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Rare Kentucky desk sells for $500,000

AAD REPORTS 23/10/2017The desk was built for Capt. John Cowan (1748-1823), a Pennsylvanian who helped survey land that is now Louisville in 1773. The next year, he was a founder of Harrodsburg, the state’s first town, and in 1784, he helped John Filson create the first map of...[Read More]
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Corruption fuelling ivory trade in central Africa

AAD REPORTS 19/10/2017Yaound - Sophisticated international trafficking of ivory in central Africa is being fuelled by high levels of corruption, according to a report recently published. The study by wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption...[Read More]
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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being...

AAD REPORTS 03/10/2017So much for the effectiveness of an ivory ban if the outlaw state of Zimbabwe continues its criminal enterprise in cahoots with China. Where is Mark Thatcher when we need him? *  Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe...[Read More]
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A. Pash & Sons, Mayfair London

AAD REPORTS 21/07/2017AAD is honoured and delighted to introduce Mr. Robbie Pash of A. Pash and Sons, Mayfair, London. Robbie Pash of A. Pash & Sons, Mayfair London A. Pash and Sons have recently joined the AAD Gallery Network, where you can view a selection of their...[Read More]
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Instagram Echoes Artists Past - Royal Courts of...

AAD REPORTS 19/05/2017Royal Courts of Justice, architecture by George Edmund Street - follow the RCJ on Instagram @RCJ Queen Victoria Opening of the Royal Courts of Justice, 1882  - by Henry Tanworth Wells (1828–1903) Government Art Collection You may also...[Read More]
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Long time 1st Dibs Vendor Cites New Policies as...

Lewis Baer 22/04/2017No one is more thankful than me as to how 1stdibs single  handily took on the industry’s challenge and hijacking by the Sotheby’s/Christie’s auction methods. The duopoly’s goal was to take away the dealer market by...[Read More]
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Brown Remains Down

AAD REPORTS 13/02/2017Generation IKEA views the world via a lens supplied by an IPhone, as such, family heirlooms may get shipped to God knows where. Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff   Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms After my father...[Read More]
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Carlton Hobbs Wins Finest Work Of Art Award At Olympia...

AAD REPORTS 27/01/2017NEW YORK, NY, July 01, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Carlton Hobbs, the eminent international antiques dealer, is very pleased to announce that they were awarded the Fair Patron's Award 2009 for the Finest Work of Art in Association with CINOA, the...[Read More]
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Carlton Hobbs Announces Participation at Fine Art Asia...

AAD REPORTS 27/01/2017  NEW YORK, NY, September 18, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Carlton Hobbs, LLC is thrilled to be participating for the first time in Fine Art Asia, the premiere annual fine art fair in Asia located in Hong Kong. We are very excited to join the elite...[Read More]
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This Rare Ottoman Atlas Contains Beautiful Maps of the...

AAD REPORTS 08/08/2016  The Cedid Atlas Tercümesi   The Cedid Atlas Tercümesi, or New Atlas, was published in Istanbul in 1803 by the Ottoman Military Engineering School Press — the first atlas to be printed in the Muslim world. The atlas,...[Read More]
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£5 Paid for Grotty Old Chair At Auction Stuffed with...

AAD REPORTS 03/08/2016A couple who bought a grotty old chair for £5 found diamond jewellery worth £5,000 hidden inside it. Angela Milner-Brown, 50, and husband Angus, 47, bought the bargain at auction 10 years ago and kept it in their attic as they could not...[Read More]
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The Lost Third Imperial Easter Egg By Carl...

AAD REPORTS 26/03/2016Editor's note: Being Easter weekend, we thought it apt to re-publish the most incredible egg story of the past few years, if not the past decade. THE LOST THIRD IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EASTER EGG EXHIBITION One of the missing Imperial...[Read More]
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Mallett On Death Watch

AAD REPORTS 13/02/2016Mallett shows us how fast the burn money from a pricey London building sale disappears. You can read all about it on the so-dead-antiquestradegazette.com You may also like to read: * Vlad The Shoplifter * Design Matters, How Cost Over Runs On New...[Read More]
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The Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair,...

