Endnotes: Boston needlework

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We were prepared to pay considerably more, so were happily surprised,” says American needlework dealer Carol Huber about her successful bid on this charming Boston canvas-work picture, offered at the first auction of American furniture and decorative arts held by Bonhams in New York in mid-January. When she saw it in the catalogue, she thought the presale estimate of $6,000 …

Washington alive and well

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Despite the ongoing difficulties in the United States economy, to judge by a President’s Day weekend sale at Skinner Auction in Boston, Americans continue to place a lot of faith in the Founding Fathers. In lively bidding in the room and on the phone, a portrait miniature of George Washington brought $336,000-the second highest price ever paid for an American …

Endnotes: A Dorflinger Masterpiece

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Objects of high quality continue to bring strong prices,” says Jason Woody of Woody Auction, headquartered in Douglass, Kansas, following the firm’s sale late last year of the cut-glass and silver pitcher shown here. Made in the first decade of the twentieth century by the Dorflinger glass company of White Mills, Pennsylvania, the piece is an extremely fine example of …

Endnotes: An Icon for Yale

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Not all the news about the economy in general-and as related to the decorative arts and painting in particular-is bad. Late last year Skinner in Boston auctioned a miniature of George Washington by Robert Field that fetched more than $300,000-some ten times its presale estimate. According to the portrait miniature specialist Elle Shushan of Philadelphia, who was the successful bidder …