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15 Apr 2019

In Remembrance: Marguerite Riordan

The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) mourns the loss of Marguerite Riordan, preeminent dealer of American furniture and folk art as well as a dear friend of the museum, who passed away on March 18, 2019. Based in Stonington, Connecticut, Riordan began selling antiques in 1967, and became “one of the last great dealers from the golden age of Americana,” according to fellow dealer David Schorsch. It was Riordan’s lovely Liberty Needlework stitched by Lucina Hudson as a student attending the Abby Wright School in South Hadley, Massachusetts, that was acquired by AFAM in 1996 by the Jean Lipman Fellows, a program that provided important new acquisitions for the museum. Along with her husband, Arthur, Marguerite was an honoree at AFAM’s Annual Fall Benefit Gala in 2008. We extend our sympathy to her family and many friends.