The results of the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, February 3-5, 2017

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The Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show is over. It’s been a modest success, for which I’m thankful. Attendance was light to moderate for the entire show, but enough of the right people showed up to make it profitable. French glass sold best, which has been the usual modus operandi for most shows.

We sold a very similar Walter pâte-de-verre tray at the show

I don’t think the word is out yet that the show is new and improved. It’s much larger and better, so it’s worth a trip from anywhere. I think the show is going to get even bigger next year with the reopening of the second floor. That would be a great reason to visit. We’re signed up for next year in an even bigger booth.

I spent a lot of time on Monday creating a video of the show. I’m not a professional videographer, but I did my best with a complicated video editing program called Serif MoviePlus. Click here to view it. I would love to know what you think. PLEASE send me an email. philip@chasenantiques.com.

This week we’ll move to the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in southwest Miami for the Original Miami Antique Show. It opens to the public this Friday at 12 PM and continues until Monday at 5 PM. I have no idea what to expect with this move to a new venue. I’ll keep you posted.

We’ll have this just-purchased, incredible Daum Nancy Blackbird vase at the show.

We always bring a strong inventory to Miami, but this year is exceptional. You won’t believe the quantity and quality of the French and American glass and lamps we’ll have at the show. We had to rent an additional showcase beyond the eight we already bring just to fit it all. Come and visit the show. It’s always good but this year it will be great!


I’ve been listing on my website many of the new items I’ve recently purchased and I’ll be listing more in the near future. Please check my site as often as you can.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Setting up at the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, January 31 – February 1, 2017

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Setup at the The Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show is half over. It’s going smoothly, but we have so many objects that it’s a formidable task. We’ll have it all done by the time the show opens to the public this Friday at 11 AM.

Our booth at a previous Miami Airport show

This year the show has 200 dealers, up from 60 last year. It’s a rare example of a show growing, as most shows are struggling just to maintain their size. Many of the best dealers who haven’t exhibited at this show in many years are back. It’s like the good old days.

Just bought this very beautiful Tiffany Favrile vase

You will be thrilled with the size and quality of the show. Come visit and make the show a big success!

We’ll have this just-purchased, incredible Daum Nancy Blackbird vase at the show.

We always bring a strong inventory to Miami, but this year is exceptional. You won’t believe the quantity and quality of the French and American glass and lamps we’ll have at the show. We had to rent an additional showcase beyond the eight we already bring just to fit it all. Come and visit the show. It’s always good but this year it will be great!

The Original Miami Antique Show follows the Miami Airport Show, moving from Miami Beach to a new venue. If you can’t make both shows, make sure you visit this one.


I’ve been listing on my website many of the new items I’ve recently purchased and I’ll be listing more in the near future. Please check my site as often as you can.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Making sense of the new order at the antique shows in Miami this February

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The Miami antique shows will be turned on their heads this year. Here’s my take on what’s to come, but first a little background.

Our booth at a previous Miami Airport show

The date order of two important antique shows in Miami has always been the Airport show first (that’s the one at the Miami Merchandise Mart), followed immediately by the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Over the years, the Airport show shrank until it finally failed and was immediately replaced by a cloned show. The public wasn’t able to tell that anything had changed, but it had behind the scenes. For more about the details, click here for one of my previous blogs. As the Airport show shrank, so did the attendance. Many dealers and many attendees skipped the Airport show altogether and arrived in Miami only for the second show.

An artist’s rendering of the future Miami Beach Convention Center

In the meantime, the second show, the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, was forced out of the Miami Beach Convention Center because of construction. Click here if you want to read about the details. The transformed new show will change its venue to the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center and its name to the Original Miami Antique Show, removing the word Beach from its title. Its dates of February 10 – February 13, 2017 will still follow the Airport show.

Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center

So what has happened and what will happen? Many of the dealers weren’t thrilled by the move to the new venue and have jumped ship, electing instead to exhibit at the Airport show and skip the second show, the Original Miami Antique Show. Other dealers, including myself, are going to give both shows a chance.

Rosemary Krieger, owner and promoter of the Airport show (now named the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show), told me that the upcoming February, 2017 show has gotten much larger, with plans to get even bigger next year. Last year only 60 dealers exhibited at the Airport show, while this year the entire first floor will be full with 200 dealers. The second floor will have a special exhibition of Art Deco photography (for sale) presented by the Art Deco Buenos Aires Argentina Institute. If things go well this year, the show will expand to the second floor next year, bringing it back full circle to where it was years ago. That would be an exciting and ironic turn of events.

I’m on the fence about the newly relocated Miami Beach show. If the public and the dealers reject the new venue, the show will fail, and the Airport show will benefit. If it does well, the shows will be similar to what they’ve traditionally been. I suggest when you make your plans to visit the shows in Miami next month, you arrive early to include the Airport show. If you miss the first show, you may miss what could become the more exciting and important of the two. Tune in in next month and I’ll let you know how it all shakes out.

