Antiques And The Arts Weekly

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Scudder was born into the newspaper business, first darkening the door of The Newtown Bee when his grandfather and great uncle were the owners, and in 1961, following a tour in the Marine Corps and college, returned to town to join his father, who was then the editor and publisher. Upon his father’s retirement, he became editor/publisher of The Bee. His interest in antiques resulted in the founding of Antiques and The Arts Weekly in 1963, first a supplement to The Newtown Bee and in 1974 the publication was mailed out under its own postal permit. Today he still travels the country r...Read More
eporting on and photographing dozens of antiques shows and auctions. He was awarded the Antiques Dealers Association Award of Merit in 2006, one of the highest honors available in the antiques world.Read Less

Auction Previews & News

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  • Press Release
    Q&A: Taylor Thistlethwaite

    At 32, Taylor Thistlethwaite is one of the youngest antiques dealers on the circuit. The Kentucky native radiates a Southern charm that runs as deep as his appreciation for the material that hails from below the Mason-Dixon line. We caught up with him at the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show to get his take on what it’s like to be young in the business nowadays, his thoughts on the market and how he manages to fit all of his inventory into his townhouse. How did you get started? When I was a little kid, my parents were passionate collectors. Most people would consider me tortured because my parents never took me to Disney World, but I knew every antiques shop up and down the Shenandoah Valley. I used to get thrown into attics and they’d yell, “Taylor, you see anything up there?!”

  • Press Release
    Bernard Levy, 98

    Americana Expert Built Top Collection PALM BEACH, FLA. — Bernard Levy, who took the family firm, founded in New York City in 1901, to new heights as Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc, died at his home in Palm Beach on Wednesday, January 27. Levy, 98, was the son and nephew of Isaac M. Levy and John Ginsburg, among the most prominent antiques dealers of the early Twentieth Century. Bernard was born in New York City on February 10, 1917, and attended New York University. He returned to the trade after serving in the US Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. Levy was a foremost expert in early American furniture, first as a partner of Ginsburg & Levy, and from 1973 until his death with Levy Galleries in Manhattan. The business continues under the direction of his son Dean Levy and grandson Frank Levy. Active as a dealer for more than seven decades, Bernard formed friendships with many well-known collectors and curators, among them Ima Hogg, Henry and Helen Flynt, George and Linda Kaufman, Joseph and June Hennage, George B. Lorimer, Eric Martin Wunsch and Vincent Andrus. Some of the most recognizable objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bayou Bend, Winterthur Museum, Historic Deerfield and other leading institutions carry the Levy provenance. “Bernard had a great sense of humor and enjoyed exchanges, some of which were pretty funny, with collectors. We occasionally disagreed but, on the whole, got along very well. He could be very tough on price. I was more inclined to negotiate. His memory was fabulous. He never completely retired and continued to come up to New York after he moved to Florida in 2002,” Dean Levy recalled. Bernard, who served as president of the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America from 1962 to 1966, had an eye for the finest, especially furniture and silver, and was eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with collectors, curators, other dealers and, especially, his family. “His love for all things Americana was infectious,” said Frank Levy. Fit and robust, Bernard was a champion tennis player…

  • Press Release
    MidWeek Turns Furniture World Into An Antiques World

    Colette Donovan, Merrimacport, Mass. Where floor plans are concerned, it is the rare antiques show that deviates from the norm. Most are as regular as a grid painting by Mondrian, who had Manhattan traffic in mind when he created “Broadway Boogie Woogie.” Show managers likewise envision customers cruising like yellow cabs down one aisle and up the next. Barn Star Productions chief Frank Gaglio got a lesson in living off the grid after learning that his flagship Mid*Week in Manchester, August 5 and 6, was losing its venue of 15 years, the Wayfarer Inn in Bedford, N.H. The news sent the Rhinebeck, N.Y., promoter on an epic search for a new home for Mid*Week and its companion, the Pickers Market. Eager to keep Barn Star in town, Manchester’s mayor dispatched a car and driver to help Gaglio in his often dispiriting hunt. The breakthrough came in the 11th hour. A local hotelier encouraged Gaglio to check out the Furniture World Building, a vast and empty former showroom in the heart of Manchester’s big box retail district. The rental turned out to be a godsend: big, spacious and fully air-conditioned; easy to find; supremely convenient to reach by car; equipped with a comfortable catering space; easy to set up; and plentifully supplied with nearby hotels and parking. Taking on the Furniture World Building forced Gaglio to think outside of the box. Furniture World is permanently fitted with irregularly shaped alcoves, some with ersatz touches such as fireplaces and beams, the residue of room-set vignettes past. A grid-shaped floor plan was impossible, so Gaglio got to work designing a show to take advantage of the existing architecture. A Bird in Hand, Florham Park, N.Y. Exhibitors rose to the creative challenge, as well. Maryland dealer Lisa McAllister provocatively displayed a harvest table on a sharp angle, while North Carolina dealers Steve and Lorraine Marshall used the rustic, primitive feeling of their space to its best, incorporating early smalls in abundance and hanging a one-drawer Virginia paneled hanging cupboard in original blue paint. “It was one of the most interesting shows I’ve done, unlike…