Writing desk by Elder Henry Green (1844–1930), 1883, Alfred, Maine. Butternut, maple and varnish finish. Collection of the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Inc. —Alan LaVallee photo

The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon To The World At The Farnsworth Art Museum

ROCKLAND, MAINE. — A perfectly proportioned ladder back chair. A carefully constructed oval box ornamented by finger laps. A quaint bonnet of beautifully woven palm. These objects are recognized nationally and even internationally as emblems of a Protestant monastic community commonly called the Shakers. Okay, but how about a Victorian-style footstool with plywood feet made by a Shaker woodworker, a set of Tiffany & Co. flatware given to a Shaker community or a Shaker baked-bean food-truck trailer? Those who partake of the exhibition “The Shakers, From Mount Lebanon to the World” produced by the Farnsworth Art Museum and on view through January 4, or its eponymous catalog, had better fasten their seat belts. This project pushes beyond the many exhibitions and books focused solely on the “golden era” of Shaker design and what the participants refer to as the “Shaker Myth.” As Leonard L. Brooks, former director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum, admonishes, “Put aside images and thoughts of Shakers as clothespin inventors, seed sellers and furniture makers locked in time with no sense of change.”... Read more

Writing desk by Elder Henry Green (1844–1930), 1883, Alfred, Maine. Butternut, maple and varnish finish. Collection of the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Inc. —Alan LaVallee photo

Antiques Shows

Antiques Week In New Hampshire Gets Off And Running In Deerfield

“Deerfield is fun, the early buying morning weather is crisp, people are friendly, and who knows what is in those buildings,” one man close to the front of the line said as he headed for th... Read more

MidWeek Twilight Tuesday Antiques Show

“MidWeek has found new dates and times, we are comfortable with the schedule, and it will be the same next year,” Frank Gaglio said after the show closed, and the change from last year proved positive for both management and many visitors... Read more

Antiques In Manchester: Third Time’s A Charm

Antiques in Manchester, which falls squarely in the middle of Antiques Week in New Hampshire, has matured into one of the country’s top shows. Now in its third year at Manchester’s JFK Coliseum, the August 6–7 Americana event excels on... Read more

Record Crowd Opening Day At 57th Annual NHADA Show In Manchester

When Michael Sczerzen, the New Hampshire Antiques Show’s floor manager, says, “The show is now open,” he might also add, “Just follow Scott Cook.” Scott is well known as “first in line” at many shows, espe... Read more

Pickers Market Antiques Show Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

The Pickers Market opened this year on a Thursday, August 7, at 2 pm, closing five hours later, on the tails of MidWeek at the Douglas N. Everett Arena. “We had close to 300 people waiting to get into the show, more followed during the afternoon, and... Read more

Trade News

Auctioneers Join Forces To Launch Bidsquare.com

Six leading regional auction houses have joined forces to launch the online bidding platform Bidsquare.com. The firms, which include Brunk in Asheville, N.C.; Cowan’s in Cincinnati, Ohio; Leslie Hindman in Chicago; Pook & Pook, Inc, in Downingtow... Read more

Corcoran, GWU, National Gallery of Art Receive Merger Approval

Leaders of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art and Design, the George Washington University (GW) and the National Gallery of Art on Monday, August 18, received approval from the D.C. Superior Court to implement agreements that were fir... Read more

Samplers Open House Is Successful And Fun

Stephen and Carol Huber’s annual open house and summer sampler sale at their gallery August 9-10 was a lively event, boasting its best attendance yet. A display of personal letters and pictures from Betty Ring’s archives was of great interest to many, accor... Read more

Crystal Bridges Museum Debuts ‘State Of The Art’ Sept. 13

In November 2013, on the second anniversary of the museum’s opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced a major new initiative to discover and exhibit recently created artwork from across the United States. As part of the initiative... Read more

Charles Besozzi Folk Art Surveys Nation's History

The Torrington Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit showcasing selected paintings by Charles Besozzi, a former resident of Torrington. “Visions Of America’s History: The Folk Art of Charles Besozzi” features more than 20 oil... Read more

Auction Action

Northeast Auctions Glories In $486,400 Battle Of Monmouth Map

A star-spangled sale at Northeast Auctions on August 16–17 saw $486,400 for a hand drawn map indicating 22 sites and troop positions at the Battle of Monmouth. The June 28, 1778, clash between American and British forces in New Jersey saw decisive victory for the Am... Read more

Adirondacks In August: Blanchard’s Auction A Big Draw

Ahh, the Adirondacks in August…what could be better than lounging by the lake in a rustic twig rocker, fishing pole in one hand and coffee in the other or paddling around a secluded cove in a vintage canoe? Nearly as g... Read more

The Howard Roth Collection Of Early American Iron

“With his enthusiasm for the material, perseverance and competitive spirit, Howard rarely let a great piece of American iron get away. It seemed that no matter how early we would show up for the opening of an antiques show, inevitably there he w... Read more

Lincoln Drake Takes Flight At Decoys Unlimited Sale

Decoy Week continued with a journey to beautiful Cape Cod where Ted and Judy Harmon’s Decoys Unlimited’s summer auction did not disappoint. The July 27–28 sale, conducted at the Cape Codder Resort, grossed just over $1.2 million and was ... Read more

Canadian Folk Art Comes Of Age At Northeast Auctions

Antiques Week in New Hampshire got off to its traditional start with a weekend Americana auction on August 2–3. But in a nod to our resources-rich neighbor to the north, the sale’s top lot was Canadian rather than American. Following on the ... Read more

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