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.
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.