Twenty of the sixty dealers at the Fall International Antiques Fair are participating in the newest offering, Emporium. This focused grouping highlights Twentieth Century art, design and collectible antiques. Among the participating dealers are: Art Deco Emporium, Uber Modern, Broadway Antique Market, R. Ege Antiques, Century Guild Contemporary Arts, Randolph Street Market, Antiquecaneworld.com, The Next Antiquarians, Unearthed Gallery, Modern Décor, Crescent Worth Art and Antiques, Moss Studios, Inc. , Fair Trade, Inc, Three Friends and Zeeba Home, and Agostino’s Antiques and Fine Arts. A variety of painting, prints, jewelry, vintage clothing, sculpture, furniture and home décor are represented in this selection. Grouped in two long rows of booths, the Emporium dealers bustled about setting up for this evening’s preview of the show.
Art Deco Emporium holds a treasure trove of neon, including an angel, toaster and spidey in this corner booth captivating the eye from a distance. Uber Modern’s booth is dominated by a wooden modular bookcase along a back wall. Nestled upon one of the shelves were two sterling silver horn candle holders. On the pillars to left and right of the booth, the dealers have hung paintings, arranged to catch the visitor’s eye from all angles. Across the aisle, R. Ege Antiques booth includes a variety of objects and wall art that nods to the upcoming Halloween celebrations. On one wall hang two framed drawings of masks. Along the back wall, giant anatomy posters share wall space with lawn bowling balls and the face of an alien head. At the opposite end of the long booth, the wall holds a collection of horns and animal skull plaques. Tucked in the glass case opposite, a creepy cast skull sculpture and skull headed carved pipe bowls look out. Century Guild Contemporary Arts displays lithograhic prints by Gustav Klimt, a variety of rare posters, and the equally haunting Toten Tanz (“Dance of Death”) poster designed by Joseph Fenneker.
Randolph Street Market's group of collectors presents vintage coats, jewelry, hats and clothes as well as unique lamps and furniture. The collected canes of Antiquecaneworld.com have endless stories! Speaking with owner Gary Duras, about works dating from the 1880’s to 1899, revealed a realm of beautiful wood, ivory, porcelain, and sterling silver canes with a variety of fashion and functional purposes. The strangest by far was the industrial looking gadget cane from the latest end of the timeline that functioned as a traveling surgery kit for a doctor. The Next Antiquarians display a variety of portraits and landscape paintings and drawings among the various other antiques in their booth.
Unearthed Gallery features a wall of beautifully patinaed metal stars whose farming function has changed with time, but whose beauty as wall ornaments is timeless. The disintegrated design motifs shared by the lamp bases in the display speak to the modern art perspective of self-reflexive works while exhibiting some of the most unique discoveries of the dealer. Modern Décor pairs delicate palm jewelry with glass and earthen ware coil pots. Crescent Worth Art and Antiques pairs a giant work of the moon’s phases with antique globes, figure and landscape paintings and the wall of playful folk dolls that are part of a festival ball toss game.
Moss Studios, Inc. carries a range of industrial salvage furniture and décor items including fabulously weighty balanced ring base lamps, objects d’art formed of antiquated measures and wheeled railroad trestle tables. Fair Trade, Incorporated has a pair of beautiful Asian pillars, with distinctive carving and bold green color paired with ceiling moldings in the same style along with a variety of other classically aged signature pieces. Three Friends and Zeeba Home share a booth happily cluttered with a variety of African masks, unusual sculptures and furniture. Agostino’s Antiques and Fine Arts boasts glittering silver and gold works, including a pair of mustard pots in wrought silver over rich cobalt blue glass, landscapes of birds in gold on silver platters, and a grape vine candelabra or “vinora” as one visitor described the style.
The Collector’s Lounge of the Fall Antiques Fair is sponsored by Baker, and features a selection of the fine furniture line. The delicate combination of curves, modern simplicity, and eclectic accents by this fine furniture maker is considered the “antique of tomorrow” by senior vice president of consumer shows, Jennifer Woolford.
After the Blogger’s Breakfast and touring the show floor, this author paused in the Show Office. A quick look around revealed the dedicated MMPI staff at a work lunch, discussing the final touches that make shows like this run like a finely oiled machine. Throughout my tour of the floor, various staff members checked in with me to make sure my questions were answered. Signs of the joy these people have in pursuit of their jobs are in each smile, and the excitement that is palpable among them.
For more information please visit the Merchandise Mart website: http://www.merchandisemartantiques.com/fall/fair-information/fair-overview/
For dealer listing: http://www.merchandisemartantiques.com/fall/fair-information/dealer-listing/
For more information about the dealers:
Agostino’s Antiques & Fine Arts LLC: www.agostinosantiquesfinearts.com
Antique Cane World: www.antiquecaneworld.com
Art Deco Emporium of Chicago: http://stores.ebay.com/Art-Deco-Emporium-of-Chicago
Century Guild Decorative Arts: http://www.centuryguild.net/home.html
Crescent Worth Art & Antiques: www.crescentworthartandantiques.com
Fair Trade, Inc.: http://www.fairtradeantiques.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
Moss Studios Inc./ Breck Armstrong: www.mossstudiosinc.com
Upcoming Shows include:
Highpoint Market NC in the Market Square Building Oct 16-21: http://www.highpointmarket.org/
One of a Kind Show in Vancouver Dec 9-12: http://oneofakindvancouver.com/
Antique and Garden Show in Nashville TN Feb 11-13: http://www.antiquesandgardenshow.com/home.html
Upcoming events include:
Fall Clothing & Jewelry Explosion Oct. 22-24 - www.modernvintagechicago.com
Randolph Street Holiday Market Nov.21-22 - www.randolphstreetmarket.com
R. Ege Antiques: www.regeantiques.com
Upcoming events include:
Antiques + Modernism in Winnetka Oct. 21-24 – www.thewinnetkashow.com
Three Friends Studio Ltd.: www.threefriendsstudio.net
Unearthed Gallery: www.unearthedgallery.com
Original Juarez movie poster featuring Bette Davis & Paul Muni illustration: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/3300007/Hulton-Archive