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The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show

Greenwich, Connecticut

The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show is one event under the aegis of Antiquarius, a suite of events held every December to benefit the Greenwich Historical Society. Its tag line is “Celebrate the Holidays in High Style,” and a house tour, the antiques show, and a holiday boutique are traditions that have been supported by generations of Greenwich residents.

Forty-two dealers exhibited in the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, December 1-3, 2017. The two-day weekend show, with a Friday evening preview party that drew some 300 guests, was managed by Frank Gaglio’s Barn Star Productions.

Nula Thanhauser of New York City filled her booth with color-coordinated antique and vintage handbags and accessories. She said she had an excellent show.

Dealer Michele Fox (left) of Weston, Connecticut, and interior designer Kathy Abbott of Bedford, New York, catch up at the show. Abbott runs the Bedford Spring Antiques Show at the Harvey School in Katonah, New York. This year the event will be held April 13-15.

Jeffrey Cooley of The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, asked $17,500 for A Summer Meadow by J. Appleton Brown (1844-1902). The signed oil on canvas measures 20" x 27".

Exhibitors brought American, European, and Asian furniture and decorative arts, garden ornaments, porcelain, fine and folk art, vintage and designer handbags, silver, and estate jewelry. In addition, Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville, New Jersey, sent representatives from its fine art, jewelry, silver, and decorative arts departments to conduct appraisals on Saturday afternoon. A lecture, “What to Know When Starting Your Print Collection,” was given by Rago’s fine arts specialist Lauren Bradley.

A rare large tray of a tiger, 23½" x 31½", by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was available from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge. Paul Vandekar asked $5000 for it.

This mid-19th-century venting grate from the Catskills, pine, with original red paint, was priced at $350 by Tom Luciano of Omphalos Arts, Inc., Woodstock, New York.

This pair of carved and painted pull-toy horses, with horsehair manes and tails, American, late 19th century, was priced at $2450 by Leatherwood Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts.

First-time exhibitor at the show Bob Withington of Withington and Company Antiques, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, said he made lots of sales, “but we need more people.” That sentiment was echoed by many other dealers, some of whom sold well and others who did not. Several dealers sold to other dealers.

The Spare Room, Baltimore, Maryland, displayed this “probably Minton” ironstone palace vase with a lid, circa 1820, 24" x 18" with handles. Marcia Moylan and Jacqueline Smelkinson asked $9000 for it.

Arader Galleries, Philadelphia, offered a set of six (four shown) framed 26½" x 31¾" chromolithographs by William Sharp for John Fisk Allen’s Victoria Regia; or The Great Water Lily of America, published in Boston, 1854-56, and asked $75,000 for the set.

Nula Thanhauser, who sells antique and vintage purses and accessories, said the show was “excellent.” Her booth was a must stop for those buying for themselves and for those buying holiday presents. She is based in New York City.

Village Braider’s Bruce Emond showed M.A.D.a lined notebook page filled with sales—the Plymouth, Massachusetts, dealer sold lots of smalls, large copper pots, and cast-iron stall guards and had pending sales as well.

Admittance to the show was $15 a person or complementary to those who purchased an Antiquarius patron package. The show returns November 30-December 2. Further information can be found at (www.barnstar.com).

Hanes & Ruskin Antiques, Old Lyme, Connecticut, asked $2750 for this rooster weathervane attributed to Rochester Iron Works, New Hampshire.

Gloucester Harbor by Bertha Perrie (1868-1921), circa 1915, was priced at $3850 by From Here to Antiquity, Cheshire, Connecticut.

Village Braider Antiques, Plymouth, Massachusetts, asked $950 for this 3' diameter Coke bottle sign. On the right are price signs for bushels of apples, circa 1900, from New York state, said Village Braider owner Bruce Emond.

Heller Washam Antiques, Portland, Maine, a first-time exhibitor at the show, asked $16,800 for this walnut apothecary chest from Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1780-1800, 76¼" x 73¼" x 12½". A set of eight brace-back Windsor chairs (two shown), two armchairs and six side chairs, from Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1770, with old but not original leather seats, 39" high, seats 17" high, armchairs 18" wide, side chairs 16" wide, was priced at $16,000 the set. The artist’s articulated figure, French, circa 1830, was tagged $3600.

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

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