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The 74th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza

Pete Prunkl | March 26th, 2017

Raleigh, North Carolina

For 40 years, lifelong friends Alice Adams and Susie Clodfelter have run the Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina. When they began, they were running an antiques shop in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, and bemoaned the absence of a quality antiques show in Winston-Salem. One of them said, “Let’s start one!” They began their new business in 1977 with two other families in a tobacco warehouse in Winston-Salem. They added Raleigh in 1979 and Richmond, Virginia, in 1985. Their sons, Bryan Adams and David Clodfelter, later joined the venture. A severe economic downturn in 2012—three major employers left the city—led them to give up on the Winston-Salem show. Today Alice, Susie, Bryan, and David run three well-attended and popular shows a year in Raleigh and two in Richmond, Virginia. The 74th Raleigh show was March 24-26. M.A.D. attended the show on its closing day.

Margaret Moore of Moore Antiques, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has added unusual Quimper pottery to her inventory. Both of these pieces date from the 1930s. The fish flower holder was $450, and the small Odetta porringer, $295.

Warren Wright of Fine Art Concepts, Lincolnshire, Illinois, said a lot of people looked at and liked Canoe Fisherman, this oil on board by T. Bilek. The 20" x 24" (sight size) painting was $650.

With the show’s long and strong connections in North Carolina and Virginia, it’s not surprising that 70% of the 79 dealers at the Raleigh show were from North Carolina and Virginia. Dealers coming from outside the South traveled from Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.

Querying dealers about sales yielded a few intriguing findings. Many dealers who offered furniture sold furniture. Most sales were for tables and chairs, but at least one North Carolina linen press, two cupboards, and a circa 1810 Charleston sideboard changed hands. Sterling silver hollowware, traditional paintings, and Pennsylvania fraktur also did well.

This late 18th-century dovetailed Pennsylvania Windsor dough box with a scrubbed top, original red paint, and box stretchers was once owned by Ted Hayward of Yankee Smuggler Antiques. John Cooper of Antiques & Folk Art at Wilmington in Wake Forest, North Carolina, had it for sale at $2900. The pantry boxes, most with original paint, ranged from $325 to $595 each.

George Meekins of Country Treasures, Preston, Maryland, said that he sold this Berks County, Pennsylvania, dry sink 20 years ago. He recently bought it back and had it priced at $2800. The German Easter eggs from the 1940s and ’50s ranged in price from $50 to $125. Meekins remarked that the show was “outstanding—just like the old days.”

Sale successes varied. The show has the reputation for selling more primitives and country antiques. Dealers in jewelry and designer handbags said their sales were sluggish.

Clock sales initially also fell behind expectations for Jeff and Sue Ade of Dovetail Antiques, Williamsburg, Virginia. But that changed later in the day. When asked about the one item that generated the most interest but remained unsold, Jeff quickly pointed to a late 18th-century English oak tall-case clock. Its most unusual feature, located at the top of the dial, was a small carved and gilded female figure that moved from side to side. “As the pendulum swings left, she turns right,” said Jeff. Its eight-day time-and-strike movement worked perfectly. The Ades asked $5495. After potential customers Connie and Charles B. Upshaw III of Raleigh arrived, Jeff removed the bonnet and opened the cabinet door. When I returned to the booth 20 minutes later, Sue Ade was preparing a sales receipt for the Upshaws. The “dancing lady” clock had a new home.

Robert and Deanna Taylor of Taylor Antiques and Estates, Aylett, Virginia, sold at least three furniture items at Raleigh: a North Carolina linen press, a mahogany server, and a Virginia tea table with a dish top. This inlaid games table, possibly made in Boston, was $3750. At center is a circa 1870 Wedgwood serving bowl decorated with a knife and fork ($395), flanked by a pair of circa 1876 Krause candleholders ($1250). Beneath is a Copeland majolica grape server ($1100).

Charles Casper of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had this Japanese or Chinese champlevé bronze Arts and Crafts lamp with a silk undershade for sale at $1100. Casper rewired the lamp with a correct period silk cord. “The lamp never had glass in the shade,” said Casper.

Of the dealers who purchased from other dealers, Eddie Tatum may have made the best buy. He paid $225 for a Moravian decorative ceramic bottle in matte green glaze that Tatum suspects was made by Salem, North Carolina, master potter Rudolph Christ in the early 19th century. It has an upturned spout reminiscent of the Moravian turtle-form bottle that sold at Mebane in 2009 for $100,000 (see M.A.D., February 2010, p. 29-C). Tatum is sending it to auction at Crocker Farm, Sparks, Maryland, where he expects it to bring $4000/6000.

For more information on the Raleigh and Richmond Antiques Extravaganzas, visit the website ( or phone (336) 924-8337 or (336) 924-4359. Visitors unfamiliar with the North Carolina State Fairgrounds are urged to check the Extravaganza website for directions. There is always something going on at the fairgrounds in addition to the Extravaganza. Knowing beforehand how to navigate to the Exposition Center is important.

Nadine Vukovich of Burlap Roses Etc., Wake Forest, North Carolina, was selling a wooden Romanian cart ($335), a wicker plant stand ($48), and a maple plank-seat chair ($150).

Jewelry dealer Maxine Wolff Shapiro of Richmond, Virginia, is enthusiastic about the work of contemporary jeweler Elizabeth Locke of Virginia. Locke uses ancient Roman and Etruscan molds for the glass inserts in her 19k gold jewelry. Clockwise from upper left, a bloodstone sphinx pendant/brooch ($4900), orange horse and chariot earrings ($4500), blue drop earrings ($3400), and a ring ($1950).

Originally published in the June 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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