At the Winter Show: Dealers of the Day #5

Editorial Staff Art

Throughout the fair, we’ll bring you selections of what’s on offer from some of our favorite galleries.

Nathan Liverant and Son

The enthusiasm for history and craftsmanship is always contagious in the booth of this esteemed Colchester, CT, dealer, where the specialties are early American furniture and art. Be sure to grab the latest edition of the hilariously energetic calendar the shop produces annually.

Some highlights:

Portrait of Mattie Edwards Hewitt (1869–1956) by an unknown artist, 1880–1885.

Thanks to this unsigned c. 1885 oil portrait, untold hundreds of visitors to the Winter Show have fallen in love with Mattie Edwards Hewitt (and her nose). We dug up a later photo of Hewitt (1869-1956) who went on to a noted career as a photographer of architecture and gardens.

Mattie Edwards Hewitt by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952). Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Who says a crack is a catastrophe? We think the butterfly repairs make this large Polynesia carved koa wood feasting bowl, dating from the late 18th to the late 19th century, even more beautiful.

Hawaiian round carved feast bowl or calabash of a rare large size featuring wood butterfly repairs, wood peg repais, wood patch repair, and breadfruit gum adhesive. Hawaii, Polynesia, 1790–1870.

Hirschl & Adler Modern

The Hirschl & Adler Modern booth at Winter Show.

There’s a great dialogue between the art on view here and that being shown across the aisle at this gallery’s more tradition-minded parent, Hirschl & Adler.

Some highlights:

Having fun deciphering the many meanings of Resurrection of the Waitress, a typically cryptic and intriguing oil on canvas by Honoré Sharrer (1920-2009)

The flowing lines of Elizabeth Turk’s Script Column #13 (2019) are equally mesmerizing—and a sculptural tour-de-force.

David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles

David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles American Antiques booth at Winter Show.

The Schorsch and Smiles booth is, as always, full of artworks that are in equal measure serious and playful. It’s the best of the best of American folk art, yet always warm and engaging.

Some highlights:

We generally cast our affections with dogs in the pet department, but there’s something pretty lovable about this c. 1840 watercolor gray-and-white cat. Poor mouse …

This trio of watercolor portraits by Mary B. Tucker (1824-1898) of Massachusetts was featured in a recent edition of The Magazine ANTIQUES, so we just wanted to point that out.