WESTON, VT. — The grand dame of Vermont Antiques Week, the 55th annual Weston Antiques Show gets better with age, enchanting showgoers as the show kicked off four days of antiques shows — all within a 45-minute drive of each other — at the Weston Playhouse October 3 with a preview, and continuing through October 6.
Thirty dealers spread out throughout the playhouse, filling rooms downstairs and on the main level, on stage and even across the theater seating.
Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, New York City and Dublin, N.H., took the opportunity to redecorate the playhouse to stunning effect. A half dozen or so large rugs were draped over the theater’s chairs while another nine rugs hung on the back wall and two massive tapestries nearly filled the side walls. Highlights included a Persian Serapi, late Nineteenth Century, 9 feet 6 inches by 13 feet 8 inches; Caucasian Kazak, fourth quarter Nineteenth Century, 4 feet by 6 feet 8 inches; and a Persian Sauj Boulag, third quarter Nineteenth Century, 4 feet 9 inches by 7 feet 2 inches.
Exhibiting for 13 years here, Henry T. Callan Fine Antiques, East Sandwich, Mass., was delighted to sell a trio of Vermont samplers preview night that were noteworthy for their talented stitching as well as being made by three girls in the same family in Windsor, Vt. The samplers were made in 1829, 1837 and 1838.
“Good dealers, good fun and faithful customers,” Callan said by way of explanation of why this show attracts such a loyal following among buyers and dealers. He noted he has buyers who fly in every year from Texas and Omaha, Neb., to buy.
One of the longest-running dealers in the show (since 1970s) is Ester Gilbert, who used to do this show with her mother and now does it on her own. Eye candy in her booth included copperware, a fine fireplace surround and an Erzgebirge, Germany, Noah’s Ark with many hand carved animals, early Nineteenth Century. A basket held a cluster of wooden kitchen tools.
Another longtime veteran of the show, since 1978, Charles and Barbara Adams Antiques, South Yarmouth, Mass., had its usual fine selection of Rockingham pottery, including a pair of dogs holding a basket in their teeth; but also offered a fine country cupboard, a 48-star American flag and a framed advertisement for “Non-Explosive LAMP! For Burning Kerosene Oil” that extolled its security to life and property as being of “inestimable value to all.”
Showing at Weston since 1990, DeWolfe & Wood Books, Alfred, Maine, offered fine books, including Louisa May Alcott’s first book, Flower Fables, with an autograph on paper glued to inside cover, and a small but choice collection of blue spongeware.
Mad River Antiques, LLC, North Granby, Conn., offered a great-looking, early Nineteenth Century blanket box with a strong, golden-hued grain painting and well-done cutouts on the front and sides; a rare mid-Nineteenth Century American nautical sandpaper painting, based on Nathaniel Currier’s 1847 lithograph, “Naval Bombardment of Vera Cruz,” and a Nineteenth Century bail-handled pantry box with a great original blue painted surface.
New to the show this year, Ponzi’s Antiques, Trumansburg, N.Y., offered a classical mahogany drop leaf with wonderful stenciled column in an old finish, circa 1820–1835; a great rocking, arrowback child’s settee in its original reddish-brown paint with hand painted decoration around the arrow and arms, circa 1810–1830, and a walnut and rosewood inlay hanging pipe box with sunburst inlay in the back and match holders on the side and drawers having fine inlay throughout, circa 1840s.
Also making its debut at the show, Hare’s Ltd, Palmyra, N.Y., exhibited several fine miniatures, including a young boy with whip, circa 1840, and a naïve portrait on ivory of three children, circa 1810. Also on offer was a painted group silhouette on laid paper, circa 1775, English or German.
Debbie Turi, Roseland, N.J., created a striking collage of great signs on one wall, from a white oval “Stop” with black lettering, “No Thoroughfare Dead End Street” and “Parrakeets [sic] for Sale.” Apropos for the fall season, she displayed a few Halloween collectibles also.
Hermitage Antiques, Harrison, Maine, offered a dressing table, circa 1820, in wonderful original painted surface; a John Bliss & Co. sextant; a tiger maple tall clock, circa 1820, New Hampshire; and a nice Boston area banjo clock, circa 1840.
Highlights at New England Home Antiques, Wethersfield, Conn., included an early Eighteenth Century, paneled lift top chest with interior till and drawer and retaining traces of red surface; a sublime lacquered coverlet dated 1859 in each corner; a Sheraton single-drawer drop leaf table, circa 1835–40, with a top of highly figured tiger maple, New England; and the document box of Captain John E. Barstow (1822–1904)
Paul and Karen Wendhiser, Ellington, Conn., featured a Hamilton & Jones stoneware water cooler with elaborate cobalt decoration, circa 1870, a folky For Sale/Apply Within wooden sign, a sterling belt buckle of a feathered serpent and a full body copper horse weathervane with zinc head, early Twentieth Century.
Martin J. Ferrick Antiques, Addison, Maine, showed a diminutive graduated four-drawer chest in figured maple and birch on an arched bracket base and a Chippendale slant front desk in flame birch with double sunburst carved interior from a Camden, Maine, estate.
Among standouts at The Red Horse, Bridgewater, Vt., were a fruitwood tripod table in original finish, English, circa 1860, a folk art corner cupboard with a dollhouse front, a pair of ivy wall sconces, circa 1890, a small and early decorated Christmas tree and nicely figured mahogany rectangle table with a tilt top. Having a great form was a lead statue of a boy with pipe, English, circa 1860.
