Purchase Story

Americana Week in New York City 2019

The auction viewings for Americana Week in New York City begin on Friday, January 11. Not every sale is Americana. English furniture, English and Continental pottery and porcelain, and plenty of Chinese export porcelain from well-known collections will cross the block along with American furniture, silver, folk art, and Outsider art. Sotheby’s Americana Week sales fill six catalogs; Christie’s sales fill three. Four shows will offer a full range of art, antiques, jewelry, and design. Below are highlights of the auctions, shows, and special events. For details and more information, see the websites listed at the end of this story.

Auctions

The auctions begin on Wednesday morning, January 16, at Christie’s with a one-session sale of the contents of Little Cassiobury, an English country house on 24 acres in Bedford Hills, New York. It was built by American antiques dealer and Anglophile Mrs. Harriet Hooper of salvaged bricks and interior wood panels from Cassiobury Park, an English estate in Hertfordshire, demolished in 1927. Hooper used it as the showroom for her antiques business in the late 1920s, Susan Lyall purchased Little Cassiobury in 2014 and filled it with a collection of antiques and fine art she acquired while living in England at Swinbrook House in Oxfordshire, where the Mitford sisters once lived. The sale includes English furniture, Chinese export porcelain, pictures by Sir Alfred Munnings and Sir John Lavery, and botanical drawings by Lady Emma Tennant, daughter of the youngest of the Mitford sisters, Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. A pair of Chinese 17th- or 18th-century huanghuali “official’s hat” armchairs is estimated at $100,000/150,000, and a pair of Irish George II mahogany side tables, each 55¾" wide, has a $30,000/50,000 estimate.

On Wednesday, January 16, Doyle will hold a “Doyle at Home” auction, beginning at 10 a.m. The exhibition begins on Saturday, January 12, at 10 a.m., and continues daily until the sale. The Doyle website lists several objects that will be up for sale, including a pair of Louis XV/XVI transitional-style tulipwood and kingwood occasional tables (est. $2000/3000); a group of five Louis Vuitton hard-side suitcases (est. $1000/1500); a Daum Art Nouveau acid-etched cameo glass vase with green olives (est. $2000/4000); a Gallé acid-etched and fire-polished cameo glass verre parlant stick-neck vase (est. $1500/2500); a Gallé acid-etched cameo glass vase with trumpet creepers (est. $1500/2500); and a Japanese four-piece sterling silver footed coffee and tea service (est. $1500/2500).

On Thursday morning, January 17, Christie’s will sell 275 lots of Chinese export porcelain, a broad mix of armorials, famille verte, blue-and-white porcelain in the Chinese taste, and works made for the American, French, and English markets. Consignments are from well-known collections from all parts of the world. Part four of the Hodroff collection accounts for 100 lots. “After giving a great number of gifts to museums, there are some very nice things in the Hodroff collection,” said Becky MacGuire, head of the Christie’s China trade sales in New York City.

Christie’s regularly sells Chinese export porcelain in single-owner dispersals, but serious collectors look forward to Christie’s annual China trade sales in January.

Antoine Lebel, a European scholar, dealer, and collector, wrote the book on French armorial porcelain. Now living in Brussels, he is winding down his business. He sent French armorial porcelain to New York for sale. Another highlight of the sale is a portrait of the powerful and wealthy Chinese merchant Houqua, attributed to the artist Lamqua (active in China c. 1840-70). The portrait was brought to Philadelphia by John Kearsley Mitchell, a Philadelphia doctor who made three voyages to China as a ship’s surgeon and published his journal about the medical anomalies he encountered. His son, Silas Weir Mitchell, was also a leading Philadelphia physician. The painting descended in the family.

Christie’s will sell silver on Thursday afternoon. Much of it is Japanesque Tiffany from two private collections. “Several lots have been long-term loans to museums,” said Jill Waddell, head of silver at Christie’s. “In addition to several Japanesque pitchers, we have a teapot with a gourd design and a sugar bowl with a nephrite handle,” she said. There is also an 18½" tall Tiffany World’s Fair Pompeian vase by Paulding Farnham that was shown at the 1900 fair.

