Art, Antiques and Design at The Science Museum of Virginia

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had an absolutely lovely Valentine’s Day weekend! Did you go out to a nice dinner or take your loved one to see a romantic comedy at the nearest movie theater? This Valentine’s Day, I managed to convince the Mr. to take baby Sunny and I to a unique event at the Science Museum of Virginia, called Arts, Antiques and Design in Richmond (Plus, it was Sunny’s very first antique show!!! Never to early to start…right?).

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

For three days, a small group of antique dealers from Ohio to the Carolinas, gathered in the main room of the Science Museum to showcase some select and beautiful high end antiques. Overall, I would say the show definitely had a very southern feel to it…with more traditional pieces such as bow front chests and highboys, transferware, Hepplewhite and Sheraton pieces, as well as artwork.

Below is small sampling of some of my favorite items that we saw:

Pretty as a picture...LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

Pretty as a picture…LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

This dealer had the most pristine collection of English transferware that I’ve ever seen…thus demanding top dollar for most of these pieces. I feel in love with these two framed sunflower transferware tiles.

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

Now ya’ll know that I love folk art! I nearly fainted when I laid my eyes upon these two objects! Look at the craft-work on this early tramp art picture frame and jewelry box. Love, love, love!!!

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Gates Antiques had several booths that showcased their fine array of early american and English antiques. Out of the lot, I especially liked this mahogany chest, early farm table and large English pewter cupboard.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75...I felt that was a good price for its age.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75…I felt that was a good price for its age.

If pewter is more of your thing, then this dealer from Ohio had the selection for you…all very reasonably priced.

Drool. That is all I can say...

Drool. That is all I can say…

Okay…lately I have been obsessed with Early American salt glazed pottery. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the Ohio/Pennsylvania region or down in South Carolina…I’ve got to add one of these to my collections of antiques in our home. Look at the blue markings on the front of this example!! Gorgeous…but at $395…I’d have to save a few more pennies before I invest in one.

Oh la la...look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Oh la la…look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

With a background in illustration, I’m a sucker for stellar antique artwork. These two examples were my favorites from the day…A french painting from 1920 of a young girl and her cat and a folk art watercolor by an African American artist from 1930 called “The Dance of Big Apple Mother.” If the Mr. would let me spend about $6,000, I could have walked away with both.

Well, there you have it folks! Lots of goodies at this three day event! If you’re intrigued…keep an eye out as this show will roll around again next year around this time, so mark your calendars! Speaking of calendars, I’ll soon be posting my 2014 Antique Show Listing for spring…so be on the look out!

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