Published: March 28, 2017
Review and Photos by Tom O’Hara
ATLANTA, GA. – Exhibitors were filling their displays for the spring edition of Scott Antiques Market March 9-12 where the weather was chilly and cold, making one not think of being outside in the garden. Despite the weather, sales reported by most dealers seemed good both for outdoor and traditional antiques.
Don Scott was busy Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning polling dealers about their results. He said the especially large attendance on Thursday and Friday boosted exhibitors’ sales overall.
Victorian Rose Antiques had one of its best days at the show Friday. Dealer Kathy Tarr, Wenham, Mass., specializes in Nineteenth Century porcelain and Shelley cups and saucers. She said Friday her sales included an unusually high number of sales of Shelley pieces.
Sharon Antiques, Sharon, Conn., debuted a fresh collection of green Leeds featheredge, which found an appreciative audience among collectors. Also selling well were early pearlware, along with early silver and glass. Another sale was an early Twentieth Century quilt made from feed sack remnants, probably Mennonite from southern Indiana.
Status Symbol Antiques, Lynchburg, Va., usually fills its booth with fine furniture, but this time was offering molded stone garden ornaments, aged and with traces of moss; just right for gardeners champing at the bit to get gardens going.
Tom the Picker, an ex-New Englander now in Rutherfordton, N.C., was showing iron garden furniture from the early Twentieth Century, along with his more typical collection of stoneware and primitive Americana.
Augusta, Ga., exhibitor Paul Boulus devoted two extra spaces to his outdoor collection. Most of the furniture was midcentury and could have been either placed outdoors or in a Florida room. It was popular with shoppers, and most of it found new homes.
Turnage Place, Atlanta, always presents an interesting exhibit. The dealer specializes in liquidating area estates and always hopes to sell out by the end of the weekend. Sales included a George III gate leg table in mahogany, a very large pine hutch table, a tall secretary desk, a tall cupboard and a great deal of porcelain and crystal smalls.
Other Atlanta dealers on hand included The Box Shop, which offers tea caddies, lap desks and some other small wooden boxes, most of which they find on shopping trips to England and Europe; and Anne-Tiques, where dealer Anne Carter mostly sources goods in Brussels for art and other smalls. She travels there frequently in her other business and makes time to also shop for antiques inventory.
Tony Gould of the English Antiques Company in Jacksonville, Fla., trades primarily in historic prints from England. His sales included many barrister prints and organics from the Nineteenth Century.
Mr Chippendales Best was having fun over the weekend with sales of English paintings and Eighteenth Century furniture. The Snellville, Ga., dealer sold a game table to a young woman who had been looking at it for the past two months, finally buying it midway through the show.
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., exhibitor David Sheffield was offering mostly outdoor furniture and accessories. His painted bench was on iron supports, with wooden slats, complemented with a pair of iron, double light sconces and several small tables.
The Scott Antiques Market each month takes place the second weekend in Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday. For more information, 740-569-2800 or www.scottantiquemarket.com.
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