By: Jenna Curry
More than 800 dealers from 22 countries will gather in Miami this month with one thing in common: antiques. Interestingly, that’s about as much as they have in common. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, running Jan. 21–25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, covers such a broad spectrum of objects that fairgoers can find just about anything, from silver and porcelain to furniture, toys and military paraphernalia.
“It would be difficult for a collector to find this variety of antiques in any other one place,” says Mary Dworin, assistant fair director. “Some of the dealers travel all over the world to acquire these objects.”
A.B. Levy Antiques, based in Palm Beach, Fla., will bring an exquisite Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze mounted mahogany cabinet, made by the French cabinetmaker Léon Dromard in the late 19th century. Standing just over 5 feet high, the cabinet is decorated with black and gold lacquer and a Salome marble top; on the cupboard door is a Chinese-inspired outdoor scene. A.B. Levy plans to offer the cabinet at the show for $34,000.
Asian works, including porcelain, ivories, vases and sculpture, will be on prominent display. Shimazu, a gallery based in Clementon, N.J., will offer a Japanese Satsuma vase, from the Meiji Period, circa 1895, which depicts a landscape and scholars in raised gold relief.
Returning to the show, Paul Manning of PMC Binoculars will offer restored World War II binoculars, which he has acquired from the government, battleships and families of veterans. Manning’s booth will include three binoculars from Germany, Japan and the United States, for $12,000, $35,000 and $28,000, respectively.