AAD REPORTS 19/01/2016Always an interesting and eye-catching event, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair begins today at Battersea Evolution, a permanent marquee situated in Battersea park, London SW11. From period shop signs and advertising accessories, to taxidermy,...[Read More]
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A Message For Michael Bruno

Jack Beeler 08/10/2015Dear Michael Bruno and 1stdibs dealers, I have a few thoughts and observations I will add to the mix. First, I’ll address the matter of the hidden price–the “contact dealer” syndrome. The parties who have commented (“Very...[Read More]
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Is Christie’s Moving Their Paris Office Towards The...

Maura Haverly 29/08/2015Christie’s today announced the appointment of Geraldine Lenain, formerly number 2 in Christie’s Shanghai, as senior Director in Paris. She continues as an International Director of Asian Art. Ms. Lenain is an expert in Chinese ceramics and...[Read More]
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Officials for Sale in China’s Art Market

The Epoch Times 18/08/2015 Frank Fang @ Epoch Times Playing the dual roles of a player and a referee is one way to get filthy rich, and many corrupt Chinese officials have resorted to such tactics as they amassed staggering wealth when they tried to become artists, art...[Read More]
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Saving Elephants Requires Sanctions on Rogue Regimes...

Clinton Howell 05/07/2015The NGOs (non-governmental organizations) of this world can wield a great deal of power. That is because their message is usually simple, straightforward and about things that are of great importance. Of recent, a number of NGOs in America have focused...[Read More]
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Sir John Soane’s Museum unveils restoration of...

AAD REPORTS 12/05/2015In May, Sir John Soane’s Museum will publically open Soane’s private apartments and Model Room, located on the second floor at number 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The apartments have been fully restored, and have not been seen by...[Read More]
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Antiques, A Viable Asset Class?

AAD REPORTS 15/04/2015While I absolutely love macro-economic theory, I deal in a micro-economic business. The decorative arts industry has only recently, with the effects of the recent “Great Recession”, experienced a significant financial shock from this general...[Read More]
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Hatton Garden Heist :: Update

AAD REPORTS 14/04/2015Image Courtesy :: The Metropolitan Police   Officers investigating the theft of items from a number of safety deposit boxes at a business in Hatton Garden have released CCTV stills from the robbery to trace the suspects involved. Detective Chief...[Read More]
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Auction : Mesmerizing Egyptian Courtesan...

AAD REPORTS 14/04/2015Los Angeles – A rare Demetre Chiparus sculpture entitled "Thaïs" is headed to the auction block in Bonhams' 20th Century Decorative Arts sale - April 29 in Los Angeles, with an estimate of US$150,000 - 200,000 - £100,000 -...[Read More]
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London's Great Easter Jewelry Heist

Elliot Lee 12/04/2015Bang! smash, the clatter of alarms, hundreds of police descend on Hatton Garden, within 5 minutes of the alarm being tripped…Well, that was what should have happened. Instead, we get a single copper looking through a window, and deciding not to...[Read More]
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Boston's Britches Falling Down, Falling Down...

Laura Stewart 07/04/2015BOSTON’S BRITCHES FALLING DOWN, FALLING DOWN... MY FAIR CITY AAD’s Laura Stewart Finds Brahmins Skipping Across Beacon Hill As America’s Most Straight-Laced City Finally Loosens Up - A brain teaser for art world cognescenti. What...[Read More]
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Detroit Institute Of Arts :: Update

Graham W.J. Beal 03/04/2015When architect Paul Cret, with input from soon-to-be director William Valentiner, designed the DIA, the central features were a great hall and a garden court; the latter adorned with a sprawling fountain and a wide array of potted plants. It was always...[Read More]
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And Then There Was Light | Renzo Piano Unveils His...

Laura Stewart 27/03/2015THE PIANO PLAYS AT HARVARD AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PERFECTLY TUNED AAD’s Laura Stewart heads to Boston to See How the Architect Pulled off an Amazing Feat - Getting Harvard to Lighten Up - Renzo Piano Renzo Piano in his studioCuriosity is what...[Read More]
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Jewels Of Al Thani

Robert Alexander Boyle 24/03/2015 Sapphire Turban Ornament (Jigha) or Brooch, India circa 1920,Platinum set with Sapphire and Diamonds109.5 Carat Sapphire Fresh from the stunning success of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it appears that the Al-Thani collection of...[Read More]
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Auction Marks The 200TH Anniversary Of The Battle Of...

