Published: February 6, 2007
Balmy weather on the January 13–14 weekend gave a big assist to patron traffic at the White Plains Winter Antiques Show produced by The Last Detail Antiques Shows. Show manager Martin Greenstein said, “We were thrilled with the number of visitors each day, for there was concern that, as it was a holiday Monday, New Yorkers might have left town. Instead, they were here for the show and buying fresh additions to their homes and collections.”
More than 50 dealers filled several large rooms of White Plains High School for the weekend with antiques from most parts of the civilized world. Greenwich Oriental Antiques and Art was offering fine furniture, household accessories and art from China and Japan. There were ginger jars made into lamps, watercolors and fine Asian mahogany wardrobes.
Nicholas Di Benedetto brought a large selection of regency and Empire mahogany furniture to the show. From Quogue, N.Y., this dealer is also an art conservator and so there was a large selection of fine art offered as well.
Steve and Lisa Fisch from Wappingers Falls, N.Y., sold three large pieces of furniture, including a desk from the Nineteenth Century, a late Georgian period chest of drawers and a sideboard, circa 1830–40, that was priced at $3,500. This piece had been restored in the Fisches’ shop. In addition, they had numerous small antique accessories for the home. Albert Joseph Antiques of Naugatuck, Conn., was also very successful at this show with furniture sales.
Oriental rugs were offered by Fardin’s Antique Rugs of Fairfield, Conn. Another Fairfield dealer was Peter Winjum with his collection of fine art. Winjum has been dealing in fine art since he was a child, as his parents were also dealers in art, both in the United States and for many years in England. Winjum’s collection is generally of pieces that are affordable for the average suburban homeowner. Another fine art dealer, Thomas and Celeste Dynan, came from Kennebunk, Maine, with their inventory.
Jaffe & Thurston was very pleased with sales, as Wawarsing, N.Y., dealers Arnold Jaffe and Diane Thurston sold one of the most valuable paintings in their exhibition. They were offering a collection of paintings along with furniture and Rose Medallion and Chinese Export dishes.
American Stars Antiques from Baltimore, Md., was offering a collection of Americana and early furniture and home furnishings. Proprietor Don Cruise sold some early copper pots and skillets and also early hand hooked rugs. In addition, an early leaded glass shade lamp was sold, which, while not a Tiffany, was still valuable.
Grantham, N.H., dealer Marilyn Bierylo has been doing shows for many decades in Connecticut and other parts of New England as Falcon’s Roost Antiques. For this show, her son, Mark Stadtmiller, was staffing the post and he sold an early Hepplewhite bow front chest of drawers and numerous small antiques.
Riverstone Antiques Center is a multidealer shop managed by Greenstein in Haverstraw, N.Y. For this show, he was able to have the Riverstone Arts dealership offer a large exhibit of its art for sale. The manager, Rachel Yarmolinsky, organized the various exhibits, which included a collage of small paintings as one work.
Mixing design styles and periods has become very popular in today’s antiques and decorating marketplace. Bridges Over Time owners Ed and Betty Koren make it their business to offer that assortment in their collections at shows and their shop in Walden, N.Y. This weekend they were offering Chippendale chairs at an Art Deco table with Chinese screens and late Twentieth Century art.
Jewelry was offered by several exhibitors, including Anita Taub, who had some very fine pieces. One offered by this New York City dealer was a pin or brooch in the form of a swan made with more than 11 carats of diamonds set in 18K gold.
Susan Vatell of Greenwich, Conn., offered a diamond and enamel peacock in 18K gold made by Fred of Paris for $2,500.
From Fort Lee, N.J., Maria Andreou was there with an enormous collection of small antiques. “If you’re looking for it, I probably have one somewhere,” she said.
Rowfant Antiques, Charlton, Mass., was selling silver.
Greenstein created this show with great variety for the suburban market, and with the good numbers of visitors, most dealers were busy for the weekend. His next shows are in Bedford, N.Y., on February 24–25 and Armonk, N.Y., April 21–22. For information, 914-572-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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