Published: April 8, 2008
A few new dealers among the many perennial favorites invigorated the Greenwich Antiques Show at its March 29″0 presentation at the Civic Center here. The show is a benefit for the local Kiwanis club.
Richard A. Smith, Camden, Maine, showed a William and Mary highboy, burl veneered, walnut with pine, Boston, circa 1710; a Nineteenth Century half model of a sailing ship, circa 1890; an oil landscape by Maine artist Wesley E. Webber, Nineteenth Century; and an Eighteenth Century Queen Anne blanket chest with three drawers and the original red surface and pulls.
Brad Reh, Southhampton, N.Y., seemed to embrace spring even if the temperatures outside were not cooperative. He featured a platinum 18K gold (white and yellow) and diamond brooch, unsigned, in the form of a stem with leaves, as well as a platinum and diamond brooch by Oscar Heyman in the form of a flower with yellow and white diamonds.
Bonsal-Douglas Antiques, Haddam, Conn., set forth a minimal and unfettered booth, displaying two pieces of furniture, a massive apothecary-type cabinet and an Eighteenth Century Chippendale tilt-top tea table, as well as choice examples of fine art on the walls, including works by Americans George M. Bruestle (1871‱936) and Henry Ward Ranger (1858‱916) and French artist Jean Daumier.
SAJE Americana, Short Hills, N.J., displayed a cherry drop leaf dining table, Pennsylvania, circa 1830; a set of six paint decorated plank seat chairs, Lancaster County, Penn., circa 1840; a mahogany and flame birch four-drawer chest, inlaid with matching flame birch drawer fronts and reeded porringer corners, Massachusetts, circa 1810; and a room-size hooked rug, circa 1920″0.
China Trader Antiques, Marion, Mass., had in its stand a Meiji-era Satsuma bowl with Nakamura, a Chinese imperial service nine-dragon robe, Nineteenth Century; a classic Chinese round table in walnut, mid-Nineteenth Century; and a pair of three-color Chinese garden stools with elephant head form.
Among a nice grouping of fine art, Tradewinds Fine Art, Narragansett, R.I., prominently featured August Schwabe’s oil “Villa Overlooking The Sea,” circa 1800, depicting a Naples, Italy, landscape.
Manor House Antiques, Knoxville, Tenn., showed an pair of small KPM portraits on porcelain painted in Dresden of Gideon Welles and Mary Jane Hale Welles (a descendant of Nathan Hale), circa 1874; an urn-shaped cutlery box with herringbone stringing, circa 1810, a Coalport Bengal tiger sweet meat dish, circa 1810; and a pair of bronze lidded urns with animal scenes, signed JP Mene, 1844.
John Forster Fine Antiques, Sarasota, Fla., displayed a fine wheel barometer, large dial, crossbanding on the finely figured mahogany case, and fine engraving, circa 1830; a rare multiple tube barometer with mercury and a red liquid (glycerin), paper plates signed Dominico Sala, circa 1790; and a stick barometer by known London maker Benjamin Martin, circa 1760.
The show-weary buyer could easily sit and rest comfortably in the stand of Henry and Nancy Fender, Glen Cove, N.Y., which resembled a well-appointed library sans the books. The dealers showed an English pedestal desk in walnut with leather writing surfaces over a kneehole drawer flanked by four graduated drawers on either side; an English George III mahogany chest-on-chest with a terrific color and dentil cornice, circa 1780, and an elegant pair of English club chairs with loose cushion seats and upholstered in leather with nail head trim, circa 1930s.
Ackerson Homestead Antiques, Park Ridge, N.J., showed several portraits, including a circa 1840 portrait of Elizabeth Anne (Pelton) Newtown in her wedding dress, as well as a pair of portraits of a well-dressed lady and gentleman, probably New England, circa 1830; and a set of six New York chairs.
Starting off in the trade by selling antiques online, Hare’s Ltd, Palmyra, N.Y., made its debut on the show circuit here with a mix of silver, ceramics and furniture. Standouts in the booth were a George III sterling silver teapot by John Emes and a lodge hutch with unusual reverse on glass painted panels to look like windows, as well as fine stringing.
Adding a European flavor to the show, antiques dealer Elizabeth Wulff of Antichita Biedermeier Copenhagen is Danish, but Swedish offerings were in abundance in her booth, including a Gustavian long case clock in original paint, a Swedish painted cabinet and a Gustavian painted cabinet, all early Nineteenth Century. A few countries over, Italy was represented in her booth with an interesting oil paint on seashells that resembled a textile when viewed at a distance. The 1930s work by Italian artist Guido Manerba depicted two colorful chickens with a clutch of white chicks against a green ground with houses and trees in the background.
Essex Antiquarians, Essex, Mass., filled its booth with fine examples of case furniture and fine art, including a captivating English oil on canvas of young boy with a bow and arrow, a Massachusetts Hepplewhite mahogany secretary, a William IV mahogany two-drawer writing table with leather surface, circa 1850, and a portrait of Thomas Benjamin Adair by William Dunlap (American 1766‱839).
The frontispiece hung in the center of the back wall at Stephen M. Foster Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., was Lemuel D. Eldred’s moody “Moonlit Harbor” hung in a wonderful frame, likely the original. Other offerings included renowned landscape painter Victor Binet’s oil on mahogany board, “Woman in a Horse Drawn Cart,” Thomas Alexander Harrison’s “The Road to the Coast” and Raoul Van Maldere’s “The Church at Ceyreste.”
Travel posters from airlines were popular at Samuel Owen Gallery, Stamford, Conn., and the dealer had hung a selection of frame samples to show how they could be properly displayed. Frank Oppel, Stamford, Conn., had a steady stream of visitors stopping into his booth to admire his fine collection of prints and maps.
In the stand of Nicoll Fine Art and Antiques, Newcastle, Maine, was a fine Andre Gisson watercolor, “Girls talking after the swim,” an English burl walnut server, Nineteenth Century, and a outstanding Empire chest with wonderful brasses and a cutout apron, circa 1830.
John and Patricia Snead, McLean, Va., offered a fine early Nineteenth Century long case clock signed Samuel Thorndike, Ipswich, circa 1810′0; a splendid George III period long case clock signed Thomas Grocot, Liverpool, circa 1800‱0, and an American cherry drop leaf dining table with six well turned legs, circa 1840‵2.
The twice-a-year show will be back October 18‱9. For more information, 845-868-7464.
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