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!