Browse Art and Antique Finds In The Philadelphia Show With Tastemakers Martha Stewart, Michael Diaz-Griffith, Emma Bazilian and Others

  • April 27, 2021 10:48

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From QUESTROYAL FINE ART, Marsden Hartley, Roses. Oil on canvas, 18 5/16 x 14 3/8 in.
From EARLE VANDEKAR OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE, American Sailor's Woolwork Depicting Ten Naval Vessels Including Two Monitors, 1865. Wool; 26 x 31 1/4 x 1 in.

The 2021 Philadelphia Show continues online this week through Friday, April 30, showcasing over 1,000 works of art, antiques, and design from the country's finest dealers. Visitors to the show can return daily to explore new inventory offered by exhibiting dealers.

Three new Tastemakers, spotlighting picks from the show's exhibitors, have been added: Emma Bazilian (Schumacher's Content Director), Michael Diaz-Griffith (Executive Director of Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation) and Martha Stewart (Lifestyle Expert and Collector). Tastemakers are national and local friends of the show with a background or interest in design, antiques, or fine art. Tastemakers can be found here in the Curated section with the Themed Rooms.

From MODERNE GALLERY, George Nakashima, Special Double Pedestal Desk , 1971. Wood, 30 x 72 x 30 in. Cherry with 2 free sap edges. Provenance: Schnitzer collection.
From M. FINKEL & DAUGHTER, Harriet F. Hayden, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, 1817; sampler size 15 ½” x 16 ¼”; framed 20” x 20 ¾”.

Among Martha Stewart's selections is an ebonized cherrywood Herter Brothers table (1880) and a pair of marble and iron pedestals, "perfect for displaying plants," she says, from dealer Francis J. Purcell. Her tastes run towards a range of garden ornaments and furniture, from dealer Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, including a limestone flock of sheep by English artist and farmer Royston Clapp (1929-2009). "I would use this sculpture in the fields at my farm. The workmanship is beautiful and the group charming," she notes.

From BERNARD AND S. DEAN LEVY, An extremely rare oak, chestnut, maple and pine lift - top chest from Swansea, Massachusetts, now Warren, Rhode Island. Circa 1680.

Colorful shades figure large in Michael Diaz-Griffith's selections, from a circa-1845 portrait miniature of "spinster school teacher" Sarah E. Thurber (1832-1909) in a pink dress (from Elle Shushan) to a mustard-hued New England Grain-Painted Chest over Drawer, c. 1830, from Olde Hope Antiques. "A pop of yellow enlivens any interior," says Diaz-Griffith.

Coming from Schumacher – known for its luxury fabrics, wallcoverings, trims and pillows – Emma Bazilian's choices pick up on textural details, such as early American samplers and needlework from M. Finkel & Daughter. Visual depth shines in her selection of a 3-color gold locket (c. 1875). She says, of the dealer, "James Robinson was my gateway drug into the world of antique jewelry⁠ – I could spend hours browsing the exquisite collection in their New York shop. I love the unabashed 'pretty' of this locket. I'd wear it to a summer party with a flowy floral caftan!"  

From DAVID SCHORSCH AND EILEEN SMILES, Attributed to Sister Elvira Curtis Hulett, Shaker Knitted Rectangular Rug, Hancock, Massachusetts, circa 1890. Wool, mounted for wall hanging, 36 x 27 in.

See additional Tastemakers selections, including: David B. Devan, General Director and CEO, Opera Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania's Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and affiliated faculty in Latin American and Latino Studies, Cinema Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Honorary Show Chair Anne Hamilton and Show Steering Committee member Angela Hudson; Designer, Author, and Maximalist Studios Chief Content Creator Eddie Ross; Decorative Arts Trust Executive Director Matthew Thurlow; and Park House Guides at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

From THISTLETHWAITE AMERICANA, Portsmouth Thirteen Panel Chest, 1810. Mahogany with flame birch panels, whalebone escutcheons, and white pine secondary, 37 x 41 x 21 in.


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