AAD REPORTS 20/03/2015An auction to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The sale, entitled 'Wellington, Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars', will take place at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, on 1 April. A highlight among the 160 items offered in the...[Read More]
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Sotheby's not guilty (this time)

Dr Susan Grundy 22/01/2015As the dust settles on the latest Old Master attribution scandal (‘Sotheby’s wins case involving questionable Caravaggio.’ Art Newspaper 16 January 2015) it is important to note that the law did not find in favour of the system, which...[Read More]
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Hope on the Horizon for Decorative Arts and...

Mary Helen McCoy 01/01/2015It is no secret that for the last ten years there was a move in the Antiques and Interior Design world to get away from the beautifully decorated traditional period styles. More and more the pages of design magazines were filled with a new found look....[Read More]
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Fine Collections vs. The Uninformed ......The Future...

Mary Helen McCoy 16/12/2014Fads collecting come and go generation after generation and if you are fortunate to live long enough you will experience the trends and see that “what goes around comes around". Although the quote is meant for Karma in life it applies to what we...[Read More]
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A Brief History Of Furniture Continued: The...

Mary Helen McCoy 25/11/2014A Brief History of Furniture continued: The Renaissance, Part two French Renaissance furniture The Italians were so far ahead of Northern Europe with the Renaissance and the influence it had on furniture. The Northern Europeans were more concerned...[Read More]
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Young Collectors, Oxymoron Or Reality?

Douglas Stock 17/11/2014In the classic film The Scarlet Pimpernel, the lead character, Percy, a member of the British noble class who is aiding French nobles to escape during the French Revolution, utters the short poem "They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies...[Read More]
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Private Treaty Sales : The Price Of Entry

Lewis Baer 27/10/2014I was advised that my bashing of the Duopoly auctioneers is a bit overdone. Perhaps it is, but, looking at the state of divergence between the decorative and fine arts markets, these auctioneers realize which one has reduced maintenance and storage costs...[Read More]
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Frieze Masters 2014: First Impressions

Sinead Brophy 23/10/2014Image :: Author's Own Walking into Frieze Masters one is automatically hit with a visual representation of what Frieze claims to be: a mix of the old and the new: a blurring of historic art with modern art. The gilded frames of Moretti’s 14th...[Read More]
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Frieze / Pad / Frieze Masters :: Priceless

Elliot Lee 20/10/2014As an introduction to the forthcoming review by Sinead of her visit to Frieze Masters 2014, I thought I'd take a few photographs of finer works on display. What caught my eye this time were the selection of Calder Mobiles available at Frieze Masters and...[Read More]
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Frisky At The Drouot

Maura Haverly 14/10/2014What's going on at Drouot? Image :: fr.wikipedia As my faithful readers know, in my search for the ineffable fantod (under glass) I visit auction rooms near and far. Drouot, the venerable collection of sales rooms located on rue Drouot in the 9th...[Read More]
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING : THE PHYSICS OF SPACE

Gail Green 14/10/2014You know the old saying, “what isn’t said is sometimes more important than what is.” In architecture a balance of perfection is achieved through the expression of volume and void, the unspoken part of the equation. That is, the space...[Read More]
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Christies, My New Best Friend

Lewis Baer 10/10/2014Just when business has started to get better, one of my two old nemesis, Christie’s, just threw a softball to every decorative arts dealer who wants to claim “the middle market.” I don’t think it is really a big secret that the...[Read More]
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Wither biennale des antiquaires, does it succeed?

Maura Haverly 16/09/2014Wither Biennale des Antiquaires? Does it succeed in its aim of being the highest of high-end international art fairs? As it changes - as all international art fairs much change - where will it go next? Le Figaro talks about the "chute" of international...[Read More]
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That Artsy Mail out

Elliot Lee 15/09/2014A somewhat vulgar email sent out by Artsy on 9-11 honouring the Russians after the aircraft was downed over the Ukraine, would suggest that Artsy is running out of burn money, and may be sending out feelers for a Russian buy out? Under the current laws,...[Read More]
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Frisky Hits Paris :: Parcours Des Mondes

Maura Haverly 10/09/2014The most important art fair you've (probably) never heard of. I went yesterday morning, on a wonderful sunny day in Paris, to the Hotel Alcazar, for a press breakfast organized by Colonnes. It was packed- that was my first clue. Antoine Frerot, Honorary...[Read More]
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Frisky (With Fleas) In Lille

Maura Haverly 10/09/2014I wanted to see the largest flea market in Europe, "Le Grand Braderie", held in Lille, France the first weekend in September.Reported to attract 2 million + visitors, I imagined it hid all of the hidden treasures of the North of France and perhaps even...[Read More]
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Forgery That Has Value Added

Lawrence Klepper 05/09/2014When is a forgery worth more than an original? As an estate representative my expertise was in the fine arts and over the years it has proven to be an exciting and unexpectedly adventuresome occupation. I have written about some of the larger pieces...[Read More]
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Books: Art As An Investment? Sure, If You're Name's...

