Published: March 23, 2021
Review and Photos by Tom O’Hara
ATLANTA, GA – “One of the best we’ve ever had,” said Don Scott, promoter of the Scott Antiques Market, Atlanta, for more than 30 years. In an interview immediately after the March 11-14 event, Scott said he was thrilled with how the show has rebounded after a year of difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also said, “Sales were great! Dealers did so well because the show was filled with the collections they all loved. Furniture, smalls, antique and vintage lighting, vintage textiles, all sold very well.” While Scott does not give out attendance figures, dealers concurred with his comments about large crowds of shoppers each day.
For example, Darrel Tomberlin, a Macon, Ga., exhibitor, was selling Georgian period furniture in good quantity along with some later pieces. Among his first sales was a Sheraton period server, more than 6 feet long in mahogany and in excellent condition. From about the same time period, circa 1790, was a tall secretary, also mahogany, a Hepplewhite bow front chest and more.
Art sold very well over the weekend, too. Larry Thompson, Snellville, Ga., was having great fun over the weekend with more than 15 sales, most were oil on canvas paintings or some recent acrylics.
Athens, Ga., exhibitor Todd Harper was selling his Eighteenth Century furniture so well that he restocked a couple of mornings. One stand he believed was American in mahogany solids and veneers showed carved claw feet and pedestal, several drawers and was in great condition. He also was selling some of his chests of drawers and offered a pre-Revolution bonnet chest.
Atomic Rocket Vintage came to the show from Morganton, N.C., with a large collection of midcentury furniture and decorative accessories, so much in fact that the dealer had to take another booth.
Sharon Green Antiques from that northwestern Connecticut village sold especially well. The first day of loading-in, there was activity among dealers, which resulted in selling an English pine server and a child’s high chair, oak, William and Mary style, both early Nineteenth Century, and two Eighteenth Century featheredge chargers. The first open day, Thursday, an English chest on chest, circa 1775, in mahogany sold. Then immediately after that a friend of that buyer bought an American mahogany Sheraton-style two-over-three chest of drawers. More chargers sold along with quilts, Persian rugs and a large assortment of small silver whimseys, such as tussey musseys – for holding small bouquets of fragrant herbs and flowers – and small serving pieces.
There was more. Results for so many dealers at the show were very rewarding. Tennyson Antiques, Atlanta, was selling from a very diverse inventory of 200- to 300-year-old dishes from all around the world, Chinese Export, various English styles and makers, French and more.
Pottsville, Penn., exhibitor Julian Yupcavage sold several large pieces on the first days of the sale. He was showing an Italian carved server in Rococo Revival style, circa 1880. A Hepplewhite linen press, two over three drawers, another Hepplewhite bow front chest, a dining table and more all sold quickly.
Jim Butte’s Antiques, Hope Mills, N.C., typically does well with Georgian and early American furniture. In addition, this month he was also showing a rare music box, probably Swiss, late Nineteenth Century with ten cylinders, each cylinder having five of six tunes on it.
Bob Davis, partner of J. Knowlton, Antiques, of Athens, Ga., had sold tags posted on several pieces after only one day of the show. He sold two Hepplewhite chests and a dining table in the first day of the show.
Don Scott and Steve Jenkins are together creating another show in Atlanta Expo Center North, one of Scott’s buildings. The event is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 15-17. This is the same week as Atlanta Mart Week when many shop owners from around the United States come to build the stock for the shops “back home.” Producing the show with the Jenkins family will be Janie Murphy, well known for Springfield, Ohio, and Nashville Tenn., shows. For information, www.atlantadesignmarket.com or 317-431-0118.
Scott Antique Market each month is conducted on the second Saturday weekend in Atlanta, starting on Thursday at about 10 am and running through Sunday. Opening times on Friday and Saturday are 9 am and closing the first three days is at 6 pm; Sunday hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For information, 740-569-2800 or www.scottantiquemarket.com.
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