The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, porcelain, Asian art, and more, dating from antiquity through the 20th century.
Opening night started the show with a flurry of sales including a piece of Paul Revere silver, an 8.9 carat emerald cut diamond ring, a 19th century French surgeon's kit, several Russian pieces and a giant carriage clock, all from New Orleans-based M.S. Rau.
Steve Newman sold a beautiful Jose de Creeft sculpture circa 1940 titled, "Standing Woman."
Berry & Co. parted with a multitude of silver pieces, including a Turkish-style Gorham sterling silver coffee pot while Larry Dalton sold a mini sterling silver carriage clock, circa 1890, in its original leather traveling case.
Marvin Baer, owner of Marvin Baer's The Ivory Tower says, "Sales were brisk and we sold a lot of Japanese Imari and Fukagawa."
On day two, Jim Alterman of Jim's of Lambertville, also known as "Jimmy the Booth Buyer," purchased an entire booth of important sculpture, including two Auguste Rodin pieces, "Suzon" and "Tete de Muse Tragique," an Emile Gauguin sculpture titled "Marquisian Man" and an extremely rare Leo Laporte-Blairsy Art Nouveau lamp, "Les Paons," that was first exhibited at the 1901 Societe des Artistes Francais.
"This show has energy," said New York City dealer Leah YM. "There are certain shows that you can't rock and roll in, but you can here - you can rock and roll from a hundred dollars to a million dollars."
At the end of Friday's show, several high-profile collectors made significant purchases that spanned the categories of furniture, sculpture, antiquities, fine art and silver.
Second-day sales included the first sugar muffineer ever made by Georg Jensen (no. 1). Drucker Antiques offered the unique, hand-hammered sterling silver muffineer with a beautiful poppy motif raised from the inside.
David Brooker Fine Art sold 14 paintings all to new clients, a majority of which were marine paintings.
Stevens Antiques sold two good sets of bronze andiron.
Zane Moss Antiques found buyers for many pieces, including a burled walnut pedestal desk circa 1860, a mahogany canterbury circa 1860, a leather-topped tufted walnut stool circa 1880, a Staffordshire pair of sheep circa 1860, a wonderful black forest coat rack with antler hooks and a dog head carving circa 1900, a pair of brass lamps circa 1880 and an Edwardian inkwell circa 1890.
Over the weekend, institutional buyers and private collectors continued to stream in. John Orban Antiques and Fine Art sold a very rare and important pair of George III terrestrial and celestial globes by John and William Cary of London circa 1839 and 1818, each measuring 15" in diameter, with an asking price of $85,000.
Among the 70 antiquarian booksellers, Russack & Loto Books, LLC, sold an unusual early 20th century design book for French hotel interiors that had great photographic images.
Kevin T. Ransom Bookseller sold a signed first edition Robert Frost book, entitled "In the Clearing."
A Wedgwood Victoria Wear bowl gilded in bronze, circa 1900, left the booth of Reichner Antiques.
Spencer Marks, Ltd. found a buyer for a very important sterling silver Art Nouveau coffee and tea set by Orivit, a significant German metalware firm that only made silver for a few years between 1901 and 1904. There is an identical example of the service in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.
Carlson & Stevenson Antiques and Art sold an album done in 1877 in Rome showing illuminated manuscript skills and forms, and a set of five late 19th/early 20th century carved wooden puppets. In addition, they received interest from an academic institution in some of their 19th century hand-done copy books.
Phillips Galleries sold a beautiful sailboat painting titled, "Dream in Honfleur," by Duaiv.
Robert Milberg Antiques sold an Art Deco Austrian painting circa 1920 and a very good antique Turkish Oriental rug circa 1870.