NEW YORK CITY — In a jewel-box of a venue, Allison Kohler of JMK Shows staged an equally sparkling lineup of antiques and fine arts dealers at Bohemian National Hall on April 5–7. True, the assembled exhibitors may have been more heavily weighted on the jewelry side due to some last-minute cancellations, but there was enough traditional antique furniture, Midcentury Modern design and fine art to tempt Upper East Side shoppers over the show’s three-day run.
Approximately 20 dealers were set up on the fourth and fifth floors of the Renaissance Revival-style building that is the center for Czech and Slovak culture in New York City. Room settings took over the elegant hardwood floored ballroom, while the fifth floor dealers in the balcony got a bird’s-eye view of the activity centered below the ballroom’s one-of-a-kind chandelier.
On the proscenium stage, Roger D. Winter, Solebury, Penn., was set up with his collection of Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century furniture, fine art and decoration. Much of the dealer’s real estate was taken up by a massive Regency extension table in figured mahogany — the dealer said it would comfortably seat 18 people — with a great overhang and top supported by turned ring legs. The circa 1805–10 English-Irish piece measured 168 inches long when opened and had four leaves. Around it was a set of eight Irish Chippendale dining chairs, circa 1765–70, in Spanish mahogany with carved back splats set above acanthus leaf carved cabriole legs terminating in leaf and scroll feet.
Also featured among the furnishings was a rare Irish marquetry Killarney worktable in arbutus wood, signed by the maker 1853, that was dazzling with overall inlay of scrolling flowers and foliage and a central reserve inlaid view of Muckcross Abbey flanked by concentric checkered and leaf borders, sides and legs. “I had a decent show,” said Winter, who had not been exhibiting in New York City for a few years. His sales included the set of eight Irish Chippendale dining chairs, an English George I burled walnut lowboy, circa 1720, a room-size Kashan rug and smalls.
Nearby, Ed and Betty Koren of Bridges Over Time, Newburgh, N.Y., had assembled a pleasing display of Midcentury Modern furniture, art and decorative items. Showcased here was a pair of Twentieth Century wool mohair ottomans, a museum-quality ceramic sculpture by Salvatore Meli, circa 1953, that the couple had sourced from a Modernism show in Palm Springs, a Paul Zimmerman oil panting titled “Tobacco Workers,” 1948, and a custom made French dresser with leather fronted drawers and brass pulls, circa 1970s. Alabaster sculptures by Stephanie Klein, an American sculptor primarily working with stone and bronze in the abstract style, mounted on rotating gallery bases were also on offer.
There was much jewelry from which to choose at this show. Jacob Gipsman and Rigoberto Rodriguez came from Los Angeles, Calif., with a number of glittering rarities, including an Art Nouveau ring, circa 1905, featuring an amethyst center with green enamel and diamonds, its colors evocative of those representing the women’s suffrage movement at the turn of the century. Standout pieces also included a Jackie Kennedy pin that had been acquired at Sotheby’s 2005 auction of her estate and an interesting cuff bracelet containing a hidden watch by Swiss maker Guebelin.
Sardinian red coral — rare and desirable because of how slowly it grows — was featured in an Oscar Heyman oxblood coral set of necklace and earclips being shown by Michael Haber of Wynnwood, Penn., and a necklace by French designer Lydia Courteille of Paris and featuring a surround of 18K gold with jadeite, diamonds and sapphires, which was displayed by Marlene Alvarado, Corpus Christi, Texas. Of the same coral material, Alvarado had a carved ring in 18K gold by Tiffany, circa 1970s
Anita Taub, New York City, was showing an 18K gold slide bracelet with enamel and diamonds, circa 1890, an 18K gold, lapis and diamond Deco-style ring from the 1950s–60s and a pair of 1940s rock crystal earrings with ruby and sapphire centers and 14K yellow gold.
Serpents were rampant at Sue Brown, London, with a Victorian necklace featuring a snake form with garnet head and diamond eyes, a caduceus pin and a ring with intertwined serpents.
Three hard-to-find canvases by Belgian landscape and still life painter Oswald Poreau (1877–1955) graced one wall of Ken Kelleher’s stand. The Twain Harte, Calif., fine art dealer specializes in Belgian paintings and was showing Poreau’s view of Le Pont Marie, Paris, dated and signed 1930, 31½ by 39½ inches, as well as an Italian School Nineteenth Century work by Giacomo Maes titled “Poet Tasso of Convent Sant’Onofrio,” dated 1870, and a French School painting by Alphonse Fivet of oxen laboring in field, dated 1919.
JMK Show’s next event is the June 22–23 Northern Virginia Antiques Show at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, Va. For information, 973-927-2794 or www.jmkshows.com.