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The Stratton Mountain/VADA Show

Antiques at Stratton Mountain Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association Show, Stratton, Vermont

How one views the results of the 2018 Antiques at Stratton Mountain Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association Show, held on September 29 and 30, depends on what show you compare it to.

If you choose to compare it to last year’s Stratton Mountain Antiques Show, promoted by Vergennes, Vermont, dealer Greg Hamilton, you’d be disappointed. Attendance was down, the number of dealers was down, and there was no preview breakfast.

The 49-drawer pine cabinet was $950 from Yankee Ingenuity Antiques, Chester, Vermont. The handwoven splint basket in old green paint was $155, the handwoven cheese basket was $295, and the early decorated redware jug was $170. (We missed the price on the trencher.)

Do you have a broken mocha jug fragment? Robert Foley of Gray, Maine, showed how to exhibit it. The fragment attached to a plate of stained glass was $335.

Carnival doll, $650 from Candleglow Antiques, Holliston, Massachusetts.

If you choose to compare it to last year’s annual Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association (VADA) show at the same location—the Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, Vermont—but held in July, you’d be encouraged. Attendance doubled, and the number of dealers remained about the same.

Hamilton said the attendance was down about 10%, which is about in line with the other Vermont Antiques Week shows. Most attribute the lower attendance to the change of dates for the slate of shows—one week earlier than normal. Hamilton, however, thinks other factors may have played a role. “It could be a million things—the aging population of collectors and the lack of new blood,” he said.

“Most seemed pretty happy,” Hamilton said when asked about feedback from dealers. “People thought the show was beautiful. The light was a little bit better than last year because it was a nice day, and people knew what to expect.” The facility suffers from poor lighting, and, because of fire regulations, walls cannot be erected, making it a pipe-and-drape show.

The collection of 11 straw boaters, 1920s to 1930s, was being sold as one lot for $450. The “Menswear” sign sold. All were offered by Twin Oak Antiques, Lunenburg, Vermont.

New York state jelly cupboard in red paint, $1995 from Ken and Susan Scott of Malone, New York.

Nutting House Antiques, New Paltz, New York, asked (from left) $195, $375, $165, and $195 for the antique black dolls.

The 15-gallon decorated stoneware jug, 1870s, New York, was $3600 from Jeff and Holly Noordsy of Cornwall, Vermont. With a glass top, it makes a great end table. On top was an example of potichomania, the art of printing, painting, or using decoupage to decorate the inside of a glass vessel. It dates to the 1870s and was $195.

Hamilton said there are no current association talks about plans to change venues, although he admitted it would be ideal to be closer to the other shows. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Ludlow, the base location of three shows, but only a 20-minute drive from Weston.

Late 19th-century setter dog weathervane, probably made by the E.G. Washburne & Co. of New York City, in excellent condition, with naturally aged patina, tagged $4950 by Holden Antiques, Sherman, Connecticut. It was from an old Massachusetts collection.

Brian Bittner, president of VADA, said, “It went well. The timing was off this year, which is going to happen every six or seven years—and we didn’t want to run up against Rhinebeck. We got feedback from people saying they wished it had been the same weekend as last year. We assured them it will be right back there next year.

“We’re happy as an association with the shift to being during Vermont Antiques Week. It’s where we belong, and we’re happy to be part of it. It was a successful show for us. We’re a nonprofit, and we’re going to walk away with some money we can use as an association.”

Sales were “a mixed bag, like every show,” said Bittner, who noted that his personal sales were profitable and worthwhile, but it wasn’t the best show he’s ever had.

For more information, check the VADA website (www.vermontantiquesdealers.com).

Winding Stream (Vermont) by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972), with a Vose Galleries label. The 18" x 24" painting was $7500 from Justin Cobb of Captain’s Quarters, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Greg Hamilton of Stone Block Antiques, Vergennes, Vermont, asked $1100 for the unusual Vermont chest, probably Windsor County, birch and mahogany veneer, circa 1830.

John Hunt Marshall of Florence, Massachusetts, asked $2500 for the stone fruit in the wooden bowl; there were 63 pieces in all. The New England stretcher-base tavern table, mid-18th century, was $3500; and the modern chairs were $1500. The tableau proved that modern and ancient can go together quite nicely.

The crowd right before opening.

The 18th-century Delft plate by Jan van den Briel was $750 from Nancy Cummings of Swanzey, New Hampshire.

John and Elizabeth DeSimone of Wells, Maine, are show promoters and dealers. The ladybug tabletop was $195.

Color of the Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts, asked $5500 for Sunset Sea by Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970). Charles Holt of Color of the Berkshires noted that the company represents his grandfather, Henry Holt of Henry Holt Art, a dealer for many years, who had purchased the Connaway estate. “The show went well for us in terms of making connections and getting contacts for follow-ups.” Holt wrote in an e-mail. 

Originally published in the December 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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