‘Beau Monde’ Antiques Show Debuts In Westport, Conn.

WESTPORT, CONN. — “We got off to a slow start, but things picked up on Saturday afternoon and we had a good Sunday when several pieces of expensive artwork sold, as well as many small things. Furniture was very slow, but that seems to be the way it is at many shows these days. For the first year, we held our own,” Jay St Mark said.

The show was at the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road, and dealers filled the ballroom and the halls leading to it, as well as a room in the adjacent building where six of the 24 dealers in the show set up booths. Appraisals were offered at the show both days.

“We were looking for a real mix, with painting dealers, silver, jewelry, folk art, country and both English and American furniture and furnishings,” Jay said. And that he did accomplish, filling limited space with a variety of offerings.

To the left of the main entrance to the ballroom Tucker Frey and Robert Walin, Woodbury, Conn., dealers, offered Americana and folk art, including a large wood-carved American eagle with old weathered white painted surface, Nineteenth Century, that once decorated a building, and a Connecticut chair table, circa 1800–1830, as well as a New England card table dated circa 1800–1820.

C.M. Leonard of Stamford, Conn., and Evans & Co., Bethel, Conn., shared a large booth and offered an Eighteenth Century carved giltwood mirror, French origin, circa 1760, that measured 34 by 18 inches, and an Eighteenth Century Dutch ebonized and gilded Queen Anne side chair. Among the English pieces in the booth were an Eighteenth Century oak Queen Anne drop leaf dining table with oval top measuring 57 by 48 inches, and a circa 1810 small Regency rosewood writing table was 29 inches high with a 20-by-16-inch top.

New England furniture filled the booth of Old Lyme, Conn., dealers Hanes and Ruskin, including a New Hampshire small-scale highboy with two carved fans and the original brasses. It dated circa 1780 and the upper case was only 35 inches wide. Connecticut pieces included an oval top Queen Anne tea table of figured maple, all original, circa 1730–1760, from New London County, and a matched pair of Queen Anne side chairs with carved crests, spoon backs and Spanish feet. They were made in Lyme, circa 1740–1760, and retained an old, possibly original, surface.

SAJE American Antiques, Short Hills, N.J., offered a cherry candlestand with applied rim, padder slipper feet and chip carved base, the top measuring 16 by 15½ inches, while a Federal Pembroke table in mahogany, New York State, had oval flame birch panels, inlaid cuffs and line inlay on the legs. It dated from circa 1800. A tiger maple chest of four drawers came from the North Shore, Mass., area, dated circa 1780, with ogee feet with spurs.

Paul and Karen Wendhiser, Ellington, Conn., covered the outside end wall of their booth with a couple of game boards, trade signs and a shooting gallery row of targets, all above several cobalt blue decorated stoneware pieces on a bench. In addition to a case filled with jewelry inside the booth, objects included a heart-shaped boot scraper, a row of Delft tiles, a stoneware crock decorated with a face and a set of six Mexican mixed metal glasses by Victoria, all in perfect condition. “It is a miracle they made it this far without some damage,” Karen said. Three weathervanes were offered, a horse and an eagle, both full-bodied copper, and a wooden fish with painted surface.

Blue Heron Fine Art of Cohasset, Mass., covered its walls with paintings including “Road to Temple Valley,” an oil on canvas by Chauncey Foster Ryder (b 1868, Danbury, Conn.), signed lower right and measuring 25 by 30 inches, and “Winter Village,” an oil on canvas by Carl Lawless (1894–1964), signed lower right and measuring 15 by 15 inches. Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886–1922), born in Falmouth, Mass., did an oil on canvas titled “West River, Vermont,” signed lower left and measuring 29 by 40 inches.

A large booth overlooking the gardens behind the inn was filled to capacity with English furniture and accessories by Zane Moss of New York City. A Regency pier table with mirrored back, mahogany, marble top, pull-out sides, dated circa 1820, while a English apothecary chest in mahogany with the original labels and mirrored back was circa 1870. A small Regency sideboard in mahogany, one large center drawer and two side drawers, turned legs, dated circa 1820, and an unusual English tufted leather ottoman with concave mahogany frame was circa 1880. It was one wheel for easy moving and the top opened to a large storage area.

Jennings & Rohn of Woodbury, Conn., showed an interesting carved kneeling figure, Eighteenth Century, “which was probably a crèche figure,” Fritz Rohn said. A plaster Pug dog, named “Companion,” was Nineteenth Century, English, and an iron and bronze console, circa 1910, was probably made in America by European workmen. An interesting pair of hall chairs was of English origin.

Stacks of colorful posters were on tables in front of a wall of posters in the booth of Vintage Poster Art from Monroe Township, N.J. Some of the products offered included Cognac Jacquet, a bottle shown with bright peacock decoration, Lu Lu Biscuits being eaten by a young boy with basket in hand, and Lina Lillet, promoted by an interesting image of a girl with bottle rising out of a bunch of grapes.

James Gallagher, North Norwich, N.Y., came with the usual outstanding selection of fireplace equipment, and noted that “I have fewer pairs of andirons this time, but a good representation of fenders.” Bernice Conn Antiques, Voorhees, N.J., offered a selection of walking canes from a nice rack, some carved with dog heads, bears and birds, and two glass shade lamps were sign by the maker, Miller.

Ed Weissman, who is closing his shop after many years in Portsmouth, N.H., and moving to Florida, offered a Sheraton card table in mahogany, Massachusetts origin, circa 1800, and an oil on panel by Frank A. Bicknell (1866–1943), “At Hamburg Cove,” signed and titled verso and measuring 8 by 10 inches sight. A mirror, circa 1791–1795, possibly made for the American or French market, 30½ by 15½ inches, was gilded carved boxwood, the glass panel with a sheaf of wheat surrounded by a garland of leaves and 14 stars (see picture with Ed and the mirror).

Jay St Mark is planning a summer event, the Southampton, Long Island Antiques Show, for July 19–20. For more information, 203-426-4621.

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