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Magazine    October 2001

Antiques Extravaganzas

Circa 1715 fountain with Languedoc marble Regency scagliola and rosewood pedestal table

Beauvais royal factory tapestry, made 1724

There are two events that herald autumn in New York and in San Francisco—the opening of the new opera season and the international antiques shows that draw thousands intent on seeing the caches of the leading dealers of the world.

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which benefits the organization Enterprise for High School Students, brings together 70 of the leading international antiques dealers, each of whom create either highly imaginative period interiors in their booths to show their precious offerings. The renowned Parisian dealer Bernard Baruch Steinitz is bringing some Ming and Qing objects along with the 18th-century French antique masterpieces he is known for, such as a rare circa 1715 French Languedoc marble fountain (note the royal red marble basin, top left) and a Beauvais Royal Factory tapestry depicting the portiere of Venus bearing the arms of Joseph. A Netherlands Art Deco window (below left) will be prominent at the stand of Barbara Giesicke, the German expert in antique stained glass from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Locally, Therien and Company can be counted on for its hand-picked selection of European antique furniture. A stunning offering is a Regency table (top right) with an Italian scagliola top depicting ancient temple ruins on the banks of a river. “It represents a romanticized scene popular with Englishmen visiting Italy and the continent in the early 18th century as part of their cultural ‘coming of age,’” explains Therien owner Robert Roy Garcia. “Scagliola tops of very high quality were brought back to England for incorporation into a piece of furniture—being somewhat of a trophy of accomplishment.”

In New York, where political officials have exhorted people to resume their lives, the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show was scheduled to open on October 19 at the Seventh Regiment Armory. However, due to the Department of Military and Naval Affairs's continuing use of the armory since the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the fair organizers have cancelled the show and are looking for another large venue to house the show at a later date.

Art Deco window from the Netherlands

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