Richmond Extravaganza antique show crowd hits five-year high

Shoppers seek early Southern furniture

RICHMOND, Va. — Shoppers turned out in force at the 2012 Richmond Extravaganza.

Southern antique furniture  Bob Taylor and Brian Penniston, both Virginia-based dealers, not only shared a double exhibit space, but also ownership of several pieces on display at Richmond Extravaganza.

The event, which featured about 100 exhibiting dealers at The Showplace Feb. 24-26, drew more shoppers this year than it has in any of the past five, according to Susie Clodfelter, co-owner of Antiques Extravaganzas of North Carolina.

Shoppers gravitated toward selections of early furniture with an emphasis on pieces with a Southern heritage. Earthenware, ceramics and more home accessories sold well to the appreciative audience.

Hoot and Nana Antiques from Paris, Ky., offered furniture collected near the business’ home base. One of the vendor’s favorite pieces was a step-back cupboard featuring a two-door bottom with solid panels, a two-door top with glass lights, which was constructed of native walnut with poplar and southern pine under woods and in its early finish. A walnut chest of drawers of similar Federal style kept the cupboard company at the booth.

southern antiques  Mark Semmes, Leesburg, Va., offered his Southern Traditions at the Extravaganza.

Two Virginia dealers chose to combine their collections in an oversized space. Although each dealer has a shop, they own some of the more valuable pieces together.

Bob Taylor has run a Williamsburg shop for several years and produces several antiques shows in the area, and Brian Penniston has the Queen Street Antiques mall in Tappahannock. For this weekend, the duo was very pleased with sales.

At least five pieces of furniture found new homes, as did a good collection of smalls. From the side of the booth, Taylor sold an early game table in mahogany. Dominating displays at the front of the booth were a tall walnut stand from North Carolina and a Virginia pie safe. But the dealers’ most-prized piece was a yellow pine corner cupboard from the Eastern shore of Maryland, which featured an extremely well executed crown molding made from five shaped pieces of pine.

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oyster plates  Monique’s Antiques, Dunkirk, Md., exhibited its specialty, Majolica, at the Showplace, including this impressive selection of oyster plates.
antique oil lamps  Whether shoppers sought early oil lamps or parts to restore or electrify lamps, Toad Hall Antiques, Chester, Va., had plenty of choices.

Some dealers offered highly specialized collections. Keith Bouffard from Newport News had an extensive collection of Victorian-era picture frames. Robert French of South Portland, Maine, sold wine glasses and decanters. Monique’s Antiques, Dunkirk, Md., trades in Majolica. Bellflower Antiques had two specialties, lustre ware and Gaudy Welsh.

Carolyn Brown’s Williamsburg, Va., shop is open most days, except when she is at the Richmond shows. Her shop has been a good source for early Virginia furniture, but at this show, she offered mostly early transfer ware and some wonderful smalls. There was a large selection of Chinese exports, early English tea caddies and a variety of silver.

Fellow Williamsburg dealer Ben Shearer, who was trading as Blue Lion Antiques, showed his collection of tools.

Vernon Creekmore, Richmond, offered an early tall case clock with works from London and a case believed to have been from the Delaware Valley in New Jersey. Two dealers from the small town of Delhi, N.Y., made the trek to Virginia.

Joe Weaver of Catskill Antiques offered country furniture, while Tom Newcomer, Horsefeathers Antiques, showed an early primitive kitchen collection.

antique blue and white transferware  The classic blue and white color palette made for an eye-catching display by Sparrows Nest Antiques, Williamsburg, Va.

Early comments from dealers were that sales were good, with a return of the furniture buyers in many cases, as well as strong sales of early home accessories. Bob French, a dealer who splits his time between Maine and Virginia, was selling his early crystal and flint glass, along with early cream ware. A friend kept busy wrapping items for French’s buyers.

Antiques Extravaganzas of North Carolina produces the Richmond show twice each year. The next event will be Oct. 5-7 at the Showplace. Founded 35 years ago, Antiques Extravaganzas also produces shows in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C., two times yearly in each city. Call 336-924-4359 for more information.

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