Cat Weaver 01/09/2014 ART AS AN INVESTMENT?A Survey of Comparative Assetsby Melanie GerlisLund Humphries 2014 Prestige is the shadow of money and power.” ~C. Wright Mills In her cheekily titled book, ART AS AN INVESTMENT? Melanie Gerlis (Art...[Read More]
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A to Z Of The Chester Beatty Collection

Sinead Brophy 26/08/2014After a lazy Sunday wandering through Dublin City Centre, trying to dodge the random deluges of rain that broke through the sunny sky, I decided to take a stroll through Dublin Castle. The Castle Gardens sit on the site of the Black Pool; known as Dubh...[Read More]
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The Antiques Sideshow

Jonathan Boorstein 17/08/2014I arrived about an hour and a half early for the taping of the New York episode of The Antiques Roadshow. The tickets included the warning not to arrive more than 30 minutes before the entrance time, which in my case was 10 AM. Despite there being no...[Read More]
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Minding The Hen House II: More On Professional...

Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP 09/08/2014Last month we discussed The Appraisal Foundation's (TAF) pending Minimum Qualifications Criteria for Personal Property Appraisers. "The Criteria" applies to North American (US and Canadian) appraisers who value a broad range of luxury and investment...[Read More]
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Bada For The 21st Century, Prospects For A Future?

Lewis Baer 30/07/2014Michael Cohen, the new chairman of BADA has written a ringing challenge in the “Back Page” of the Antiques Trade Gazette in an attempt to revitalise that organisation's standing and relevance to the trade and the greater public. Certainly...[Read More]
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Tools Of The Trade & Other Grave Matters….

Tom Higginson 22/07/2014I’m a very lucky old git, at least that’s according to the wife and mistress. ‘Having put up with me almost since time began, darned my socks and looked after my each and every need, then I suppose she occasionally might think so....[Read More]
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The Politics Of Polling

Clinton Howell 22/07/2014The New York Times had an article about reliable polling in the political realm recently (http://nyti.ms/1na5rUV ) stating that biased polls "employ dubious weighting and sampling practices." Of course the greatest poll blunder in the recent past was the...[Read More]
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Minding The Hen House: Professional Standards For Art...

Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP 14/07/2014Minding the Hen HouseProfessional Standards for Art and Antiques Appraisers New Minimum Professional Qualifications Standards are Set for an Unregulated Industry The profession of appraising art and antiques has long been challenged by conflicts of...[Read More]
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Independence Day (United States)

AAD REPORTS 04/07/2014Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially...[Read More]
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The Importance of Timing

Clinton Howell 10/06/2014The Summer Exhibition of the Olympia Fine Arts Fair used to be one of the great events in London in the month of June. Olympia would open on the first Friday in June and then the Grosvenor House Fair would open the following Wednesday. It was a time when...[Read More]
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A Visit to the International Contemporary Furniture...

Clinton Howell 23/05/2014I attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center on Sunday. There were miles of aisles and it almost seemed daunting, except, of course, that I am looking at furniture. And there were some great things to see. Foremost...[Read More]
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ARTIST'S RESALE ROYALTIES - WHAT IMPACT? WHAT...

Jolyon Warwick James 06/05/2014Editor's Note: Jolyon Warwick James, The Australia Art and Antique Dealers Association President, published on AAD the following "three critical" questions about what Australia's Artist Resale Royalty scheme has really been doing, in September of...[Read More]
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Ivory : Facts vs. Emotion

Clinton Howell 04/05/2014There are a number of false claims about ivory that are currently circulating in the news. The biggest false claim is that New York is the second largest ivory market in the world. I don’t know where or how this fact was established, but anyone...[Read More]
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Trade Regulations

Clinton Howell 19/04/2014I attended a conference a week or so ago, hosted by the Committee for Cultural Policy, a “non-profit organization that informs the public on policies and laws that affect the international movement of cultural property.” Basically, the...[Read More]
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Artist's Resale Right : Time to get off the fence?

