Bertoia’s figural doorstops headlining Philly antiques show

PHILADELPHIA – Visitors entering Barn Star Productions’ 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, April 12-14 at the First Troop Armory in historic downtown Philadelphia, will be greeted by a special exhibition titled “Opening Doors: The Private Doorstop Collection of Jeanne Bertoia.”

Jeanne Bertoia is a renowned expert on the subject of cast-iron figural doorstops and authored the groundbreaking reference book titled “Doorstops – Identifications & Values.” Over the past 35 years, she has bought, sold and collected some of the finest known

Jeanne Bertoia, respected expert of cast-iron doorstops, with one of the many pieces of her collection. (Photo courtesy Barn Star Productions)

Jeanne Bertoia, respected expert of cast-iron doorstops, with one of the many pieces of her collection. (Photo courtesy Barn Star Productions)

antique and vintage doorstops. Aspects of her personal collection will be displayed in the armory foyer throughout the popular three-day antique show that many consider the opener for Philadelphia Antiques Week.

Approximately 75 doorstops have been chosen for the exhibit. Most are in mint or near-mint condition. Among the many rarities are a Littco Halloween Girl, large-size animal figurals by Bradley & Hubbard (including Turkey, Heron, Rabbit, Rooster), the complete Art Deco series designed by Fish, and many other favorites personally selected by Jeanne Bertoia for inclusion in the colorful display.

“I have known the armory show’s promoter, Frank Gaglio, for many years. He always produces a beautiful show, so I was especially pleased when he called up and asked if I would like to display pieces from my collection this year,” said Bertoia.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12 and 13; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14. The venue is located at 22 S. 23rd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, Pa.

For additional information, log on to www.barnstar.com.


Spotlight Reference: Doorstops: Identification and Values

Doorstops: Identification and ValuesWritten by Jeanne Bertoia, the woman whose collection will be featured at the 23rd Armory Antiques Show, April 12-14, in Philadelphia, this long-time perennial favorite of doorstop collectors offers valuable details and photographs.

Available at online booksellers.


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