There are plenty of events during the 2013 Antiques Week in Philadelphia to keep collectors and dealers busy.
The Stenton Symposium, “Philadelphia & the Frontier: Urban & Vernacular Furniture in the Early Eighteenth Century,” will be held Thursday, April 11. The sold-out program was rescheduled after Hurricane Sandy caused its cancellation last fall. The program marks the establishment of the Leonore Smart Wetherill Fund for Decorative Arts Scholarship at Stenton. A cocktail reception at Stenton from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. celebrates the launch of the new Wetherill fund and includes a presentation by Stenton curator Laura Keim, “Stenton Ever Evolving: An Overview of Our Presentation and Our Collection since 1899.” The reception is free and open to members of the public, but reservations are required. To reserve, call (215) 329-7312 or e-mail <email@example.com>. Stenton is located at 4601 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, four blocks east of Wayne Junction.
The Philadelphia Antiques Show will run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Saturday, April 13, through Monday, April 15, with a preview on Friday, April 12. Preview tickets are $300 for admission from 6 to 9:30 p.m., or $600 for early buying at 5 p.m. Show hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 on line. On Monday, April 15, tickets for members of several Philadelphia-area museums are $15. The Philadelphia Antiques Show offers daily guided tours and several panel discussions and lectures.
On Saturday morning, April 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. Kathleen A. Foster, the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will chair a panel discussion with collectors Joseph Gromacki, Joan Johnson, and Washburn Oberwager. Gromacki is a 47-year-old Chicago lawyer who worked in Philadelphia in corporate financing at Smithkline Beckman between earning a Yale degree in history in 1987 and a law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992. Gromacki heads the corporate law department of Jenner & Block in Chicago. His second home, 30 miles north of Milwaukee, had been built in Massachusetts in 1730 and was moved to Wisconsin. He collects 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts and is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago. Collector Joan Johnson reproduced her country house and garden in a Philadelphia penthouse to display her collections of American furniture, folk art, and fraktur. She is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Washburn Oberwager’s collection of American paintings and furniture fills his Bryn Mawr house.
The April 13 Collectors’ Panel is open only to show underwriters, preview ticket holders, and those attending the Philadelphia Antiques Show collectors’ weekend. Tickets for the collectors’ weekend are $1500 (with $1000 tax deductible). It begins at the Barnes Foundation on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m., when Elizabeth Glassman, president and CEO of the Terra Foundation for American Art, will speak, followed by a private tour of the Barnes collection with Derek Gillman, executive director, and Judith Dolkart, Gund Family Curator. Dinner is at the apartment of a private collector with Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA); David Brigham, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA); and Derek Gillman. On Friday, April 12, this group gathers at PAFA at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and to view Thomas Eakins’ The Gross Clinic and see the Frank Furness building before departing by bus for tours of four Main Line collections, followed by lunch at the Merion Cricket Club, another Frank Furness landmark. An hour or two in the afternoon can be spent at the PMA or resting up for the 5 p.m. early entry to the Philadelphia Antiques Show. On Saturday morning, April 13, seats will be saved for this group and mimosas provided at the Collectors’ Panel. Afterward, the day can be spent at the show attending lectures and shopping. The cost does not include hotel and travel. For more information, e-mail <Dorothy.firstname.lastname@example.org>.
On Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rick Benson, president of the Pewter Collectors’ Club of America, will talk at the Philadelphia Antiques Show on “The Business and Craftsmanship of Pewter in Colonial Philadelphia,”in conjunction with the loan exhibition of Philadelphia pewter. Among the 150 pieces of pewter on view is work by William Will, who made some of the best pewter in America. This lecture is free with admission to the show.
From 3 to 4 p.m., Philadelphia lawyer Sheldon Bonovitz will talk on “Collecting: Initiating a Strategy, Acquiring & Disposal.” Bonovitz and his wife, ceramic artist Jill Fleisher, have put together a huge collection of Outsider art, which is on view through June 9 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an exhibition called Great and Mighty Things. Sponsored by Sotheby’s, this lecture is free with admission to show.
