Members of the Greenleaf-Plummer family, attributed to Rufus Porter, Haverhill, Mass. Period advertising places Porter in Haverhill in 1821, when these likenesses were likely taken. The portraits surfaced at Northeast Auctions in 2013. William Greenleaf Jr, center, shown with his three children and son-in-law, was a Revolutionary War veteran. Watercolor and ink on paper, each portrait 3¾ by 2¾ inches. Rufus Porter Museum; permanent loan collection.

Rufus Porter Reconsidered: Museum Studies Multitalented American Artist And His Circle

BRIDGTON, MAINE — The largely self-taught artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792–1884) painted murals, portraits, landscapes, gunboats and sleighs. He taught music and dance, built a grist mill and a camera obscura, invented a design for a revolving rifle that he sold to Samuel Colt and founded both the enduring publication Scientific American, which dates to 1845, and the short-lived Aerial Navigation Company. An exhibition at the Rufus Porter Museum through October 12 asks whether Porter, indisputably a creative genius, was influenced by others.... Read more

Members of the Greenleaf-Plummer family, attributed to Rufus Porter, Haverhill, Mass. Period advertising places Porter in Haverhill in 1821, when these likenesses were likely taken. The portraits surfaced at Northeast Auctions in 2013. William Greenleaf Jr, center, shown with his three children and son-in-law, was a Revolutionary War veteran. Watercolor and ink on paper, each portrait 3¾ by 2¾ inches. Rufus Porter Museum; permanent loan collection.

Antiques Shows

Buyers Race To Fill Cupboards, Getting Final ‘Brim’ Fix Of 2014

Brimfield Week opened early morning on Tuesday, September 2, to intense heat and high humidity, with expectations that both would only get higher. Rain was forecast for the middle of the day along with the high temperatures. Even so, the customers were ... Read more

Chelsea Flea Market: A New York City Tradition

Veteran flea market manager Alan Boss has seen many markets come and go. After closing his indoor market, The Garage, in June due to real estate development, he is going strong with the Chelsea Flea Market and the Hells Kitchen Flea Market, which run week... Read more

Rhinebeck Is Canceled, No Show October 11–12

“We are heartbroken to do it, but due to the lack of dealers to take part in the October 11–12 show, we have had to cancel the event,” Bruce Garrett, owner and manager of the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, said on Monday morning. This 38-year... Read more

Trade News

Garth’s Acquires Selkirk Assets, Establishing St Louis Presence

Amelia and Jeff Jeffers, owners of Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Ohio, have acquired the assets of Ben J. Selkirk & Sons, Inc. The St Louis auction house Ivey-Selkirk, an outgrowth of the Selkirk firm, closed earlier this year amid fin... Read more

Korean Galleries Reinstalled To Mark 25th Anniversary At Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is celebrating the silver anniversary of its Korean Galleries with a reinstallation of the gallery space. “Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountains,” which opens October 1 in an ongoing exhibition, will feature 60 works that repres... Read more

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery Announces Debut Of Nadeau’s Appraisals LLC

Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is expanding its services. Over the years, auctioneer Ed Nadeau’s children, Eddie and Heather, have become instrumental in the success of the company. After much thought ... Read more

Auction Action

Skinner Sets Record With Qing Vase At $24.7 Million

A monumental Fencai imperial Qing dynasty vase auctioned for $24.7 million at Skinner September 17, setting a record as the top grossing lot ever sold in New England, and topping all sales of Qing dynasty vases in the United States, according to Skinn... Read more

Chinese Famille Rose Vases Hits $1.2 Million At Doyle New York

Doyle New York’s Asian works of art auction on Monday, September 15, attracted strong competition from an international audience of bidders in the salesroom, on the telephones, and live online. The sale offered over 350 lots showcasing the arts of China, Japan and Sout... Read more

A ‘Coke Habit,’ A 1900 Coca-Cola Calendar Brings $210,000 At Morphy’s

“Talk about an expensive hobby! I was working to support my new ‘Coke’ habit,” proclaimed collector Gordon Breslow in the forward of Morphy Auctions’ coin-op and advertising catalog. &ldquo... Read more

Collectors Turn A Discerning Eye To Smalls At Willis Henry’s Shaker Sale

Since 1982, Willis Henry’s annual Shaker Auction has been a much-anticipated, mainstay event for those interested in Shaker fine and decorative arts and tools. This combination sale/reunion/tutorial has often taken place in the incomparable setti... Read more

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