The HighBoy was on the hunt at The East Hampton Antiques Show, an annual antiques show benefitting the East Hampton Historical Society. The legendary show ran from July 17th thru the 20th at the historic Mulford Farm Museum in East Hampton. Writer Lynn Byrne gives us her point of view.
It seems as if an old-fashioned antiques show with tents out in the field is becoming obsolete. Time was that I went to 5-10 such shows each summer out in the Hamptons. Now, there are so many ways to get your antiques and vintage on, especially online.
And while I love the vast internet marketplace, with sites like The HighBoy (it’s a wonderful way to educate your eye, quickly review all of your options, and generally become a more informed consumer), there is something about a real outdoor antiques fair that gets my blood pumping. As soon as I pass through the gate I get a surge of adrenalin, wondering what treasures await.
The East Hampton Antiques Show to benefit the East Hampton Historical Society and sponsored by House Beautiful is one of the absolute best fairs remaining of this kind. Uniformly, the vendors offer items of high quality and a wide variety of merchandise. Truly, there is something for everyone! Indian Opium bed anyone?
Here are a few words on the marketplace gleaned from my run around the field:
Objects and furniture from the middle of the last century remained one of the highest priced (and hottest) on offer at the fair. I spotted a fabulous Paul Evans coffee table with fabulous price tag to match ($12,500.) and two great Gio Ponti side tables, $5800 for the pair, among many other mid-century gems.
There was even a Memphis Group inspired chair and tethered ball ottoman.
My sense that traditional decorating is having a very strong revival was reinforced. Right inside the gate was a Blackamoor table–a true “in with the old” type of piece.
Folks love still country decorating–especially for their country house. Palm Beach dealer Faustina Pace, whose wonderful finds also can be found on The HighBoy, had an especially attractive booth packed with nature and garden inspired wares including a real tortoise shell and some faux bois planters that had me at hello. She also had an enviable assortment of ironstone and these French wire garden boxes.
Additionally, Americana had a strong showing.
On the more accessible end of the market, this collection of paint-by number paintings was charming.
Finally, one advantage of having a local antiques fair of this kind, is that you can offer merchandise suited to the locality — objects and art perfect for your coastal home were in abundance. These vintage beach life posters were particularly eye-catching.
Next year, if you find yourself out east while the fair is on, it is well worth a pit stop, even with the legendary Hamptons traffic!
Next up, the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket will be running from July 30th thru August 3rd, 2015. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the booth of fine art dealer Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art!