Today was the second day of set-up so we were all pretty organized when I took these photos—except no Whitehall shots as our booth was completely hidden by a stack of shipping cartons 6′ high! The school authorities suddenly panicked today that the kids were walking in narrowed hallways due to boxes piled on both sides—a rational response but probably due yesterday as the mounds were growing. In addition we had to be ready for the Fire Marshall’s inspection which meant keeping 3′ wide path clear through our booth to the power control room! Oh well, as you will see below, we finally looked pretty good!
To add to the joyous confusion of set-up, school classes were brought in for kids to do sketches, write descriptions and/or stay in classes for short booth talks by dealers–my first photos.
Of course not everything is pristine clean and polished when we arrive–fingerprints on silver to scratches on furniture–all must be seen to. The next photo is Joan Tinkler of The Silver Vault polishing!
You may think my “joy of silver polishing” is being facetious, but a half hour before I was polishing in a sink our massive English silverplated and cut glass three bottle wine caddy. To see the tarnish disappear and a gleaming surface appear is truly a joy—as is brass and copper polishing as well! One receives instant gratification from the gleaming surface!
Every aisle was like this—some however piled much higher and deeper—like in front of our booth.
This is the gallery of Island Weiss and if I had a spare $24,000 the next photo is of a bronze that would be headed home with me!
Sabin Howard’s “Armor” represents a man beaten down by verbal and psychological abuse—a period in the artist’s life which is happily now in his past. Don’t really relate to the message—although I think we all feel this way some days of our lives—but the sculpting is breathtaking! All 20 of the edition have sold, the artist’s proof has sold—this is the Foundry Proof 1.
Finally, just in time for opening, Lynda Willauer will have every gorgeous piece in place and we will all be ready for the Opening Night Party!
The next series of photos were taken about 15 minutes before the show opened this evening–terrific crowd, lots of interest and reasonable to good sales!
And finally some views of the Whitehall display! We have shown in the show since the second year when it was reorganized as a high end show covering the fine and decorative arts.
It seems a bit crowded but within an hour we sold three tables and everything opened up nicely!
Nearly every piece in these photos is on our website–please peruse it for details of date, size, condition and price.
These are three of the rarest and most delightful salesman’s samples we have ever seen—hours of scouring auction records revealed not another example of these wonderful, fully operational samples of playground equipment of the 1920-30′s. I remember as a child the wonderful “antique” playground equipment in the Joplin, Missouri parks—especially Shifferdecker Park—where the full size models of these were still played on daily in the 1950′s when I was a wee lad! The one with the rings allowed the kids to run faster and faster until finally you left the ground and flew around in a circle at a 45 degree angle—now its done by machines, no wonder we just get fatter and fatter!
Hope you have enjoyed this visit to our first show of the new fall season–please visit us at the shop, here in New Jersey, next week in Birmingham, Alabama, the following week at the High Point Antiques and Design Center and the following week in Cincinnati, Ohio! Our season is posted on our website so don’t miss an opportunity to visit us across the country this year.