Sterling McCall Antique Showcase becoming popular Round Top antiques destination

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Antiques collectors and dealers flock to Round Top, Texas, twice each year to participate in the antiques markets that exponentially swells the area's population.

ROUND TOP, Texas – All three buildings of the Sterling McCall Antique Showcase were filled as the new venue has become a popular destination for shoppers in the famous Round Top Texas Antiques Market week. With more than 60 exhibitors Kathy Johnston said she “has a real presence in Round Top as one of the premier shows, with quality exhibits and antiques and we have done it in just a year and a half.” Open from Friday, March 25 through Saturday, April 2, the show overlaps both important weekends and all the other popular shows on the road.

clearance antiques reference booksLast fall there was quite a stir when Wester Gallery of Roswell, Ga., sold two L.C. Tiffany lamps for more than $200,000 each. This spring, owner Tom Wester brought a fresh collection of Tiffany lamps and also a very unusual L.C. Tiffany window in virtually perfect condition. The decoration was flowers, which had a double image as canaries. While it did not sell during the show, Wester said there was good interest in the $300,000 piece.

Another very high end exhibitor at the show was Elegant Reflections, Chicago. By Sunday afternoon, Deidre McLeod said she and her husband had a good start with sales of early decorative art and lighting.

Johnston again filled all three buildings offering American and European antiques of the 18th and 19th centuries. The buildings formerly housed a private collection of Cadillacs and now have been converted into an exhibition center for antiques twice each year.

The Boyce Collection was exhibiting in the Historic Neese House offering predominantly Georgian furniture and accessories. Nancee Boyce, pleased with their results, said sales included “most of our big furniture and a great many boxes: tea caddies, sewing boxes and more.”

Ali Rickstrew was having a good time in the Showcase Building with her collection of early smalls and folk art. Memories Antiques, Dunellen, N.J., was selling art glass, Steuben and some early pottery in the same building.

Ben Fulbright moved to this show last year from one of the other venues in the area. He showcases his unique collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, clocks and tools available for sale. Among his offerings was a cutting table for bookbinders for $1,000, complete and in good working order; a watchmaker’s work bench, complete and including some of the tools at $900; and of course the clocks, mostly made in Connecticut and in good working order.

Diane Cline, L.P. Cline Gallery, was exhibiting her collection of Russian oil paintings in the Museum Building. Hailing from Chattanooga, Tenn., she said she acquires her inventory from contemporary artists or artists’ heirs in Russia where the supply is very good. The works are of good quality; for Realist and some Impressionist works generally completed within the last 100 years and the prices are reasonable.

A Mariner’s Compass was the pattern for an early quilt in excellent condition offered as part of the collection from Auntie’s Attic of St. Joseph, Ill. The owners, Priscilla and Richard Lindstrom, had it priced at $1,400.

Sterling McCall Antique Showcase is the newest of the many shows and markets in Round Top, Texas. The event orrurs twice each year, ending on the first Saturday of October and April. By the continued marketing of her show, Johnston expects about 60 dealers for the Fall show, which begins Friday, Sept. 23 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

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The Boyce Collection, Rockwall, Texas, reflected a light and airy feel in decorating with antiques.
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The Wester Collection featured an L.C. Tiffany window that was tagged at $300,000.
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The Kentucky Sandpiper, Russellville, Ky., offers a variety of quality Americana during the Sterling McCall Antique Showcase.
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Memories Antiques, Dunellen, N.J., featured fine examples of clear and colored collectible glass.
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K & K Ventures, Houston, Texas offered several early working men's stations including a book binder and here an early watchmaker's bench priced at $900.

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