This year, Dolphin Promotions held its annual summer Chicago Antiques Show at the Rosemont Convention Center. It had been held there for many years, but was moved to a downtown location last year in an effort to reinvigorate the show. This year, Rosemary Krieger, the owner of Dolphin Promotions, decided that the show was better off back in its original location. To give the show a boost, she upped the advertising budget and offered incentives to the public, including free parking for a paid admission.
Show attendance was light to moderate for most of the show, but many of the attendees were serious buyers, so a decent percentage of the dealers reported that their shows were fair to good. Personally, my show was decent, with good interest in Tiffany and Loetz glass and Tiffany desk set items. Sales were decent on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was a bust, with the usual cast of tire-kickers. If only I knew which Sundays to stay in my hotel room and watch TV!
There are so many interested, knowledgeable buyers in the greater Chicago area, that I would love for the show to succeed and grow again. As the economy strengthens in the coming months and years, the show will have a decent chance.
This coming week, we’re off to Baltimore for the biggest show of the summer and probably one of the biggest shows of the year. The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is held every year over the Labor Day weekend, ending on Sunday. This year’s dates are Thursday, September 2, to Sunday, September 5. The show was expanded to four days after the previous promoter, Frank Farbenbloom, sold it to the Palm Beach Show Group. This is one show that you should get on a plane, get in your car, or get on a train, and ATTEND. The show is not only huge, but top-notch quality, with some fantastic dealers who exhibit at very few shows, including some from abroad. Buyers fly in from all over the world, including Europe, Japan, and South America. The Baltimore Inner Harbor is a fun location in the summer, so for the price of one trip, you get the antiques show, wonderful local entertainment and great restaurants.
I recently added over 10 Galle vases to my website, 7 Tiffany lamps, 1 Grueby vase, 1 Newcomb vase, Daum Nancy glass and a fabulous Burgun & Schverer internally decorated vase. This coming week, I’ll be adding many new items. Please take a look. Click on this link chasenantiques.com.
Please send me your comments or questions about art glass, lamps, Louis Icart, shows, auctions, etc. If it’s interesting, I’ll answer you in a future blog.