The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show once again saw excellent attendance numbers on Sunday, February 20 and dealers could not have been more pleased with the array of serious buyers that were shopping the show floor. Several high-profile collectors made significant purchases that spanned the categories of furniture, antiquities, fine jewelry, American art, marine art and photography.
"We've done a considerable amount of business," said Graham Arader of Arader Galleries. "The show has given us a wonderful opportunity to visit all of our friends in South Florida."
"We are thrilled with the traffic and with the interest from attendees in jewelry," said Greg Kwiat, CEO of Fred Leighton. "This is our first year at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show and we are very pleased and are looking forward to coming back for many years."
"This has been our strongest start in the past three years," adds Tony Haynes of Haynes Fine Art of Broadway. "Confidence has clearly returned."
Simon Teakle, Director of Estate Jewelry for Betteridge, also commented, "We've had a very successful show so far."
Sales highlights of the day include:
Arader Galleries sold several Audubon prints of birds, Gould prints of hummingbirds and Thornton prints of flowers.
With an asking price of $165,000, Michael Borghi Fine Art sold a Hans Hofmann painting titled Blue Symphony to a local collector.
McColl Fine Art sold several paintings, among which was a Jose Weiss painting titled Les lavandières, French, circa 1900.
Carlson & Stevenson Antiques sold an entire series of original art work from the childrens book, the Great Adventures of Winky and Rusty, American, circa the 1930s. The series includes 28 framed watercolors. In addition, they sold two extremely rare original watercolor spider web valentines, one is German in origin, circa 1801 and the second is American in origin, circa 1835.
Two paintings by Christiaan Lieverse, Celedon III and Tokyo, were sold by Villa Del Arte Galleries.
Larry Dalton sold a very rare French carriage clock with hand-painted porcelain panels, circa 1885. The clock is an hour repeater with an alarm and a gold-plated case.
Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge had several major sales during the second show day, including a set of fourteen 18th-century hand-colored engravings of botanicals completed by Georg Dionysius Ehret with the original hand coloring from Phytanthoza Iconographia, published by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, Regensburg, circa 1740. Johann Wilhelm Weinmann's' Phytanthoza was the first botanical book to utilize successfully color printed mezzotints for its illustrations of plants, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs. Other items which were sold by Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge include a number of important pieces of Chinese export porcelain - a pair of Chinese export Famille Rose sauce boats, circa 1765 and Chinese watercolors on pith paper from the 19th century.
Lynda Willauer Antiques sold a beautiful set of Georgian mahogany Chippendale chairs circa 1760, some Chinese export porcelain, a Swedish landscape painting and a pair of Staffordshire spaniels.
Vendome Inc. had an excellent second day, selling several important pieces, including a David Webb dragon cuff, a fancy intense 4.26 carat radiant-cut yellow diamond ring, a large pair of Art Deco emerald and diamond earrings, a pair of Schepps coral cufflinks and an 18k gold Gucci bracelet.
"Crowds have been great," said Bill Rau of M.S. Rau Antiques. "We've been as busy as we can be."
The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show runs Saturday, February 19 - Tuesday, February 22 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Hours are Saturday - Monday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include admission into the show's educational lecture series. For more information, please call 561.822.5440 or visit www.palmbeachshow.com