Sotheby’s will sell Americana from the various-owners catalog on Thursday at noon. The sale will begin with silver, which will be followed by prints and Chinese export porcelain. Among the silver highlights is a punch bowl by Isaac Hutton, commissioned by Albany’s Society for the Arts to be given as an agricultural prize (est. $30,000/50,000). The engraving is similar to the engraving on a bowl at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one sold at the sale of the Nutt collection at Sotheby’s in January 2015. An exceptional mixed-metals Tiffany pitcher with a design of gourds is estimated at $40,000/60,000, and a very large set of Lap Over Edge Tiffany flatware carries a $50,000/60,000 estimate.

As for Chinese export porcelain, along with services made for the American and European markets, there is a large Iris pattern charger after a print by Maria Sibylla Merian, circa 1730, estimated at $12,000/18,000. Two 19th-century China trade paintings of Hong Kong harbor and the Bund in Shanghai are estimated at $20,000/30,000; another smaller painting of the hongs at Canton is estimated at $10,000/15,000. All three are from the Mellon family collection.

On Friday morning, January 18, Sotheby’s will offer approximately 400 lots of furniture and decorations from the collection of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller in a single session. There will be some exceptional Chinese export porcelain and European ceramics and works of art, silver, fine art, Americana, books and manuscripts, prints, and Japanese works of art. Among the highlights are an extremely rare Chinese export porcelain crab tureen (est. $100,000/200,000), two goose tureens and covers, both with Spanish arms (est. $150,000/200,000 and $120,000/180,000 respectively), and a pair of figures described as the “Dutch Couple,” collected separately but now offered as a pair (est. $100,000/150,000). Recent research by American scholar Ronald Fuchs has identified the pair as a Jewish couple. Fuchs discovered that the figures are wearing 16th-century Jewish costumes illustrated in a book by Caspar Luyken, circa 1703. Justin Cheung, who cataloged the Rockefeller Chinese export porcelain, said the man is identified in the Luyken book of costumes as a Polish Jew, and he is rarer than the woman. It is hard to find a pair.

There are 16 pieces from the celebrated Swan service made at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, commissioned by its director Heinrich Graf von Bruhl, 1737-41. In addition to large chargers, the sale includes a large meat dish with a domed cover, a rare bottle holder, a coffeepot, and a pair of large monteiths. Most were acquired in the 1960s. Some of the rarest forms have not been offered at auction for years. Estimates range from $8000 to $250,000. A 330-piece Mottahedeh copy of the Swan service, made in the 1970s, is in perfect condition; it may not have been used.

On Friday Christie’s will sell more than 160 lots of Outsider art in the morning and folk art and furniture in the afternoon. The morning sale will offer eight works by Bill Traylor, three by William Edmondson, and “a killer Darger,” according to Cara Zimmerman, Christie’s Outsider art specialist.

The first part of the collection of William Louis-Dreyfus will be offered, and it includes works by Traylor, Carlo Zinelli, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Thornton Dial, among others. “William Louis-Dreyfus was a passionate collector, published poet, and committed philanthropist, but he is best known as the father of the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” said Zimmerman. Because he collected artists in depth, this is the first of four sales needed to disperse his collection. The proceeds will go to the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation to support the Harlem Children’s Zone, which nurtures the growth of underserved children. An early Bill Traylor from the Louis-Dreyfus collection, Fighting Dogs, 1939-42, painted on a 9½" x 21" furniture company advertisement, has a Charles Shannon label. The estimate is $50,000/80,000.

Twenty-five lots in the Outsider art sale come from Lael and Eugenie Johnson of Chicago, early supporters of the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and friends of Marjorie and Harvey Freed, who sold their Outsider art at Christie’s in January 2018. Among the Johnsons’ treasures is a very large two-sided Henry Darger work, 23" high x108¼" long; it’s one of the best, according to Zimmerman. “It is complicated and dynamic with swooping creatures. A narrative work, it uses weather and dramatic color to give a sense of time and place,” she said. It is estimated at $250,000/500,000. The Johnsons’ piece by Traylor in this sale is the one that Traylor was working on when Charles Shannon took a famous photograph of the artist in 1939, after which Shannon supplied Traylor with poster paints, brushes, and drawing paper.

Each collection is a reflection of a personal vision, all slightly different. Larry Dumont liked the work of the painter Carlo Zinelli, an Italian whose work resembles that of Jean-Michel Basquiat but is far less expensive. Zinelli’s works on paper in this sale are estimated in the $8000 to $12,000 range. The three works by Edmondson are of an early critter (est. $40,000/60,000), a woman with a big bouffant hairdo (est. $60,000/80,000), and a head of a woman (est. $3000/5000). There will be colored drawings by A.G. Rizzoli from the collection of Berkeley, California, dealer Bonnie Grossman, who discovered Rizzoli and wrote about him. Works by Martin Ramirez, George Widener, William Hawkins, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and other less well-known artists come from other collections.

