WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Promoters Kay and Bill Puchstein repoprt the first of the newly scheduled Summer Shows for the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival show, scheduled July 3-4, is almost sold out for dealer spaces.
During the June 4-6 event, one of the original Florida Highwayman painters, R.L. Lewis, demonstrated his skills at the show, offering his paintings for sale.
A number of Florida dealers have been reporting excellent shows including Nancy and Woody Straub with brisk sales of Western art, late 18th and early 19th century smalls and historic furniture. Jim Antonne of Jacksonville, Fla., sold a large number of oil paintings, a heated oil operated fan and an eight foot long grizzly bear rug. Lyn Kraft, a local Florida jewelry dealer, recently sold a dinner ring with a 4.7-carat center diamond with an asking price of $30,000. Another Florida dealer recently offered a stainless steel infinity clock on a pedestal for $2,000 and had brisk sales of oriental figurines, statues and many one of kind items from a South Florida estate.
One Florida dealer who almost always has a good show is the “Doll Lady” Jane Greenwalt. She has always had a love of dolls and when she retired the first time she began to rehabilitate old dolls to give to charity. Naturally she eventually came across dolls she didn’t want to part with so she started her own collection, which rapidly grew out of control and she became a doll dealer by accident. And a major dealer at that.
At the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival Greenwalt usually has several hundred dolls on display, in addition to bins of authentic accessories such as shoes, socks, underwear, shirts and other needful things for dolls. She strives to be like an old fashioned 1930s doll store with everything for the collector and admirer of dolls. Her inventory ranges from early 1800s “china heads” to newer but interesting 20th century items. She also does doll restoration for customers including cleaning, restringing and redressing. She really enjoys the “fixer uppers.”
The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is held at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fair located off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Fla. Show hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Early buyer’s admission from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday is $25 and is valid for the entire weekend.
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