Published: September 11, 2012
Managing New York’s largest antiques show, Tom Tarry of The Results Group deemed the firm’s second year of mounting the Madison Bouckville Antiques Festival “a big success.” Conducted August 17‱9 on the same field as its predecessor, the show fielded more than 500 exhibitors, and there were more than 700 shoppers waiting for the Friday noon opening. “The exhibitors are continuing the tradition of good antiques and collectibles over the three days of the show with record-breaking crowds †nearly 17,000 paid admissions †shopping for the best deals in fresh-to-the-market antiques,” said Tarry.
Sales for the weekend were also good, according to many dealers polled. Contriques, from Candor, N.Y., was exhibiting from a tent next to the north entrance of the field. The firm’s collection was dominated by early white ironstone, which business owner Dennis Contri said sold well, nearly double his sales from the prior year.
David and Marne Crumb, Hilton, N.Y., were having a good time selling from their collection of small antiques. Longtime friends of the late Peter Moses, formerly of North Syracuse, N.Y., they had many pieces from his collection available that sold well. There was an early full-bodied horse from a small weathervane in tin with layers of gold paint, an early theorem, an early paint decorated wooden clock face, several small paintings and more. They were also showing an unusual slipper chair, thought to be Delaware Valley but sized for a child.
Anora’s Antiques, Roulette, Penn., was showing early toys and an unusual toy barn and farm animals for just $85. It sold early in the show.
More toys were available from Sugar Princess, Montville, N.J. Janice Aibel collects and trades in the midcentury sand pails with cartoon characters, toy soldiers and more.
Sport & Spool offered a collection of sporting gear with college logos and also an assortment of millinery supplies. From Goldsboro, N.C., the owners/collectors Doug and Diana McElwain were selling early cricket equipment, baseball supplies, basketball and rugby gear, along with some assorted needle and thread cases and sewing notions.
Rugs, primarily antique Oriental examples, were the collection of Leo and Judy Srodawa’s 1880 Antiques. From Canandaigua, N.Y., the couple has been building the collection for many years with a growing fondness for fine early pieces. The exhibit featured an unusual large Persian rug in dark blue background with red borders and a stylized flower garden pattern, along with several early tribal examples.
A large pair of Leeds Red Featheredge platters was on display at Kay Roffe’s exhibit. From Williamson, N.Y., she offered them for the first time. Her collection included Federal period furniture and small household accessories.
The Colony Shop is an open shop not too far from Bouckville, in Fayetteville, N.Y. It is owned by Jerome Abbott. This is among the few shows in which he has an oversized exhibit area with several showcases and a large collection of furniture. The small antiques included Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century porcelain from China, English Spode and early silver from the United States and England.
West Roxbury, Mass., dealer Peter Murphy collects and trades furniture with a preference for hardwood pieces. This week, he was showing several William and Mary-style pieces, along with Georgian furniture. Among his accessories were several early Chinese porcelain decorative figurines, ginger jars and early oil lamps.
Madison Bouckville has long been known as a source for American-made furniture, especially Nineteenth Century pieces from New York. From Naples, N.Y., Karl Semmel spends many days looking for this furniture, and in some cases restores and conserves such pieces for this show. In a large tent at the south entrance to the field he was offering more than 30 pieces of furniture, including a dozen stands, several chests of drawers, dining room and kitchen furniture and more.
Mel Miller, Sagamore Antiques, Rochester N.Y., was selling from his collection of pewter. Antiques by Tina, Merriam, Kan., was offering a collection of Nineteenth Century toys and cast iron paint decorated banks. Dublin, Penn., dealer Jim Emele was selling early Georgian furniture and accessories. Deldare earthenware from Buffalo Pottery was a large part of the inventory offered by Joel and Marsha Kral, Tonawanda, N.Y.
The Results Group is from nearby Syracuse, N.Y. The show is conducted the third weekend of August each year. Tarry also produces another antiques show in the Albany, N.Y., area in June each year. His lease of the Bouckville show field is now in the second year, with options for at least four more. For information, www.madisonbouckvilleantiquefest.com or 315-426-8741.
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