On Friday afternoon, Christie’s will offer American folk art and furniture from various owners. Two icons of American folk art will find new owners. Ammi Phillips’s Girl in a Red Dress with Dog, 1830-35, is a portrait of a young child wearing a three-strand necklace and black shoes and sitting on a green leather footstool with a dog at her feet and a leaf sprig with a bud in her left hand. It has been in a private collection since 1994, and it is estimated at $800,000/1.2 million.

The first Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicksto be offered at auction in a decade comes from the Westervelt Company collection in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When it sold at Sotheby’s on October 26, 1991, for $1,210,000, it made a new record for American folk art. Painted in 1833 and in its original black-painted and gilded frame, the painting is a Quaker plea for pacifism, showing William Penn’s treaty with the Indians in the background. It is estimated at $800,000/1.2 million. Christie’s will also offer four works by Baltimore painter Joshua Johnson.

Folk art will be followed by furniture sold chronologically. It is amazing that after generations of collecting and publicity about American furniture sales, new discoveries are still being made. (On January 11 and 12, Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, will offer a previously unknown early Philadelphia easy chair with carved ball-and-claw feet, leafy carving on its knees, and swept-back rear legs that end in pointed pad feet. A woman brought it to the auction house along with a pair of fine Chippendale side chairs with an old dark finish. The easy chair is estimated at $100,000/150,000, and the side chairs at $15,000/25,000.) Discoveries make auctions exciting.

From a midwestern family there is a previously unknown blue-painted Hadley chest with very tall feet; Christie’s is still doing paint analysis. A Philadelphia gentleman used to drop his mail on a Queen Anne compass-seat chair, not realizing that it is special. It was made in Philadelphia circa 1750. This fully developed, well-proportioned, and never refinished so-called Reifsnyder-type chair has ball-and-claw feet, a recessed front seat rail with a carved shell (missing two lobes, which can be restored), walnut veneer on a walnut splat with egg-and-dart molding on its so-called shoe at the bottom of the splat, and the original leather-covered slip seat. It is similar to two armchairs, one at Winterthur and the other at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, suggesting that it may have been made for the father of Samuel Powel, a Colonial mayor of Philadelphia, or perhaps for his sister Abigail at the time of her marriage in 1752. The estimate is $200,000/300,000.

A Chippendale mahogany block-and-shell-carved tall-case clock, the dial signed by Seril Dodge (1759-1802), Providence, Rhode Island, and the brass dial engraved “S. DODGE,” “TEMPUS EDAX RERUM” (Time, Devourer of All Things), and “THE APPLICATIONS OF A MINUTE IS ALL THE GOLDEN VALUE IN IT,” has a $100,000/150,000 estimate. “The swirling grain of the mahogany is the best grade,” said Christie’s John Hays. From the Westervelt collection comes a pair of card tables with caryatid supports, made by Duncan Phyfe or Michael Allison, that carries a $30,000/50,000 estimate.

On Saturday, January 19, Sotheby’s will offer the collection of Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III from Milwaukee. From the 1970s until recently, the Vogels collected furniture and all the accouterments used by the earliest European settlers through the 1750s in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. The Vogels’ early English delft and Rhenish and English stoneware and slipware will be offered on Saturday morning in a separate catalog, and their furniture, powder horns, English silver, English and American textiles, English looking glasses, and lighting, including very rare brass candlesticks, will be offered in a separate catalog in the afternoon.

 “The Vogels have one of the best collections of English delftware in the world,” said Richard Hird, who came from Sotheby’s in London to catalog this collection of English and German ceramics. “There is blue and white in the Chinese taste, blue-dash chargers, some with royal portraits, some with Adam and Eve, and still others with tulips, and eight pieces of the rare ‘bleu persan’ [Persian blue]. Rarely do you see delft of this quality,” said Hird.

The Vogels gave some significant furniture to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Yale University. Furnishings from the Vogels will be offered on Saturday afternoon; the sale will include an armchair by Ephraim Tinkham of Plymouth, Massachusetts, an early carved Windsor, Connecticut, Bible box, and one of the finest Boston gate-leg tables, all with reasonable estimates. “The Vogels were scholars, well traveled and well known in the museum world for collecting the highest quality,” said Erik Gronning, Sotheby’s head of Americana, who seems honored to sell a collection in what is sure to be remembered as a landmark sale.

