Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Antiques, please, with a side of Industrial Chic

I went to Brim­field with fur­ni­ture on my mind, but came home empty-handed.  But I did not despair, because this past week­end, the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair brought together 175 antique deal­ers, with a heavy empha­sis on fur­ni­ture and the dec­o­ra­tive arts.  From across the North­east and as far afield as Florida and Michi­gan, deal­ers showed an inter­est­ing assort­ment.  Judg­ing from the num­ber of sold tags, buy­ing started early.  I arrived about an hour after open­ing, and many of the most inter­est­ing pieces had already been snapped up.

As you might expect in the heart of New York’s antique coun­try, Amer­i­cana dom­i­nates this show. But indus­trial chic is still wildly pop­u­lar. These two tables are great exam­ples, com­bin­ing old machine bases with solid glass or vin­tage wood tops. The results are unique and func­tional with an indus­trial edgi­ness.  I can see the glass-topped table with pale linen uphol­stery in a casual din­ing area or per­haps with the Alle­gro in a funky con­fer­ence room.

Dec­o­ra­tive indus­trial pieces were also a hot draw.  There was a crowd admir­ing these vin­tage pul­leys on cus­tom stands.  Gears adorned walls, and objets and frag­ments drew early buyers.

Does any­one know what that sput­nik shaped item is?

Signs and num­bers were plen­ti­ful and the best exam­ples sold quickly.

There were so many lovely vignettes to con­sider, and a few truly inter­est­ing pieces I fell in love with.  The first was this vin­tage fab­ric bolt holder; love the tapered shape and the patina.  Alas, sold before I laid eyes on it.

The sec­ond was this antique loom/weaving/spool holder.  Not sure what the exact descrip­tion is, but I think it’s charm­ing, and per­fectly sized to hang above a sofa.  I love how the dealer accented the piece with mul­ti­ple col­ors of thread.

And finally, this folk art sheep sign. It just made me smile!

If you missed this spring fair, it’s hap­pen­ing again Octo­ber 9 & 10.  You can catch the antiques show and the fall foliage at the same time!

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