Published: May 18, 2020
By Madelia Hickman Ring, Photos Courtesy InCollect
ONLINE – Rescheduled because of COVID-19 closures, the 58th annual Philadelphia Antiques, Art & Design Show, now taking place virtually on the InCollect platform, opened without a hitch at noon on Thursday, May 14. Slightly less than 1,300 items were posted by 46 dealers offering jewelry, decorative arts, design and fine arts. The show will remain online for 24/7 shopping through 6 pm EST on May 28.
According to Incollect owner John Smiroldo, the show website saw nearly 9,700 visitors in the first 24 hours, 6,400 of which visited in the first 12 hours the show was live online.
Sales began immediately, with more than a dozen tallied in the first 24 hours of the show. The majority of the early sales reflected the American emphasis of the show, though British taste was represented in sales of an early Nineteenth Century Georgian pink gold and agate snuff box and a late Nineteenth Century trompe l’oeil creel-form silver matchsafe by Thomas Johnson of London, both with Spencer Marks, Southampton, Mass. New York City dealer, Hyde Park Antiques, who specializes in Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century English furniture, had traded a George IV mahogany cheval mirror.
Native American antiques dealer, Marcy Burns, had sold both an Aleutian woven lidded basket and a Zia polychromed pottery jar.
Fine art sales were – at least in the first day – limited to five works, four with Woodbury, Conn., dealer David Schorsch, who found buyers for portraits by Ammi Phillips and William Matthew Prior, as well as a watercolor picture of a parrot by Enoch A. Titus and a diminutive watercolor picture of a girl with red shoes. Philadelphia’s Schwarz Gallery sold a pastel on paper winter landscape by Walter Launt Palmer.
The Philadelphia show often finds buyers for works made in Philadelphia or surrounding environs. Sales of such pieces could be seen in a Queen Anne walnut drop leaf table, made in Philadelphia and later owned by the Gershenson family of Michigan that Schorsch sold. A sampler worked by Mary Hergesheimer of Philadelphia, circa 1808, was traded by Philadelphia needlework dealer, Amy Finkel of M. Finklel & Daughter; and from Lancaster County, Penn., dealer Kelly Kinzle found a new home for a circa 1840 paint-decorated stepback cupboard.
Folk art sales included a cutting board with “heart” handle, with Olde Hope, and a prancing horse weathervane once owned by Pam Boynton, which Taylor Thistlethwaite sold alongside a circa 1820 classical mahogany cellarette attributed to the Norfolk, Va., workshop of James Woodward.
Check a future issue for a more extended recap once the show wraps.
To shop the 58th annual Philadelphia Antiques Art & Design Show, https://www.incollect.com/thephiladelphiashow.
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