Long considered one of the top three charity antiques shows in America, the Theta Show with an amazing and enthusiastic staff and volunteers made 2013 another exciting year. The range of periods and objects is exceptional with museums and collectors carefully shopping the floor. Once again Gary Sergeant had one of the most diverse collections of simply superb pieces and his fine black Chinoiserie bureau bookcase and many other objects disappeared as the show progressed. It would be silly to try to name who had what–connect to the Theta website for a full dealer list and links to their websites. But I thought it would be fun to share some of the pieces that caught my eye.
In the Iliad booth from New York City (www.iliadny.com), specialists in the ideal match of Biedermeir and Art Deco (the former is the design basis of the latter) was this columnar desk:
Every piece in the booth was selected with remarkable care and an eye to brilliant design, as one more view demonstrates:
Lisa Sherwood of Macon, Georgia (firstname.lastname@example.org) quickly sold this charming little country French Directoire influenced hanging cabinet for the display of prized possessions–the entwined rings for the shelf guards was between exceptional and unique!
As I noted Gary Sergeant (Gary@Gsergeant.com) had an outstanding booth and he is a dealer I greatly admire for his consummate good taste, lack of airs, and genuine friendliness. Here are some highlights with his own descriptions.
This table got my mental prize for the most fascinating piece in the entire show!
In the booth of William Cook of London (www.williamcookantiques.com)–filled as always with fine pieces–was this marvelous desk with multiple adaptable uses from architecture to simply standing and writing or perhaps using a clerk’s stool.
Don’t fail to notice the cunning pair of dummy boards to the left of the desk. While their uses remain controversial–shrouded in mystery!–their charm is indisputable. (Did they appear from outside the house to be people standing guard or were they decorations in front of the hearth in summer?)
Also in Billy Cook’s booth was this exceptional miniature:
This view into Sissy McAlister’s booth (Nashville, TN–email@example.com) shows a wonderful array of dog paintings, as well as Sissy’s signature wall arrangements creating myriad nooks and crannies to explore in a very confined space–no one does this look better!
The champion garden dealers of Chicago, Finnegan Galleries (www.finnegangallery.com), planted their amazing pair of twin beds! Again, my photos and a description in their own words.
If you love eccentricities of all types from early children’s pottery to fine Vienna cold painted bronzes with a heavy dose of Black Forrest, then Leatherwood–the lead booth to the show–is your favorite spot! Moe’s booth is simply amazing and this photo does not do it justice, so check their website! (www.leatherwoodantiques.com)
Obviously you have from this only a taste of the Theta Show–and I “forgot” to show you my favorite booth–Whitehall! So come back this weekend for that experience–it is fun to see how dramatically it changed from the opening to the close (as in lots of sales!)