Discerning Collectors Demand Rarity in Dallas

  • DALLAS, Texas
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  • November 16, 2012

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M.S.Rau Antiques Booth at the 2012 DALLAS International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Laura Bierner

Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Brings World-Class Exhibitors and Rare Collections to Texas.

From simple pleasures to ultimate luxuries, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show offered all who attended, the opportunity to purchase their very own piece of history. The show welcomed thousands of dealers, designers and collectors from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, and from around the world, to the third annual event that featured a diverse roster of more than 60 international exhibitors. The five-day event took place at the Dallas Market Hall and showcased many historical works of art, while also introducing emerging artists.


The show opened its doors on Thursday, November 8 for a private Opening Night Preview Party honoring the Texas Cultural Trust. Guests of the Opening Night Preview Party were greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres while they admired the massive transformation of the Dallas Market Hall. Local attendees were amazed at the visually pleasing renovation that the show brought to the venue, which included the addition of lavish white-carpeted aisles, beautiful floral arrangements and striking felted hard walls throughout.

Brenner Valdez Antiques & Interior Design
Laura Bierner


“We could not believe that we were standing in the Dallas Market Hall,” stated Mark Kingsley, long-time Dallas resident and avid American art collector. “Not only was the décor breathtaking, but the caliber of galleries that were represented here were remarkable.”


Discerning collectors demand rarity, and the exhibitors at the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show offered guests the exclusive opportunity to step into their individual world of expertise, one booth at a time. Attendees were awed by the dealers’ collections, which often reflected personal relationships with the artist or designer they represented. The show truly offered something for everyone, as all genres were present on the show floor, including European and American art, fine antiques, art deco furniture, rare and important diamonds, Chinese porcelain, estate jewelry, majolica, fine textiles and more.

2012 Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Laura Bierner


Exhibitor Colm Rowan of Colm Rowan Fine Art commented, “The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show was a very good show for us to meet collectors and prospective clients as well as reassure us that the art market is still viable and in demand.” Dallas was the American debut of the Masterworks of Ken Hamilton (www.kenhamiltonmasterworks.com) presented by Rowan and several of the masterpieces were purchased by Texas collectors.


Dealers, designers and collectors alike agreed that the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show has become an integral part of establishing Dallas as a prominent cultural arts destination.


Many of Dallas’ cultural, civic and business leaders, including American real estate magnate, Harlan Crow, attended the show throughout its five-day tenure at the Dallas Market Hall. Other notable guests included Connie and Denny Carreker, Alan May, Patricia Meadows, Patsy Donosky, Linda Gibbons, Gail and Dan Cook, Capera Ryan, Randall Goss and Kara Peterson, Dana and Lee Moore, Anne Stodghill, Liz and Ralph Perry-Miller, Ginger and Doug Simmons, Patty Jo and John Turner, Sherry Hayslip and Cole Smith.


The inclusion of a Designer Showcase that featured room vignettes incorporating fine arts and antiques into todays lifestyles, designed by local Dallas interior designers, was another treat to guests at the show. The opportunity for people to visualize pieces, in home-like settings, allowed for a greater appreciation of the merchandise available.


“The show was elegant and deliberate, with thoughtfully selected dealers spanning many different genres from Asian antiquities to Americana art,” stated interior designer John Bobbitt. “This is just what Dallas needs. The breadth of collections at this show offered many of my clients the opportunity to own some of the world’s finest tresures.”


This year’s show was additionally enhanced by partnerships with leading charitable organizations and institutions including Texas Cultural Trust, Texas Women for the Arts, Kimbell Art Museum, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, DIFFA Dallas, Nexus Recovery Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and TACA. These institutions inspired conversation and attendance to the show, while raising awareness for their causes and the local Dallas/Ft. Worth communities. 


Steven Fearnly of J.S. Fearnley  said, “In true Palm Beach Show Group fashion, The Dallas Show was well-organized, refined and vastly promoted. I hope that next year’s show can build on this year for the future and for Dallas.”


New York based Rehs Galleries sold many paintings from their collection, including that of Francesco Bergamini (Fl. 1890-1915) titled “An Alter Boy’s Sermon” to a local Dallas collector.


Steven Beale, Director of Trinity House (New York and London) said of his experience at the show, “We are happy with the Dallas Show. We sold works by Alex de Andreis and built many lasting relationships with serious collectors.”


Rosaria Varra of R&A International (Miami) commented that her experience was positive and that sales were strong. “We sold many magnificent diamond pieces. Jewelry buyers were from Canada to the West Coast and they were in the market for special estate pieces. For me, this show was a success.”


