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Magazine    May 2001

Japanese screen, late 19th century, from Honeychurch Antiques
Los Angeles

Antiques show aficionados will get their pick from an amazing array of treasures—centuries-old European furniture, Japanese screens, exquisite cloisonné, Chinese Export porcelains and Georg Jensen silver—at the Los Angeles Antiques Show, May 4 to 6 at Santa Monica airport's Barker Hangar. The extravaganza draws 68 exhibitors from England, Italy, Mexico and across the United States. Highlights include:

  • a collection of 200 costume and set designs from the 1920s once owned by Judy Garland, being offered by Berry-Hill Galleries
  • from Honeychurch Antiques a late-19th-century eight-panel folding screen, depicting a massive gnarled pine tree on a silver-leaf background, that was used as a backdrop for NO Theatre. It is signed by Kunikage, an Edo-period artist
  • a circa 1800 to 1810 English penwork collectors cabinet, on a stand decorated in the chinoiserie taste, from Richard Gould Antiques
  • four Russian Empire chairs, circa 1810, from Rita Bucheit
  • period jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels from Neil Lane Estate Jewelry, Edith Weber and Kentshire

    Noted art consultant Barbara Guggenheim will talk about trends in collecting art as part of the antiques show’s lecture series, which the Los Angeles Design Group has helped organize. For information, go to www.losangelesantiqueshow.com.

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  • Set of Russian Empire chairs, circa 1810, from Rita Bucheit and an early 19th-century English penwork collector's cabinet from Richard Gould Antiques, on view at the Los Angeles Antiques Show.

    A Renaissance table, c. 1600, from Foster Gwin; an Art Deco costume sketch by Louis Curti entitled Les Richesses de La Chine L'Emeraude, from Berry-Hill Galleries; and a 19th-century Viennese chandelier from Rita Bucheit at the L.A. Antiques Show.

    The Netherlands

    The Amsterdam Arts and Design Fair, the only such event in Europe to cover arts and design from 1880 to 1980, will be held from May 23 to May 27 in the Beurs van Berlage, the former stock exchange building built at the turn of the 20th century. Because of the fair’s location, a number of European dealers that usually don’t stray far from home will be participating in the event, which, in only its third year, draws more than 40 exhibitors.

    What they’ll be showing are items from the traditional medieval handicrafts of the Arts and Crafts movement to postwar and mid-century designs. The focal point of the fair is a suite of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann bedroom furniture made in 1923 being offered by Galerie Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci of Paris. Galerie Ulrich Fiedler of Cologne has some important pieces to show: a chaise longue by Le Corbusier with Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret and a chair designed by Wassili and Hans Luckhardt in 1931-2 from the Maharajah of Indore’s palace. And from the United States, the Treadway Gallery will be showing Tiffany lamps and Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, which are rare to find in Europe.

    At the Amsterdam Arts and Design Fair, a Bauhaus dish with lid, circa 1930, from Galerie fur Designklassiker; 1930s Paule Leleu carpet from Oxford Decorative Arts; and Josef Hoffmann bentwood chair, circa 1906, from Bel Etage

    New York

    At the 13th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 600 exhibitors from two dozen countries will show their traditional, modern and often futuristic designs from May 19 to 22. Expect everything from Milan's minimalist look and Dakota Jackson's sleek modern furniture designs to Parisian Julie Prisca's contemporary upholstered chairs and sofas, Henry Hall's classic teak pieces for the outdoors, elaborate stone fountains from Gregory Muller in New York, Italian lighting from Fontana Arte in Los Angeles and a host of home furnishings.


    The Los Angeles Antiques Show

    May 4 to 6
    Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Air Center

    The Amsterdam Arts & Design Fair

    May 23 to 27
    Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

    International Contemporary Furniture Fair
    May 19 to 22
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
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