BEDFORD, N.Y. — “Actually it was Brad Reh’s idea to get the Bedford Antiques Show going again, and I pitched in with him and we made it happen,” Debbie Turi said, adding, “We were happy to do it and glad it worked out very well.” The show, with 16 exhibitors, drew something over 200 visitors and was staged at Historical Hall, property of the historical society. Years ago the Bedford Show was one of the many shows under the management of Russell Carrell.
The show opened at 10 am on Saturday, November 9, and continued on Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. “We have very limited space in Historical Hall and selected dealers who would give the show variety,” Brad Reh said, “and we have a list of other exhibitors who would like to join us if we have a vacancy next year.” It was reported that the majority of the dealers were happy with sales, and most of them have indicated an interest in returning next year.
The show set up with 12 dealers on the main floor and the balcony of Historical Hall, with four others in a tent adjoining the building. One of the four exhibitors in the tent next to Historical Hall was Fionda Art & Antiques, New Ipswich, N.H., with a wide variety of things, including a large barometer in a Black Forest carved case, a election of early bookends depicting frogs, dogs, flying ducks and golfers, and a nice cast iron boot scraper in the form of a duck. A set of Royal Doulton chocolate demitasse cups was decorated with a fox theme.
Jaffe & Thurston Art & Antiques, Wawarsing, N.Y., offered a selection of cut glass pieces the included a bowl, dating from the late Nineteenth Century, by J. Hoare & Co., and a Sheraton drop leaf table in mahogany with reeded legs and single drawer. It was of English origin, circa 1840. D&D Antiques and Decoration, Newtown, Conn., had a booth able to display a limited amount of furniture, but shown were a small apothecary, English, circa 1880, and a pair of French faux bamboo side chairs.
Knollwood Antiques, recently moved to Thorndike, Mass., had the entire stage area and filled it with furniture and decorative pieces, including a French tole cabinet featuring Grand Tour images, late Nineteenth Century, that sold within the first 15 minutes of the show’s opening. Of the same period was a pair of Grand Tour tablets, Italian, in the form of kneeling blackamoors in the original paint. A New York recamier with solid brass casters, figured mahogany, 74 inches long, dated circa 1830. Also sold early into the show was a steel and glass coffee table. Richard Lavisne said, “The show started off very good for us, we sold three things in the first half-hour, and business continued right to the end.”
Francis Crespo, Lancaster, Penn., who just came off a successful York Antiques Show, brought an interesting mix of objects ranging from a carousel carved lion in the original paint, found in Jacksonville, Fla., circa 1890–1920, to a carved wood folk art figure of a bride, Nineteenth Century, in the original painted surface. It was from India. A Nineteenth Century coverlet in five colors had an eagle motif.
A selection of English furniture was offered by Donald A. Rich Interiors & Antiques of New Canaan, Conn. A late Eighteenth Century tavern table was of oak, with a 58-by-29-inch top, and a set of four George III side chairs dated circa 1800. A child’s sack back Windsor chair was of elm, late Nineteenth Century.
Debbie Turi, Roseland, N.J., had a booth near the front door of Historical Hall where she could keep her manager’s eye on the show as well as wait on shoppers. Part of her booth was filled with a collection of smalls, including game boards, doorstops, a stop sign, foot warmer and small carvings, among other things. Adjoining was space for an English bowfront chest of drawers and two walls of paintings including still lifes, winter scenes and landscapes.
If all goes as planned, the show will be on again for next year, under the same management and hopefully the same time of the year.