Antiques Week in Philadelphia: 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show
Barn Star Productions' 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show got off to a brisk start in its original Center City location on Friday, April 27, as dozens of collectors stormed the gates in search of eighteenth through early twentieth century fare.
Organized by Rhinebeck, N.Y. promoter Frank Gaglio, the show is a magnet for Americana buyers, including exhibitors from the nearby Philadelphia Antiques Show, a shuttle stop away at the Convention Center.
"Attendance was on par with last year, which was great considering that we had new dates," said Gaglio. Next year both shows will open on Friday, April 12.
Early Friday morning, Pennsylvania dealers Pat and Rich Garthoeffner sold to a colleague from Texas, Connecticut dealers Kocian DePasqua handed over an early trade sign to prominent collectors from New Jersey, and Main Line dealer Diana Bittel swooped in to claim a weathered wooden sea serpent, probably a ship's relic, from Maine dealers Thomas Jewett and Charles Berdan.
Jewett- Berdan Antiques, Newcastle, Me. 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show.
"We think its from Nantucket," Hilary Nolansaid of an oval tavern sign, $18,500, emblazoned with the initials "J. Coffin." The Falmouth, Ma., dealer parted with a Philadelphia Windsor armchair and two woven splint baskets with scalloped decoration in the show's opening hours.
Hilary and Paulette Nolan, Falmouth, Ma. 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show.
"It has great color and condition," Vermont dealer Stephen Corrigan said of a sumptuous silk on silk embroidery, $48,000, worked in the early nineteenth century at Philadelphia's Folwell School.
"I've known about this since 1985," Bruce Shoemaker of Baldwin House Antiques in Strasburg, Pa., said of a Federal tall chest of drawers with eagle inlays. From Lancaster County, Pa., it was $64,000. The chest's near mate is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the gift of the late Welles Henderson.
Bruce Shoemaker, Baldwin House Antiques, Strasburg, Pa. 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show.
Visitors were treated to a special exhibit of fire antiques and memorabilia from the collection of Joe Baczewski, a career firefighter from Connecticut.
"Exhibitors who brought fresh material, worked with buyers and set up nice displays did well," said Gaglio, who is introducing two new fairs this season, one in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in July and another in Greenwich, Ct., in December.