HOLLISTON, MASS. — Buyers formed a line for the Holliston Antiques Show that ran the length of the high school building and wrapped around a corner. Once inside, they converged on expectant dealers who reported early and strong results. As in any show, not every dealer was jubilant, but the mood was overwhelmingly positive.
Antiques of Hingham had a fine show; Norm McCulloch had plenty of sales and went home pleased. He did well with toys, selling an early German doll, a toy fire engine and other antique toys. He also had a quilt that sold, and plenty of Dorchester pottery that flew out of the booth.
McCulloch was laudatory of the show, noting, “The whole town gets behind the show. There are signs in every store and a banner across the main street.” The Holliston show benefits the Holliston Scholarship Foundation and February 22–23 marked the 47th annual show; Steve Allman of Allman Promotions in Clinton, N.Y., has managed the show for 36 of those years.
Just inside the gate, Tom Nagy of Chelsea Hill Antiques in Hampton, Conn., experienced sales of early paintings, including one of the ascension of Mary, an Eighteenth Century portrait of Frederick the Great, a large Victorian tilt top table and a raft of smalls. The booth was filled with Nineteenth Century furniture and decorations aimed at a variety of palates.
Diane Freed of New England Seasons in Rehoboth, Mass., teased visitors who had trekked through piles of snow with desirable garden accessories, causing many to wonder when, oh when. She also had an unusual pair of well-made green shutters with an unknown provenance, a Limoges porcelain fish service and a selection of plant markers made by her husband from old flatware that were rapidly snapped up. She had sold a country display cupboard, a trencher, an Eastlake valence, corbels, Steiff and other mohair animals, carved birds and Tasha Tudor books.
The Class Menagerie of Bolton Landing, N.Y., sells posters of every variety, although travel and advertising examples are perennial favorites, and sales were being made before our eyes. There was also a colorful tin trade sign for Shively milk, “Made from Guernsey Cows.”
Tradewinds Fine Art came from Narragansett, R.I., with New England paintings, such as the circa 1878 scene of a New England village and an American Impressionist landscape, both of which sold early. A Hawaiian scene also sold. Farther outside New England was a scene of a village street in Chianti, Italy, by Tuscan artist Remo Vangi.
For SG Fine Arts of Bedford, Mass., the Holliston show was its first show, and dealer Steve Genova was elated — he reported having early sales of paintings, prints and ceramics.
West Roxbury, Mass., dealer Peter Murphy had purchases early as well, including needlework, several clock faces and smalls. He showed a late Nineteenth Century Continental pair of carved pine stools the seats of which opened for storage. A French bonheur du jour was made with a drawer that opened to a leather writing surface, and an omnibus register dated from 1852. Murphy also showed clocks, a substantial pair of brass candlesticks and lighting, including a fine hanging hall lamp.
South Natick dealer Kenneth W. Van Blarcom showed a fine Chippendale table with fluted desk that was front and center in his booth. He also had a Queen Anne flattop high chest with burl drawer fronts. A stepback cupboard with two doors and two drawers was filled with ceramics and glass of interest, and a selection of paintings rounded out the display.
Circa Antiques has two locations, one in Shrewsbury, Mass., and the other in York, Maine. At Holliston, the dealer offered some nice country pieces, including boxes and baskets galore. An early Nineteenth Century pull wagon in blue paint with paint decoration and rosehead nails was constructed as a deep cradle on wheels (wooden) so that a child could sit or recline for the ride. Circa also had a grain painted blanket chest, a painted child’s sled, a dollhouse and a riding horse. Sales were good, and ranged from a cabinet to a Depression-era child’s desk made from Cream of Wheat boxes to paintings and rugs.
Whaling Days of New Bedford had an array of scrimshaw and primitive pieces, quilts, boxes, cupboards and cabinets relating to things maritime. A nice old umbrella stand held four pair of oars painted in red, blue, green and white that were offered for sale.
Macreay Landy Antiques of Fitzwilliam, N.H., and Jack Winner Antiques of Newfane, Vt., shared a booth that was filled with good country pieces. A toleware round stand was mixed with a painted Windsor chair, game boards and glass, hooked rugs, paintings and prints. A duck decoy was set aboard a mid-Eighteenth Century cast iron fireplace fender with wavelike cutouts. There was also a fine large decoratively painted cradle from an area home.
Dudley Hill Antiques from Dudley, Mass., had a clock, Halloween accessories and a banister back chair that attracted interest.
Holliston dealer Barbara Gentiluomo gave pride of place to a large vintage Sandeman port and sherry poster that she surrounded with decoys, textiles, a paddle and a gaily painted circus drum. A Japanese painted panel sold early.
Cambridge dealer Marilyn Sabin specializes in antique prints and had a good show. She sold to local Holliston clients, return buyers and some from her mailing list. She had a number of children’s prints and had sales across a range of price points.
Ryan and Patti Downer came from Wolfeboro, N.H., with a good variety of antiques, and had sales of coin silver spoons, a set of sterling figural salt and peppers, advertising material, a Masonic fob, Parian porcelain and armorial porcelain. They also showed a pair of cast iron carnival lions’ heads.
The Yankee Picker, based in Holliston, brought such furniture as a spinning wheel, a Victorian upholstered chair, a nanny bench, a Victorian fall front desk, commodes and a desk. There was also a needlework fire screen, cobalt glass and Quimper.