Okemo Antiques Show Celebrates 20th Anniversary

LUDLOW, VT. — The 20th annual Okemo Antiques Show filled the base lodge at Okemo Mountain Resort with a nice assortment of antiques, mostly country, and folky Americana but a good variety was ensured for collectors of diverse tastes.

At its preview party October 4, champagne punch was served to guests along with an anniversary cake. The show is run by Don and Pat Clegg, who as dealers, know how to put on a good show.

Addressing the sizable crowd that gathered in the lobby October 5 while a long line stretched around the front of the building, Don Clegg stood on a chair and rang a handbell, once to let the crowd know how ticketed entry works and to welcome the buyers, and then rang it a second time to open the floodgates, letting buyers onto the floor.

Among the first booths buyers found was Colette Donovan, Merrimacport, Mass., who offered a drying rack, New Hampshire, Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century; a New England “twig” candlestand, Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century; a wing easy chair that had been made as a rocker, not later “into,” recently upholstered in period indigo wool, and an American gate-leg table from Maine, circa 1670–1700, with its original top.

Jane F. Wargo, Wallingford, Conn., offered an early Nineteenth Century chair table in original red wash, New England, found in New Hampshire; a folky landscape oil on canvas, later Nineteenth Century; a stately painted sheet metal horse, 1913, double-sided; and a folk art rendering of the New York Ontario.

American Classics Inc, Canaan, N.H., featured a game wheel with great color, late Nineteenth Century, a “Sunday Dinner Served 2PM – 10PM” sign, an unusual striped quilt, late Nineteenth Century, and an early Twentieth Century basket quilt.

Salt Box Antiques, Sugarloaf, Penn., brought many choice pieces from Pennsylvania, including an early Lancaster County worktable in original red wash, very late Eighteenth Century–early Nineteenth Century, and wonderful primitive stepback wall shelves with plate rail in original painted surface, having early nails, from Union County. The dealer also offered a New England, Chippendale period blanket chest with an early Nineteenth Century dry yellow and white decorated surface over its original red, and an early to mid-Nineteenth Century hand wrought trammel double candle arm lighting device.

A variety of great smalls were among the offerings at The Norwoods Spirit of America, Timonium, Md., including a full-length silhouette of a Lt McDowall on a lively horse; a diminutive barber pole in dry-surfaced red, white and blue paint, deaccessioned from a Pennsylvania museum; a terrific polychromed Native American basket and a miniature paint decorated Cape Cod four-drawer chest, circa 1860–1880, standing about 10 inches tall. Also notable was a well-executed fraktur from Lancaster County, Penn., for a girl’s birth in 1841 and an autumn scene by John Cuthbert Hare on canvas.

Offerings at Pratt’s Antiques, Victor, N.Y., included a Santos, a tin candle mold in a wood frame and an Ethan Allen horse vane by Fiske. Folky offerings abounded at Missouri Plain Folk, Sikeston, Mo., from a large Mess Hall sign to a running horse vane, a game wheel and a four-drawer chest in yellow paint.

The extensive display at Jewett-Berdan, Newcastle, Maine, included an 18-drawer apothecary with the original labels in a pleasing small size, a pair of New Hampshire chairs having original paint and surface, a wonderful green trencher with nice surface and a Pennsylvania tap table with original red paint, circa 1830.

Steve Smoot Antiques, Lancaster, Penn., was showing an unusual tramp art wall piece with mirror, circa 1890, yellow paint decorated chairs and a carved fish on a stand.

Several fine Noah’s arks were on view at Brooks Antiques, Lahaska, Penn., along with mochaware, a colorful quilt with blocks of eight-point stars  and a country cupboard in a vivid blue paint.

Thomas R. Longacre and Beverly Weir Longacre, Marlborough, N.H., offered a Federal dressing table in yellow paint from Maine, a large hooked rug depicting a house and barn, road, fields and fall trees, a copper full-bodied rooster vane on an arrow and, of course, Bev’s collection of Christmas trees and ornaments.

Attracting attention at Erik D. Wohl Antiques, Jupiter, Fla., was the bicycle “Humpty,” an early Twentieth Century example with a tall front wheel. Other highlights included an early Twentieth Century painted blanket box and an Amish woolwork rug with star and flowers.

Lewis W. Scranton, Killingworth, Conn., offered a fine yellow and white quilt, a redware plate, a tole-decorated box and several fine samplers.

Michael and Lucinda Seward, Pittsford, Vt., showed a mid-Nineteenth Century wing chair, a folky pillow with a cat and a great wooden bucket with scenes of skiers on the sides. An Eighteenth Century ladderback armchair was another highlight.

Seen in the booth of Gloria M. Lonergan, Mendham, N.J., were several attractive hooked rugs, one black with a central medallion that was multicolored centered with a red star, another that was black with birds and flora and a beige rug dated 1881 depicting two cats surrounded by a border of berries. Among painted furniture were a red tall bench or table, a red blanket chest with a hidden drawer and a sawbuck table in red paint with a scrubbed top and breadboard ends. A great small spotted here was a lidded dome box in blue paint in original condition, mid-Nineteenth Century.