The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

In the meantime, come visit me at the new NYC Big Flea Antiques Market at the Manhattan Center, Historic Hammerstein Ballroom, 34th St. and 8th Ave. in New York City. We’ll be there Thursday – Saturday, January 19-21, 2017.


I just listed this killer Daum Prairie pitcher for sale on my website

I’ve been listing on my website many of the new items I’ve recently purchased and I’ll be listing more in the near future. Please check my site as often as you can.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The results of the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, January 22-24, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


There was a decent crowd at the opening on Friday

There was a decent crowd at the opening on Friday

The Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show ended yesterday after a three-day run from January 22-24, 2016. The show started slowly on Friday, with only one sale to the public, but other sales to dealers and private clients made it a good day.

We had an amazing display of Tiffany Favrile floriform vases at the show

We had an amazing display of Tiffany Favrile floriform vases at the show

Attendance was light on both Saturday and Sunday, with a commensurate lack of interest. We only made one small sale to the public on Saturday and none on Sunday. However, we did well overall, because I sent lots of photos to my private clients and they responded. If we hadn’t been at the show to find the objects and sell them by email, we wouldn’t have made the sales.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to poll other dealers for their reactions to the show because I was constantly on the computer taking photos, sending photos and making deals. It was time well spent.

miami-beach-1-2016This week the highly anticipated Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public on Thursday at noon, as usual at the Miami Beach Convention Center. You should attend not only because it’s a great show, but also for the memories. The show will move to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition in 2017, but hopefully will return to the Convention Center in 2018, after the completion of construction.

Thursday’s blog will be from the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Next Monday’s blog will be delayed until Tuesday, so I can report on the results of the show.


I’ve been quite busy buying and selling recently, partly because I’ve listed many new items on my website. I need to buy more, so if you have something great, please offer it to me. I am paying the highest prices of any dealer. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email me a jpeg.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Here’s a preview of my booth in Miami starting this Friday, January 22, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


miami-airport-1-2016(2)The Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, The Airport Show, will open to the public this Friday, January 22, 2016 at noon. We’re bringing such a huge selection of fantastic merchandise that we had to leave some items home because the truck was chockablock full.

We'll have this wonderful Gallé floral lamp at the show

We’ll have this wonderful Gallé floral lamp at the show

Sales of French glass have been great for the last few years, so I’m bringing a really powerful selection of Daum Nancy, Gallé and Argy-Rousseau items. If French glass interests you, you’ll want to see what I have.

This Tiffany Studios 20-inch diameter Nasturtium is one of over 20 lamps

This Tiffany Studios 20-inch diameter Nasturtium is one of over 20 lamps

How about Tiffany Studios lamps and glass? I can’t tell you what a great selection we have, from a 20″ Nasturtium lamp to an Aquamarine vase.
Very important Tiffany Favrile Aquamarine vase

Very important Tiffany Favrile Aquamarine vase

Thursday’s blog will be from the floor of the the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show. Can’t wait to get there and start the action!

The following week the Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public, as usual, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. You should attend because it’s a great show, but also for the memories.miami-beach-1-2016


I’ve been quite busy buying and selling recently, partly because I’ve listed many new items on my website. I need to buy more, so if you have something great, please offer it to me. I am paying the highest prices of any dealer. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email me a jpeg.

I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The Miami antique shows start next week, Friday, January 22, 2016

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


miami-airport-1-2016(2)The Florida antique shows are about to begin. Yippee! Next week buyers and sellers will converge on Miami from all over the world to transact business, making it an exciting time of year. The first show is called the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, but is often referred to as the Airport Show. It will open to the public on Friday, January 22, 2016 at noon. Business is usually very good with lots of action — like Vegas, but without the gambling.

Last year in front of my booth at the Miami National Antique Show Last year’s Airport Show was canceled by the promoter, U.S. Antique Shows, leaving a vacuum. Dolphin Fairs had sold the Airport Show to U.S. Antique Shows several years ago. When U.S. Antique Shows announced a few months ago they were folding the show, Dolphin Fairs stepped back in and started a new show to replace it. It looks and smells just like the original show, but isn’t. Got it?

Miami South Beach

Miami South Beach

Antique promoters and dealers are not dummies. What’s better than doing business in warm, sunny southern Florida while the rest of the nation freezes? The following week will bring the Original Miami Beach Antique Show. May I suggest you come to Miami a few days early? Visit the Airport show first, rest a couple of days in Miami and visit the second show. You’ll get first crack at some of the merchandise you’ll see the following week. Need a place to stay or the name of a great restaurant? I’ve got answers, so make your arrangements now, if you haven’t done so already.

