- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:00
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Following up with last week’s column on the Washington Winter Show, this week I want to describe some of the pieces offered for sale. One of the greatest finds at the show, and I might add one of my favorite pieces, was a Philadelphia tilttop table made Circa 1825 by that city’s greatest neo-classical artisan, Anthony Gabriel Quervelle.
The wood was mahogany, with exquisite marquetry across the top, and Quervelle’s signature paw feet with acanthus leaf carving and heavy gadrooning. It was offered for $6,500 by Priscilla Boyd Angles, a Philadelphia dealer, and it sold on Saturday.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:00
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This past Saturday we made a family trip to the Washington Winter Show at the Katzen Center at American University. It is the pre-eminent annual antiques show in the mid-Atlantic region, and this year’s offerings were especially fine. Forty-four eminent dealers from across the country came with their finest wares, all arranged in spectacular booths on three floors of the center.
Each year the show features an exhibit of scholarly proportions at the entrance to the dealers’ displays. The theme this year was entitled, “Georgetown: Over 200 Years of Style,” which featured the collection of the Peter Family at their mansion Tudor Place, one of the greatest neo-classical buildings to survive from the founding of the Nation’s Capital.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 00:00
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A couple acquired this cradle at an antique shop in Pennsylvania many years ago. It is pine, and has been refinished. They have made it into a magazine rack, almost like a canterbury, but have retained the essentials in order that it could be returned to its original purpose. Happily, the rockers were not removed, but stabilized by having flat boards sistered to them. These are removable without serious effort should a future owner wish to reconvert to the baby-rocking purpose.
The cradle dates to the middle of the nineteenth century, and probably came from Pennsylvania or another Mid-Atlantic state. It has good, traditional lines, and undoubtedly was a home for many babies over the years. We have a similar one, although it is walnut, which my mother purchased at an antique shop in the Shenandoah Valley, and which she too used for magazines.
My good wife refitted it when we were expecting our first child, and he and later his sister, found it to be quite commodious
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:46
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This photograph album comes from a gentleman who purchased it at an antique shop in Georgetown over 50 years ago. The shop, known as “Miss Melinda’s Antiques” was on K Street, underneath the elevated Whitehurst Freeway. It bears the name, “Harding’s Patent Photograph Album” with patent dates of March 8th, 1853, May 14th, 1861, which was extended in 1868.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 00:00
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This week a writer wants to know about her cloisonné vase, which has been in her family for over a century. It is 13 inches high, and the finish is brilliant oxblood, with overall floral decoration. It is totally unmarked as to country of origin.
Unfortunately, many years ago the vase fell to the floor, resulting in a smash on the lower side, and leaving the enamel badly scarred. The damage appears in the photograph. Her particular point of inquiry concerns whether she will damage the vase by having it drilled to make into a table lamp.