We arrived at the Pier Antiques Show today to see a line waiting for cabs to leave the show. While there wasn’t a line to get in the show, it was crowded enough to have to not be able to walk around freely. Like most, we started with the Modernism section. “Modernism is dying fast,” my friend David Sokosh repeated (it’s become a mantra). “If you have anything, sell it now.”
The most crowded area seemed to be the “Americana and Decorative Art” area, which had some fashion booths at the far end. Here we found a mix of items from paintings and furniture, to tiles and perhaps most interestingly three taxidermied squirrels that have been mounted in baseball-playing positions. It was at a booth by HG Limited full of aluminum trays and roller skates that I mentioned the Chippendale-style chair made of aluminum by Alcoa that’s in the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. One aisle later a set of metal Windsor chairs appeared.
It was in classic and formal where the bulk of our time was spent. Here we met up with our friend David Smernoff, who seems to have sold a large portion of his booth Saturday (I hope he has enough for Sunday!) Easter Hill Antiques has what I may think of as the most typical look for an American antique booth, and it’s comfortable when you see at least one in a show.
Martin Chasin Fine Arts brought some great looking glass, and there’s an especially handsome tea caddy with Irish glass bottles and mixing bowl in his display case. But the favorite booth–and one that’s likely to launch a learning expedition is that of Joseph Topping, Portrait Miniatures. Not only did these knowledgeable dealers invite us into the world of miniature portraits, but launched a first look into full-length silhouettes. I should also mention that returning home and looking at auctions results for some of the silhouettes, the prices there seem fair.
If you haven’t plans, the Pier could be a great way to spend your Sunday.