Jill Fenichell, Inc., the entrepreneurial antique porcelain dealer, is doing two shows new to its roster. The firm last did the NY Pier in the early 1990s. “After all these years, we decided to give the Piers a try again,” Ms. Fenichell mentioned, saying that she has goods for collectors of all types. They will be on Pier 94 for the Stella Pier show, March 17 and 18, 2012.
Fenichell stepped away from antique shows for several years while getting her design firm, Bongenre.com, launched. “I wasn’t doing shows, but I was advising collectors; buying and selling privately and doing appraisals. Now that Bongenre.com is more secure, I felt pulled back toward doing antique shows again, but perhaps not with as narrow a focus as we used to have.”
As a nod to how entwined the antique and design world have become, Jill Fenichell, Inc. is also committed to doing the East Side Jewelry and Antiques Fair at the Lighthouse for the Blind, on East 59th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. This fair will be the first time retail clients can see Fenichell’s antique inventory mixed with her melamine and textile designs; Alphabet Pillows (A-Z with a History of the Decorative Arts twist); fashion accessories and custom china. “Admittedly, I’m not your run of the mill ceramic dealer, if there is such a thing,” said Fenichell. “I like it all – I like old; new; wild. I like best explorations of tactile surface; and very fully-realized motifs – even if they are minimal!” The Lighthouse show runs March 24-26.