Photos & Assessment by Rick Russack
MARLBOROUGH, MASS. – The Gurley Thanksgiving Sunday present in Marlborough has very long been a staple of the New England clearly show plan. But it, like so numerous other displays, has been absent owing to Covid procedures. It was back this calendar year, having said that, and there have been much more sellers, about a hundred, and attendance was powerful. The oft-recurring remark was “glad this is back again.”
Attendees at a Gurley exhibit know they will see a huge collection of Americana, folk artwork, painted woodenware, country and formal furnishings, stoneware, redware, textiles, decoys, etc. This yr was a minimal unique. Yes, all the things a person is familiar with to expect from a Gurley present ended up present, but there had been strong representations in other regions. There have been Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century ceramics in quite a few booths, like Oliver Garland, Ross Levett, John Prunier, Brian Cullity and many others. Hollis Brodrick, who hasn’t completed the demonstrate in a number of decades, included early historical paper. Dennis and Anne Berard, who also haven’t completed the show in a long time, stuffed a booth with Eighteenth Century English ceramics. Early Asian ceramics have been out there in various booths. Perhaps just one of the most significant surprises was the booth of Rachel and Josh Gurley, which was filled with Midcentury Fashionable furnishings, glassware, sculpture and extra. It was the first booth you’d see when coming into the developing.
The folks art fanatic would most likely have been drawn to the group of a few early, well-dressed fabric dolls that ended up introduced by Tom Jewett and Butch Berdan, New Castle, Maine. They named a single George Washington. He was priced $650, and just one of the other individuals was $750 and the other was $950. On the wall they experienced a colorful shirred rug on bed-ticking depicting a landscape with a property and what appeared to be a deer. John Sideli, Westport, Mass., experienced a painted picket locomotive priced at $850.
Very good excellent brown furniture is alive and nicely and was available in quite a few booths. Morgan Macwhinnie, Southampton, N.Y., experienced a significant corner booth whole. Benting and Jarvis, Barrington, N.H., experienced several pieces, as they normally do. Jason Hietela, Lancaster, Mass., also stuffed a significant booth along the again wall with nearly almost nothing but brown home furnishings. He experienced a team of 3 highboys a tiger maple illustration, which he said was from the spot of Gloucester, R.I., circa 1740-60, was priced $8,000.
A number of sellers claimed solid revenue. Jerrilyn Mayhew, Woodsview Antiques, Sandwich, Mass., said that she experienced a very very good clearly show with income such as an Eighteenth Century pegged tavern table with a a person-board top rated and initial purple-painted foundation, a Nineteenth Century little hanging cupboard with primary red paint, a huge cheese basket with authentic area, quite a few parts of early lights and numerous early smalls. She also designed a comment recurring by other sellers, “We’ve been undertaking this clearly show for ten many years, beginning with Nan and now with Rachel and Josh …and we have in no way been unhappy!” Dennis Berard, Dennis and Father Antiques, echoed the sensation, declaring, “The amount of dealers doing the exhibit was historic owing to the admiration dealers have for Rachel’s persona and work ethic. It was a excellent opening crowd, and although we may perhaps not be in a position to acquire a new car with our effects, getting among dealers carrying out the display is always a as well as for us.” Stephen Rating, in his inimitable style, summed it up, “Expansive – Electrical power – Sales! A article-Covid Unshriveling. Happy to be There!”
It was a shock to see a large booth entire of exclusively Midcentury Present day furniture and extras. Josh and Rachel Gurley, both of those of whom had been lifted with folks artwork and traditional Americana, experienced the prospect to buy an estate of a little-regarded home furnishings designer, Leander Poisson, a New Hampshire resident who lived a extremely straightforward way of life a business believer in a self-reliant existence. He developed a futuristic cement-and-glass property on a southern slope of a New Hampshire mountain. An inveterate designer and experimenter, he designed a heating method necessitating tiny fuel, grew a solar yard and designed some household furniture. Whatsoever he invented, he did not manufacture, but as an alternative he bought the plans. For illustration, he offered 35,000 copies of his system for a solar dehydrator – his unit for processing and storing food items. He and his spouse wrote a e-book, however accessible from Amazon, Photo voltaic Gardening, about developing greens 12 months-round. He also intended the home furnishings he lived with. He was not a professional household furniture maker and tiny of his home furniture is recognized.
Rachel Gurley was questioned if there had been new or youthful sellers exhibiting at the display and she named two. The Americana Workshop, Kennebunk, Maine, was one. Two younger women of all ages, Beth Nowicki and Allie Harris set up the booth for their boss, Cindy Hamilton. It was a very first for them, and they later on claimed they “sold an array of objects like an early weathervane, duck decoys, wool blankets, vintage holiday pieces and an assortment of other attractive wares.” They also commented, “Every seller at this clearly show had a precise area of interest that they represented properly and anyone could convey to a tale to their consumer about their things.” The other seller that Gurley outlined was Oliver Garland, Falmouth, Mass. Garland’s track record and goods vary from most of the other exhibitors. He was lifted in Fantastic Britain and each of his mothers and fathers were sellers (or “traders” to use the British phrase) as ended up other associates of his family members and he grew up surrounded by “early stuff.” That intended that Americana was not the only issue he observed expanding up, but as an alternative he was exposed to the high-conclusion British antiques exhibits, galleries and shops. He’s been self-employed in the company due to the fact 2010, specializing in folks art and what he conditions “curiosities” from the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Generations, which includes early paintings, treen, Asian objects and ceramics.
Following the demonstrate, Rachel Gurley mentioned, “We have been truly satisfied with the clearly show this 12 months. It was a marketed-out flooring with an awesome team of sellers and antiques! Revenue have been brisk. We saw some new faces in the group, and we were delighted to see our aged close friends and shoppers.” The Gurleys have a total slate of shows coming up with regularly scheduled reveals in Boxborough, Mass., Bath, Maine, Dover, N.H., and a present in Scarborough, Maine, in April 2022. For extra info, www.gurleyantiqueshows.com, 207-396-4255 or 207-229-0403.