Elliot Lee 14/04/2014There has been a very strange whiff concerning the Artist's Resale Right (ARR), ever since it was brought to our attention on AAD, back in 2011 by the British Art Dealer, John Robertson. I shan't go into the details of the Right here, we've all read...[Read More]
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Cultural Imperatives

Clinton Howell 10/04/2014The television show “Vice” airs on HBO on Friday nights and offers in-depth coverage of news, or perhaps I should say, a more visceral reality based coverage of the news. I watched because one of the segments was on the vanishing rhino...[Read More]
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Banning Ivory

Clinton Howell 07/04/2014Robert K. Sweeney, an Assemblyman from Lindenhurst, NY, wants to ban the sale of all ivory in New York State. This applies to both new and old ivory. The repercussions of such an action are enormous and I would like to point out just a few of them....[Read More]
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The Root of The Elephant Dilemma

Clinton Howell 07/04/2014The French grape vine was put under siege in the 19th century by an aphid commonly known as the 'grape phylloxera' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_French_Wine_Blight). There could have been a host of responses to the threat including an embargo on...[Read More]
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Ivory & The Law

Clinton Howell 27/03/2014In trying to parse all the details that go into the ban of all ivory products into the US and the banning of those products for sale across state lines by the Fish and Wildlife Service, it is clear that a public relations effort is being launched to...[Read More]
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The Art & Antiques Dealers League of America,...

Clinton Howell 12/03/2014March 7, 2014 VIA EMAIL AND FACSIMILE AADLA - www.aadla.org NAADAA - www.naadaa.org Daniel M. Ashe?Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street NW, Room 3331 Washington, DC 20240?Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?Fax: 202 208-6965 Re:...[Read More]
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PUZZLE JUGS : An interview with Robert Aronson

Elliot Lee 29/01/2014What on earth is a Puzzle Jug? I asked that question last October, to which the interim Chairman of TEFAF, and 5th generation dealer at Aronson Antiquaires, Robert Aronson, replied via twitter, with an invitation to come visit PAN Amsterdam and...[Read More]
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Vetting

Clinton Howell 14/01/2014Vetting is the process used at fairs of looking at an object by a committee of experts to determine both the authenticity of a piece and the accuracy of the label describing the object. It was the cause celebre of the International Show when it was...[Read More]
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Culture At The Heart Of Politics

Laure Kaltenbach 20/12/2013Creativity and cultural diversity are key assets for Europe in the international competition, but also a meaningful stop signal to the demagogic “Europebashing”. I am delighted that AAD participates to the empowerment of Culture. I am deeply...[Read More]
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Neglected Heritage

Clinton Howell 18/12/2013From time to time, I drive through a village in Albany County called Preston Hollow. The town used to have a number of antiques shops, but in winter, nothing is open so I am not certain how many remain. The road through Preston Hollow, Route 145, goes by...[Read More]
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News: Rotterdam Kunstal, The Sequel

Margie FitzSimons 19/11/2013To review the basics of this case: Radu Dogaru, the one whose mother, Olga, first said she burned all of the above art and then retracted her statement, Alexandru Bitu, and Eugen Darie, who described bringing the paintings in a car to Romania, confessed...[Read More]
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The Sotheby's Bidding Sham - Irrevocable Bids

Lewis Baer 17/11/2013Irrevocable Bids Lots with this symbol "" indicate that a party has provided Sotheby's with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of...[Read More]
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Of Lions, Donkeys & The Stupidity Of War

Tom Higginson 10/11/2013“I am sick and tired of war. Its glory is all moonshine… War is hell” - General Sherman Today is Remembrance Sunday in England. Ninety five years ago tomorrow, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of November 1918 the guns ceased...[Read More]
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Bad Guys Bedevil The Art Market, Kaminski And Live...

