Alexandria antiques show returning to Washington Masonic Memorial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Alexandria Antiques Show is returning to the George Washington Masonic Memorial under the management of JMK Shows. This will be the second year that the biannual show is in the hands of promoter Allison Kohler. Thirty-one nationally prominent antiques dealers will be displaying their wares in room settings, with a great diversity of merchandise. There will be one dealer in oriental rugs, one jewelry dealer, one silver specialist, one print dealer, as well as Russian icons, Asian antiques, furniture, fine art and decorative arts.

Art Nouveau Vase

An Austrian Art Nouveau Vase with a pheasant, by Amphora. Terre Mare Antiques.

A first time exhibitor at the show is Lisa Gaffney of Sharon, CT, who specializes in Art Nouveau ceramics; primarily on French and Austrian pieces with a focus on naturalism. “I love the fact that Art Nouveau was influenced by Japanese art, so that it is very organic, and nothing is symmetrical,” she said. Among her offerings will be an exquisite Austrian Art Nouveau Amphora Pheasant Vase with wonderful detail and an elegant pheasant perched on the side, with tail sweeping out and around toward the bottom of the piece.

Michael Pashby Antiques deals in fine quality English Antiques and Decorative Arts, items that combine rarity, beautiful design, excellent craftsmanship and ingenuity. Specializing in works from the mid 17th century to the late 19th century and has in stock good pieces of Georgian and regency period antiques furniture.

Ken Kellehner of Kellehner Fine Art looks forward to his second time exhibiting at the Alexandria show, especially since he grew up in the area. “I feel like I’m going home,” he said. His specialty is oil paintings, primarily European with the occasional American example, and if he finds an exceptional watercolor he will have that as well. Describing his paintings, he said, “The business has changed so much that I have had to expand my inventory. I used to have mostly landscapes, but now I try to have outstanding examples of every type of painting: figurative, modernism, genre scenes.” Many of the paintings are purchased in Belgium, where Kelleher says that modernism began in the late 19th century.

Elinor Penna, from New York, is an expert in Victorian Staffordshire figures, and will bring pieces with a hunting theme to the show. Among her offerings will be her own personal collection of Victorian foxes. There are spill vases, groups, and watch holders. “I will have a baker’s dozen of foxes,” she said, “as well as a variety of hunting dogs; pointers, setters and hounds.”


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Victorian Staffordshire foxes

Three examples of Victorian Staffordshire foxes from the personal collection of Elinor Penna. The entire collection will be shown in her booth at the Alexandria Antiques Show.

John Rogers Antiques hails from New London, N.H. This will be his first time exhibiting at the Alexandria Antiques Show, and he will be showing mostly “things that hang on the wall. Windows and doors from China are hung like paintings, and exhibit beautiful design and craftsmanship,” he explained. He is working on a book on this subject. When asked if he goes to China to buy, he said, “I have a Chinese business partner, and I find that if I accompany him while he is buying, the price goes up, so I leave most of the buying to him.”

Howard Price Fine Art will be coming to Alexandria from Boynton Beach, Florida. He sells fine art prints covering such categories as Americana, Botanical, Historical, Native American, Sporting, Maps, and others, as well as select fine watercolors.

Susan Barr will exhibit with copper, furniture and nautical antiques, and Wellesley House from Lake Forest, Ill., whose most recent line of acquisitions has focused on Advertisements, from published Signs, to original Artist Proofs. Among these are ads for Guinness, Bell’s Whiskey, Berry Bros. Champagne, Johnnie Walker Whiskey, and Player’s Cigarettes.

Robert Quilter of Baltimore will show fine art, and Bob Baker of Poverty Hollow Antiques will have decorative items and statuary.

The dealers set up in room settings, and as customers wander through the booths and down the aisles, they will have a unique opportunity to experience and purchase some of the finest antiques available from some of the best dealers in the country.

For more information on the Alexandria Antiques Show, or any other JMK antiques show, contact Allison Kohler at 973-927-2794 or visit www.jmkshows.com online.

Asian Camphor wood window

Camphor Window from John Rogers. A detailed explanation describes every element and its symbolism: The central character of this window is “Lu” made up of a bird (probably phoenix) a deer and a pine tree. Lu was the god of wealth and status derived from holding official position. In turn, the phoenix symbolizes peace, the deer and the pine tree both suggest immortality. The smaller carvings are of dragons (protection), birds and flowers. Made of camphor wood, from the Jianxi province.

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