East Side Fair article



East Side Fair article
April 22, 2011
Originally Published in Antiques and The Arts Weekly, The Bee Publishing Company, Newtown, CT.
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Published by The Bee Publishing Company, Newtown, Connecticut
East Side Jewelry & Decorative Arts Fair
spring edition of the East Side
Jewelry & Decorative Arts Fair
and Sale on April 1–3 that was
held at Lighthouse International’s conference center on East
59th Street was a gem of an
event. A small boutique-style
show, offerings were choice and
attractive, and the booths
spread across two rooms were
well-spaced. The show benefits
Lighthouse’s work in fighting
vision loss.
Under the management of
Marty Ellis’s Art International
OSAT Co., the show, which
debuted last October, drew high
praise from dealers and visitors
as evidenced by the gate and
dealer feedback, most of whom
have already returned contracts
for this October’s show.
“I was very pleased with the
sales and the turnout,” Ellis said
after the show, noting that most
dealers did well and even those
who did not have already committed to doing the fall show. “It
was one of the better shows” for
the company among recent
shows, he noted.
Having launched the show last
fall, Ellis is building the show as
a viable venue where dealers
can have affordable booth rents,
but is taking care not to grow
the show too big. The facility can
comfortably accommodate about
25 booths. “We want boutique
events…it’s better for everyone,”
he said.
Among dealers pleased with
the show was The Emporium
Ltd, New York City, noting buyer
interest was keen in eye-catching, heavy gold bracelets with a
impressed by the intensity of the
people who were buying. They
all seemed well-informed and
very passionate in their selections,” said dealer Leo Mavrovitis, who was pleased with both
the size of the show and its
Rhoma Young Antiques, San
Francisco, found that shoppers
seemed more interested in contemporary pieces than antique
jewelry, the latter being what
she mostly offered in her booth.
Still, she was happy with the
show and vowed to return this
“The clean lines of Art Deco
Jade was eye candy at Marlene Wong Alvarado, Corpus
Christie, Texas.
Jade Lustig, New York City
Review and Photos by
Andrea Valluzzo, Assistant Editor
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
The Emporium, Ltd, New York City
Linda Bernell, New York City
Gem de la Gem, Teaneck, N.J.
J.S. Fearnley Fine & Estate
Jewelry, Atlanta, Ga.
and Modernism… They seemed
to want the more dramatic
pieces,” Young said, noting buyers were drawn to rings and
necklaces, especially unusual
pearl necklaces in the baroque
style. She was pleased to sell a
small Palais Royale notebook
with ivory — “an exceptional
In the booth of Jacob’s Diamond & Estate Jewelry, Los
Angeles dealer Jacob Gipsman
noted robust attendance, saying
“customers loved the show.” The
dealers did well with their selection of vintage bracelets encompassing the Deco to retro periods, and including some modern
vintage bracelets. “Signed pieces
did well and we sold large vintage diamond rings,” he said.
The show was a delight for the
senses with luxury and color all
around. Colorful standouts
ranged from a 1960s 18K gold
strawberry pin by Moba with
diamonds and enamel from Gem
de la Gem, Teaneck, N.J., to Sardinian coral necklaces at REA
Alastair Crawford, Fairfield Conn., showed this pair of
monkey candlestick holders in silver.
This Art Deco grouping was offered at Jacob’s, Los Angeles.
A 19K gold Tiffany Art Deco bracelet in its original case,
circa 1920–30, as seen in the booth of Weinreb & Friedman,
Baltimore, Md.
GHS Jewelers Inc, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.
International Design, LLC,
Miami Beach, Fla., and a contemporary emerald and diamond ring at Todd And Company, Encino, Calif.
While the bulk of the offerings
were jewelry, several New York
City-based dealers bucked the
trend. Alastair Crawford filled
several cases with a variety of
contemporary silver pieces, both
large and small, while Only
Chanel and Hermes handbags,
and just in time for proms and
weddings, Pauline Ginnane-
Gasbarro hung a trio of fine
1950s–1960s dresses in her
This show will return here
October 20–23. Ellis’s next show
will be the San Francisco Jewelry, Decorative & Fine Arts Show
on May 13–15, and he excitedly
announced the launch of the
Fine Art Fair in New York on
March 1–4 during “Art Week.”
www.artinternationalfair.com or
Rhoma Young Antiques, San Francisco,
showed this early Nineteenth Century pendant pin with diamonds and natural pearls
that is of the Etruscan style and was likely
custom made.
A circa 1980 emerald and diamond ring was
a star offering at Todd And Company, Encino, Calif.
Designer dresses, circa 1950–60s, from Adolfo and Oleg Cassini
were showcased at Pauline Ginnane-Gasbarro, New York City.
REA International Design, LLC, Miami
Beach, Fla., offered this suite made from
Sardinian coral.
Only Authentic, New York City, featured
this vintage-style Hermes birkin bag, 35
centimeters, in crinoline camo box calf
leather with gold hardware.

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