Attendance at the show remained on par with previous years. Over 30,000 people gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center to browse and purchase from the diverse collections of over 500 international exhibitors. The largest indoor summer antiques show of its kind and an important show for silver, Asian antiquities, rare book and decorative arts dealers in the United States, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show featured collections of fine art, furniture, Asian art and antiquities, American and European silver, jewelry, porcelain, glass, textiles, American folk art and more ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century.
Robust crowds of antique collectors, both young and old, browsed aisle upon aisle of over 200,000 antiques on the show floor and came with checkbooks and credit cards in hand, ready to buy. Michael Teller of TK Asian Antiquities noted, “This year was the best show I’ve ever had in Baltimore.” With sales totaling well into seven figures, he further explained that he sold to clients of all ages, cultures and educational and financial backgrounds. Marvin Baer agreed and noted that he was pleased to see a good turnout of younger clientele in the 20 and 30’s age range.
Exhibitor Zane Moss of New York proclaimed, “If these crowds are any sign for the coming fall season, the antique industry is on the upswing and collectors are starting to buy again.”
“The market for antiques, art and jewelry in the Mid-Atlantic region has always been strong and the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has established itself as one of the top industry shows in the nation due to diverse and quality selection of exhibitors and collections,” explains Kris Charamonde, Managing Partner of the Palm Beach Show Group. “I was actually surprised at the incredible amount of buying and selling on the show floor this year, given the current state of the economy. I believe that this is a firm indication that the art, antiques and period jewelry industry is rebounding and getting stronger.”
A selection of sale highlights from the show included the following (listed by category and placed in no specific order):
• Asiantiques of Winter Park, Florida sold a small tool jade vase from the Qing Dynasty, a Japanese Cloissone piece from the Meiji Period and a pair of large, rare 12 foot long decorated privacy screen from the 18th century. **
• 16th century Ming Celadon Sensor was sold by C.M Leonard Antiques of South Salem, New York as well as a selection of 18th century Chinese porcelain.
• TK Asian Antiquities of Williamsburg, Virginia sold an important bronze of great historical importance that was valued in the seven figures, a gold cup from the Han Dynasty valued in the six figures and 14 pieces of Dali marble originating from the Yunnan province, all valued from $2,000 to $10,000.**
• Haig’s of Rochester of Rochester, Michigan sold a Meiji period bronze figure.
• New Exhibitor Jon Eric Riis of Atlanta, Georgia had a great show with the sale of an important Mandarin insignia badge from the Qing Dynasty and a piece from his own collection, a hand woven metallic thread feather tapestry coat.
• A Meiji period large bronze urn with peacock and rose decoration, circa 1860-1900 was sold by LR Antiques of Houston, Texas.
• Marvin Baer of New Milford, NJ sold over 30 pieces including an unusually large and fine scalloped Japanese Imari porcelain punch bowl from the late 19th century.
• New exhibitor Shimazu of Clementon, New Jersey sold an important pair of Japanese enamel vases valued at $50,000, an important Japanese solid gold inlaid iron vase by Komai valued at $25,000 and an important Japanese enamel vase by Gonda Hirosuke valued at $18,500.
• Alfred Cali of Cleveland Heights, Ohio sold a painting by American artist Marguerte Steuber Perason (1898-1978) titled “Woman at the Piano,” circa 1940s.
• Art Link International of Lake Worth, Florida sold an oil on panel piece by Reynolds Beal titled “Breezy Day,” circa 1935 and an oil on canvas work by Moses Soyer titled “In My Garden”, circa 1923.
• Bruce D. Horton of Bridgeport, PA sold a French still life with a period frame, circa 1870s.
• EO STone of Doral, Florida had a great show with the sale of three stone fossil murals of varying sizes and a stone fossil table with various values between $4,500 and $20,000.**
• Oil on canvas work by American artist Frederick Judd Waugh titled “Breezing Up” was sold by John Dennison Fine Art of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
• Louis J. Dianni of Fishkill, New York sold an oil on canvas work by British artist George Chambers titled “Portrait of a Merchant Vessel in Two Views,” circa 1826.
