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Antiques show aims to accommodate broad range of collectors

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001

Sewickley Valley Antique Show
  • Benefits the Child Health Association of Sewickley.

  • 11.a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Means Alumni Gymnasium, Sewickley Academy, 315 Academy Ave., Sewickley.

  • $7 admission is good for both days.

  • (724) 794-6988.

    Photos by J.C. Schisler/ Tribune-Review


  • Slippery Rock antiques dealer Jack Squires believes that antiques shows should offer something for everybody - not just avid collectors with unlimited budgets.

    As show manager for the second annual Sewickley Valley Antique Show this weekend, Squires says he has selected the featured dealers with that consideration in mind.

    'I deliberately bring in dealers offering moderately priced antiques for younger couples and those who are beginning to attend antique shows, people who usually feel left out,' he says. While this year's show includes many high-end pieces, such as a $26,000 corner cupboard and pieces of jewelry valued at $35,000, he says it also has some affordable antiques.

    'There's a ring or a bracelet there that most anybody could buy,' he says.

    Carol Weir, president of Child Health Association and co-chair of the show with Lisa Deering and Laura Pangburn, says Squires does an admirable job of bringing in reputable dealers who are well-known to antiques enthusiasts who follow the show circuit. Last year's event netted $35,000 for Child Health Association, she says, 'which was extremely successful considering it was the first year for the event.'

    Squires, who managed the former Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Antique Show at Station Square for 15 years, says there will be 32 dealers from 10 states at the Sewickley Valley show this year, two more than last year's number of dealers. 'And that's as big as we want the show to get,' he says.

    Squires says he is pleased with the group of dealers, who comprise 'one of the few totally antique shows in the area. There are no reproductions, and everything in the show is guaranteed.'

    Some of the show's highlights:

  • Hanes and Ruskin of Old Lyme, Conn., featuring original 18th- and 19th-century finishes.

  • Lyons Ltd. of Menlo Park, Calif., 'one of the best print dealers in the country.'

  • Mimi and Steve Levine of Alexandria, Va., offering a collection of porcelain and china.

  • Dana Tillio of Buffalo, N.Y., who specializes in a variety of paintings.

    In addition, several top-of-the-line Pittsburgh galleries will be represented, including Peter Chillingsworth and East End Galleries.

    Squires is bringing along several interesting pieces from his Slippery Rock shop, including an Eastern shore candle stand made of cherry with maple inlay, circa 1810, and a rare early blown-glass decanter, made in Pittsburgh sometime between 1810 and 1825.

    Squires says that, generally, American antiques are popular with collectors, partly because they are becoming more scarce.


    'Remember that Philadelphia in 1776 had 30,000 people, while London had a million people,' he points out. 'There's a ton more European items available. Also, American designs are more simplified than formal English. American collectors seem to like that.'

    As a part of the Sewickley show, Robert Marshall of Marshall Gold Leaf and Art Conservation Studios, will present a lecture on 'True Museum Care for Your Fine and Decorative Arts' at 9 a.m. Saturday. Marshall, director of Pittsburgh Art Conservators Laboratory, is working with the state of Texas and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on historical conservation projects. His lecture will provide instruction on the proper care of antique wooden and gilt frames, along with paintings on canvas. Admission to the lecture is $15 at the door, including coffee and pastries and early admission to the antiques show.

    A sterling-silver German footed bowl, circa 1900, has been donated by Bill and Kristina Watts of Sewickley as a door prize. It was purchased from Mike Malley from East End Galleries with an appraised value of $1,000.

    Homemade sandwiches and desserts will be available for purchase both days during show hours in the cafe on the mezzanine level.

    Proceeds from the show will benefit the Child Health Association of Sewickley, which has donated more than $2 million for children's services in Pennsylvania.

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