Sunday, January 20, will be a long day at Sotheby’s. It begins with David Teiger’s collection of sculptural folk art—weathervanes, figureheads, and decoys—memorialized in the large book Spiritually Moving,published in 1998.

Teiger, a management consultant and honorary trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, died in 2014 at the age of 85. Sotheby’s sold Teiger’s major collection of contemporary art in the fall of 2018 in London and New York City in sales called “The History of Now” that brought a total of over $100 million.

Teiger created the Teiger Mentor in the Arts program at Cornell University (he graduated in 1951 from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration). The sale of his collections benefits the Teiger Foundation, which supports and promotes excellence in contemporary art. He put his folk art collection together in only five years with the help of collector Harvey Kahn, buying the best he could find. An equestrian, Teiger liked horse weathervanes. In the sale will be weathervanes of horses running, jumping, standing, and prancing. There will also be a ram and ewe, a cow, a pig, several roosters, fish, and banners. Four weathervanes depict the angel Gabriel, and some are Lady Liberty. There are figures of Uncle Sam, figureheads, a standing tiger carved by Gus Wilson of South Portland, Maine, in the 1930s, and more than a dozen lots of decoys, including a rig of ten yellowlegs from Rhode Island. A 21¼" long curlew is among the largest decoy shorebirds; it is listed as estimate on request. It has been likened to a sculpture by Brancusi. David Teiger had one piece of Outsider art, a watercolor by Henry Darger, estimated at $150,000/300,000.

Immediately after the Teiger collection is sold on Sunday, Sotheby’s will begin the sale of 358 lots of folk art and furniture consigned by various owners, a broad assortment from collections throughout America that includes some new discoveries. The Scott and Wheeler family dressing table, possibly made by Thomas Affleck, has carving attributed to James Reynolds, known for intaglio and relief carving on frames made for Charles Willson Peale’s paintings. “Not only is the relief carving first rate, the dressing table has never been cleaned,” said Gronning, “Untouched, in the black, right out of the attic of descendants of the family for which it was made. It is totally unknown; Hornor never tracked it down. Another dressing table and two high chests are known with similar carving.” It is estimated at $500,000/800,000.

Because of the success of the auction of the Alexander Hamilton family archive in 2017, Sotheby’s books department has continued to schedule a sale of printed and manuscript Americana during Americana Week, hoping for crossover interest. The final Americana Week auction will be held on Thursday morning, January 24, with a one-session sale of fine manuscripts and printed Americana. Among the highlights are an autographed letter signed by George Washington in Philadelphia, March 1757, to Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie, making an impassioned statement about the rights of British Americans (est. $300,000/400,000); and a broadside printing of the official proclamation of the Treaty of Paris, which brought the Revolutionary War to an end. It is signed by the president and secretary of the Continental Congress and was printed by John Dunlap, who also printed the Declaration of Independence (est. $800,000/1.2 million).

Probably the finest copy extant of the first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence (in The Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxon, or English Constitution, Philadelphia, 1776), an anonymous pamphlet, preserved with other significant pamphlets of the American Revolution, including a third edition of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, is estimated at $300,000/500,000.

The only known privately held copy of a 1823 vellum issue of the W. J. Stone facsimile of the engrossed Declaration of Independence for which provenance can be traced back to a direct ancestor who received it in 1824, inscribed in the lower left “Presented by the Hon. J.Q. Adams, Sec of State of the U.S. to Thomas Emory, President of the Executive Council of Md. 1824,” is estimated at $600,000/800,000.

An extensive collection of presidential patent documents, including one of the 19 known patents signed by George Washington, which is also one of only seven that was countersigned by Thomas Jefferson as secretary of state, is estimated at $150,000/200,000.
Education

To help buyers make informed purchases, a number of educational opportunities will be offered during the week. At an all-day seminar at Sotheby’s on Tuesday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., curators and specialists will present a variety of topics. Suzanne Hood of Colonial Williamsburg, Leslie Grigsby of Winterthur, Erik Gronning and John Ward of Sotheby’s, and Melinda Watt, a needlework scholar, will give 20-minute talks. Alexandra Kirtley, American furniture curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will acknowledge Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III’s gifts to museums. Robert Trent will talk about early Philadelphia furniture, and Jay Stiefel will discuss the subject of his new book, John Head, who made furniture in Philadelphia from 1717, when he arrived from England, until he retired in 1753. Gronning will talk about his recent research on early Baroque furniture made in Boston. Clark Pearce will talk about Isaac Vose, the subject of his recent book. Letitia Roberts will introduce Nelson and Happy Rockefeller’s porcelain. Glenn Adamson will surely mention his new book, Fewer, Better Things, when he talks about American crafts. The symposium is followed by a public reception at 6 p.m. to preview the auctions. RSVP to Sotheby’s.