• An oil on canvas work by English artist Ernest Walbourn titled “Feeding Time” was sold by McCarty Gallery of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, Louisana sold an important English painting as well as an extremely rare micromosaic depicting a bridge over the Tiber River. St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is in the background,m circa 1900.**
• Papillon Gallery of Los Angeles, California sold a work of three Gouaches paintings by Jacques Arland titled “Salon du Jazz,” circa 1925.**
• Piccolo Art of Edenton, North Carolina sold many portrait miniatures and full sized portraits including a very rare portrait of a goat by Laland, circa 1881.
• Three paintings were sold by Port ‘N Starboard of Falmouth, Maine including a 20th century oil on canvas work by American artist George Nemethy titled “Yacht Race,” a 19th century oil on canvas work by American artist Elijah Taylor Baker titled “Ellsely Schooner” and a 19th century oil on canvas work by Charles H. Gifford titled “Sailing Off New England Coast.”
• Steven Thomas Inc. of Woodstock, Virginia sold a good selection of sporting scenes including a skiing scene by Churchill Ettinger, circa 1930s.
• Dan O’Meilia Antiques LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma sold an Edwardian rosewood sideboard, circa 1900 with a value of $12,000, an Art Nouveau marquetry cabinet, circa 1890 with a value of $12,500 and a Victorian three-tier continental dinner wagon, circa 1860 with a value of $9,500.**
• New Exhibitor Deco 2 Mid Century Furniture of Bernville, Pennsylvania had a great show with sales of a Stow Davis desk, circa 1920-190s, a streamlined white leather sofa and a pair of solid mahogany consoles with chrome baccalite handles, circa mid 1930s.
• A pair of Georgian eagle console tables in the style of William Kent with verde antico marble tops were sold by Douglas W. Morse of Pasadena, California.
• Wellsely House Ltd. of Lake Forest, Illinois sold a pair of athletic equipment lockers from a boys’ preparatory school in Norwich, England, circa 1900.**
• Zane Moss of New York, New York had a great show with sales of an 18th century Georgian card table, a small Regency secretaire and a miniature drop leaf table circa 1860.
• Camilla Dietz Bergeron Ltd. of New York, New York noted that they sold a lot of big, bold and chunky jewelry including Cartier Cipullo pieces, an Art Deco diamond platinum necklace, a large pair of hanging nephrite earrings, David Webb earrings, a Bulgari watch, Cartier diamond and emerald brooch and a wide ebony, mother of pearl and diamond cuff.
• Art Deco jewelry was also a popular selling item for Jacob’s Diamond & Estate Jewelry of Los Angeles, California. Other sold items include many Victorian gold and turquoise pendants and brooches along with gold chains and Art Deco diamond clips.
• Papillonia Jewelers of Washington D.C. sold an important Art Deco diamond bracelet in an upper price range as well as a few Edwardian and Art Deco engagement rings, watches and a pair of Art Deco clips.
• Patti Esbia Antique & Estate Jewelry of Palm Beach, Florida sold an 18 karat lapis diamond box by Torrini, the oldest jewelry store in the world, as well as a large amethyst necklace with 22 karat closures and bindings by Rebecca Koven.**
• M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans sold two important English silver pieces and one important American silver piece.
• Robert Lloyd of Albertson, New York had a tremendous show with the sale of an extremely important apostle spoon, Hull, circa 1650 with a value of $25,000, a Charles II period English tankard valued in the five figures, a Charles II period lighthouse caster, a silver gilt mounted ostrich egg goblet, circa 18th century and numerous other Georgian period pieces.**
• Longtime exhibitor Spencer Marks Ltd. of Southampton, Massachusetts sold an extremely large and fine Ancien Regime French silver coffee pot by Jean-Ange Josephe Loque, Paris, circa 1788, an American silver soup tureen by Samuel Kirk and Son, Baltimore, circa 1870-1880 and a pair of very fine and rare ‘double lipped’ sauceboats by Thomas Heming, London, circa 1759-1760.**
• Stephen Kalms of the United Kingdom sold an English Victorian five-piece tea set and tray.
