Preview Highlights of This Weekend's ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show Online

  • October 05, 2020 11:34

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From Jeff R. Bridgman, 31 stars arranged in a rare variation of the “great star” pattern, with the word "California" painted in the stripes, a pre-civil war flag, California statehood, 1850 - 1858, part of a series of these flags, thought to have been used at the Wigwam convention (the 1860 Republican national convention) in Chicago.
Corner chairs marry form and function used at a desk, for reading, or tucked in the corner. Elliott & Grace Snyder Antiques will exhibit this circa 1770 example from Northeastern Massachusetts with beautifully designed hearts in each of the splats unique carved appliqués on the arms.
Karl Knaths (1891-1971) was known as one of America's leading modernists. He drew inspiration from the natural environment in which he lived. "HARBOR MOON, PROVINCETOWN" is an excellent example being offered by Garvey Rita Art & Antiques
From David & Donna Kmetz, American Paintings, Alice Marion Curtis (1847 - 1911) Gloucester, oil on canvas, 12" x 20". Born in Boston, Alice Marion Curtis studied with William Morris Hunt, Frank Duveneck and Charles Woodbury.
Twig chairs made their way to English gardens in the 18th century via China. A lovely example of an English wooden twig armchair from 1800 will be available from Barbara Israel Garden Antiques.
In 1971, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened the exhibition Abstract Design in American Quilts which included an Amish quilt. The graphic design of this "Crazy Star" Amish quilt from Olde Hope Antiques feels modern.
As specialists in Canton, Mellin's Antiques can dispel the myth that Canton is “better” or “older” if the color is deep blue. The color of the decoration has no bearing on the quality, age or value of the porcelain. Mellin's Antiques will be offering the rarest style of basket and stand, a diamond reticulated pattern with applied flower rosettes and loop handles.
From A BIRD IN HAND, a ship's captain portrait. Possibly by Thomas Chambers (1808 - 1869 ). Painted in the first half of the 19th century. Oil on canvas, 29” wide x 34” high.
From John Chaski Antiques, English Creamware Pitcher, possibly at the Leeds Pottery, circa 1765. Featuring a verse associated with radical politician John Wilkes.
Green is the color of nature. This impressive green glazed English creamware teapot & cover includes details from nature in the form of flower heads, leaves, and grapes. From Swinton, Yorkshire, circa 1777, this work will be for sale from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge.

Following a successful virtual spring show, the Antiques Dealers' Association of America (ADA) is looking forward to hosting the annual ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show online in the year of their 35th anniversary. The online show opens at 10 am October 9 and continues through 10 pm on October 12 at EST at The ADA members are professional antiques dealers dedicated to integrity, honesty, and ethical conduct in the antique trade. This will be the ninth online show that the ADA has hosted on its proprietary platform. The organization was an innovator in the format, first offering it in 2014 and building upon the online show's navigability and ease of use ever since. The ADA/Historic Deerfield Online Antiques Show will feature 55 dealers sharing significant works ranging from the 17th to the 20th centuries for browsing and buying, showing the international influences of Europe and Asia, with others distinctly embodying American material culture. 

The thrill of the chase, buying a piece of history, becoming part of an object's story, or merely seeking a one-of-a-kind piece are traits inherent in buyers and collectors of antiques and art. The marketplace has a growing audience of new buyers drawn to antiques. In recent years, a wave of younger buyers identified as "grandmillennials" or "New Traditionalists" has surfaced, ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s. In ADA's April online show, 22% of the nearly 10,000 visitors were under 44 years old, and 84% of visitors were new to the platform. Grandmillenials are described by 29-year old Manhattan-based interior designer Ariel Okin as "someone who has an appreciation for the past and realizes the staying power of good, well-edited design while putting their own fresh spin on it to make it feel updated and unique." 

Though the annual October show's traditional bricks and mortar format has changed this year, the ADA guarantee has not: everything in the marketplace is guaranteed as represented or your money back. "The guarantee is what we stand for," ADA president Steven S. Powers said, "And it presents a unique buying opportunity in this pandemic era. Buying antiques and art online is fraught with barriers. Our goal is to break those down and create a comfortable environment where buyers can interact with the utmost reputable dealers and know that what they are purchasing is both extraordinary and authentic." 

The online show will be navigable by collecting category, by individual dealer, or a randomized feed. Expect to find more than 1,000 objects representing the best in American (and some European) antiques, fine art, folk art, Americana, Native American, and other decorative arts. Purchasing is accomplished by independently communicating with the dealer via phone, text, or email, with the seller's contact information prominently visible alongside the descriptions and prices in the item listing. 

Several themes available to explore via the ADA dealers and this show are politics and patriotism in a presidential election year, Native Americans material culture, nature's influence and inspiration, and as always with antiques and art, new discoveries.

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