Morristown Armory Antiques Show Sees Strong Crowds, Strong Buying

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — After this long, drawn-out winter marked by nearly record snowfalls and polar temperatures, the Morristown Armory Antiques Show was just what buyers needed. Roads were clear and as temperatures warmed to the 40s, buyers came in droves to the show during its February 22–23 run.

“We had a fantastic weekend in Morristown! There were more than 2,500 people and lots of buying,” said show manager Allison Kohler. “The crowds were consistent throughout both days and a wide variety of merchandise went out the door.”

Many dealers reported having a strong showing, and a tour of the show just before opening revealed a whole host of strong offerings on exhibit.

Front and center was Roger D. Winter, Solebury, Penn., with a highly curated selection of English furniture and decorative works. A sublime furniture example was a George III mahogany writing desk, with a rectangular overhanging top with inset, leather-lined writing surface over a frieze with three short drawers on square, tapered legs. The piece dated to circa 1800.

There is never any shortage of fine paintings to choose from at this show either. Jaffe & Thurston, Wawarsing, N.Y., offered a booth full of fine paintings, including two oils on board: a winter landscape by Robert Shaw Wesson (1902–1967) and Minnie Lee Judson’s (1865–1938) “Haying on the Farm.” Art & Antique Gallery, Worcester, Mass., featured numerous choice paintings, including works by Ernest Albert, Sr (American, 1857–1946), and John J. Enneking (American, 1841–1916). Contemporary art standouts were showcased to great effect at Framont, Greenwich, Conn., and William Jeffrey Gallery, Florham Park, N.J.

Basilius Besler’s copperplate engraving from Hortus Eystettensis (Garden of Eichstatt), depicting daffodils, tulips and leucoium (spring snowflake) was among several fine hand-colored works by the botanist in the booth of Joyce Krieg Antique Prints, Mendham, N.J., Krieg had several works from the 1613 first edition of his book, which detailed a wealth of flora found in a single garden that belonged to the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. Besler was renowned for his botanical illustrations, and his engravings are credited as being the first large-folio natural history botanicals.

Buyers looking for some serious bling could wander down the aisle to the booth of Brad Reh, Southampton, N.Y., who had tasteful as well as audacious “statement” jewelry pieces, from a fine pearl, diamond and emerald bracelet to a Cartier bow pin with diamonds and pink gemstones.

A fun booth was that of Rise Tomorrow, Spring Lake, N.J., which had several carnival games on display and vintage advertising like a bottle cap-form Pepsi-Cola sign, a Delco “Freshness You Can See” sign and a Coca-Cola thermometer in the form of a bottle.

The show offerings ran the gamut from a “Le verre Francais” art glass vase at Porte Galleries, Northbrook, Ill., to a taxidermied squirrel whose limbs were replaced with those from a doll, as seen at Ros-Al Floral and Antiques, Carbondale, Penn.

After this show wrapped up, JMK Shows travels to Atlantic City for its March 8–9 show there at a new venue, the Trump Taj Mahal. Its annual jewelry show at the Pratt Mansions in New York City is next on the calendar April 12–13.

For more information, www.jmkshows.com or 973-927-2794.

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