• Aardewerk Brothers of The Netherlands sold a collection of 18th century snuff boxes.
• Alfred Cali of Cleveland Heights, Ohio sold an American punt gun, nine feet in length, circa 1840-1850s.
• Bruce D. Horton sold a Venetian carved wooden monkey, circa the 18th century.
• A large 34-star Civil War recruitment flag made under military contract by James Sebring in New York City, circa 1861-1862 was sold by Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
• M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, Louisana sold an extraordinary pair of terrestrial and celestial globes, measuring an impressive 30-inches in diameter, werecrafted by the firm W. & A.K. Johnston, Ltd.**
• Ophir Gallery of Englewood, New Jersey sold a pair of 19th century Jardinières with flamingo and herring decoration as well as a 16” Tiffany Studio patented bronze pine needle table lamp.
• Rick Griffin Antiques of Newport News, Virginia sold an Italian cast iron table circa the mid 19th century.
• S&H Rugs Gallery of Danbury, Connecticut sold a 19th century Caucasian Kazak, a 19th century Farahan Sarouk, a number of Baluchi weavings from the 19th century and two Lavar Kerman Persian rugs from the 19th century.
• A Regency style chandelier, silver-plated chandelier, English Regency style silver tray and a 19th century gilt wood frame mirror all valued under $5,000 were sold by Stevens Antiques of Frazer, Pennsylvania.
• The Norwoods’ Spirit of America of Timonium, Maryland sold pieces of Americana folk art including a Chester County sampler, a New England Theorem on velvet depicting a memorial scene and a Lancaster County Fraktur.
• Several rare glass pendants made from broken Steuben glass were sold by The Steuben Site of Sunnyvale, Texas.
• Time Strike Inc. of McLean, Virginia sold a Scottish mahogany grandfather clock by McCall, circa 1820.
• TOJ Galllery of Annapolis, Maryland had a phenomenal show and sold a collection of Boch Freres Keramis vases, circa 1920-1930 as well as a selection of Japanese woodblock prints.**
• Zane Moss of New York, New York sold a pair of decorative cannons made of bronze and polished steel, several pieces of Mason’s porcelain including a tureen, under tray and two platters as well as several pieces of Staffordshire porcelain animals.
If strong sales and attendance weren’t enough to prove the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show a success, the annual lecture series continued to be a strong attraction for guests and exhibitors with some lectures leaving standing room only. Popular lectures included “Meissen: 300 Years of Exceptional Porcelain” by Mimi Levine of Mimi & Steve Levine, “Dining in Style with Georg Jensen Silver” by Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques and “The Golden Age of Glassmaking in Chin” by Francois Lorin of Asiantiques.
“It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters the understanding and appreciation of antiques in addition to offering an enormous selection of high-quality items,” said Judy Oppel, lecture organizer. “The turnout for the lecture series this year was outstanding. The lecture series really enhanced the total show experience and many of the guests visited the booths of the speakers afterwards for further dialogue and to purchase items of interest.”
The Palm Beach Show Group is the largest, independently owned art, antique and jewelry show producers in the world. The Group operates several of the largest, most prestigious antique shows including the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest indoor summer antiques show in the United States with the most important collection of silver exhibitors in the nation; the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 12-16, 2010, widely recognized as the largest show of its kind in the United States; the D.C. Spring Antiques Show in Washington, D.C, March 4-7, 2010; and The DALLAS International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, November 5 - 9, 2009.
The 30th annual Baltimore Summer Antique Show will take place next Labor Day weekend, September 2-5 at the Baltimore Convention Center.