The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair that runs April 26-29, 2013 opens with a preview night on April 25. More than 100 of the world’s most notable antiques dealers will exhibit their unique treasures at the 16th Annual event featuring dealers from across North America and Europe. The fair offers both serious collectors and those new to antiques a vast array of exceptional items in categories including Americana, jewelry, furniture, clocks, paintings, folk art, sculpture, rugs, decorative arts and books. Considered the Midwest’s most prestigious antiques event, the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair attracts thousands of seasoned collectors and new antiques-lovers each year. “This year’s dealers will bring an almost dizzying array of items, from antiquities to mid-century modernism,” said Lisa Simonian, Vice President of Marketing, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. “With a treasure trove of antiques from across the country and around the world, attendees are sure to find items to suit any taste or price point.”
Notable dealers confirmed to participate in the 2013 Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair include:
Founded in 1990 by Diana Douglas and Michael Ogle, American Garage specializes in Americana and folk art. The duo shares a passion for collecting and finding homes for American treasures. American Garage is a proud member of the American Folk Art Society, New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association, the Antiques Dealers Association of California and The Antiques Council. The Gallery has been featured in Architectural Digest, InStyle and Rolling Stone and appeared on HGTV. American Garage is located in Los Angeles, California.
In Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, Allen Hare, the owner of Hares Antiques, has been buying and selling antique furniture, rugs, paintings and more since 1972. Hares Antiques features practical furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The gallery lovingly refurbishes pieces in its restoration and upholstery workshops to ensure that they can become a part of the owner’s everyday living.
Kip McKesson African Art will provide a captivating array of antiques from the African continent including an early 20th Century stool from the Hehe Peoples of Tanzania. Oumar Keinde African Arts will feature a wide selection of terracotta and ivory figures, traditional tribal masks and musical instruments.
Fine Art and Paintings An extensive collection of art spanning various styles and eras will be presented by several spectacular dealers. Gladwell & Company will bring a number of important paintings including “The Stillness of Time” by Salvador Dali. In addition, Rehs Gallery will have an Emile Munier dating from 1882, while Richard Norton Gallery will bring two stunning works from the 1930s by Richard Koppe and John Koch.
Furniture Hares Antiques of England will feature an extremely rare wood carved cabinet from the United Kingdom’s Arts and Crafts Movement of the 1870s. The piece was built by Marsh Jones and Crib, one of the foremost cabinet makers of the era, and will be of particular interest to Frank Lloyd Wright fans as they influenced the Organic Architecture movement in the United States during Wright’s time. Ophir Gallery boasts a rare and elaborate Bronze and Leaded Lamp by Tiffany Studios. Mid-century modern furniture will also be in abundant display, including one of the era’s most renowned pieces, the Claritone Project G, a speaker system that was favored by Frank Sinatra and Hugh Hefner, brought by AOSTA Furniture and Décor.
Joining M.S. Rau Antiques rare 12-carat pink diamond will be a pair floral earrings by the famed Jewelry Designer Edward Leighton. Other notable jewelry items include a pair of stunning antique Harry Winston earrings from Nally Jewels and a collection of unusually colorful retro bangles from Benchmark of Palm Beach.
Majolica Dream will bring a rare Palissy Coffee Pot by Joseph Landais – Copie. Majolica, LLC of Paris will be unveiling their newly acquired collection of 19th century Majolica. The collection includes stellar examples of Majolica sculpture, an Italian tin glazed pottery that became popular during the Renaissance, and Palissy Ware, a style of poly chrome lead-glazed pottery. Both Majolica and Palissy Ware are characterized by colorful and ornate three dimensional pottery designs often bearing historical or aquatic themes.
Unique Items and Objects
A highlight from Ophir Gallery is an impressive French Art Deco enamel on copper "Geometric" pattern vase by Camille Fauré. Those interested in local antiques and Chicago History will be fascinated by a pair of museum-quality art deco candlesticks by Chicago artist Emory Seidel from Lawrence Fine Art. Other local treasures from The Country House/Richard Norton Inc. include a 1915 Louis Vuitton steamer trunk from Marshall Field’s that was modeled after those created for the Russian Monarchy, and a set of bronze andirons from the legendary Potter Palmer Castle.
Il Segno del Tempo S.R.L.
Based in Milan, Italy, Il Segno del Tempo features a wide array of decorative arts items. The gallery specializes in antique canes, pipes and scientific instruments, with many other contemporary art and sculpture pieces. Il Segno del Tempo’s unique pieces make for interesting accents to home furnishing and décor.
Jayne Thompson Antiques
With more than 40 years of experience in antiques dealing, Jayne Thompson founded Jayne Thompson Antiques in 1990. The gallery, one of the largest in the nation, features English and Continental furniture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The gallery itself is a renowned, located in the historic Bellevue home built in 1784 by Colonel John Bowman in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
M.S. Rau Antiques
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, family-owned and operated M.S. Rau was founded in 1912 by Max Rau. The gallery features 18th and 19th century antiques including clocks, glass, jewelry, paintings and silver and recently acquired the largest pink diamond in the world, a 12-carat stone. This family-owned business is operated by Max Rau’s grandson, Bill Rau. M.S. Rau is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Made In Russia
Made In Russia specializes in Russian art, with emphasis on Russian and Greek Orthodox icons, Catholic relics and other Christian religious artifacts. Inspired by a trip to Moscow, Made In Russia was founded in 1994 by Dennis Easter and Pene Latham. The gallery aims to preserve Russian culture by finding good homes for treasured Russian religious artifacts. Made In Russia is located in Palm Beach, Florida.
R. Ege Antiques
Embracing a childhood love for collecting, Rick Ege offers guests a selection of folk art, industrial decorative arts and other “curiosities” and “thingamajigs” in his gallery. Ege is passionate not only about an item’s value, but also with its history. His collection has been acclaimed by Country Home Magazine, the St. Louis Riverfront Times, Maine Antique Digest and more. R. Ege Antiques is found in St. Louis, Missouri.
Stern Pissarro Gallery
Featuring a range of English oil paintings from the 19th Century and a wide variety of 20th Century works, in addition to the Pissarro Family collection, the Stern Pissarro Gallery (originally Stern Art Dealers) was founded in 1963 by Meir Stern. Today, the gallery is operated by Stern’s son David and his wife, Leila Pissarro, great-granddaughter of legendary impressionist Camille Pissarro. The gallery specializes in the works of Pissarro as well as the works of four generations of the Pissarro family. The Stern Pissarro Gallery is located in London, England.
Second generation antiques shop William Cook specializes in antique furniture and home décor. The gallery exhibits at antiques fairs throughout England and the US with wide varieties of furniture, objects and lighting. The William Cook gallery is found in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Fair Hours: Friday, April 26, 11am-7pm
Saturday, April 27, 11am-7pm
Sunday, April 28, 11am-6pm
Monday, April 29, 11am-3pm
Where: The Merchandise Mart, 8th Flr.
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
(800) 677-MART (6278)
Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.merchandisemartantiques.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates