- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:00
- Published on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:00
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Following up with last week’s column on the Washington Winter Show, this week I want to describe some of the pieces offered for sale. One of the greatest finds at the show, and I might add one of my favorite pieces, was a Philadelphia tilttop table made Circa 1825 by that city’s greatest neo-classical artisan, Anthony Gabriel Quervelle.
The wood was mahogany, with exquisite marquetry across the top, and Quervelle’s signature paw feet with acanthus leaf carving and heavy gadrooning. It was offered for $6,500 by Priscilla Boyd Angles, a Philadelphia dealer, and it sold on Saturday.
This year the show drew 44 dealers from all over the country and abroad, including Janice Paull, an English lady who has been in the antiques business for 50 years, starting as a youngster with her parents. She offered a superb collection of porcelain and pottery pieces, as well as some fine English furniture.
Each year the show is a learning experience for everyone, whether the newest amateur collector or the most sophisticated connoisseur. This year one of the exhibits featured the frame of a fine eighteenth-century Chippendale sofa. The exposed wood was mahogany, and the secondary wood was yellow pine. Seeing it stripped of all fabric and stuffing gave one the opportunity to understand how the wood was joined and held together.
This year the show also featured many outstanding Scandinavian antiques, characterized by their muted, painted finishes. Dawn Hill Antiques from New Preston, CT displayed some of the best Swedish antiques I have seen at any show in recent years.
This genre has remained relatively undiscovered in the United States, but that situation will change as its popularity increases.
The show is a wonderful experience each year, but for the many devotees of the world of antiques, the retirement of Gary Young of Centreville, MD, whose booth always was the first to greet those coming through the doors, has demonstrated that he truly is irreplaceable. If you missed the show this year, it is not too early to put next year’s on your calendar.
This coming Saturday I look forward to seeing many of our Northern Neck readers at the St. Clement’s Island Museum Appraisers Fair. Each year it is always a treat to see the fine pieces that our Northern Neck and Southern Maryland collectors bring to the Fair.