First I want to wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of my readers, friends and associates. It’s going to be 2020 in a couple of days. Sure looks and sounds funny, but we’ll get used to it soon enough.
The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show opens to the public this coming Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the strange time of 2 PM and continues until Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4 PM. It’s not too late to make your plans to come to the show. I just checked hotels on Hotwire. 3 to 4 star hotels are available for $85 – $150/night. Can’t beat that. Come to Miami, enjoy the warm weather, great food and visit the best show of the year.
I know I always tout the items I bring to an important show, but this year is really special. I’ve got some items that I rarely ever see, let alone all together at the same show. Following are a few examples. You’ll just have to come to the show in person to see the rest. I promise you won’t regret it!
The first item is a truly killer Gallé lamp. It’s one of the top two best and largest Gallé lamps I’ve owned in 50 years of doing business. It’s gorgeous, with intense, beautiful, blue and purple flowers on a deep yellow to gold background. The chrysanthemum flowers are all windowpane, meaning the yellow glass layer on the interior of the shade, behind each of the flowers, is etched away. It keeps the color of the flowers pure. Otherwise the yellow and blue layers would combine to show green flowers. The bonus decoration is two beautiful butterflies on the top of shade — a real rarity. Gallé lamps do not get better than this!
If there’s one Daum Nancy Blackbird vase in the world that is the best, it has to be the one pictured above. Because of it’s monumental size at 28″ tall, there’s lots of canvas for the artist to paint details that can’t be done on a small vase. Most examples have tiny little blackbirds with no discernible detail. This example has large, realistically painted birds, with superb detail in the trees and snow. It’s the best there is!
The above are only two examples of the phenomenal collection of French glass we’re bringing to the show (including two rare Daum Nancy miniature Blackbird vases and a Swan covered egg).
We’re bringing an extraordinary collection of over 25 Tiffany Studios lamps. The beautiful 20″ diameter Dragonfly example pictured above is one of two 20″ Dragonflies. We’ll have over 15 leaded Tiffany lamps, several Favrile glass table and floor lamps, as well as several gold and green Linenfold table and floor lamps.
Since the show ends on Wednesday, I won’t publish next week until Thursday, January 9th, with the results of the show. Make sure you tune in. (More people read my blog every year on the day after the end of the Original Miami Beach Antiques Show than any other day of the year.) Consequently, there will not be a new post on Monday, January 13. Instead the following post will be published on Monday, January 20.
Our next show, The Palm Beach Show, is about a month away. You can get two free tickets to the show by clicking here. It will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center, February 13-18, 2020. We haven’t exhibited there in a few years, but decided to give it another try this year in a smaller booth.