A naïve but well-executed work of art at White & White Antiques, Skaneateles, N.Y., was a still life on academy board, circa 1880s, in original frame, while a small but fine folk art bust, circa 1880s–90s, had a great patina and form. A delightful Queen Anne slant lid desk, circa 1750s, in walnut with white pine and poplar was another standout.
Sparkling bright at The Silver Vault, Woodstock, Ill., were an Old Sheffield plate coffee urn, English, circa 1800; an Old Sheffield plate wine cooler, English, circa 1810; a plated biscuit barrel, Sheffield, circa 1870, Atkin Brothers; and a coin silver covered tureen, Charleston, S.C., 1847.
Among fine pieces of furniture at Hanes & Ruskin Antiques, Old Lyme, Conn., were a pair of Connecticut Queen Anne side chairs with carved crests, spoon backs, and Spanish feet, made in Lyme, Conn., as well as an American school Nineteenth Century oil on canvas still life and a rare Seth Thomas ship’s strike contained in a walnut case with an inside bell and a porcelain face. Apropos to the show was a paint decorated Vermont Federal chest, dating to 1790–1810 that had never been repainted, with only a few touch-ups.
Robert Perry Antiques, Orchard Park, N.Y., sold a beautiful walnut chest from Pennsylvania, marked 1804, on preview night. Other fine pieces seen included a turning wig stand, Pennsylvania, circa 1880s, and a child’s bamboo turned chair, circa 1800.
Barometer Fair, Sarasota, Fla., had plenty of barometers to choose from, such as a four-dial rosewood wheel or banjo barometer with swan neck pediment, a rare and unusual large diameter wheel barometer with swan neck pediment having a 12-inch diameter wheel, and a rare and early stick barometer of finely figured mahogany with a dial engraved in the manner of George Adams of London. The dealer also offered a fully functional organ that folded up into a suitcase for easy carrying.
Martin Chasin Fine Arts, Fairfield, Conn., filled several cases in his booth with Eighteenth Century Irish glass and Eighteenth Century English silver, and hung on the walls fine period prints, mostly English.
Highlights at Dover House Antiques, Louisville, Ky., included a Federal fancy paint decorated settee, probably New York, circa 1820; a ship diorama, Flora, with carved waves and a rare night sky, early Twentieth Century, a collection of 45 pieces of stone fruit in a wire basket and a Sheraton hutch table in maple, probably Connecticut, circa 1830. Among fine paintings were Otis Cook’s “The Grey Barn,” and Clinton Loveridge’s “Cows.”
John & Robin Sittig, Shawnee-on-Delaware, Penn., showed an unusual Christmas tree stand with lights, circa 1930; a Baltimore original paint decorated fancy chair, circa 1830.
Americana dominated in the booth of Witt’s End Antiques, Wallkill, N.Y. Highlights included a circa 1760–80 slant lid desk in maple, having four drawers and a fitted interior on bun feet; an Eighteenth Century Queen Anne Connecticut River Valley, flat top high boy in early red painted surface, with original brasses; and a pine two-door dry sink with shaped backsplash and unique curved corners. One of several folky touches here came in the form of an early Twentieth Century curlew on a driftwood base, 16½ inches tall, signed Bundick.
W.M. Schwind, Jr, Yarmouth, Maine, had an interesting and diverse booth that ran from a Maine “sand” drawing, circa 1850 to a yellow Tiffany flower brooch to a Jennings & Bettridge papier mache tray table with original painted decoration and on original stand. Also offered were two signed watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar that were original illustrations for her One Horse Farm children’s book published in 1950.
An arresting display at the end of the hall upstairs in the playhouse was thanks to Robert T. Foley, Gray, Maine, who hung bright yellow paper on the exit door in front of which he displayed a trio of critters: a fish trade sign, a pigskin footstool and a whippet dog figure. Inside the booth, even more treasures awaited, from a set of six Windsor chairs by Samuel Grogg, a New Hampshire native and Boston cabinetmaker to a classical mahogany and tiger maple five-drawer chest with paw feet, circa 1820, as ell as a great folk art trellis.
Eye candy at Baldwin House Antiques, Strasburg, Penn., was a rare “Pioneer” Gendron Paige pedal car, circa 1913, from Ohio, that was one of the earliest models of American pedal cars by Gendron. Other standouts were a tiger maple semi-high chest, circa 1830, Northern Shenandoah, Va.; a lovely pair of Cupid wall sconces with paint decoration, circa 1920, probably French or Austrian; and a decorated tall case clock, Anson Downs, Conn., circa 1830, with a 30-hour wooden movement.
Folk art was definitely the theme at Pioneer Folk Antiques, Ellsworth, Maine, which boasted such charming pieces as a circa 1940s double-sided “Cabbage Potatoes” painted farm stand sign, a circa 1920s–40s hooked rug showing a pair of ducks accented with striking hues of apricot and magenta, a circa 1940s oil on board painting of seagulls in flight and a circa 1940s carved rabbit in original surface paint, mounted on a modern base.
Marc Witus, Gladstone, N.J., offered a carved and painted wooden horse pull-toy, a Winona Council sign with a Native American theme and a punched tin lantern with sunburst patterns.
David and Donna Kmetz, Douglas, Mass., had its usual choice display of fine paintings in elaborate and lovely frames. Highlights included Maine landscape painter Wesley Webber’s “View of the Valley,” renowned Old Lyme, Conn., painter George Matthew Bruestle’s “A Connecticut Farm,” in its original period frame and New England landscape specialist George Owen Jr’s “Grazing in a Pasture,” 1864.
For additional information, www.WestonAntiquesShow.org or 802-824-5307.