Be sure to make time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Chippendale’s “Director”: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker,an exhibition built around works in the collection that includes preparatory drawings from the Chippendale workshop and a selection of British and American furniture inspired by Chippendale’s designs. It is accompanied by a Metropolitan Museum Bulletin on Chippendale’sDirector” by Morrison Heckscher, curator emeritus of the American Wing, available at the Met’s bookstore. The exhibition closes on January 27.

To learn the fine points of American Neoclassical furniture, go to Hirschl & Adler’s new location in the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street and Madison Avenue to see 60 masterpieces of Neoclassical furniture, embroidery, silver, lighting, ceramics, and glass made in America, England, France, and China for the American market 1800-40. The exhibition, Augmenting the Canon: Recent Acquisitions of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts, honors the 65th anniversary of the firm and Stuart Feld’s 50th year as director. The exhibition opened on December 13 and continues through February 6. Many works have never been exhibited or published, adding to the “canon.” A pier table by Joseph Barry is decorated with a profusion of die-stamped brass inlaid into rosewood panels, and a Philadelphia récamier, also attributed to Barry, comes directly from the family for which it was made 200 years ago. A worktable by Thomas Seymour is like one at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Duncan Phyfe sofa matches one at the Art Institute of Chicago. Glass from the Bakewell factory in Pittsburgh and from Sandwich, Massachusetts, is available, as well as paintings and works on paper of the period. All are documented in a catalog that has an introduction incorporating new scholarship and goals of responsible conservation.

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at Christie’s, Peter Kenny, co-president of Classical American Homes, will talk about Neoclassical furniture in the Westervelt collection, followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Wunsch Americana Foundation Award presented to the Decorative Arts Trust and to designer Thomas Jayne. After the presentation there will be a reception and preview for the auctions.

Shows

There are four shows to fit into the week: The Art, Design, and Antiques Show at Wallace Hall, the Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, the New York Antique Ceramics Fair at Bohemian Hall, and the Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

On Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. the Art, Design, and Antiques Show, managed by Brad and Vandy Reh, will open at Wallace Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street, with 33 dealers offering a full range of art and antiques—estate jewelry, Americana, including folk art and American Indian arts, furniture and decorations from America, England, and France, paintings and sculpture from old masters to contemporary, ceramics, Asian art, Oriental rugs, and Art Deco and modern design from some of the best-known dealers in the country. There will be four dealers in English furniture—Clinton Howell, Michael Pashby, Gary Sergeant, and Jayne Thompson. Marcy Burns will offer American Indian arts, and Paul Vandekar will have ceramics and woollies. Lawrence Steigrad, new to this show, will have old master paintings, and Charles Plante, also new this year, will offer small paintings. “In October, we manage the show at Wallace Hall for the Art and Antique Dealers League,” said Brad Reh. “We will add a May date to our schedule in 2019.”

The 65th annual Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and 643 Park Avenue, will run January 18-27, with a preview party on January 17. Seventy art and antiques dealers will offer a wide range of ancient to contemporary paintings, jewelry, furniture, folk art, and decorations. The net proceeds from general admission, the opening night party, and special events will benefit East Side House Settlement, which serves the Bronx and northern Manhattan by focusing on education and technology to provide gateways out of poverty and keys to economic opportunity.

The show is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, noon to 4:30 p.m. The $25 daily admission includes a show catalog. To purchase tickets for the opening night party on January 17, 5-9 p.m., call (718) 292-7392, or visit the website
(https://thewintershow.org).

The loan exhibition, Collecting Nantucket/Connecting the World, celebrates 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Society, which will present its best paintings, crafts, and folk art. Expect to see spectacular examples of scrimshaw, journals kept by sea captains and their wives, and art inspired by whale hunts and journeys to the far side of the world. Portraits of Native American Wampanoag sailors, sea captains, and black businessmen by Gilbert Stuart, Eastman Johnson, Elisabeth R. Coffin, Spoilum, and James Hathaway will be on view. The exhibition also will celebrate the 200th birthday of Herman Melville (1819-1891) with the only surviving relics from the 1820 destruction by a whale of the whaleship Essex, which inspired Melville’s novel, Moby Dick.

