert M. Sack, the legendary dealer of American antiques who penned the influential collecting guide, "Fine Points of American Furniture: Good, Better, Best,” died on Sunday in Durham, N.C. He was 96.  

Yale debuts free online collection database

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2011

Yale University has launched a massive online database with records on over 250,000 objects from its museums, archives and libraries. Providing unprecedented, unlimited access to the Ivy League school's varied collections, including a tantalizing peek at artwork in storage, the digitization ...

American Folk Art Museum passes fair to new owner

New York Times / May 7th, 2011

Ownership and management of the annual American Antiques Show, a ten-year-old fundraiser for New York's American Folk Art Museum, has been turned over to the Art Fair Company in an effort to stabilize the museum's finances. Faced with a default on nearly $32 million worth of bonds that it ...

American Folk Art Museum executive director quits

American Folk Art Museum / May 4th, 2011

Maria Ann Conelli, executive director of New York's American Folk Art Museum, announced on the museum's website on May 3 that she would be leaving in July to return to academia. The financially-troubled institution missed $3.7 million in payments to a debt service fund connected to bonds issued ...

Spring Show attracts fresh crowd, steady sales

Art Newspaper / May 3rd, 2011

The inaugural Spring Show, organized by the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America, had a promising first-run at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. About 1,495 attendees, including a contingent of designers, celebrities, and collectors, enjoyed the opening night party on April 27. Over the ...

Winterthur Museum acquires one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny

Winterthur / April 18th, 2011

Delaware's Winterthur Museum recently acquired one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny, which was sold at Pook & Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Together with the Christmas tree, the custom of the Easter rabbit and colored eggs was brought to ...

Gustav Stickley, now in paperback

PHAIDON store / March 10th, 2011

Phaidon has released a massive paperback about Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), the iconic character and one of the most influential figures of the American Arts & Crafts movement. Stickley was a self-made man whose furniture company, Craftsman Workshops, and the seminal magazine he founded in ...

Picasso, Esherick among modern masters lifting auction results

Washington Post / February 8th, 2011

A Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter, titled "La Lecture," more than doubled its low estimate to fetch 25.2 million pounds ($40.7 million) at a Sotheby's auction in London on Tuesday. The Picasso edged up the firm's modern and impressionist art auction total to 68.8 ...