Needlework by Ann Reading Beatty (1723–1768), Trenton. New Jersey State Museum.

Hail Specimen Of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726–1860

PRINCETON, N.J. — In the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, New Jersey was characterized by a wide range of social and cultural environments. Cities like Trenton, Elizabethtown and Burlington had large, compacted urban populations, while counties like Hunterdon, Warren and Salem were highly rural and sparsely populated. Not surprisingly, these differences are reflected in a survey of the needlework produced by young schoolgirls — “Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726–1860,” currently on view through March 29 at Morven Museum & Garden. From the elaborate pictorial samplers worked at the Quaker schools in Burlington County to the “towering ladies of Cape May” and the “checkerboard houses” of Somerset County, New Jersey needlework was as diverse as the cities, towns and rural hamlets in which these girls lived and studied. ... Read more

Needlework by Ann Reading Beatty (1723–1768), Trenton. New Jersey State Museum.

Antiques Shows

Thinking Inside The Box: An Updated International Show Stays True To Form

The best thing a promoter can do is create a structure, beautiful and elastic, then step back and allow exhibitors to fill it with treasures large and small. Such thinking — inside the box, as it were — has kept the International Fine Art... Read more

Strong Presentations, New Design Energize Frieze, Frieze Masters Fairs

At the close of the 12th edition of Frieze London, which ran October 15–18, exhibitors and visitors praised the fair’s energy and applauded its new layout, while Frieze Masters returned to Gloucester Green in Regent’s Park October 15–19 fo... Read more

Scott Atlanta Continues As Largest Monthly Show & Sale

Don Scott continued his success as the largest monthly antiques show in the United States, with the October 10–12 edition of the Scott Antique Market presenting more than 2,500 exhibiting dealers in two huge buildings on the south side of Atlanta. Beg... Read more

Trade News

Q&A With Robert Walin

You won’t find Modern design in the shop that, as of last week, still bore the names of Robert Walin and Tucker Frey. The Woodbury, Conn., dealers are known for Americana and proudly so, their inviting Main Street South premises a source for well-priced Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century furniture, paintings, folk art and accessories... Read more

‘Killer Heels’ Surveys Shoe Fetishes At Brooklyn Museum

One of the most provocative and iconic objects of desire is being explored in the exhibition “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe,” on view at the Brooklyn Museum through February 15. Through more than 160 a... Read more

Duane Michals Photographs To Open Nov. 1 At Carnegie

On view November 1–February 16 at Carnegie Museum of Art, “Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals” is the definitive retrospective and the largest presentation of this innovative artist’s work to date, and is organized by... Read more

Auction Action

Soviet-Era Agitlak Gift Desk Set Brings $305,000 At Shapiro Sale

“Overall, the sale went very well,” Gene Shapiro said about his October 25 European, Russian and American fine and decorative art auction. Operating from his gallery on the Upper East Side, the auctioneer said it was the international buyers bi... Read more

$123,000 Tooth At Skinner

A small but choice selection of marine art contributed dozens of pieces of scrimshaw to Skinner’s October 26 Americana sale. The top lot, a signed tooth decorated by Nantucket scrimshander Frederick Myrick, went to Ipswich, Mass., dealer Andrew Jacob... Read more

Crocker Farm Auction: Another Record-Breaker

At least three major auction records were left in the dust after Crocker Farm’s Saturday, October 25, auction that saw three rare and important pieces near the $100,000 mark. A handful of other records were still being tabulated at press time.... Read more

Preview These Antiques Shows

The Wilton Fall Antiques Show is happening on October 26, see 12 pages of fine antiques going to the show now. Also coming up is the Greater York Antiques Show on Nov. 1. Shop items from over 80 dealers before making the trip out to beautiful York, PA in a few weeks.

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