Dealers who specialize in scrimshaw, Nantucket baskets, and marine arts are no longer showing at the Winter Show, but expect to see some stellar Americana. Some dealers prefer not to tell what they will offer. “I want my clients to turn the corner and say ‘Wow’ and be surprised,” said David Schorsch. Others will publish a catalog of their recent acquisitions, and some will send e-mails to their clients a day or two before the show.

Others are delighted to publicize what they are bringing to what they call the “best selling show in New York.” New York City dealer Frank Levy will focus on shells. He found a dressing table with a carved shell, signed by Nicholas Easton, an apprentice to Thomas Townsend. According to Patricia Kane of the Rhode Island Furniture Archive at Yale, a chest-on-chest at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is also signed by Nicholas Easton, indicating it is from the Thomas Townsend shop and made in the early 1770s. “I will have several others pieces with carved shells,” said Levy. “A mate to my Boston side chair, based on a plate in Chippendale’s Director, is at the MFA, Boston, and a pair is at Winterthur. They are attributed to Nathaniel Gould.”

Pennsylvania dealer Kelly Kinzle is bringing two totem poles from the Northwest Coast, a gargoyle weathervane from the Cincinnati zoo, and a keg weathervane from a brewery. Look for a Federal clock with a big eagle on the door on his stand.

This is the 62nd year the Old Print Shop, New York City, has exhibited at the Winter Show. This year the shop’s stand will celebrate baseball. A print of “New York Fashions” for 1870 illustrates Butterick & Company patterns for baseball uniforms and a print of Union field in Brooklyn. “First it [Union Grounds] was a skating rink and then a baseball diamond,” said Robert Newman, owner of the Old Print Shop. “We will bring lots of other baseball and other sporting prints.”

Hirschl & Adler will divide its stand into two parts, one for Neoclassical taste and the other for the Aesthetic Movement, with furniture by Tiffany, a chandelier by Christian Herter, and a Herter table made for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, along with glass, porcelain, and lighting of the period. “We see the beginnings of modern design in Neoclassical and Aesthetic Movement furniture,” said Liz Feld, director of Hirschl & Adler. “The Winter Show is always our biggest selling show.”

Lectures and special events are listed on the Winter Show website.

On Thursday morning, January 17, the New York Antique Ceramics Fair will open on the third floor of Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. It runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nine dealers are exhibiting: Martyn Edgell Antiques, Garry Atkins, and Antoinette’s Heirlooms from the U.K.; Martine Boston from Ireland; Etruria Antiques gallery from Australia; Leon-Paul van Geenen from the Netherlands; and Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Maria and Peter Warren Antiques, and Polka Dot Antiques LLC from the U.S. Admission is free.

The 27th Outsider Art Fair (OAF) will open at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, with a VIP preview on Thursday, January 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a vernissage from 6 to 9 p.m. On Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19, the show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, January 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 67 exhibitors come from 37 cities and 7 countries, and eight are first-time exhibitors at the fair. Expect to see work by acclaimed masters in the field and black artists from the South.

In 2012 OAF was acquired by Wide Open Arts, a company formed by gallerist Andrew Edlin. With its debut edition in 2013, the fair established the Curated Space and OAF Talks programs. Curated Space will be devoted to Good Kids: Underground Comics from China with zines and original drawings created by Chinese artists. The exhibit is co-organized by Brett Littman, director of the Noguchi Museum, New York City, and Yi Zhou, partner and curator of C5Art Gallery, Beijing. The works deal with subject matter that is scatological, sexual, puerile, and anticonformist, making their distribution and sale in mainland China complicated to almost impossible.

A second Curated Space will serve as a homage to dealer Phyllis Kind. In Kind’s obituary in the New York Times, Roberta Smith made this observation: “As the first American dealer to show Outsider art alongside that of contemporary artists, Ms. Kind was in many ways as important as Leo Castelli….” Curated by Raw Vision Magazine senior editor and art critic Edward M. Gómez, the presentation will feature works by various artists with whom Kind was associated, including Adolf Wölfli, Martín Ramírez, and Domenico Zindato. 


Originally published in the January 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest

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