Published: January 29, 2002
NEW YORK CITY , that ran for two days at The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street. He cited the location as being “fine, with easy move in and move out.” Large doors fronted 18th Street and made easy access to the building for moving in furniture and other large objects. “Three-and-one-half hours after the show closed on Friday, January 18, we had every dealer out of the show and on the way home,” Barry said.
This new show was geared to coincide with The American Show, the new venture of the American Folk Art Museum. That show, in a space right next door, opened on Wednesday evening with a preview and then one hour later than on Thursday.
“We benefited from their first day gate and I also feel that two shows on the same street was an extra pull for some of the people who showed up,” Barry noted. He added that his gate was a little slow Friday morning, as that period coincided with the opening of the Stella event, Antiques at The Armory on 27th Street.
was on two levels, with the larger number of exhibitors on the street level. Most of the exhibitors presented a country look, but mixed in was some formal furniture, rustic and Twentieth Century. The show had a good look, the two levels did not seem to present any kind of a problem, and many of the shoppers left with a package or two under arm.
Barbara Ardizone Antiques of Salisbury, Conn., experienced a good show, offering a pine sawbuck table from Northern Maine, Nineteenth Century, in vibrant blue paint. A small two-part step-back cupboard dating from the Nineteenth Century had a red painted surface, two glass doors in the upper section, above one long drawer and two doors in the lower section. An interesting birdcage, with a two-dome top, was paint decorated and dated from the Nineteenth Century. It was of New England origin.
Another sawbuck table of small size, Eighteenth Century, rose-head nails and breadboard end top, was in the booth of Sheridan Loyd of St Joseph, Mo. The table measures 40 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 26 inches high. A very nice Pennsylvania blanket chest, 1845, with turned feet, was decorated by George Miller. Of interest was an American carved and painted shadow box depicting a three-master vessel under full sail, original frame, dating from the mid-Nineteenth Century. It measures 14½ by 17½ by 2½ inches.
“I sold no furniture, but was very pleased with the set-up of the show and I did well enough so that I will do it again,” Sheridan Loyd said on the Wednesday following the close of the show. She drives herself to shows and left the city on Sunday afternoon, arriving in St Joseph at 2 am Wednesday. Among the objects sold were an Eighteenth Century lindsey woolsie, a game board, a piece of lighting and a toleware bread tray, Pennsylvania, with a polychrome fruit design in the center.
Jane and Phil Workman of New Boston, N.H., were towards the back corner of the lower floor with an attractive booth filled with interesting furniture and accessories. A strong stand-out on the back wall was a 10-foot-long trade sign reading “Insurance Dep’t,” red background with gold lettering. A diorama featured a wood carving of the paddle wheeler Mt Washington, dating from the early Twentieth Century, and among the weathervanes were a copper rooster and a wooden swordfish. A jelly cupboard was paint decorated, with two doors over one long drawer across the bottom.
Darwin of Philadelphia had a handsome pair of carved horses, carriage shop trade figures, from Maryland and dating from the third quarter of the Nineteenth Century. A grained stand, red with black, New England, Nineteenth Century, had the figure of a man on top, and a pair of watercolor portraits showed an African American couple, Juliana Johnson and Gombo Tucker, Pennsylvania, dating from the Nineteenth Century.
A matched set of three wrought iron barn door stram hinges, split tails, stood like pieces of modern sculpture against a white wall in the booth of The Rathbun Gallery, Wakefield, R.I. Each measured 61 inches tall, circa 1800, with traces of old black paint. They were ex Peter Brams collection. A country Chippendale pine one-drawer storage chest with one board top and bracket feet was from New England, circa 1785-95, with the original red varnish and painted surface.
“It was a very good beginning,” Rufus Foshee of Portland, Maine, said of the show, adding the “I have been doing New York shows for 20 years and there have been better ones and worst.” He added that he sold in every category but mocha, selling pieces of leeds, creamware, salt glaze, and spongeware. He also mentioned that he had customers from Los Angeles, Florida, St Louis and a new customer from Pittsburgh.
American Whimsy of East Rockaway, N.Y., reported good sales and among the pieces offered were a nice pair of Nineteenth Century down spouts in copper with a crusty surface, 17½ by 21½ inches, and a chalk on sandpaper drawing from the Nineteenth Century depicting Niagara Falls, in color, with trees in the foreground and small houses in the background.
