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The AADLA Fine Art & Antiques Show 2017

New York City

The Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) put on a new show October 27-30, 2017, at Wallace Hall that overlapped with TEFAF New York Fall, held 18 blocks south at the Park Avenue Armory.

The show was managed for the AADLA by Brad Reh, a show promoter and jewelry dealer from New Canaan, Connecticut, who also manages the Wallace Hall Art, Design & Antiques Show in January during one of the weekends of Americana Week.

The 26 dealers who set up in the basement space of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola offered a range of material, including sporting paintings and sculpture, English furniture and decorative arts, books, jewelry, silver, rugs, and American art.


Sandra Cronan of London offered this Art Nouveau pendant watch by Black, Starr & Frost, circa 1900, with enamel and diamond-set pink wild roses. It is mounted in silver and yellow gold and was tagged $7400. The watch is pictured in American Jewelry, an out-of-print book that Potterton Books, London, brought to the fair.


This gilt bronze Green Tara (Syamatara) sculpture, China, 17th century, was priced at $75,000 by Kapoor Galleries, New York City. The Indian and Himalayan arts dealer explained that the sculptures, which were made by Buddhist monks, were often filled with stones and then sealed. This one is unsealed.


Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel by Carlo Alberto Baratta (1754-1815), 11¾" x 10", pen, brown ink, and gouache, sold to a curator from an American institution who was in town for TEFAF, said Richard A. Berman, a New York City-based fine arts dealer.

Reh reported in an after-show telephone interview that the church has plans to renovate Wallace Hall in 2018, and an elevator will be installed. Currently the below-ground space is reached by two sets of steep stairs, a challenge for clients and dealers.

“I’m pleased about how the show went considering it was the first time,” said Reh.


A set of ten volumes of Walt Whitman poetry was available from Imperial Fine Books, New York City, for $6500. Published in 1903, the set is one of 300 printed.


Michael Pashby of New York City brought English furniture and decorative arts to the show. Seen here is a Charles II turned lignum vitae wassail bowl, circa 1680, 7½" x 6½". He asked $9500 for it. Wassail means “to drink lively,” and these bowls were passed around the village during the apple harvest and also during Christmastime, Pashby explained.


An assortment of miniature pendant Easter eggs, given as gifts each year to add to a necklace, decorated this Japanese-style gilded silver tree. Some of the eggs are Fabergé, and some are not. They were available from John Atzbach Antiques, Redmond, Washington, with prices ranging from $1900 to $19,000. The selection includes turquoise, gold with seed pearls, Siberian jade, and enamel in a variety of colors.

One out-of-town exhibitor, Turner Reuter Jr. of Middleburg, Virginia, who specializes in sporting art, said. “I like the location of the show, and for me, who needs a presence in New York one or two times a year, it’s well worth the money. I saw people I needed to see, including some museum people. If you’re an established dealer, you see your New York and Connecticut clients and others who come in to New York to do other things as well. I’ve got a couple of things working,” he replied, when asked how the show went.

James Boening, director of James Robinson, Inc., New York City, said he would do the show again and liked the low-key feel and uniformity of the show. “It’s got a good clientele, and for us, it’s about people meeting us, both established clients and new ones.”


Potterton Books, New York City and Sessay, North Yorkshire, England, offered this Atlas of the City of New York, Borough of Manhattan, volume 3, of 59th Street to 110th Street, published by G.W. Bromley and Co., Philadelphia, 1930, for $5750. A copious amount of information is available, including block and lot numbers, as well as updates and corrections through 1963.


This pin with seed pearls, 14k gold, and fine guilloché enamel, unsigned, attributed to the Newark, New Jersey, school of jewelers, was priced at $2200 by Sandra Cronan. In the beginning of the 20th century there were more than 140 jewelry makers in Newark. The London dealer specializes in fine antique and period jewels.


Lake George, 1856, by Paul Weber (1823-1916) was available from Schwarz Gallery for $25,000. Weber immigrated to the United States around 1849 and settled in Philadelphia. He went back to Europe but returned to and remained in Philadelphia, where he was an instructor to William Trost Richards, William Stanley Haseltine, and Edward Moran, according to the gallery’s wall tag.


This necklace, attributed to Tiffany, circa 1880, of rose, white, and yellow gold, with Japanese motifs, was priced at $42,500 by James Robinson, Inc., New York City. Director James Boening said it rests below the clavicle and measures approximately 18".

Andrea S. Keogh, a fine arts dealer from Jamestown, Rhode Island, liked the venue and said she thought the show had potential. “The traffic was pretty good, and there were a number of museum curators who stopped in.” She sold a Fairfield Porter lithograph of a beach scene to a private collector, she said.

Looking ahead, Reh said some dealers were talking about the possibility of having a May show. “The boutique aspect makes it manageable and easy to run, and we’ll work to market the show to get more people in,” he said.

The captions and photos illustrate the event. Further information is available online (www.aadlafair.com).


Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia, offered this 6" x 9" still life of a book and pipe, 1889, by Philadelphian John Frederick Peto (1854-1907). The gallery asked $17,500 for it. Peto attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and befriended fellow artist William Michael Harnett, whose trompe l’oeil still life paintings influenced his work. Schwarz Gallery wrote in a wall tag that Peto’s work differentiates from Harnett’s by its “looser brushwork, warm tonality, and melancholy created by his tendency to represent objects deteriorated by age.”


One hundred loose plates from the early works of Frank Lloyd Wright, 1893-1910, are included in a portfolio by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, authenticated and numbered. Some 2500 copies were published. Potterton Books asked $5000 for the set. Seen here is Wright’s rendering of the W.H. Winslow house, River Forest, Illinois.


Good Shot, Good Dog by Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928), oil on canvas, en grisaille, 16" x 23", signed, was available for $48,500 from Red Fox Fine Art, Middleburg, Virginia. Dealer Turner Reuter Jr. pointed out that Frost was color-blind.


This silver travel lamp, London, 1862, was tagged $10,500 by Michael Pashby Antiques. When closed the lamp measures 5¾" x 2¾" x 2½"; fully extended, it is 10½" x 5¼". The lamps were designed to hang in coaches and were height adjustable.


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

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