Outsider Art Fair, 2018

Scenes from the Outsider Art Fair, 2018 in NYC.

Charlie & artist/Outsider Authority Steven S. Powers

Something so soft carved into something so hard. Granite Bird Family. Steven S. Powers booth.

Fred Giampietro

Bill Traylor

Bell & Hammer Piano Andrew Edlin Gallery

Shrine to Mose Tolliver

Hideaki Yoshikawa


Winter Antiques Show, 2018

The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City struck me as particularly stunning this year. Stephen Score's booth at the entrance was captivating, as was Elle Shushan's jewel box of a booth. David Schorsch's full court press of outstanding pieces were a knock out and there were many red stickers there. Olde Hope Antiques is a reliable source for over the top collector's pieces. Nathan Liverant & Son's booth was overflowing with show attendees. I was so busy talking to Kelly Kinzle, I forgot to snap a shot of his outstanding Reading, PA cabinet, entirely covered with exquisite marquetry. The Show continues until Sunday, January 28.

Charlie gazing at Stephen Score's booth.

Behold, the sign! Stephen Score's booth.

Charlie Hammell & Stephen Score in deep discussion.

Exterior of Elle Shushan's booth.

Feature wall of David Schorsch's booth.

Breathtaking detail of above Album Quilt. David Schorsch.

Another detail of the Album Quilt. David Schorsch.

I noticed the shadow first. Captivating hanging sculpture by Lee Bontecou.


Over the top Connecticut overmantel, Nathan Liverant & Son.

Another overmantel, this one from New York, in the pristine booth of Olde Hope Antiques.

Oh my! Double mocha jugs. Nathan Liverant & Son.

The perfect Shaker stack. Olde Hope Antiques.

For my musician friends, a European trade sign.




Sotheby's Important Americana Auction NYC, January 20, 2018

Here are a few of my favorite things at the Sotheby's Americana Auction this weekend.

Amish Crib Quilt 20th century  Estimate $200 -$300. Sold for $400.

Detail, Federal Settee, possibly Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1810  estimate $6,000 - $12,000.

Sold for $4,000.

Detail, New Jersey Watercolor Fraktur, set of Four, 1804-1809 Sold for $12,500.

Flowing Urn Hearth Rug 1835, New England  Estimate $5,000 - $7,000. Passed at $4,000.

Painting by Joseph Whiting Stock 1840  Estimate  $8,000 - $12,000. Sold for $13,750.

Rhode Island Windsor Side Chair c. 1800  Estimate  $5,000- $7,000. Sold for $5,625.

New England Calamanco Quilt, late 18th century  Estimate $6,000 - $8,000. Sold for $9,500.

Detail, Yarn Sewn Table Rug, 1825 New York   Estimate $5,000 - $7,000. Sold for $7,500.

Detail, Revolutionary War Map created 1777, showing East and West New Jersey

Estimate $14,000 -$18,000.



Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver New York, January 19, 2018

The 2018 Winter Antiques events are getting under way in New York City. Charlie and I stopped in to Christie's Auction House at Rockefeller Center to check out the preview. Here are a few of my favs.

Charlie takes a look at a Chippendale Mahogany Block Front Chest of Drawers, Boston 1760-1780 Estimate $60,000 - $90,000.

Queen Anne Walnut veneered High Chest of Drawers and Dressing Table, 1735-1760

Estimate $200,000-$400,000.

Silk on Linen Sampler, 1840, Burlington, NJ   Estimate- $20,000 - $30,000. Sold for $17,500.

Leaping Stag Weathervane 1875, New York    Estimate $8,000-$12,000. Sold for $27,500.

19th Century Pennsylvania Farm Scene  Estimate $30,000 - $50,000. Sold for $68,750.

Lita and a friend at the Christie's preview.

The auction takes place on January 19, 2018 at 11:00, 20 Rockerfeller Plaza, New York.



Morristown Armory Antiques Show October 2017

"Noonmark Antiques, where have you been? You haven't posted since August 2017." Well, Charlie and I packed up 35+ years of accumulated memories and practical neccessities and moved to a gorgeous little town, an easy 30 minute express train ride to Penn Station New York. I am smitten with Maplewood, New Jersey and find it a privilege to live in this beautiful, friendly, hoppin' village. And because we live here now, there is no excuse for us to miss the Morristown Armory Antiques Show this weekend.

We arrived a bit after the opening and judging by the crowd, I imagine there may have been a line. By the way, it's a lovely hilly ride to the armory, perfect for antiquing.

We saw a few other ADA dealers there shopping the show. They left weighed down with their purchases "to sell." What were a few of my favorite things that I saw? Well, hands down, Charlie and I both went gaga over a pair of huge and heavy black and white glass windows leaning nonchalantly against a wall. They are wonderful. They came from a 1920's  factory and according to dealer Jim McGrath, they have been in his warehouse until now. There are a few issues but he has a guy who can repair them. These are great folks. If you have a spot for them, go check them out.

Jim McGrath, Massachusettes $6,500. for the pair

Other favorites? A set of animal shaped iron carnival targets in red/orange paint. They were pretty cool. A Stubbs ship painting for $4,500. A 1960's coffee set for $70. (very sleek) There is a lot to see. Worth the trip. Admission is only $5.00 Open today until 6:00 and tomorrow October 29 from 11-5.

The Morristown National Guard Armory, 430 Western Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960