Robert Alexander Boyle 09/10/2013 Beyond the pox that Ann Freedman and Knoedler Gallery has given the art world, this past summer saw in the New York Post and New York Times print the musings and taunts of a self-confessed forger. This annoying person originally from Nyack, NY and once...[Read More]
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In Praise Of Older Desks

Tom Higginson 11/09/2013( A ‘who done it’ with apologies to Andras Vajda.) “Slumped on his desk, weak and dying, There the shattered dealer lay, Whilst around him, staff were crying, Shorter hours & higher...[Read More]
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The Government's Review Of The Artist's Resale Royalty...

John R Walker 07/09/2013Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each responds to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response...[Read More]
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Lewis Baer 06/09/2013The (hot) summer of 2013 is still upon us in New York City, but telling the temperature in the art and antiques business is a bit more problematic. After the universal effects of “The Great Recession”, are things improving, getting worse, or...[Read More]
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Pricing As Science?? Priceless!

Rick Bevilaqua 11/08/2013Pricing, as it relates to value, is the subject of a fascinating book by William Poundstone, “Priceless: The myth of fair value (and how to take advantage of it), Hill and Wang, New York, 2010. The book was recommended to me by Wayne Jordan, who...[Read More]
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Daniel Bexfield Antiques Moves To Cecil Court, Covent...

Ros Ormiston 27/07/2013 Daniel Bexfield Antiques - window displayImage - Ros Ormiston After losing a lease renewal with the owners of Burlington Arcade, which forced Daniel Bexfield to leave his premises there after 15 years, 2013 is turning out well for him, with his...[Read More]
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A Tale Of A Special Beech Tree

Mary Helen McCoy 09/07/2013A gentle breeze blew through the limbs of a handsome one hundred year old Fagus Sylvatica in a forest near the city of Paris in the year 1752. The beech tree knew he was one of the most beautiful specimens reaching about 130 feet high (40 meters) and...[Read More]
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A Classic Small Business Model, The Antiques...

Lewis Baer 22/06/2013With all the public discussion on the present state of the economy, it has been stated by many economists, that small businesses are the engine of growth for jobs and recovery. Yet, I find practically nothing in any of our government’s actions that...[Read More]
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The Positives And Negatives : An Antique Persian...

Douglas Stock 10/06/2013The greatest ice hockey players in the world, drawn from Canada, Russia, Sweden, the U.S. and other nations square off for rounds of best of seven game series. At the conclusion of a series of games, during which remarkable skating moves leave opponents...[Read More]
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The Positives And Negatives : An Antique Persian...

Douglas Stock 10/06/2013One of the great traditions in international professional or amateur sports occurs during the Stanley Cup playoffs in the National Hockey League, comprised of teams scattered through the United States and Canada in cities as diverse as New York, Toronto,...[Read More]
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A Response To 'Free Admission To Galleries And...

Lewis Baer 03/06/2013I wanted to share with everyone a letter I received on this topic: ''I think I may be out of place here, as a senior year college student. I found your article on the AAD website. I was poking around there because I’ve been trying to explore more...[Read More]
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Russian Roulette In The Contemporary Art Auction...

Howard L. Rehs 23/05/2013I guess you had to be there to actually believe it. The recent series of contemporary auction sales in NYC were nothing short of astonishing. Over the past week I received a number of calls from clients asking: how could this be? How could all that...[Read More]
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The End Of Decorating (With Antiques)?

Lewis Baer 14/05/2013There was a time when we (and may other fine dealers) would supply interior designers with phenomenal loads of great antiques and decorative furnishing for display at the Kips Bay Designer Show House. It was a showcase where interiors were created to...[Read More]
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The Trade Or A Profession?

John Dixon 02/05/2013Let’s not refer to ourselves as the Trade any more, the Antiques Trade...........it’s a killer. We do not hear the Auction Houses calling themselves the Auction Trade! Do we hear those who carry out Valuations calling themselves the...[Read More]
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Storing Collections: Be Aware Of The Risk…

Mary Helen McCoy 15/04/2013Those of you who live in larger metropolitan areas are very fortunate to have access to large warehouse facilities which offer the best conditions for receiving and storing art, antiques, and designer furnishings. They also provide the best packing,...[Read More]
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The French “Mercer” or Mercier-Marchand

Mary Helen McCoy 16/03/2013Webster’s dictionary defines “mercer” as a dealer in textile fabrics however this is the British definition of an old French word meaning a trader in goods or wares (including the textiles) which comes from the Latin. French mercers...[Read More]
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Hey Any Art, Antique and Design Dealer Friends, ..

