Warmer January weather and extensive media coverage—from The New York Times to WQXR—helped send devotees of ceramics and glass to the 19th edition of The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair when the doors at Bohemian National Hall were flung open for their four-day run that started with an opening night preview on January 17th. Says Liz Lees, co-producer of the fair with Meg Wendy, "What was so gratifying this year was that the fair welcomed not only seasoned attendees but a whole new crop of first-time visitors. Word is out: There is always plenty to see, learn about and buy at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair!"
“We were particularly pleased with the large curator turn-out this year,” added Meg Wendy. “As is often the case, many pending sales are waiting for museum approval.”
This year, the fair showcased a collection of Philadelphia slipware that was discovered under the site of the Museum of the American Revolution.
As always, The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is a magnet that attracts curators from prominent museums across the country, including The White House, The American Folk Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Chipstone Foundation, The Frick Pittsburgh, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Chicago Institute of Art, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum, Daum Museum, Dunbarton Oaks, Drayton Hall, Hood Museum, The Mount Vernon Museum, The Neustadt Museum, The Newark Museum, The Peabody-Essex Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Corning Museum, the Mint Museum The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The New-York Historical Society, The Saint Louis Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum, Historic Deerfield Museum, Yale University Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Washington & Lee Museum, Colonial Williamsburg and Museum of Art & Design in New York.
Also seen shopping at the fair were interior designers such as Brian McCarthy, Ellie Cullman, Harry Heissmann, Roric Tobin, Bennett Weinstock, Marcy Masterson, Stephanie Stokes, Ann Payne, Ashley Whitaker, Christopher Spitzmiller, Ilene Wetson, Ronald Bricke, Judy Girod, and Dennis Rolland.
Among the reported sales were:
Robert Prescott Walker, of Polka Dot Antiques based in Waccabuc, N.Y., bid farewell to the Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Daffodil tile from a set of six very rare tiles byWalter Crane, Pilkington tile and sold a unique illustrated Staffordshire creamware teapot with “Sally Sikes Drinking Tea, 1780” inscribed on it.
Cambridgeshire dealer Martyn Edgell reported sales that include an agate ware teapot, a salt-glaze light house coffer and a large amount of mocha ware, while Garry Atkins from London reported that he sold an extremely fine and rare pair of Staffordshire white salt-glaze Figures of Doves, circa 1750, 17th century Delftware pieces
Collectors sought out Leslie Ferrin of the North Adams-based Ferrin Contemporary. “We had a great show - several of our young artists showing with us and at the fair for the first time, Crystal Morey and Evan Hauser had near sell-out show, as did the Australian Stephen Bowers whose Ming Meets Morris Meets Macropod was acquired by The Peabody Essex Museum. New Symbiosis! Lush Anthesis (Lioness), 2018 and Entangled Wonder: Diana with Doe, 2017 by Crystal Money; a vase by Peter Pincus, Stephen Bowers’ Camouflage Plate a large dandelion-patterned called Kettle and Round Stand, by Linda Sikora and Mara Superior’s whimsical blue-and white ceramic tiles, cups all went home with new buyers.
Jill Fenichell, Inc./Bespoke Porcelain Company in Brooklyn N.Y., was pleased to report that a selection of French porcelain sample plates were purchased up by collectors.
New York-based Leo Kaplan, Ltd. sold numerous floral patterned paperweights and a selection of 18th century English pottery.
Cliff Lee Porcelain in Stevens, Penn., sold to private collectors and museums with new people coming through his stand. Among the pieces sold were a celadon carved vase, a carved yellow hibiscus vessel and a yellow prickly melon vessel.
Newcomer Pascoe and Company, which featured Ardmore Ceramics from South Africa, was delighted to sell over a dozen pieces of this colorful one-of-a-kind pottery. “It was a fantastic first time experience for me,” said Ed Pascoe. “All the right people were here and it gave me an opportunity to meet serious collectors.”
Hideaki Miyamura, whose studio is based in Kensington, N.H., sold a number of vases and bottles in Blue Hare's Fur glaze, bronze glaze and sea foam blue glaze.
Katherine Houston’s signature porcelain fruits and vegetables were snapped up by a number of collectors.
At KPM Arts & Antiques, from Kensington Conn., the Detroit Institute of Art snapped up 4 Steuben pieces designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, from the 1930s with other objects such as a Steuben vase by Tom Patti and 19th century aesthetic movement plates and vases going to new collectors. “We were delighted to be part of the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair and look forward to returning next year,” said
Lucy Lacoste of her namesake gallery in Concord Mass. sold a moon jar vase by the Canadian ceramist John Reeves, and items by Hans Vangso, Mark Shapiro and several Warren McKenzie Button Boxes
Maria and Peter Warren Antiques of Sandy Hook, Conn. reported business was excellent and among the objects sold were a Fitzhugh platter, circa 1735, a Chinese export platter for the American market, a double salt-glaze tea caddy, 1750, and 19th century yellow ware.
At Moylan Smelkinson, The Spare Room, in Baltimore, Md., buyers were snapping up their paste and glass jewelry and early 19th century quizzing glasses.
First-time exhibitor Mariko Swisher, based in Lancaster Penn., reported that Antelope World, a green vase with cut-out figural work went to a new collector, while Elise Abrams, from Stockbridge, Mass., another newcomer, sold a Belgian vase with cameo cutting, by Val St. Lambert, circa 1910 and several pieces of glassware sold.
Martine Boston Antiques of Limerick, Ireland reported steady stream of buyers and good sales including 12 pieces by Christopher Dresser, Aesthetic period porcelain and several pieces of English Majolica.
Steady sales were the order of the day at Polly Latham Asian Art. Among the rarities that sold were a rare American Market Teapot with an unusual view of ship flying to America Flag and Firing a Canon Salute, circa 1800, a very rare American Market Teapot made by Mehetable Adams, circa 1790-1800, a Japanese Arita V.O.C. Charger, in the kraak-ware style with an insignia of the Dutch East India Company, circa 1680.
A late 19th century pair of Chinese export porcelain frogs at John Suval found a new home with a young couple.
Martha Rieger Ceramics, making her fair debut from Tel Aviv, sold numerous pieces from her Pomegranate series as well as a 70-piece ceramic wall installation to a prominent New York interior designer.
At Ian Simmonds, a collector picked up an important green seal bottle for Pyrmont Water, circa 1750. “I felt that there was wider and stronger interest from museums than usual,” said the Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based dealer.
Michael Wainwright, of Great Barrington Mass., sold his signature crystal slabs and reactive glaze bowls
A full set of 19th century French porcelain apothecary jars, a salt-glazed heart-shaped dish, numerous pieces of mocha ware sold at Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, USA.
The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is co-produced by Meg Wendy of MCG Events LLC and Elizabeth J. Lees Events. Next year’s fair will open with their early preview on
January 16th and run through January 20th. For more information visit, www.nyceramicsandglass.com