Elinor Gordon, 1918-2009

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Elinor Gordon of Villanova, Pennsylvania, the premier antiques dealer in Chinese export porcelain, died on Wednesday July 22, at her vacation home in Osterville on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was ninety-one years old and had been in the business for more than half a century, helping to build some of the best public and private collections of China trade porcelain …

Horton Foote, a collector remembered

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Horton Foote, a Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright (“The Trip to Boutiful,” “The Young Man from Atlanta”) and a screenwriter (Tender Mercies,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”) with more than one Academy Award, died yesterday at the age of 92. In his work and in his life Foote spoke eloquently for the traditional American values of the small Texas town where …

Ralph Emerson Carpenter Jr., 1909-2009

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Ralph Emerson Carpenter Jr. of Newport, Rhode Island, died on Monday, February 2, in the middle of his ninety-ninth year. Known affectionately as “Mr. Newport” for his lifelong work on the historic preservation of Newport’s architecture and for his research and writing on eighteenth-century Newport furniture made by the Townsends and the Goddards, Carpenter was a superbly elegant gentleman. His …