WELLESLEY, MASS. — The lush and tranquil settings of the botanical gardens at the Elm Bank Reservation proved once again to be a perfect backdrop for yet another pleasing antiques show presented by Marvin Getman’s New England Antiques Shows. Now in its ninth year and taking place over Father’s Day weekend, June 14–15, the show was as advertised as “Everyone’s favorite show” and one that should be on your “must attend list.”
Those that attended this past show already know that Getman’s words rang true; those that did not attend need to reread the previous sentence — Elm Bank should be on your must attend list.
Forget about the setting, that is just the icing on the cake; this show is fun and diverse, with materials ranging from Orientalia to folk art, with Tiffany and jewelry interspersed. There were several impressive factors: the size of the crowd in attendance, sales and the age bracket of attendees. Getman has successfully reached out and captured the affluent Boston suburbs’ Millennial shopper.
Despite the day’s rainy start, the crowd at opening on Saturday morning was good; and as the skies cleared at midday, the shoppers came in droves. Many of the dealers reported very good sales — and, surprising enough, there was a good quantity of brown furniture sporting sold tags — including a nice tiger maple slant front piece in the booth of Martin Ferrick and a four-drawer Chippendale chest in the stand of Hanes & Ruskin Antiques.
“Our porters were busy all day long on Saturday and Sunday as well,” commented Getman. At several points throughout the weekend overflow parking was utilized after the 1,000-car capacity had been reached in the main parking area.
The great variety at the show keeps shoppers coming back, with garden ornaments attracting a large deal of attention from the retail crowd. Getting looks was a massive hammered tin swan in the booth of David Ramsey, Lake Worth, Fla., that measured more than 4 feet tall. A great framed red, white and blue early Twentieth Century child’s bathing suit was also getting looks in Ramsey’s booth.
Garden furnishings were also popular at Iron Renaissance, Damariscotta, Maine, with a pair of lounge chairs and tête-à-tête by Joe Salterini finding buyers.
Across the aisle was an early open top cupboard that was filled to the brim with a good selection of pewter. Also featured in Harry Hepburn’s booth was a selection of early wrought iron hearth pieces, an assortment of Windsor chairs and an early tall case clock.
Rookwood, Grueby, Fulper and Roseville pottery were featured at Patti’s Past Perfect Pottery, Westport, Mass.; a strong selection of Bakelite jewelry and utilitarian accoutrements was at Art from The Attic, Arlington, Mass.; and contemporary art was popular at Ingeborg Gallery, Northfield, Mass.
This is a classic show in a classic setting. For further information, 781-862-4039 or www.neantiqueshows.com.