We'll have this wonderful Daum Nancy Winter lamp at the show

We’ll have this wonderful Daum Nancy Winter lamp at the show

We will be bringing the best selection ever of the finest in American and French glass and lamps. You will not regret the decision to come, so make this the year you visit. You know you’ve been wanting to come.

miami-beach-1-2016The following week the eagerly anticipated Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public. If you attend just one antique show the entire year, this is the one.


I’ve been quite busy buying and selling recently, partly because I’ve listed many new items on my website. I really need to buy more, so if you have something great, please offer it to me for sale. I am paying the highest prices of any dealer. My decisions are quick and my payments just as quick. Just snap a photo and email me a jpeg.

I will continue to list more as often as possible. Please click here to take a look.

We’re still very much in business between shows, especially since there are fewer shows nowadays. Please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

A new Miami Airport Show will take the place of the canceled show

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


Last year in front of my booth

Last year in front of my booth

Last week U.S. Antique Shows emailed two show announcements. The first one canceled the March 2016 NYC Pier Show. The second canceled the January 2016 Miami Airport Show. I wasn’t too concerned about the March Pier Show because it was fading fast, but I certainly was concerned about the January Miami Airport Show. Last year was fabulous for me, so the cancellation put a big hole in my schedule (and budget).

miami-airport-1-2016Enter stage right, Rosemary Krieger to the rescue. Rosemary’s company, Dolphin Promotions, the former owners of the Miami Airport Show, were creating a new show, the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show, to take the place of the canceled show. Whoop de doo! The stipulation was they needed at least 100 dealers to sign up or there wouldn’t be a show. Initial interest has been very good, so Rosemary sent me an email confirming that the show will go on. Yahoo! Dealer participation is the key, so I need all of you dealers reading this blog to sign up for the show. You can contact Rosemary by email at rosemary@dolphinfairs.com or by phone at 708.366.2710. Click here for the landing page of the new show. Last year was significantly better than previous years, so let’s make this happen. Sign up and support the show!!


winnetka-10-2015Our next show will be at the Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, IL, November 6-8, 2015. We used to exhibit at shows in the greater Chicago area 4-6 times yearly. Most of them have disappeared, so we now only exhibit in Chicago twice a year, once in the fall in Winnetka and once in the spring in Glencoe at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Too bad, because we like Chicago and have lots of friends and clients. We’re really looking forward to seeing you at the show, so please put the dates in your calendar.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I will update it as often as time permits. We’re still very much in business between shows, so please don’t hesitate to email or call. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The results of the Miami National Antique Show, January 24-26, 2015

The blog schedule will be modified for a while because the Miami shows are starting and ending on unusual days. The next post will be this Friday from the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center. That will be followed by a results post on Wednesday, February 4th.

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


The Miami National Antique show ended its three-day run yesterday, January 26th. It’s smaller and leaner, but still a fine show. I’ve exhibited at shows all around the country and this one puts many of them to shame.

Ouch! That smarts.

Ouch! That smarts.

Unfortunately setup on Friday didn’t go smoothly for one dealer. The bracket on the top shelf gave way, causing all of the French glass to slide off and smash to the ground, as well as take out a Gallé lamp on the way down. It was major, uninsured, six-figure damage that the dealer took with a fair degree of equanimity. I felt really bad for him. If it had been me, I would have been a basket case.

Saturday afternoon in front of my booth

Saturday afternoon in front of my booth

Attendance on Saturday was quite good, in part because it was both the opening day of the show and the weekend. There was plenty of interest and questions, but no sales.

We sold this Tiffany Linenfold floor lamp at the show

We sold this Tiffany Linenfold floor lamp at the show

Attendance on Sunday was much lighter, but business was much better, which proves it’s the quality of the buyers that counts, not the quantity.

I sold this important Argy-Rousseau pâte-de-verre vase at the show

I sold this important Argy-Rousseau pâte-de-verre vase at the show

Monday was a joke. Almost no attendance and, of course, no sales to the public (but some sales to dealers on the show floor). It would have been nice to have a day off. Many shows have switched to two days, Saturday and Sunday, and that’s what I suggest for this show. Everyone will be happier, including show management. I did manage to buy out the French glass collection of one of the dealers on the floor of the show. He raised some capital and I got some nice glass.

In asking around I got the following comments from a few dealers. Dave Crockett of Artifacts Antiques, Palm City, FL, a general dealer, commented “Did well. Wished it had been a larger crowd.” Joey Schwartz of Steve’s Antiques, Tiburon, CA, a dealer in 19th Century decorative arts, told me “Good. We did better than last year. We’ll definitely be back.” Robin and Ron Greenwald of Greenwald Antiques, Cleveland, OH, general dealers, were also enthusiastic. “We had a good show, in fact, we were thrilled. We are looking forward to many years of this show.” The general consensus of the dealers was overwhelmingly positive.

