Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Woodard & Greenstein in House Beautiful Magazine

The April edition of House Beautiful Magazine includes two Woodard & Greenstein products in its pages! The first is a WOODARD WEAVE Woven Rug, design Great Barrington #78-A which adds a quietly ordered element to the clean lines and comfortably furnished dining room in the article "A Global Approach" (Interior Design by David Dalton, Interview by David A. Keeps, Photographs by Lisa Romerein) beginning on page 100, image on page 104.

The second, is a vintage quilt featured in the article "Easy Breezy" (Interior Design by Justine Cushing, Interview by Christine Pittel, Photographs by James Merrell), beginning on page 110, image on page 119. Designer Justine Cushing used a whimsical vintage quilt, Circa 1930, to add warmth to this charming bedroom. "Pinwheel Sunburst" quilt from Woodard & Greenstein. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Champagne with Gloria Vanderbilt

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1st dibs Gallery threw a beautiful do for Gloria Vanderbilt, celebrating the opening of her exhibition, The Left Hand is the Dreamer:  Work in gouache, collage and pastel.  The art is softly beautiful, richly colorful and offered a hint of spring in this cold, hard winter in NYC.

Naturally, we all got as close as we could to the artist, who is an extraordinary legend in numerous fields, including art, fashion, and society. 

And standing nearby was CNN's Anderson Cooper, her affectionate son, whom everyone also wanted to admire.  

Among the admirers of the work was Woodard, as photographed by Greenstein.  

Fashionable  onlookers added energy to the evening, as did Designer Todd Black and Puck.  Mr. Black is the one on the right.  

Interior designer Sam Blount kept us all in good spirits.  The whole evening was very exciting.  How often does one get to spend it with a living legend?

Friday, February 7, 2014

26th Street Armory Antiques Show

Downtown, the 26th Street Armory Antiques Show, under new management, offered another approach to what's new in old things, featuring several dealers who don't come to NYC often. It is an opportunity to see lots of fresh merchandise, often at affordable prices. 

Scott Estepp, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a must-visit at any show, always bringing fresh, sometimes eccentric in-a-nice-way wares that add zest and color to the proceedings. A mix of folk art, modern, paintings, furniture and architectural details is chosen with the creative, original eye of an energetic, one-of-a-kind dealer.

Michele Fox, Wilton, Connecticut, is the source for flags, patriotic textiles, quilts, and bakelite jewelry, all in pristine condition. Michele is getting ready for her debut as a show manager in June 2014, with WOODARD & GREENSTEIN. The show will be a benefit for THE PECONIC LAND TRUST in Bridgehampton, New York. The brand new ANTIQUES & DESIGN SHOW opens June 21, 2014 for two days only, with a benefit preview party on Friday, June 20th. For details, email info@woodardandgreenstein.com.

Victor Weinblatt Antiques, South Hadley, Massachusetts, exhibited an exceptional collection of trade signs, a category that is becoming more and more difficult to collect. Victor, whose Grandmother was sorry to see him give up his career as a Professor at Harvard to sell "used" items, has set new standards in a niche area of collecting, bringing a wealth of humor and delight to a joyous career choice.

Bob Withington Antiques, York, Maine, has an eye for the strong, bold forms of European and American antiques, decorative arts, garden furnishings and folk art. His presence at an antiques show ensures that the attendees will get to see the unique, the unusual and the always lively exhibit of colorful and exciting objects he successfully delivers every time. 

American Garage, Los Angeles, California, reminds us why Folk Art and Americana will always be in style and provide delight to all. Their booth is like a small museum of objects that "speak to our heart", as owners Michael Ogle and Diana Douglass put it.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Winter Antiques Show January 24th - February 2nd, 2014

And we thought last winter was cold... Every January New York is warmed up - that may be stretching it a bit - with the magnificent, 60-year old Winter Antiques Show to benefit the East Side House Settlement. 

Everybody who has even thought about antiques is either putting on a show, or paying to get into the many events held in this whirlwind frenzy antiques month in the big, cold apple. The local auction houses long ago jumped on the bandwagon and usually throw big auctions; this year's star being the collection of Ralph Esmerian, "Visual Grace". The auction grossed $12,955,943, a new record for an auction of American Folk Art. But nothing compares to this old chestnut of shows that, like Cher, will live forever! And I mean that in a nice way. 

Nathan Liverant & Son, Colchester, CT.
Arthur Liverant heads up the third generation of this family business which has been dealing in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century American furniture, paintings, silver, glass and related accessories since 1920. I always try to tell Arthur that he really does not look 90, but he is always too busy with customers to joke around. 

(Just kidding).

Suzanne Courcier and Robert W. Wilkins, Yarmouth Port, MA.
Not only is Arthur Liverant not even close to 90, but Suzanne and Bob are not Shaker, although their strictness in exhibiting the finest of Shaker and Americana is worthy of old church discipline. They are a little looser when they party, however, thank Heav'n.

Olde Hope Antiques, New Hope, PA.
Veterans of 17 years at the Winter Antiques Show, this firm has always exhibited extraordinary examples of American Folk and Decorative Arts. It is not easy to make Americana seem fresh and crisp, but each year their booth hits a home run.

"R 20th Century", New York City.
Yep, Mod made it to the Winter Antiques Show. The elegance here is very seductive and we suspect we will be seeing more fine 20th-Century design at shows in the coming years.

Elliott & Grace Snyder, South Egremont, MA.
The Snyders are much admired authorities on early American furniture, paintings, textiles and Americana. Their presence at the Winter Antiques Show makes a significant contribution to the event. 

Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Katonah, NY.
A fantasy comes to life here with garden furnishings of the highest caliber. Americans still have some catching up to do in this field of collecting, and Ms. Israel is here to help. 

