Maine Antique Digest

February 2012

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ber of home sites beginning in the basement of the Woodstock Inn, now called the garden room. The show spent a few years in Brattleboro and finally had a long tenure at the Wood- stock Elementary School, where it flourished before construction issues necessitated a move. The Mid Vermont Christian School in Quechee welcomed the Cabin with open arms, and the show has been held there ever since. Cabin Fever has had an inter- Johnstone, a longtime exhibitor, posted this little ditty at one of the shows, "It Always Snows at Fraser's Shows." Well she almost got it right except for the sunny spring-like days. Cabin Fever dealers always come through no matter what Mother Nature throws at them, and so, it seems, do the customers. Greg assures me that the same group of great country dealers will be back at the Cabin on Presidents' Day weekend, Sat- urday, February 18. Many of the dealers are VermontADA mem- bers. The show hours remain the same, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the luncheon put on by and for the benefit of the senior class prom- ises to be tasty. The Cabin Fever Antiques Show is a wonderful break from the monotony of winter. For more information, contact the manager, Greg Hamilton, at (802) 877-3359 or (802) 989- 1158 or check out the show's ad on page 10-D. I leave you with a quote from the show: "A good antique warms the soul, espe- cially in February." Mary Fraser Lectures, Meetings, Seminars, Etc. RUSHLIGHT CLUB The Rushlight Club spring meeting will be held in Har- risonburg,Virginia,April 27-29. The meeting will be centered on two lighting auctions at the Jef- frey Evans Auction Gallery and five lectures. On Friday, April 27 at the Jef- frey Evans Auction Gallery in Mt. Crawford,Virginia, five lec- tures will be presented. Jeff Evans will speak on "From Boston to Bedford—Early Lighting of the Mt. Washington Glass Co. and their Contempo- raries"; Marianne Nolan and Chuck Leib will talk on wick picks; Heinz Baumann will talk on Vienna burners; Mel Zaloudek will talk on lanterns, highlighting lanterns from the Phil Sullivan collection, to be auctioned on Sunday; and William H. McGuffin will give a seminar on how to photograph your collection. the Phil Sullivan collection, to be auctioned on Sunday. That there will be a preview of the second half of the Meyer collec- tion, to be auctioned on Satur- day. This collection comprises early kerosene lighting and related parts and accessories; an advanced collection of primitive lighting, including tin, iron, and wood; and a variety of other glass lighting devices spanning the whale oil to kerosene period. Attendees may also preview From 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Mary The "Cabin" has had a num- collection consists of 900-plus lanterns of all types, an exten- sive reference and research library, related ephemera, and other materials. He also has a wonderful collection of candle molds. esting weather history. We have seen it all—snowstorms, ice, freezing temps, sunny skies, and even mud before the MVCS parking lot was paved. of the Meyer collection will be auctioned, starting at 9:30 a.m. and lasting until about 3 or 4 p.m. Lunch for purchase will be available at the gallery. On Sun- day, about 600 lots of the Phil Sullivan collection will be sold, starting at 9:30 a.m. and going to about 3 or 4 p.m. Lunch will be on your own but will be available at the gallery for pur- chase. profit organization founded in 1932. Its purpose is to stimulate an interest in the study of early lighting devices and lighting fuels. Dues for membership are $35 annually. Membership includes an educational publica- tion, The Rushlight, printed quarterly, and a newsletter, The Flickerings, also printed quar- terly. The newsletter contains pertinent information about the club, including details about the three meetings held each year, news about members, and infor- mation about other lighting clubs and their meetings. Membership information is available from the correspon- ding secretary, Rose Homberg, 4508 Elsrode Avenue, Balti- more, MD 21214-3107, or the Rushlight Club Web site (www. an Appraisal Show on February 18 at the Crowne Plaza Provi- dence-Warwick Airport Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This first event of its kind for the public television station, the Rhode Island PBS Antiques Discovery & Appraisal Show provides an opportunity for peo- ple all over New England to bring an object of unknown or uncertain value to an accredited appraiser for a written appraisal. Those two features—a written appraisal by an accredited appraiser—distinguish the Antiques Discovery & Appraisal Show from other antiques appraisal events in the region. Throughout the day, while folks are in line for their written appraisals, Richard Conti and other accredited appraisers— Elizabeth Clement, Elizabeth Clement & Associates, LLC; Roger Durkin, Durkin Valuation Consultants; Leonard R. Polivy, Gordon Brothers Group; and Peter Sorlien, Peter Sorlien and Associates—and event sponsor Steven Fusco of Estates Unlim- ited, Inc., will be mingling in the crowd, searching for "hid- den" treasures. Whether discov- eries are made in line or in the formal appraisal area, TV pro- ducer and show host Brian Scott-Smith will be there with the WSBE camera crew to cap- ture the moment. Those stories will be edited together with additional footage to create a television special that will air on WSBE's two channels, Rhode Island PBS and Learn. One $65 ticket permits one written appraisal for one item and admits the ticket holder and one guest. There is a choice of ANTIQUES DISCOVERY & APPRAISAL SHOW Rhode Island PBS will host Antiques Discovery & The Rushlight Club is a non- On Saturday, the second half three admission times, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., with tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Buying or selling is not permitted at the event. appraisers are volunteering their time and expertise. Tickets are available on line (www.ripbs. org/antiques), and ticket pro- ceeds benefit WSBE Rhode Island PBS. of Art will present "Edward Hopper: In His Own World" by Deborah