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Fox Chapel Yacht Club to host annual antiques show

Saturday, February 08, 2003

By Patricia Sheridan, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

A cargo of treasures will be sailing into the Fox Chapel Yacht Club on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 18th Annual Antiques Celebration.

More than 50 dealers will display American, French and English furniture, paintings, silver, jewelry and folk art. There will be a blend of both local and national exhibitors, with one exception: Alex Raphael will be arriving from London with a stockpile of fine art and rare English silver.

"It's always been a great show with a lot of buying and selling," said Lynne Dingus, who manages the show with Sue Hall.

Dingus used to live in Pittsburgh, but her Kentucky home doesn't keep her from what she considers the best show in Pittsburgh. "Really just about anything you are looking for you will find there," she said.

Tom Brown of Thomas Brown Antiques in McMurray will be offering an array of items appealing to traditionalists as well as industrialists.

"I'll be bringing some wonderful paintings of steel mills on the Monongahela River by a documented Ohio artist, Louis Bruyere."

Thomas is also showing an 18th-century, two-drawer English tray top tea table.

"It's a very delicate, rare example" he noted.

A more robust cherry highboy with a Connecticut provenance will be on the floor. The circa 1760 piece, with bonnet top and shell carvings, is a high-end item.

With folk art so hot, Brandegee Antiques Inc. is a must stop and shop for aficionados and new fans of the form. Dealer Robert Brandegee is hoping some divine intervention will find a home for his sheet-iron "Hand of God."

"It's a very dramatic iron piece that once sat on top of a lodge hall in Vermont," he explained.

This one-of-a-kind piece, which points upward, is embellished with heavy wrought-iron curly Q's and support elements. "It has wonderful display of ironwork under it and it's quite an exciting thing, standing about 7 feet tall," he added.

Dorothy Lerner's cache may not be as dramatic, but it's just as heavenly -- bronzes, fine art and antique jewelry to adorn mere mortals with legendary taste. Fox Chapel residents Kate and Howard Tanning will be setting up shop with 18th-century items, while Harley Trice and Ellen Brooks will display a diversified selection of furniture, paintings and some smalls.

The show and sale will benefit Family Resources Programs. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $5 for both days.

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