Personally this was the best show of my life. Let me repeat. Best show. Ever. I wish it were due to the huge crowds and their voracious appetites, but alas, it wasn’t. I did make two sales to the public — one important and one moderate. Most of my sales were to private clients who I emailed photos of items I found at the show. They were most enthusiastic and I was most grateful. Thank you. You know who you are. French glass, in particular, was on fire.

miami-beach-show-1-2015This Friday, January 30th, the eagerly anticipated Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public. After all these years, it’s still a big deal. Dealers and attendees from all over the world flock there to do business. I imagine the total value of the merchandise on display to be at least $1 billion. At a 10% sell-through rate, that’s $100 million in sales — not a bad piece of change.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

Setting up at the Miami National Antique Show, January 22, 2015

Monday’s blog will be postponed until Tuesday so I can include the results of this show, which ends on Monday.

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


We're just starting to set up our booth

We’re just starting to set up our booth

We started setting up the Miami National Antique Show yesterday, but a few of the dealers started on Wednesday. Even though the show is smaller, I was impressed by the quality of the remaining dealers, including top-notch dealers like Toulouse Antique Gallery and Valerio Antiques.

The free lunch was very good

The free lunch was very good

Kudos to the management for providing free lunch to the dealers. It’s nice to be appreciated. This was never done before at this show.

Toulouse Antique Gallery

Toulouse Antique Gallery

Dealers prowled the floor buying from each other. I was lucky to be able to find some very desirable items, which I’ll have for sale at the show.

Valerio Antiques

Valerio Antiques

The show opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday, at noon, and will stay open until Monday at 5 PM. If enough dealers do well, there will be another show next year. We’ve exhibited at this show for decades and would be sad if it were to fail. Do your part by visiting the show and consider making a purchase.

Tune in Tuesday for the results.


miami-beach-show-1-2015Next Friday, January 30th, the eagerly anticipated Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public. After all these years, it’s still a big deal. Dealers and attendees from all over the world flock there to do business. I imagine the total value of the merchandise on display is at least $1 billion. At a 10% sell-through rate, that’s $100 million in sales — not a bad piece of change.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.

The Miami National Antique Show will open this Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thursday’s blog will be delayed until Friday because I will be writing from the floor of the Miami National Antique Show. Monday’s blog will be postponed until Tuesday so I can include the results of the show, which ends on Monday.

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.


miami-airport-show-1-2015I missed the last couple of Thursday posts because I was really busy getting ready for Florida. There’s a lot of work involved in cleaning, rewiring, inventorying, pricing and packing a large inventory for shipment by truck. We’re going to be doing five shows in a row, so we had to think of everything. In the meantime, business has been good, so we also had to spend a fair amount of time packing items for shipment. I assure you I am not complaining, only explaining the time pressure.

This lovely 18" Tiffany Belted Dogwood lamp is one of many Tiffany lamps we'll have on display

This lovely 18″ Tiffany Belted Dogwood lamp is one of many Tiffany lamps we’ll have on display

So the Florida shows are finally upon us. As I write this blog in cold New York, it seems surreal to me that we’ll be in sunny, warm Miami this Wednesday, and open to the public for business this Saturday at the Miami National Antique Show (The Airport show). The dates are all screwed up this year, with the show opening on Saturday. Of course, that angered observant Jewish dealers who won’t do business on Saturday and confused just about everybody else. I think the boat show at the Miami Beach Convention Center was the culprit. Its dates were considered more important by the city of Miami Beach, so it took precedence over the antique show, which was bumped to start on Friday, January 30, 2015, instead of the usual Thursday start. That in turn caused the Airport show to start a day later. Got it?

A previous year at the Miami National Antique Show

A previous year at the Miami National Antique Show

The Airport show will be a little smaller this year, but still full of very high-end dealers, most of whom will be exhibiting at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show the following week. If you take the time to come to Miami a few days early, you can get first crack at all of this merchandise. Seems like a no-brainer to me, yet many people haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity. You could visit the Airport show first and then have a few days to soak up the sun and enjoy the great restaurants. Seems like a “win-win” situation to me. So what are you waiting for? Make your arrangements now, if you haven’t done so already.


miami-beach-show-1-2015The following week the eagerly anticipated Original Miami Beach Antique Show will open to the public. After all these years, it’s still a big deal. Dealers and attendees from all over the world flock there to do business. I imagine the total value of the merchandise on display is at least $1 billion. At a 10% sell-through rate, that’s $100 million in sales — not a bad piece of change.

Click here to check my website for the latest items and to look around. I always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on my website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. And remember to keep reading my blog.