New Collectors’ Night is a 6 to 8 p.m. cocktail party with wine, beer, and food, sponsored by Freeman’s. Tickets are $125 per person.
From 8 to 10 p.m., the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (ADA) Award of Merit dinner will be held. The award will be given to dealer Peter Tillou of Litchfield, Connecticut. Tickets are $95. For information, contact ADA executive director Lincoln Sander at (203) 364-9913 or visit the Web site (www.adadealers.com).
On Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. architect Gill Schafer will talk on “The Great American House: Traditions for the Way We Live Now,” which is also the title of his new book. Schafer is an award-winning architect and one of Architectural Digest’s New AD100. He will sign copies of his book, which features the country houses he designed.
Monday, April 15, the last day of the show, is museum member day. Admission is $15 for members of PMA, PAFA, the Barnes, and Winterthur.
At 2 p.m. on Monday there will be a panel discussion, “Evolution of Design: William and Mary to Nakashima,” moderated by David Raizman, author of History of Modern Design and professor at Drexel University, with Regina Lee Blaszczyck, visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania and author of The Color Revolution;Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and J. Thomas Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur. Blaszczyck will sign her book after the discussion.
Go to (www.thephiladelphiaantiquesshow.org) for tickets and more information.
The 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, presented by Frank Gaglio’s Barn Star Productions, will run Friday to Sunday, April 12-14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, Gaglio provides a free shuttle bus between the 23rd Street Armory and the Philadelphia Antiques Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Each year, Barn Star presents in the entrance portico a special show exhibit that focuses on a popular collecting theme. This year Barn Star presents “Opening Doors: The Private Doorstop Collection of Jeanne Bertoia,” featuring the collection of author and Bertoia Auctions’ owner Jeanne Bertoia. For more information, see Barn Star’s Web site (www.barnstar.com).
Promoter Norman Schaut is producing his second “Antique City” Fun Fair at Lehigh University’s field house on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Lehigh is about 50 miles from Philadelphia. There will be 250 dealers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Europe who have paid from $210 to $1020 for space to show fun things—toys, postcards, holiday decorations, advertising, sports antiques, and more. Tickets are $8 (or $12 for the Saturday 8 a.m. preview) and can be ordered on line (www.antiquecityshow.com) or by calling (800) 822-4119. The field house is at 123 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Freeman’s preview for its sale on April 17 opens on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and continues until Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Sunday, April 14, a special brunch will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. The sale offers a selection of portraits, including a profile of Joshua Fisher by Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852); a portrait of Sarah Jane Campbell, “the Connecticut Giantess,” who was part of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum; and portrait miniatures. There is a selection of watercolors and drawings of Philadelphia. A silver wine bottle coaster made by Kirk in Baltimore for Joseph Bonaparte is the mate to one at Winterthur. There are flags, including one made in 1794 and a Confederate flag that a standard bearer tied around his waist so it would not be confiscated. Furniture includes some made in the South, a George Nakashima desk made of laurel wood, and much more. See the Web site for more information (www.freemansauction.com).
On Saturday, April 13, Pook & Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, begins a week-long preview before its sale on April 19 and 20. The preview hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the sale begins. Light fare and cocktails start at 4 p.m. on Friday. The sale highlights items from the collection of Mary Louise Krumrine, including dozens of fraktur, some stoneware, and a redware charger from Alamance County, North Carolina, circa 1800. A collection of 18th-century powder horns provides an engraved history of early wars. A Massachusetts desk-and-bookcase is the star piece of furniture. For more information see the Web site (www.pookandpook.com).
Van Tassel-Baumann American Antiques, Malvern, Pennsylvania, will present its seventh annual “The Collectors Sale” and open house, Friday, April 12, through Monday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A selection of wines, cheeses, and food will be served each day. For more information, call (610) 647-3339 or check the Web site (www.vantasselbaumann.com).
Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest