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Iliana and I arrived on the field with different goals: she was shopping for specific projects, with defined needs. I was poking around, looking for the unusual (and cheap). We both lucked out.
Soon after we arrived, I saw this beautiful Aesthetic picture frame with cattails in relief on the vertical sides. These frames were made in the 1870s and 1880s. Frames like this, which have ornament running all around the corners – not interrupted by a miter cut – are more desirable. My find is a good size (about 22″ by 12″ wide) and in great condition. I will give it a light cleaning back in the studio, but not too much – this surface is fragile. Not bad for $60!
Iliana is designing a general store in the Catskills, so she needs tables, chairs and display furniture. She found several old painted country benches with legs joined to the top by tenons rather than nails. She will use these on top of tables and counters to form additional display shelves in the store.
For seating indoors, Iliana chose a variety of 19th century chairs with caned seats and various backs – turned spindle, stick-and-ball, carved, etc. She also found painted metal tables with wood tops and chairs to match, suitable for use outside (these were already with the trucker by the time I caught up…Iliana wastes no time at an antique fair).
Iliana bought this Empire chest for a client. She liked that it was lighter in color than many Empire pieces we see (the result of a recent refinish, and the use of bird’s eye maple as well as mahogany).
Last but not least, I spotted this painted oak screen frame. The frame, which is in great condition, was probably made around 1890. It has a nice, deeply crackled pale blue painted surface. I think it will work well with some French wallpaper I have back in the studio. I was very happy with the price ($40). Thanks Brian!
So we all came away with something, and I stuck with my budget for once. Even Milly got an ice cream on our way out of town. I’m looking forward to next year’s show!
Next post: back in the studio
This show, billed as “New York’s Largest” just finished a three-day run in the Utica-Syracuse area.
We arrived Saturday at 8 AM and made a full inspection of the dealers on the fair ground (I didn’t count, but “1000 dealers” sounds about right). Many of the exhibitors were from the New York-Pennsylvania region. On exhibit were a lot of middle level objects from the 19th century, with the occasional standout piece of painted furniture or folk art. There were less paintings than I expected, and not a lot of textiles, although a few very good quilts were available.
Attendance on Saturday (admission $6 per person) seemed low in the morning, but by noon the aisles were full. Dealers said that Friday, the Early-Bird Buying Session (tickets at $40 per person, $75 for two) had a low gate but good business, with the early buyers taking home a lot of stock and leaving some good money behind. By the time we left on Saturday afternoon, the fair grounds and the surrounding area were packed.
The show provides handlers who will gather your purchases from the different booths and bring them to you when you are ready to leave. This is a great service, especially on a hot day like yesterday. There is a shipper on the fairground who will arrange to deliver large purchases. Iliana was shopping furniture for clients, so she arranged to have all her finds trucked back home. I found two things, both easily portable, so I carried mine back to the car.
Check our upcoming posts for more details about the show.