David A. Schorsch - Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, CT.
Always with an outstanding collection, this year's booth included an Ammi Phillips masterpiece, a double portrait of twin brothers, Jacob Wessil Ten Broeck and William Henry Ten Broeck, painted in Clermont, Columbia County, New York, 1834.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Grand Entrance - Architectural Digest - February 2014

A theatrical term, Grand Entrance, can be defined as an outstanding, attention-grabbing introduction to a character. As a verb, entrance is to to fill with delight, wonder, or enchantment.  Without qualification, both apply to the settings featured in the new Architecture Digest Magazine, particularly the entrance hall recently re-decorated by Mariette Gomez. 

WOODARD WEAVE Stair runner Norfolk #270 adds a strong counter-balance to the dream-like quality of this 1754 Georgian residence in Washington, DC. Old flooring with rich patina is deliberately left bare, a striking contrast to the exotic French scenic wall paper panoramas, as well as the softening texture of the WOODARD WEAVE striped runner on the grand staircase. 

Ms. Gomez has managed to fine-tune a flawless, classic setting, mixing a bit of history with a healthy dose of Hollywood glamour. Reminiscent of 19th-Century American muralist Rufus Porter, the romance of the French wallpaper captures the colorful excitement of historic decor confidently at home in any time period.  WOODARD WEAVE historic designs are inspired by that same vitality. Timeless. 

Image published in February 2014 Issue of Architectural Digest. Article: American Heritage by Douglas Brenner. Photography by Scott Frances. Produced by Howard Christian.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Woodard Weave in Traditional Home Magazine

Traditional Home Magazine's newest issue (October 2013) features WOODARD WEAVE Runners in some of our most popular stripes.  No, they are not awnings from Venice, although the crisp and colorful stripes do make you feel like you are in a wonderful place.   All of our designs for runners and area rugs are inspired by authentic antique American designs of a Century ago. Please see our website to request a digital catalog or order a hard copy.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Antiques Week 2013: Annual New Hampshire Extravaganza

It's what antiques fans wait for all year: The 56th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show in Manchester, NH, August 8-10-2013. It is the grand duchess of a week of royal antiques shows in the area, in what is billed as Six Great Events in One Great State!

Ron Bourgeault's Northeast Auctions Summer Americana Auction in Manchester starts the ball rolling with the usual big bang, featuring prime items from important collections. Then, off to Deerfield Monday morning for Nan Gurley's Americana Celebration Antiques Show.  

Next is Frank Gaglio's Mid-Week Antique Show in Concord, followed by a return trip back back to Manchester, just in time for Antiques in Manchester.

Stay put in Manchester for the opening of the long-running event of the jam-packed antiques week, the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association Show. Everybody who is anybody gets in line early to find that special treasure or two. Afterwards, everybody gets together to socialize and to catch up on what's new in antiques.

Whew!  Even though everybody was tired, they wouldn't admit it and, of course, could not miss Frank  Gaglio's Pickers Market Antiques Show Friday morning, where one always hopes to find the bargain of the year.

Caught resting amidst the madness are two legends in the antiques world, our good pal Scudder Smith, the famous Editor-in-chief and publisher of the renowned Newtown Bee and The Antiques & The Arts Weekly, looking as dapper as ever in yet another knock-out bow tie. And the esteemed owner of Northeast Auctions in Hampton, New Hampshire, Ron Bourgeault.  Some people never seem to look different than they did three decades ago.

Barbara Pollack of Frank & Barbara Pollack Antiques, Highland Park, IL, as usual, features mouth watering items in vivid colors and forms. Painted chests, theorems, and a stack of rare mid-19th-Century wallpaper hat boxes in rich hues add sparkle to the exhibition. At the right is an unusual departure from the 19th-Century, a store display figure of a glamorous woman wearing a fashionable evening gown with upswept hair in a do typical of the 1930's.

Betty Berdan of Newsom & Berdan Antiques, Thomasville, PA and Hallowell, Maine, displayed a superb textile; a museum quality appliqued mat from the early 1800's. “ A New Hampshire Town Celebration” depicts a colorful gathering of town residents in militia uniforms, top hats, and best clothes, enjoying a memorable day. This wonderful na├»ve work depicts the joy it’s maker felt about the town, it’s inn dated 1744, the town church, children and animals.

Shaker experts and dealers  Suzanne Courcier & Robert Wilkins, Yarmouth Port, MA, somehow make it look easy to come up with rare Shaker and other period American furnishings year after year. It is not easy, and their efforts are always impressive. With a careful eye and tons of knowledge, Suzanne and Bob never fail to make an impact.

One of our favorite Southern belles, dealer and consultant Deanne Levison, is shown in the booth chatting with Bob. 

Olde Hope Antiques, New Hope, PA, can always be counted on to bring an elegant collection of fine Americana. A graduated stack of seven oval Shaker boxes circa 1830-70 shares the spotlight with a House Hooked Rug circa 1900, a Swan Decoy in old paint, a Centre County Pennsylvania Dower Chest Circa 1810-20, and three early folk portraits among other fine wares.

Elliot & Grace Snyder of South Egremont, MA, well known for their knowledge, expertise and wonderful taste, exhibited their usual array of early furniture, fine textiles, folk art, English and American metalwork and related accessories.

"The Fruits of Industry", a charming hooked rug designed by James and Mercedes Hutchinson in excellent condition.  American, Ca. 1925-35. Cotton on burlap. Also displayed in their booth is one of Grace and Elliot's favorite paintings, shown below.

Portrait of a Young Woman. This exceptional oil on canvas is a hauntingly sensitive portrait of a young woman in white, possibly the work of Henry Folsom. American. Circa 1810-20. Oil on canvas.