Forman on Saturday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at the museum, located on the grounds of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, Massachusetts. Hopper, who is best known for his urban scenes, was a seasonal resident of Cape Cod for more than 30 years. Although he lived not far from the Provincetown art colony, he remained apart from that busy scene. True to his reserved personality, he pre- ferred the quiet of secluded Truro. Deborah Forman, author of Perspectives on the Province- town Art Colony, a history of the art colony, will discuss Hop- per's art, his city paintings and his views of Cape Cod, their mood and their meaning. Admission to the lecture is $15; free for CCMA members with additional membership in Friends of CCMA. Refresh- ments will be served following the program. Reservations are strongly recommended; call (508) 385-4477, ext 7. COLLECTING STUDIO CERAMICS The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will present a slide lecture by Ulysses G. Dietz, senior curator at the Newark (New Jersey) Museum, "From Art Pottery to Great Pots: Col- lecting Studio Ceramics with an Eye to History," focusing on the Newark Museum's comprehen- sive collection of 20th- and early 21st-century studio ceram- ics. The lecture will be held Monday, February 13, at 1 p.m. at the Bruce Museum in Green- wich, Connecticut. The term studio ceramics IN HIS OWN WORLD Friends of Cape Cod Museum Red Weldon Sandlin, Behind Quiet Veils of the Blue Willow, 2001. Gift of Susan Thayer Farago, 2001. tion of the idea that a pot could be a work of art. During the last century, ceramics, in general, have become more highly val- ued in the art world and conse- quently command higher prices. With a specialty in American material culture and decorative arts, Dietz has been the curator of over 100 exhibitions covering all aspects of the decorative arts from Colonial to contemporary. He is particularly proud of his work on the museum's 1885 Ballantine House, named a National Historic Landmark in 1985. The Ballantine House was transformed and reinterpreted between 1992 and 1994 with a groundbreaking installation, House & Home. articles on decorative arts drawn from the Newark Museum's nationally known collections of art pottery, studio ceramics, sil- ver, jewelry, and 19th-century furniture. His most recent publi- cations are Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930, from the Newark Museum (2009) and Dream House: The White House as an American Home (2009). The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is an educational nonprofit organization founded to promote the understanding of and appreciation for pottery and porcelain and to disseminate knowledge about the subject. Consider joining CCSC in these endeavors on February 13. Lec- ture reservations may be made by calling (203) 966-9291 or via e-mail . All are welcome; there is a nonmember fee of $20. refers to modern and contempo- rary ceramics made by artist- craftsmen using traditional methods rather than by work- men in a factory. The Newark Museum began to collect mod- ern ceramics when its first deco- rative arts exhibition, Modern American Pottery, was held in 1910. The exhibition—and the pieces acquired for the muse- um's one-year-old collection— included ceramics that were considered "artistic" at the time, ranging from pieces made by Grueby Pottery in Boston, to Louisiana-inspired ceramics made at the Newcomb Pottery, and painted bone china from New Jersey's Lenox Company. The museum continued to col- lect during the rise of the craft movement in the 1930's and through World War II. Dietz, curator of decorative arts since 1980, realized that he too had a mission to continue to collect modern pottery to honor the legacy of the past. From pio- neers such as Adelaide Alsop Robineau and Charles Fergus Binns to the newest voices in ceramic art, Newark's collecting mission documents the evolu- Dietz has published numerous EDWARD HOPPER: All GLEN RIDGE SHOW The annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show & Sale will open for its 66th consecutive year at the Glen Ridge Congre- gational Church, 195 Ridge- wood Avenue at Clark Street, Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The show, the second oldest in New Jersey, is sponsored by the Women's Association of the church and chaired by Norma Batastini, Ellen Auborn, and Kevin Curtin. Show hours are Friday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Verbal appraisals on portable items will be available for $4 per item (or photograph) on both days from 1 to 4 p.m. in the main room. The appraiser will be John Clark of Egg Har- bor Township, New Jersey. Admission to the show is $7, $5 for seniors or with card. For more information, call (973) 743-5596 or visit the Web site (www.glenridgeantiques. com). Society will host a multimedia lecture, "Masterpieces of Colo- nial New England Furniture," on Monday, March 5, at 1 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut. What makes a piece of furni- ture a "masterpiece"? Frank Levy, author and New York City dealer of American antiques and decorative arts, will explore this question through the examina- tion of the design details and unique histories of a group of 18th-century New England- made furniture pieces. The lecture offers a rare glimpse of furniture not often seen by the public because the pieces reside in private collections, smaller museums, and historic houses. Levy will also compare pieces made in the major port cities of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island, and those built at inland places, such as Hartford, Connecticut, and its environs. Craftsmen whose work will be discussed include John Goddard, Benjamin MASTERPIECES OF COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND FURNITURE The Greenwich APPRAISALS AT Antiques Gerhardt Tribal Art 33 N. Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 513-932-9946 This figure represents an ancestral female from the Abelam people of the highlands of New Guinea. Good form and paint. Collected by Countess Ingemar De Beausacq, then to JJ Klejman. 53". $6000. Maine Antique Digest, February 2012 7-A

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