Mark Goodger 24/02/2013Hey any Art, Antique and Design Dealer friends, got something to say blurb it out on here for all to see. Going…going…gone! When buying antiques, us dealers are often up at silly hours of the day travelling hundreds of miles whilst most...[Read More]
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Fine French Furniture Of The Provinces Of France

Mary Helen McCoy 17/02/2013AN OVERVIEW ON FINE FURNITURE FROM THE PROVINCES OF FRANCE During the reign of Louis XIV, the French developed a desire foe beautiful and luxurious decorative arts in their homes. Louis XIV inspired the creative talents of French artisans and...[Read More]
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Follow Up: Future Of Charity Shows

AAD REPORTS 15/02/2013In the middle of January I was invited to share my thoughts on the health of antiques shows in America, as the on-line antiques world in England, Europe and America kept swirling with debates about the success of shows, the failures of shows, the...[Read More]
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The Good Guide To Charity Shows In America

Mary Helen McCoy 31/01/2013INTRODUCTION Art and Antique Shows held in smaller metropolitan areas with a population of affluent buyers play a significant role for the trade. Most all dealers have exhibited at these shows making contacts in different markets which have been the key...[Read More]
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The Enigma Of Trust

Clinton Howell 26/01/2013Perhaps the most persistent question adults ask about any and everything they do is whether something is genuine? It is the question that no amount of self assuredness can adequately answer. From scams to straightforward disingenuousness, it is hard to...[Read More]
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The Analysis Of 'Invitation To Online Dialogue - The...

Mary Helen McCoy 23/01/2013Here for all to share is a compilation of the fruits of this discussion to date. Despite dealers often being criticized as a negative lot, that is not my experience–deep down we are in fact immensely positive. Despite the disappointments we may...[Read More]
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Invitation To Online Dialogue - The Future Of Charity...

AAD REPORTS 19/01/2013I have followed with fascination the lengthy discussion about the role/ potential of auction houses in antiques shows or fairs (just one of many variant words between the UK and USA to describe the same thing). What the discussion made me keenly aware of...[Read More]
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Keith Richards Gets It

Clinton Howell 10/01/2013The best thing about Christmas are the presents that are books, even if I do have to buy some of them for myself. Keith Richards’, “Life” has been recommended to me by numerous and varied people so I bought myself a copy and read it...[Read More]
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Price Guides

Clinton Howell 30/12/2012Is there a need for price guides in the world of English antique furniture? Our corporate culture likes to think that everything can be quantified as long as we have enough information from which to draw a conclusion. However, I don't think English...[Read More]
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Selling Art V Antiques; Apples VS. Oranges

Lewis Baer 29/12/2012Antiques and art are not really so similar. While they both fall under the same industry category, selling these items seems to require very different approaches. As I strolled down the side streets of Chelsea’s West 24/25/26th Streets, I saw...[Read More]
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Beam Me Up Scottie

Tom Higginson 18/12/2012“ till the Sun grows cold / the Stars grow old /and the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold” (Bayard Taylor 1825-78) Wow, that’s a relief then, the world didn’t end on the 21st after all. I woke up on the 22nd with a thumping...[Read More]
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What Clients Want

Clinton Howell 08/12/2012Clearly, the most difficult aspect of walking into an antique shop for most would-be buyers is knowing what it is you want to buy. "I will know it when I see it." Perhaps you will and perhaps you won't, but I find that most people want to be talked into...[Read More]
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Culture | The Reasons For Hope

Laure Kaltenbach 29/11/2012The theme of the fifth edition of The Forum d’Avignon, was neither provocative nor thoughtless at a time of budget shortages. Exchanges between its 450 participants from 43 countries representing the worlds of culture, the economy and the media,...[Read More]
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Young Collectors, Oxymoron or Reality?

Douglas Stock 17/11/2012In the classic film The Scarlet Pimpernel, the lead character, Percy, a member of the British noble class who is aiding French nobles to escape during the French Revolution, utters the short poem "They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies...[Read More]
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A Confluence of Cross Cultural Exchanges

Gail Green 13/09/2012A Confluence of Cross Cultural Exchanges between the Muslims, Christians, and Jews from the 3rd Century to the early 17th Century “Crossing Borders,” the current exhibition at the Jewish Museum, showcases an impressive selection from the...[Read More]
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