By: A&A Staff
The New York Ceramics Fair, which runs Jan. 20–24 at the National Academy Museum, is the country’s only major event dedicated exclusively to antique and contemporary ceramics, and has the honor of being the first fair to open during Winter Antiques week. Thirty-eight dealers will exhibit, hailing from the U.S., the U.K., Germany and even Turkey, bringing wares that represent the whole history of the medium.
The Stradlings, dealers in New York, are bringing a rare parian porcelain portrait sculpture of the abolitionist senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Philip Carrol of North Yorkshire, England, one of five new dealers this year, will have a rare Meissen group of penguins (circa 1913), whose designs are clearly influenced by the Antarctic exploration going on at that time. The birds were modeled by Meissen’s chief designer, Erich Hosel. JMW Gallery of Boston, another first-timer, will feature American pottery from the 1890s through 1960s, with an emphasis on the Arts and Crafts movement. Leo Kaplan of New York will have a rare English salt-glazed stoneware teapot painted with a marbled design (circa 1760), and Vallin Gallery of Wilton, Conn., is showing an unusually tall, 27-inch-high famille rose phoenix from late 19th-century China.
New exhibitor Wallace Nez, a Navajo artist from Surprise, Ariz., will be displaying his own pieces, made in traditional coiled-and-pinched style but with realistic figural painting added. Nez has won awards at the juried exhibitions at Santa Fe Indian Market.
The Ceramics Fair is known for its strong educational component. This year there will be eight lectures, plus a special loan exhibition of North Carolina Moravian pottery bottles. Made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries near Winston-Salem, these pressed, molded earthenware pieces take the form of animals such as an owl, a fish or a squirrel. The loan exhibition is a preview of a show that will open at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the fall.