Renaissance fills “Richmond” Showplace

RICHMOND, Va. – Four times each year The Richmond Antiques Spectacular fills The Showplace with a great variety of antiques for an appreciative Richmond, Va., audience.

Renaissance Promotions has been producing the show for more than 20 years with more than a hundred dealers. The roots of the show stem from another produced by a volunteer cooperative of dealers in the early 1980s. Bob and Deanna Taylor, and Louise Jesse, all dealers themselves, Easter Hill AT 2-20.jpgformed Renaissance Promotions when the volunteers became overwhelmed with the task of planning and executing the show.

Some dealers create their own room settings. Showing here is Easter Hill Antiques of Sharon, Ct.

Many of the show exhibitors are local dealers that consider this show their principal selling venue. Toad Hall Antiques, of Chester, Va., featured a large variety of early lighting and lamps to be used with oil or converted to electric. Also exhibiting was Brian Penniston of Queenstown Antique Mall in Tappahannock, Va., about an hour north of Richmond at a crossing for the Rappahannock River. Penniston’s shop is well known for the quality of the offerings from its various dealers, and for this show there was an array of early dishes, household objects and Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century furniture.

The booth of Ken and Jan Silveri, Hamburg, Pa.

Originally from England, but now a resident of Bethesda, Md., June Tracy is a returning dealer to Richmond. Her collection is primarily objects that could fit into a suitcase, or, perhaps, several suitcases. June’s affinity for decorative Nineteenth Century porcelain dishes and Victorian figurines, were evident in her booth display. Peg Lockwood, a dealer from Zuni, Va., had recently been to England replenishing her inventory of Georgian Period furniture, covering all of the first four Georges. Much of her finds were heading to new homes, as were the small accessories she had found on her October trip.

While there were indeed many local dealers, the show also attracts many out-of-state dealers, like Whimsy Antiques of Fenelton, Pa. The outfit offered early painted furniture, as might be expected from a Pennsylvania dealer, but its inventory also included a good selection of Majolica. Mark Stulginsky, Whimsy’s owner, exhibits at a great many shows throughout the country and said, Roselawn Ant AT 2-20.jpg“Richmond is a good marketplace. I try not to miss it.”

Roselawn Antiques, of Havre deGrace, Md., was offering an inventory of collectables and antiques.

Mary Ellen Stevens, of Quelle Surprise, was there from Gloucester, MA, offering early art glass. Her sales of Steuben Glassware, she said, were so good she was only sorry she had not brought more. Dennis Christenson, of Unadilla, NY, had traveled quite a way to be at the show, and was selling a variety of early American Country furniture and some Industrial accessories at the season’s three shows.

The Richmond show happens four times each year, typically the weekend before Thanksgiving, either Christmas week or the first weekend of the year, late January or February and late March.

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