Published: November 23, 2015
Review & Photos By Andrea Valluzzo
BEDFORD, N.Y. — The Bedford Antiques Show at Historical Hall November 7–8 proves that good things come in small packages. With just under 20 exhibitors, the show is small but packed with a nice variety of good things, from fine art to Midcentury Modern.
Where a big show can require much stamina and a whole day, this little show is big enough to make attendance worthwhile but small enough to allow one time to carefully study the offerings and still allow patrons time to pursue other pleasures that weekend.
Show manager Deb Turi was pleased with the show results. “For the most part, everybody was pretty happy,” she said, noting the gate was comparable to last year’s.
Fine art specialists Jaffe & Thurston, Wawarsing, N.Y., offered such highlights as a G. Waldo Beaman landscape with lily pond; John H. Renshawe’s “Early Morning Northern Florida”; and a nice Provincetown watercolor by Harry Brown that was one woman’s first purchase of original art.
Americana offerings were embodied by a sheet horse weathervane in the booth of Lisa McAllister, Clear Spring, Md., and a rare parochial school bench, circa 1890–1900, in solid oak and pine with wrought iron offered by Antique Jungle, West Orange, N.J. Francis Crespo Antiques & Folk Art, Lancaster, Penn., offered a striking and colorful Mexican Oaxaca region folk art tree of life candelabra, circa 1920–30, having original painted surface.
Cottage + Camp, Philadelphia, had some nice examples of Midcentury Modern on hand, including a 1960s lamp and a sculptural lamp made up three tall silvery tubes standing on end, while booth neighbor, Knollwood Antiques, Village of Thorndike, Mass., took its design cues from across the pond, offering an English Regency bookcase, circa 1800–20, in an Egyptian Revival design, and an Eighteenth Century English oil on canvas depicting a full-length portrait of a young girl in red slippers with a dove.
Donald Rich, New Canaan, Conn., was among the dealers reporting a decent show. “I sold several nice things, including a rare pair of Chinese blue and white bulb pots,” he said.
The show will run a week later next year, November 12–13, and Turi will launch a new show, The Spring Antiques Expo in Cedar Grove, N.J., March 19–20. For information, www.dturiantiques.com.
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