Oakland Art and Antiques of Birmingham, Mich., displayed one of the most interesting rdf_Descriptions in the show, a set of three trade signs from Mack’s Curios Shop, Seattle, Wash. The signs dated 1930 and were carved by a Northwest Coast Indian, Wilson Williams. The lot was accompanied by a vintage photo showing the signs in place on the shop. The signs were flanked by a large pair of eagles, wings folded, American and made from sewer tile. A corner cupboard, New York State, was green painted and required a 36-inch corner. It had two doors in each of the sections.
Gloria M. Lonergan Antiques of Mendham, N.J., again set up a striking booth, “but furniture was not selling well,” she reported. She did sell the large stenciled and decorated bed in the center of her booth, a piece that had been in her home for the past several years. It was from New England and was purchased at a Christie’s sale. A Windsor tavern table in white paint was of New England origin, early Nineteenth Century, 21 inches deep, 34 inches long, and 26 inches high. Among the rdf_Descriptions that she did sell were a cast-iron eagle, urns, and a game wheel in working order mounted on a stand.
A carousel horse with park paint, carved by Frederick Heyn, yellow saddle, circa 1900, stood in the booth of Thomas and Julia Barringer of Stockton, N.J. A nice farm table took up the center of the booth, a piece dating circa 1840 and of Virginia origin. It had the original painted base and a scrubbed top that was half filled with examples of pottery. “The pottery includes several Bell pieces and work by William Schofield of Chester County, Penn., and most of the pieces came from one private collection,” Julia Barringer said. She noted that this collector liked to have both a large and small example of each form.
Ken and Susan Scott of Malone, N.Y., said that they are hoping to go back as the show was good for them. “We even asked to have the same booth, in the corner on the lower level, as our customers found us and we did well,” Ken said. He added that the show “met our expectations and more.” The show did not end for them on Friday, but continued into the weekend when a person called to buy the Civil War quilt displayed at the show. In addition, they sold two horse weathervanes, schoolhouse cut-out figures in wood found in Burlington, Vt.; a country sofa; an airplane model; and a hooked rug.
Thomas J. Jewett Antiques, Searsport, Maine, showed a flame grained and smoke decorated Maine card table, circa 1840, and a hooked rug showing a man on skates pushing a lady in a sled with cupid standing by with bow and arrow. The inscription on the rug read “Springs The Time For Love, But Cupid Knows No Season.” It was done by James Mercedes Huitchinson, Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1910-30. Otto Hart and Susan Parsons of Arlington, Vt., shared a booth with Barrett Menson, Townshend, Vt., and among the rdf_Descriptions in this booth were a two-part Pennsylvania step-back corner cupboard in blue paint, circa 1850; a red and white decorated railroad track level, circa 1890; and a rooftop whirligig for a barbershop, red and white decoration, found in Vermont and dating from the Nineteenth Century.
Susan Stella of Manchester, Mass., was busy moving things about in the booth as the doors opened. She finally placed a leaping horse weathervane with good original surface at the front of the booth, and hanging on the back wall was an oil on canvas of a barnyard with a grouping of pigs. All of the pigs were in a prone position, with all but one facing in the same direction.
Jeff Cherry and Kass Hogan of Cherry Gallery, Pine Plains, N.Y., found the show “busy and steady,” resulting in “very well” report of business. A pair of Indian moccasins was the most important piece in the booth, and the pair sold on opening day. “We sold both folk art and Native American pieces,” Kass said, naming a scratch decorated birch bark log holder by Joseph Nicholas and a rustic twig planter among the objects sold. A trade sign in the form of an artist’s palette, complete with brushes, and a canoe cup were also sold. The canoe cup was in thin burl with cross hatching on the handle and was generally kept in the bow of a canoe when on a trip.
“We are rethinking our schedule for next year,” Barry Cohen said after the show, and “it is more than likely we will extend the length of the show.” Right now Saturday is just about a definite go, and Sunday is a good possibility. Many of the exhibitors felt that another day or two would be an asset for the show, especially since the Winter Antiques Show will be moving back to the 7th Regiment Armory next year and will probably go back to its long-standing dates with the preview on Thursday.
For more information about this show, Barry Cohen can be reached at 703-914-1268.
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