His­tor­i­cal Fo­cus

Ex­hibitors in the third an­nual Nan­tucket Sum­mer An­tiques Show present fine art, an­tique fur­nish­ings, sil­ver, dé­cor and ephemera

American Fine Art Magazine - - Event Preview: Nantucket, Ma -

Hosted by the An­tiques Coun­cil, the third an­nual Nan­tucket Sum­mer An­tiques Show will gather in­ter­na­tional fine art and an­tiques deal­ers to the Mas­sachusetts is­land from Au­gust 10 to 13.The show, which al­lows at­ten­dees to view and pur­chase items, in­cludes ev­ery­thing from his­tor­i­cal pieces to con­tem­po­rary fare with the ma­jor­ity of the of­fer­ings dat­ing from be­fore 1980. Marty Shapiro, pres­i­dent of the An­tiques Coun­cil, ex­pressed his en­thu­si­asm for the 2018 event by say­ing, “We are feeling very pos­i­tive about the re­cep­tion we have re­ceived and are ded­i­cated to con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of fine an­tiques shows on the is­land.” A com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing an as­sort­ment of items of high qual­ity is paramount to the show, ac­cord­ing to the An­tiques Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of shows, Kaye Gregg. She says that col­lec­tors will no­tice,“the va­ri­ety be­cause we do try to mix in as much as pos­si­ble from fine pe­riod fur­ni­ture—be it con­ti­nen­tal, English or Amer­i­can— to mid-19th-cen­tury art…deal­ers are vet­ted and their mer­chan­dise is re­viewed.we vet be­fore we invite them, and it’s re­viewed on the floor of the show and con­forms to our stan­dards and is show wor­thy.”

Among the deal­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing this year are Alexan­der Gallery in New York; Cal­laghans of Shrews­bury from the U.K.;THE Coo­ley Gallery of Old Lyme, Con­necti­cut; Rehs Gal­leries, Inc. of New York; Roberto Fre­itas Amer­i­can An­tiques of Ston­ing­ton, Con­necti­cut; and Charles Ed­win Puck­ett, of Akron, Ohio, to name a few.

At the Rehs booth, col­lec­tors can ex­pect to see work dat­ing from the early 19th through 21st cen­turies, with his­toric artists in­clud­ing Hen­drik Bakhuyzen, Edouard Cortes, Jean B.C. Corot, Ru­dolf Ernst, Daniel Ridg­way Knight, Louis As­ton Knight and

Mau­rice de­vlam­inck.“the Nan­tucket show has a solid footing on the is­land and each year at­ten­dance con­tin­ues to grow,” says gallery pres­i­dent Howard L. Rehs.“it is now part of our reg­u­lar sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule.”

The Coo­ley Gallery booth will have a sim­i­lar time­line of pieces on dis­play. Col­lec­tors will find a se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can art of the 19th, 20th and 21st cen­turies, with work by War­ren Shep­pard and Charles Ebert be­ing among the high­lights.

To kick off the Nan­tucket Sum­mer An­tiques Show will be the re­turn of the Straw­ber­ries and Cream Brunch on Au­gust 10 at 10 a.m. to ben­e­fit the Nan­tucket Preser­va­tion Trust. On Satur­day, Au­gust 11, Dr. Stu­art Frank, former cu­ra­tor of the New Bed­ford Whal­ing Mu­seum and a scrimshaw ex­pert, will lead a lec­ture on the topic that ben­e­fits the Nan­tucket His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. Sun­day, Au­gust 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., per­form­ers from the Theatre Work­shop of Nan­tucket will present se­lec­tions from Ok­la­homa! in cel­e­bra­tion of its 75th an­niver­sary. Mon­day, Au­gust 13, at 10 a.m., will be the fi­nal lec­ture, ben­e­fit­ting the schol­ar­ship fund of the Nan­tucket Gar­den Club Inc. The show will be open to the public Au­gust 10 from noon to 5 p.m., Satur­day and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Mon­day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.tick­ets are $15 and can be pur­chased on­line or at the door.

An­tique Amer­i­can wicker fur­ni­ture on dis­play at the show.

A look at the David Brooker Fine Art booth shows marine art, seascapes and land­scapes.

Large sailor’s wool­work with fleet with 14 ships, ca. 1865. Ber­lin wool on linen, 21¾ x 34½ in. Courtesy Earle D. Van­dekar of Knights­bridge, Inc.

John Ben­tham-dins­dale (1927-2006), The Flag, The Flag, The Pre­cious Flag: Lake Erie, 1813. Oil on panel, 16 x 20 in. Courtesy Rehs Gal­leries, Inc.

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