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The Newport Show

The Newport Show, Middletown, Rhode Island

With a shortened name and abbreviated selling time, The Newport Show’s 12th edition offered “antiques, art, & exquisite objects” July 28 and 29. Gone was the label “antiques” from the show’s name, and the length of the show was reduced by a day.

James and Nancy Glazer of Bailey Island, Maine, were set up and ready to go Thursday afternoon.

A.J. Warren of Maria & Peter Warren Antiques, Monroe, Connecticut, sold to one buyer 27 pieces of Chamberlain’s Worcester porcelain, 1815-20, seen here on the tabletop.

As usual, the opening night preview attracted several hundred Newporters, who arrived on Friday evening, July 27, dressed in summer sorbet colors. The gala is well attended and is one of many not-to-be-missed events in the City by the Sea’s social calendar.

The two-day show, which gave dealers 14 hours to sell their material, not including the three-hour preview, is a benefit for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Show chair Anne Hamilton is a ubiquitous presence at the event, held at St. George’s School’s ice rink, and is a strong supporter of the 42 dealers, who hail primarily from New England and the mid-Atlantic states. Several of them have exhibited since the show’s 2007 inception. The show is managed by dealer Diana Bittel of Philadelphia.

As is true for most shows held in resort towns, the Newport Show competes with a variety of other events taking place during a summer weekend. The Newport Folk Festival is held every year on the same weekend, and there are countless parties, openings, and family activities vying for residents’ and vacationers’ attention.

Show manager Bittel said in a post-show e-mail, “It was a beautiful show with some really great and interesting material on the floor. Fabulous preview party—and too much good weather.”
The elimination of the word “antiques” in the show’s name was done because “the committee thought since more dealers were bringing contemporary and later material that the old ‘antique,’ which implied 100 years old at least, was not relevant anymore, and the show had more to offer than just straight ‘antiques.’” (The Winter Antiques Show, held every January in New York City, has recently changed its name to The Winter Show. See M.A.D., September 2018, p. 11-A.)

Garden accessories, art, jewelry, porcelain, and china were the top sellers. A.J. Warren of Maria & Peter Warren Antiques, Monroe, Connecticut, sold 27 pieces of English porcelain to one buyer who also bought a still life of strawberries.

Rosemary Schorr and Barry Dobinsky of Schorr & Dobinsky, Reading, Pennsylvania, racked up lots of sales. “We sold lots of garden, a pair of chairs, an English officer’s leather trunks, horse brasses, a zinc finial, and lots of Hermès scarves,” said Schorr as she was wrapping items on Sunday afternoon.

This carved and paint-decorated Black Forest mermaid chandelier, 1890-1920, was available from James and Nancy Glazer of Bailey Island, Maine. The first-time exhibitors at the show asked $12,500 for the 16" x 48" four-candelabra chandelier, ex-collection Chris Machmer, Annville, Pennsylvania.

This set of four sterling candlesticks, with the mark of Matthew Boulton, Birmingham, 1791, was priced at $4750 by James M. Kilvington of Dover, Delaware.

Carole Pinto of Carole Pinto Fine Arts, Paris and New York City, smiled for the camera while holding a watercolor by John Marin (1870-1953), New York from the Ferry, 1914, 18" x 19", signed and dated. The dealer asked $38,800 for it. “I don’t just buy a name. I wait for quality,” she explained, adding, “I buy what I love, whatever has that ‘wow’ moment.” This was her first time at the Newport Show.

Arader Galleries, Philadelphia, asked $4500 for this hand-colored lithograph of Newport, Rhode Island, by John Perry Newell (1832-1898). It was published by the New England Lithograph Co., Boston, in 1870 and measures 27½" x 42½" framed.

Sunset on the Coast, 1864, by Lemuel Wiles (1826-1905), oil on canvas, 11" x 18", was priced at $12,500 by The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

David Brooker, an art dealer from Southport, Connecticut, said the show “was very good. I was lucky. I sold eighteen paintings, including four pairs of marine paintings and three still lifes by British painter Andrew Davis,” among others. He acknowledged that the show results were “patchy,” although “plenty of sales were made in the last couple of hours” on Sunday. “It’s always a busy time of year in Newport.”

Paul Vandekar and Deidre Healey of Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc., located in Maryknoll, New York, have a core group of buyers, and they did well, selling Chinese export, British porcelain, including Coalport china in a rare yellow, some woollies, nautical paintings, and a 20th-century tray with a lobster.

This pair of New York diamond and flame brass andirons, circa 1765, was available from Whitman Antiques, Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Margaret Whitman, seen here, asked $28,000 for the pair. She was a first-time exhibitor at the show.

Jeffrey Cooley of The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, said he did OK, selling three paintings to one client. Leatherwood Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts, with a booth just to the left of the entrance, sold well, said Mo Wajselfish. “We have a following…sold a whole bunch of stuff,” including a Bradley & Hubbard bronze lamp, a trade sign, Vienna bronzes, children’s pottery, and a needlework map of Rhode Island, dated 1931.

Other dealers did not do as well, and there were some who made only one or two sales. A meeting for the dealers was held on Sunday morning to get feedback on the show’s changes, among other topics. The dates for next year have yet to be determined.

A lecture on Saturday morning featured Boston architect Patrick Ahearn, who is known for adapting historical homes to the way people prefer to live today. His book Timeless was available for purchase. On Sunday, Los Angeles stylist and fashion historian Cameron Silver gave a lecture on the history of fashion from 1900 to 2000. He is the founder of the Los Angeles vintage clothing boutique Decades. His book Decades: A Century of Fashion is now in its third printing and was available for sale.

The images illustrate the show. Further information is available at (www.thenewportshow.com).

Brad and Vandy Reh Fine Jewelry, New Canaan, Connecticut, asked $21,000 for the pair of Oscar Heyman earrings and $28,000 and $22,000 for the fancy intense yellow and white diamond brooches. The couple also manages two art and antiques shows at Wallace Hall in New York City—one in January coinciding with Americana Week, and the Art and Antique Dealers League of America show in October, which takes place during TEFAF New York Fall.

This 30" x 34¼" needlework map of Rhode Island, dated 1931, was sold by Leatherwood Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. Mo Wajselfish said he bought it at an estate auction and saved it for the show. It sold to a Newporter.

David Brooker Fine Art, Southport, Connecticut, sold 18 paintings at the show, including four pairs of marine paintings. Seen here is a wall of still lifes by British artist Andrew Davis, who frames his work in antique French frames. The paintings ranged in price from $1450 to $3750.

Fashion historian and stylist Cameron Silver, a Los Angeles native, had a booth filled with designer vintage clothing. His book Decades: A Century of Fashion, now in its third printing, was available to buy. Silver, who founded the Los Angeles vintage clothing boutique Decades, gave an engaging lecture on Sunday morning on the power of fashion. “It’s fun to buy cheap and chic and to rent clothes,” he admitted, but “to get a goose-bump moment, dress with glamour,” he noted. “Do it for yourself,” he advised the fashionably dressed audience.

This model is wearing an antique Cartier 33.5-carat fancy brown and yellow diamond necklace from the 1920s. She stood regally in the booth of David Rovinsky on opening night. The New York City-based jeweler asked $595,000 for the necklace, which has an extender.

The Artist’s House by Belgian artist Marthe Guillain (1890-1974), oil on panel, signed, was tagged $3750 by Kelleher Fine Art, Turlock, California.

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

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