Tiffany Studio lily pad lamp on 1907 Gustav Stickley table
1940s Primavera armoire from Anne Hauck Art Déco
Antiques shows throughout the world take on the personalities of their locales. In Los Angeles, where the glamour of Hollywood predominates, dealers tend to bring a variety of pretty tables, ceramics, silver, objects and textiles, rather than serious, heavy-duty antiques—and at this year's L.A. Antiques Show, from May 3 to 5, jewelry is prominent. Kentshire Galleries, known among New York denizens for its fine antique English furniture and estate jewelry, brought only Tiffany, Patek Philippe and Cartier pieces.
Mid-19th-century Running Horse weathervane from Alan Katz Americana
Nonetheless, out-of-town designers and collectors still have found it worthwhile to travel to Los Angeles for decorative antiques. San Francisco interior designers Suzanne Tucker and Tim Marks spent time at the booth of New Yorker Guy Regal, who brought a fine selection of 20th-century furniture, including a pair of 1940s French brass three-arm candelabra that are 3-feet high and almost 4-feet wide (below), an unusually tall early-19th-century console from a Sicilian manor, a Gio Ponti leather-topped desk with trademark pinpoint legs and a pair of Italian Neoclassical painted and gilded consoles, circa 1790.
French 1940s brass lamp, one of a pair from Guy Regal
The range of periods and places at the show is broad, from the Imari Gallery's Japanese and Asian objects, including a bronze Meiji vase with a signed original storage box, to the Americana offered by Alan Katz of Woodbridge, Connecticut, whose highlights are a 19th-century Running Horse weathervanes (above) and a vibrant-red 18th-century Hudson Valley kas, or large wardrobe.
Anne Hauck, the German dealer who set up shop in Los Angeles several years ago where she showcases magnificent examples of European Art Déco furniture and silver, always has a bold piece to anchor her display, and this year she has a lacquered cabinet (top right) from Primavera, a 1940s French design firm whose work has recently become popular and highly collectible.
Two important Tiffany lamps (one, top left) take the stage at Washington, D.C., dealer Geoffrey Diner's booth, along with a 1907 Gustav Stickley lamp table, and Paris textile specialist Achdjian has shipped over a collection of rugs and tapestries that span 3 centuries, from a mid-17th-century wool and silk Flemish scene based on the Life of Domitian to important rugs by Art Déco master Ivan da silva Bruhns.
The Carrousel du Louvre
1898 terra cotta faience from
Galerie Gethmaun in Berlin
Knut Hallgren and Simon Gate chandelier
Some of the world's most successful antiques and design shows have been launched by dealers. Bill Caskey and Elizabeth Lees, he a tribal arts dealer and she a rug dealer, have taken the theme concept to great heights with shows in the categories of antiques, Asian art, ceramics, tribal art and modernism. And now book publisher Rik Gadella, who in five years established Paris Photo as a prominent photography fair, has taken on the organization of XXe Siècle, Europe's first premier showing of 20th-century furniture and objects.
To establish XXe Siècle as serious business, Gadella and his team reserved the Carrousel du Louvre, where the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires is held, and he invited three heavy-hitters, Barry Friedman of New York, Eric Philippe of Paris and Ulrich Fiedler of Cologne, to serve on the selection committee. The list of 40 exhibitors represents some of the world's preeminent dealers in decorative arts: Philippe Denys in Brussels, Galerie de Beyrie and Antik in New York, Jousse Enterprise in Paris and David Gill in London.
An array of specialties is represented among the dealers selected, and the intent of the fair organizers is to present a history of 20th-century applied arts and design through the collections of the antiques experts invited to show. "A number of dealers wanted to participate but didn't have time to accumulate inventory to show," says Friedman, "so next year the fair should be even larger."
An exhibit of 25 masters of international design from 25 countries will occupy the Carrousel's mezzanine during the fair, which will be held June 6 through June 9.
Rattan-and-teak table and chair, 1950, from Galerie Scandinave in Paris