Additional sales reported at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show include the following:


Specific Fine Art Sales:

Rehs Galleries sold an oil on canvas from Francesco Bergamini (Fl. 1890-1915) titled “An Alter Boy’s Sermon” to a local Dallas collector. Colm Rowan Fine Art sold several, oil on board modern masterpieces by Irish painter Ken Hamilton. Trinity House Paintings sold an oil on board painting Le Jouers de boules by Alex de Andreis (Belgian 1871-1939) valued at $24,000. Haynes Fine Art sold several British paintings including “Children at Water’s Edge” by Robert Gemmell Hutchison (1860-1936) valued at $65,000. King Art reported multiple sales including that of a pair of John George Brown paintings to a Dallas area collector. Robert E. Alker Fine Art sold an oil on canvas Texas Landscape by Porfirio Salinas. The Englishman reported the sale of a beautiful English landscape painting by William Meadows. Tomlinson Antiques sold a pair of 18th century venetian watercolors.


Noteworthy Jewelry Sales:


J.S. Fearnley sold a  Henry Dunay necklace consisting of over 60 carats of pave diamonds. M.S. Rau Antiques reported the sale of a very important Victorian Micromosaic Swan pendant. Sherry’s of Boca Raton sold good selection of hand-crafted pieces including an 18 karat rose gold and diamond ring and a pearl and black diamond necklace. Muzeion  sold a pair of ancient Luccia earrings. Past Era Antiques reported the sales of two beautifully ornate Georg Jensen pins. R&A International sold a magnificent 16 carat pave diamond and yellow gold link bracelet as well as a pair of stunning 6 carat diamond and pearl earrings with matching ring. Benchmark of Palm Beach sold a special David Webb ring.


Other Sales Highlights:


A.B. Levy sold an ornate Rene Lalique vase, circa 1930.Alexander Gallery sold the original 1797-98 United States Budget signed by Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of Treasury under John Adams – ink on paper, bound in contemporary marble paper for an undisclosed price.  Brenner Valdez Antiques reported multiple antique furniture and crystal sales. Charles L. Washburne Antiques sold a very rare minton teapot and several special Austrian animal decanturs to a renowned Dallas collector. Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge sold a intricate set of 12 Chinese trade watercolors. French Country Living sold several beautiful items including an 18th century French carved wooden panel with a hunt scene motif as well as an ornate crystal chandelier circa 1790.Made In Russia sold many Russian Icons including a large iconostasis of Mary and an icon of the Deities – Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist. Imperial Fine Books sold the complete works of Robert Louis Stevenson to a Texas collector. Antique map exhibitor Charles Edwin Puckett of Akron, OH sold several wonderful maps and medieval manuscripts. A few specific sales include a rare map of the State of Texas and several woodcut manuscripts. Zane Moss Antiques sold many pieces of antique furniture, including a tufted leather ottoman with original brass wheels circa 1890, a shopkeeper cabinet with writing on all the drawers circa 1890, and a rosewood lady desk circa 1880. Asiantiques reported the sales of a special tea dust vase and several Chinese snuff bottles. Only Authentics sold a limited edition Kieselstein-Cord crocodile handbag with a gold-washed signed clock valued at $11,000.Roger D. Winter Ltd. sold a special pair of rose medallion lamps. Rumi Antiques sold a mid 18th century Italian olive wood commode circa 1750 and an Italian neoclassical painted and parcel gilt cabinet circa 1780 with original paint. Jesse Davis Antiques sold seven kennel portraits from the estate of Viscountess Kemsley circa 1930 as well as many fine rare majolica pieces.


With more than a decade of show experience, The Palm Beach Show Group has made a name for themselves as a one of the leading full-service upscale show production companies in the world. The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show was no exception.  


“The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show proved to be a remarkable show that brought impressive international dealers together to put Dallas on the map as a must-attend art destination,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “I am extremely proud of the extraordinary support that we received, the dealers that we hosted, and the show that we produced in Dallas this year. The response to the show was extremely positive and we look forward to building on the foundation that we have established in Dallas in 2013."


The Palm Beach Show Group is the largest, independently owned art, antique and jewelry show producers in the world. The Group operates several of the largest, most prestigious antique shows including the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (Feb. 15-19, 2013), widely recognized as the largest show of its kind in the United States; the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (Feb 7-11, 2013), the LA Art Show (Jan. 23-27, 2013), the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (Aug. 22-25, 2013) and will introduce the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show in January 2014.


For more information regarding the third annual Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show or for specific images of sold items listed above, please contact Laurie Long at 561.822.5440 or laurie@palmbeachshow.com. The fourth annual Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place November 7-11, 2013 at the Dallas Market Hall.

Laurie Long
Palm Beach Show Group

Palm Beach Show Group
500 N Dixie Hwy
Lake Worth , Florida
About Palm Beach Show Group

Recognized as the nation’s leading producer of premiere jewelry, art and antique shows, the Palm Beach Show Group owns and operates the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (February 15-19, 2013), widely recognized as the largest show of its kind in the United States, as well as the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (August 23-26, 2012), the DALLAS International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (November 8-12, 2012), and the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (February 7-11, 2013) in Downtown Naples, Florida. For additional information about the Palm Beach Show Group please visit www.palmbeachshow.com. Media inquiries please contact Laurie Long at 561-822-5440 or laurie@palmbeachshow.com.

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