Published: November 7, 2006
Americana Week promoters have begun releasing their rosters for the 2007 shows, which get underway on Tuesday, January 16, and continue through Sunday, January 28. Good news: no Super Bowl to distract shoppers this year. The big game will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on February 4.
New York Ceramics Fair
First out of the gate is the New York Ceramics Fair, which opens with a benefit preview on Tuesday evening, January 16, continuing through Sunday, January 21, at the National Academy Museum at Fifth Avenue and 89th Street.
In its eighth edition, the specialist event offers antique and contemporary ceramics, enamels and glass. Among its 40 exhibitors are several new faces, including John Jaffa of The Antique Enamel Company, Ltd, in London; Justin Raccanello of Bazaart, a London specialist in early Italian majolica; and Christopher Sheppard, a UK authority on antique English and Continental glass.
Simon Westman will also exhibit for the first time. Long associated with Jonathan Horne, Westman has taken over Horne’s former London space. In July, Horne merged with Alistair Sampson Antiques to form Sampson & Horne Antiques.
American pottery dealer Ian Simmons is setting up with colleagues Gary and Diana Stradling, dealers in American ceramics and glass.
New dealer Matthew Solomon brings the number of contemporary potters in the show to seven.
Finally, Chinese porcelain dealer Ita J. Howe of Bethlehem, Penn., is returning to the New York Ceramics fair after a brief absence.
Promoter Caskey-Lees of Topanga, Calif., plans an eight-part lecture running from Wednesday, January 17, through Saturday, January 20. Speakers will include Don Carpentier, Jonathan Gray, Richard Veit, Robert Harrison, Carl Crossman, Douglass W. Bailey, Cheryl Robertson and Jeff Shapiro.
This year’s loan exhibit, “Another Man’s Treasure,” will display objects recovered from a previously unknown trash tip in Burslem, England, in 2006 by Carpentier, a potter who is the creator and director of Eastfield Village in Upstate New York.
For information, 310-455-2886 or www.caskeylees.com.
The American Antiques Show
The American Antiques Show opens with a benefit for the American Folk Art Museum on Wednesday, January 17, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.
Four exhibitors are new to the 45-dealer show. Among them are Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, a specialist in antique American flags and folk art. For Americana Week crowd, the Dillsburg, Penn., dealer says he plans to bring his finest flags. Bridgman is participating in Antiques at The Armory the same weekend.
Wayne and Phyllis Hilt of Haddam Neck, Conn., are also new. In the trade since 1972, the Hilts are known for top-quality American and British pewter.
Newcastle, Maine, dealers Thomas Jewett and Charles Berdan will offer painted furniture, folk art and hooked rugs.
Robert Lloyd of New York City is a new exhibitor in early American silver. Established in 1985, Lloyd also carries English, Irish and Scottish silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, as well as select Nineteenth Century pieces.
Not participating in 2007 are H.L. Chalfant Antiques of West Chester, Penn., The Cooley Gallery of Old Lyme, Conn., Brian Cullity Antiques of Sagamore, Ma., and Van Tassel Baumann American Antiques of Malvern, Penn.
“We hope they all return,” says show manager Karen DiSaia.
Executive co-chairs of the 2007 American Antiques Show are Barry Briskin and Joan M. Johnson. Other committee members are Edie Briskin, Lucy and Mike Danziger, Victor Johnson, Laura and Richard Parsons, Rebecca and Michael Gamzon, and Jerry and Susan Lauren.
Museum curators Lee Kogan and Stacy Hollander will lead tours on Thursday, January 18, and Friday, January 19. Planned for Friday is the popular “Insider’s Day of Art and Antiques: Exclusive Tours and Private Collections,” featuring a visit to a private home, the museum and the show.
Mary Emmerling and Matthew Mead of Country Home will speak at Friday’s “Young Collectors Evening.” Helaine Fendelman, David Gallager and Jane Willis will offer appraisals on Saturday morning.
A shuttle bus will run between the Metropolitan Pavilion and the American Folk Art Museum.
TAAS continues through Sunday, January 21. For information, 646-403-8192 or www.theamericanantiquesshow.com.
The Winter Antiques Show
Benefiting East Side House Settlement, the 53rd Winter Antiques Show opens with a preview party on Thursday, January 18. Shari E. Redstone, vice chairman of CBS Corporation and Viacom Inc, and president of National Amusements, is honorary chairman.
Show chairman Arie Kopelman and executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer have secured 75 exhibitors for this year’s fair, which continues through Sunday, January 28, at the Seventh Regiment Armory.
New to the event is Two Zero C Applied Art of London. The 26-year-old firm founded by Michael Playford specializes in objects, furniture, textiles and lighting made between 1850 and 1950.
Returning after a five-year absence is Aronson Antiquairs of Amsterdam, best known for Seventeenth Century and Eighteenth Century delftware. Founded by patriarch Leon Aronson in 1881, the family-owned business is directed by father and son Dave and Robert Aronson.
Also returning after a year’s leave is Georgian Manor Antiques. The Fairhaven, Mass., firm founded by Ricky Goytizolo in New York City in 1970 specializes in Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century English furniture and accessories.
Missing from the 2007 cast will be American Arts and Crafts experts Cathers & Dembroksy and American furniture dealer Charles Pollock.
Designed by Stephen Saitas and sponsored by The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the 2007 loan show will highlight selections from the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.
For additional information, www.winterantiquesshow.com or 718-292-7392.
Antiques At The Armory Americana At The Piers
The first of Stella Show Mgmt Co.’s two events, Antiques at The Armory, opens on Friday, January 19, at 11 am, continues through Sunday, January 21, at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 26th Street. Americana at The Piers is planned for Saturday and Sunday, January 20–21, at Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 92, at 12th Avenue and 55th Street.
The more diversified and traditional of the two events, the 100-exhibitor Armory show features antique American and European art, furniture, accessories, folk art, garden antiques, and architectural objects. Twice the size, Americana at The Piers is “a little more funky and eclectic than the Armory,” says company president Leanne Stella.
While there is very little exhibitor turnover, some dealers have decided to swap shows. Thomas Longacre is relocating to Pier, for instance, while Susan Parrish is moving to the Armory. Judith and James Milne of New York will exhibit at both Stella shows along with the American Antiques Show.
A few of the dealers doing Antiques at The Armory are A Bird In Hand, Marna Anderson, Autumn Pond, Sidney Gecker, Judd Gregory, Chris Jussel, Thurston Nichols, Stephen Score, and George and Debbie Spiecker.
Antiques at The Piers cast includes Kate Alex, Barrett Menson, The Norwoods’ Spirit of America, Parrett/Lich, Paula Rubenstein, Rick Russack, Michael and Lucinda Seward, Robert Snyder & Judy Wilson, Jef & Terri Steingrebe, and Michael & Sally Whittemore, among many others. For more information, www.stellashows.com or 212-255-0020.
Outsider Art Fair
Coinciding with the final weekend of the Winter Antiques Show, the Outsider Art Fair opens with a benefit preview for the American Folk Art Museum on Thursday evening, January 25.
It continues through Sunday, January 28, at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street at the corner of Houston Street.
The 33-dealer event is presented by the American Folk Art Museum and produced by Sanford L. Smith and Associates. In conjunction with the show, the museum is planning a variety of public events.
For information, 212-977-7170, extension 308, www.folkartmuseum.org or www.sanfordsmith.com.
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