Jeff and Holly Noordsy Art & Antiques, Cornwall, Vt., featured glass, of course, but the dealers balances their booth with art and choice pieces of Americana, including a late Nineteenth Century horse vane, a terrific game board found in Orwell, Vt.; and an 1805 Samuel Moffly fraktur. Highlighting their glassware was a collection of six blue poison bottles artfully arranged from small to large, and a trio of whiskey bottles in a dark amber hue.

V.L. Marcos/Whimsy, Centerbrook, Conn., featured a very ornate Nineteenth Century painted tray with birds and flowers; two English majolica corn-form pitcher and a running horse vane with a graceful form, Nineteenth Century. Furniture featured a paint decorated six-board chest with till, mid-Nineteenth Century, probably Pennsylvania, and a six-board chest in original green paint, circa 1840, Mane, dovetailed, till with a secret compartment.

Dennis and Valerie Bakoledis, Rhinebeck, N.Y., offered a great tramp art sewing stand, z gamewheel in yellow and red, Pittsburgh, Penn., a wooly ship portrait signed “Tom” on the bow, and a circa 1880 copper running horse vane, 1950.

DBR Antiques offerings, Hadley, Mass., included a folky, carved dove with a branch in its beak from Cape Cod, circa 1920; a rare box, circa 1820 with nice grain surface on the exterior and green paint inside with a half-length portrait of a man on the inside of the lid. A double-sided Blackacre Farms sign, circa 1920, was fine.

Joseph Martin, Brownington, Vt., featured several great posters, including one for Vermont Mutual Fire and one for Luchon showing people playing golf and winter sports, a pair of redware chargers with yellow slip decoration of trees and wavy lines.

A late Nineteenth Century hanging apothecary with tin drawers over two doors kin attic surface was a standout at MG Art & Antiques, East Kingston, N.H.; a folk portrait on wood panel; a folky carved man on the moon and a oil on canvas study estate stamped for noted illustrator Edmund F. Ward (1892-1990).

Melissa Bourque Antiques, Garrison, N.Y. offered a fine wall shelf in green paint with plate rail and scalloped edges underneath; two fine oval braided rugs, a mid-Nineteenth Century landscape showing a lovely valley view of a small village with a man fishing. Several choice pieces of New England furniture were here, led by a Chippendale slant front desk with a popular case width of 36 inches and a cherry Sheraton drop-leaf table, circa 1820-30, in great color and old finish.

A great piece offered by Bud Hughes, Newmarket, N.H., was a “Deerfield box,” the first painted box by this hand and found in Historic Deerfield, similar examples by this south Vermont artist are in the collections of several museums. A red jelly cupboard in first paint, Pennsylvania, was another standout.

Another great jelly cupboard was seen at Bud’s neighbor, H&L Antiques, Princeton, N.J., which showed a rare, circa 1800 example in original red paint that originally was wooden pegged. Hand-forged nails were added later. Other standouts here were a New England server in red paint having a shaped gallery over two deep drawers, pegged construction, found in Vermont; a wrought iron floor candlestand, circa 1860-1740, and a “Goldsmith Maid” full-body vane, Nineteenth Century.

Sheila Robbins, Framingham, Mass., offered some great old baskets in fine condition, quilts and several colorful textiles while Baker & Co,, Soquel, Calif., filled its booth with primitives from a stack of fine oval pantry boxes, paint decorated, burl bowls, a punched tin lantern, a very early Queen Anne carrier in original paint, and an early painted double-sided game board.

Ready to sail into a buyer’s home at Jane Langol Antiques, Medina, Ohio, was a pond model of a top-masted schooner with complete rigging. Also offered here were a Heywood-Wakefield painted armchair, issued in 1915, an oil painting by French painter Paul Fontaine Mersereau, a Nootka basket, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, circa 1910, and a Weller Pottery umbrella stand in green “Matte Bedford” glaze.

Fine paintings, mostly floral still lifes, vied for attention with fine furniture and accessories at Daniel & Karen Olson, Newburgh, N.Y., where a cherry Chippendale four-drawer chest, Connecticut, a small and decorated American, Nineteenth Century chest and a fine lidded basket were also seen.

Kathy Schoemer Antiques, Acworth, N.H., set up a diverse booth with offerings ranging from a rare Pennsylvania bucket cupboard with a dovetailed top, molded shelf, circa 1800, to a bay window cupboard in old white paint, circa 1920, a painting titled “The Shaker Bridge,” in Enfield, N.H., and a fine sea chest in a pleasing blue tone with original brackets, circa 1830.

J&R Ferris, Boonville, N.Y., had nice groupings of a half dozen each of walking sticks and rifles, and two large drums were also of interest, but it was a small painting that was probably the highest stickered item in the show. A sublime Rockwell Kent oil on wood panel work, “Mount Equinox, Winter,” circa 1921, was offered here. The 119/16 -by-16-inch work bore a label declaring the work to be a gift to David Kent from Kathleen W. Kent (the artist’s first wife).

For additional information, www.cleggantiques.com or 717-259-9480.


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