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The Adirondack Museum Show

Betty Flood | August 10th, 2013

Ronald Wells of Binghamton, New York, featured a circa 1760 fruitwood settee with a caned seat and back for $2800. The horse oil painting, Black Runner by Edward L. Ulrich, 1933, was $5200, and the etched bronzed cocktail table, signed “Mark D’Haehehens” and dated 1979, was $18,500.

Loose Moose Antiques in Indiana sold a pair of chairs with striped cushions for $500, a table for $165, and a reindeer lamp for $185 as soon as the show opened. Also sold were a matchstick table, an inlaid coffee table, kayak paddles, and a diorama of flying birds.

Al Nelson of Toledo, Ohio, had assorted blankets and quilts ranging in prices from $46 to $595. 

Bill and Patricia Huestis of Mountain Thistle Antiques LLC, Waynesboro, Virginia, offered some great Black Forest items including (left to right) a hand-carved dog for $1895, a dog sign holder for $1450, a tobacco jar for $1915, and a humidor for $1895.

Blue Mountain Lake, New York

The Adirondack Museum Antiques Show & Sale held August 10 and 11 in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, was a success beyond belief. Forty minutes into the 9 a.m. preview, the sold tags looked like lights on a Christmas tree.

Whether it was furniture, paintings, smalls, or signs, it really didn’t matter. Dealer Jeff Cherry from Damariscotta, Maine, said, “Both new customers, as well as folks who like their Adirondack camps, love having rustic items and were buyers.”

Cherry said they will be getting a more international crowd. “Most of the clients that we had that came in and bought were not American. They were German, French, and all had houses in the Adirondacks that they were furnishing. I think eventually the international crowd will turn the Adirondacks into that sort of thing, that anything goes.

“These people want comfort…We have learned that you can mix an eighteenth-century settee with a twentieth-century table and Art Deco with Adirondack.”

Sales were off the wall in most booths, and Rob Lich, promoter of the show, said 90% of the dealers did very well. “There are now a mix of dealers and retail buyers coming through the show, which indicates a varied taste for decorators as well.” For example, Ronald Wells of Wells & Co., Binghamton, New York, said two designers came through on Sunday and began shopping for new projects and fresh market items. Wells also said the German and French retailers were buying. Peter Bazar of Saratoga Fine Art, Saratoga Springs, New York, sold a wonderful painting and has received very good feedback from his clients.

Who knew that tramp art would be popular in Utah or Wyoming? Dealer John Sholl of Norwood, New York, found out and had to send several pieces to new clients out there.

After three years of holding the show in the middle of August, the museum finally has decided to move it back to its original time in September, according to Sarah Lewin of the museum. The 2014 show will have a Thursday night load-in, a Friday setup, and preview party from 3 to 6 p.m., and the show will be open on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. It will coincide with the Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show in Indian Lake, New York.

For more information, see the museum’s Web site (

Parrett/Lich. Inc., Georgetown, Indiana, had an array of folk art including this huge horse sign from Lake Shore Stables priced at $1250, several small signs ranging from $60 to $225, and a great painting of a dog for $295. 

Linda Davidson of Landrum, South Carolina, sold this game table decorated with pyrography, a Victorian parlor art, to a dealer as soon as the show opened. No price was given.


Ralph Kylloe of Lake George, New York, sold this oval dining table with a hickory base and pine top and four chairs. He also had a miniature birch bark canoe priced at $795.

Farther Down the Road at Indian Lake’s Adirondack Antiques Street Show

Bob Ross of Ross Brothers Antiques, Florence, Massachusetts, sold this 18' Old Town canoe, priced at $1200. He also sold a pair of moose antlers, which had to be shipped to Missouri.

The six-drawer Victorian chest priced at $225 sold to Liz Oster.

Jon Magoun of Paris, Maine, was pictured with one of his standing black bears, priced at $1800.

Dave Kittredge of Field and Stream Antiques, Mansfield, Connecticut, was extremely proud of his 19th-century guide boat paddle “with lollipop top” priced at $2200. The carved owl with a bear claw for a beak plus two crows were priced at $1600. The two tin shorebirds were $85 each. The large decoy was priced at $450. The very early hollow bufflehead decoy was priced at $450, and the small carved goose was $65.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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