Folk art made in New York City and New York State from the 19th and early 20th centuries is among the special material that Laura Fisher of NYC’s FISHER HERITAGE will exhibit at the new Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair.
This imaginative new venture features quality antiques and book dealers. It will take place at the new Brooklyn Expo Center at 79 Franklin Street (at Noble) in Greenpoint on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th from 10 am-5 pm, with a preview to benefit the Brooklyn Library on Friday evening September 12 from 7:30-9:30.
In recognition of the show’s inauguration in this newest New York cultural hub, Fisher has gathered textiles and folk art that represent the artistic variety and the continuity of excellence that has long emerged from artisans of New York State over centuries. The historic pieces demonstrate that creativity has always been a continuing and evolving aspect of cultural life in New York.
Among the pieces Fisher will bring are:
- A unique PRIZE RIBBONS QUILT embellished with 72 awards from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s given for poultry and farm products at – of all places! – Madison Square Garden
- A CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHS QUILT signed by pop culture figures who appeared on the earliest TV variety shows aired from New York City, signed by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Hoover, as well as Martin and Lewis, Gary Moore, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, and others collected by one of Jerry Lewis’ first Muscular Dystrophy telethon kids
- A “MOTTO HOOKED RUG designed by James and Mercedes HUTCHINSON of Brooklyn and Long Island, c.1940s with a droll inscription about spring’s passing and the coming of winter
- A LONG ISLAND JACQUARD COVERLET signed Edna Jane Howell, Riverhead, 1836, one of the earliest known area-made coverlets
- A MEMORIAL NEEDLEWORK by Agness Wilkins dated 1811 depicting Old St Patrick’s Cathedral in lower Manhattan, a rare example of a schoolgirl needlework from a working class girl’s academy
- An EMBROIDERED CANDLEWICK WHITEWORK BEDSPREAD signed by Hannah Horton and Cinderella Howell of Bayshore and Riverhead, Long Island, dated 1874.
- A LONG ISLAND FAMILY RECORD SAMPLER BY BETSEY HOWELL for her parents John and Eliza, dated 1837, members of a founding family of Suffolk County
- THE NEW YORK STATE SEAL “FEARLESS AND INDEPENDENT," a fine pristine Japanese export silkwork picture, c. 1890
- A NEEDLEWORK PICTURE SIGNED 1851 THE EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK, depicting the CRYSTAL PAVILION where the Bryant Park Reservoir stood, now the site of the NY Public Library
- CAMP AND TRADE BLANKETS manufactured by New York City’s BEACON MANUFACTURING COMPANY before they relocated office and factory to North Carolina
- JACQUARD COVERLETS MADE BY PROMINENT NEW YORK STATE WEAVERS – Archibald Davidson, Ithaca, New York; Harry Tyler, Jefferson County, NY; Jacob Impson, Cortland, NY; James Alexander, New Britain, York-- all double woven in wool and cotton around the mid- 19th century, and now quite collectible more some 165-170 years after they were made.
- NEW YORK CITY 1950S TABLECLOTHS imprinted with iconic tourist landmarks
- New York State-made quilts, and more…
Contact: Laura Fisher’s