Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Interior Design Shopping: The Winter Antiques Show, Scott's in Atlanta

While we have been distracted by other topics, not to mention life, I still have some images of my wander through the New York International Gift Fair, The Winter Antiques Show and The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market. Here is a quick round-up so we can put all of that to bed and look forward to High Point. I'll start with a few more images from Scotts.

A handsome grouping of Chinese incense censers with a terrific malachite shade have some age and are beautifully glazed. They would be fabulous on a mantle or scattered across my dining table with the lids removed for low flower arrangements. With a $1,600 price tag (or $400.00 apiece), you can achieve a rich look for a fair price.  I try to stick to $300.00 ea. or less for 100 to 200 year old ceramics, but I'll pay a premium for an unusual set. For the same price A Queen Ann style mahogany game table circa 1700, caught my eye. For the look and the price, I'm not too worried about the veracity of the date. Gun to my head, it looks right to me.

I was disappointed to find this pair of head turning French tole candlesticks snapped up . I walked away for a few hours. I think they probably went for $600.00 all together. I shop so much, I have to be trembling to pull the trigger.

The simple elegance of this late Georgian period chest on chest conveys this Regency's neoclassical preference for restraint. Marriages of two separate pieces to combine one functional larger piece is common. In this case, the other function of dividing chests into two parts was for ease of loading onto sailing vessels.  $1,400.00 is a good, fair price although I would love to steal it from an estate sale for $700.00-$800.00.

I did see some serious collectors grab up a few things. To train your eye for future forays to Scott's, I'll drag you up to New York, to see The Winter Antiques Show in the Armory, without the fuss of TSA, hotels and bitter cold. I've got a thing for Sailor's Valentines. The irony of burly rough men shell hunting and oh, so carefully creating pretty shell collages for their sweethearts makes me smile.


Just so you know, historians believe the women on the Islands, principally Barbados, gathered the shells and assembled the intricate designs for the Sailors to purchase for their loved ones. This rough and tumble crowd are unlikely artisans. Don't leave your common sense on the door step or you'll get, well... robbed, although this is a common point of confusion.

Piero Fornasetti was present and accounted for, as the Provenance is the estate of the Tony Duquette.

You do not have to be a connoisseur to guess that this beautiful child is by John Singer Sargent. I love portraits of girls and since I have just read The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro I think everything is fake.
This is of course a vetted show and the dealer,  Adelson, has an impeccable reputation and clear provenance derived from the Vickers family. I did not request the price of Miss Dorothy Vickers.

My niece and I immediately recognized this Carle Vernet wall paper, as we have seen it many times in the Directors Room at Santa Anita Racetrack.  It is a vivid wood block print that looks surprisingly new. I do remember the price tag as $60,000.00 per panel, which seemed like the bargain item at the  show for size and price comparison. Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz is a world renown expert in antique and vintage wallpaper fragments and series. Her Rizzoli book Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends, is a must for design libraries.

cenic wood-block “Les Chasses de Compiègne” : Le Picnic printed by Jacquemart, France 1812-15, design commissioned to the painter Carle Vernet, private collection of Jean Zuber.

I have always enjoyed following the narrative around the room. It begins with the jolly carriage ride out to the country, continues with the hunt and the kill followed by a festive plein air celebration. I would think this wood block print on paper would be an earlier work, as it depicts the aristocracy at their leisure. Vernet's Sister was guillotined during the French Revolution, after which the artist started painting detailed depictions of Napoleanic battles.  Not only did he manage to keep his head, but he was decorated. Below is the best image I could find on the internet showing Santa Anita's version. I can see the dress code has relaxed! 

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  1. As always, Liz, I am mesmerized by your knowledge and descriptions. Enjoyed every piece.
    Happy Monday.

  2. Thank you so much Liz, for all of your enlightenment. I hope you are doing well.

    Art by Karena

  3. I love seeing these types of post. How people gradually shape a space is real and inspiring.

  4. A great post without any doubt. The information shared is of top quality which has to get appreciated at all levels. Well done keep up the good work.

  5. Thank u for the old enlightenment and i hope you have a list of this please i have need more.

  6. i likes manual painting.color of the picture is good.

  7. In this case, the other function of dividing chests into two parts was for ease of loading onto sailing vessels.we have seen it many times in the Directors Room at Santa Anita Racetrack. It is a vivid wood block print that looks surprisingly new.

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