Fine Specimens of Ceramics and Glass

Isnik-style Fritware (stonepaste) vessel; Iznik Classics.

A hand-painted black-and-white Isnik-style Fritware (stonepaste) vessel at the 2016 New York Ceramics and Glass Fair with Iznik Classics.


The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair closed to healthy sales and good attendance in January, not a surprise given the beautiful objects d’art and antiques I’m using to illustrate this post, though it certainly is given the blizzard that took over New York City the weekend it debuted. Even slight foot-traffic would have been a testament to the fine specimens of ceramics and glass on display.


Fitzhugh American Eagle Soup Plate; Polly Latham

Polly Latham brought a rare Orange Fitzhugh American Eagle-decorated soup plate from a service ordered for Captain William Orne of Marblehead, Mass; circa 1800-1810.

The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair


Thirty international dealers were on hand for the 17th edition of the show, which has attracted an impressive list of curators from prominent museums across the country since its inception that includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, the Mount Vernon Museum, the Newark Museum, The Peabody-Essex Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Corning Museum of Glass, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Winterthur Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Yale University Art Gallery, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Museum of Arts and Design.


Thomas Webb and Sons Cameo glass; Leo Kaplan.

A rare signed Thomas Webb & Sons red and white cameo glass vase carved in an all-over design of flowers and leaves, English circa 1890, at the fair with Leo Kaplan.


Notables spotted in the crowd this year were Ellie Cullman, Harry Heissmann, Ronald Bricke, Christopher Spitzmiller, Geoffrey Bradfield, Bennett Weinstock and Simon Doonan. Auction-house founders Lark Mason and Leigh Keno were also seen strolling through the show.


Bristol Delftware vases and covers; Garry Atkins

Two large Bristol delftware vases and covers, circa 1750, brought to the fair by Garry Atkins.


Fine Specimens of Ceramics and Glass


To illustrate the quality of the sales, here is a quick look at a number of notable pieces that exhibitors reported were either spoken for or had found new homes:

Robert Prescott-Walker of Polka Dot Antiques said, “The fair was probably the busiest I have seen it for a while, with the exception of the snow day.” His most important piece of Staffordshire, “The Death of Munroe,” circa 1820, is on purchase approval to a major New York museum.


Spatial Spiral White II by Michael Boroniec

The Spatial Spiral; White II sculptural object d’ art by Michael Boroniec debuted at the 2016 New York Ceramics and Glass Fair.


Contemporary ceramic artist Michael Boroniec, a fair newcomer, reported numerous sales from his Spiral Spatial Series (including the piece shown above). “I was humbled by the strong reception to my work by so many top-level collectors and designers,” he said. “I depleted the inventory of work that I had on hand and was honored by several substantial commissions. My first time at the fair opened up a very valuable portal to the collector community, and I’m gratified to receive such a strong outpouring of recognition and intense interest by both private and institution collections. Additionally, the support and promotion provided by the event organizers was first-rate, and you can be sure that I will be back!”


Ferrin Contemporary and Bouke de Vries’“Goddess of the Fragments”

Ferrin Contemporary brought Bouke de Vries’s “Goddess of the Fragments” to the fair.

Leslie Ferrin, who braved the snowpocalyspe to offer her outstanding wares, remarked, “This year we saw the growing interest in new work by international artists whose practice is inspired by history and who use this source material for commentary on social and political issues. Paul Scott’s artwork and funded-research project ‘American Scenery’ continued to attract attention as well as museum purchases as he re-contextualizes transfer-ware with prints of Indian Point, the New Jersey Turnpike and views of landmarks such as Battery Park. The Dutch ceramist Bouke de Vries [his work shown above] has been commissioned by the Peabody-Essex Museum for their Asia in Amsterdam exhibition [which opened in late February].”


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates celery glass vase

A Pittsburgh blown, cut and engraved celery-glass vase in a colorless lead glass brought to the fair by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

UK-based dealer Martyn Edgell reported “loads of sales,” including many Mocha-ware pieces and English stoneware; while glass specialist Mark J. West, also from the UK, sold more on opening night than he did in all the days combined last year. “It was like the old days,” he noted. Designers and collectors were snapping up pieces made during the 18th– through the 20th-centuries. Among the various items sold were a collection of Venetian aquarium weights, a 90-piece service of Baccarat tableware and 16 large Art Deco vases.


Rorstrand "New York" Stoneware Vase by Oskar Dahl; fine specimens of ceramics and glass from Earle D. Vandekar.

A Large Rorstrand “New York” Stoneware Vase with continuous views of the New York Skyline by Oskar Dahl, Dated 1948, was brought to the fair by Earle D. Vandekar.


Carrie Gustafson, a contemporary glass artist and first-time exhibitor said, “For those of us exhibiting contemporary ‘craft’ it was an extraordinary experience to have our work seen by an audience with a high appreciation for detail and an unmeasured understanding of the history of decorative arts. I repeatedly heard from attendees how ‘fresh’ and ‘exciting’ the contemporary work looked at the fair.” Gustafson sold numerous pieces of her signature glass “Embola” and “Thistle Bottles.”


“Supplejack Downs” by Pippin Drysdale; Joanna Bird.

“Supplejack Downs” by Pippin Drysdale was brought to the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair by Joanna Bird.


Martine Boston, from Limerick, Ireland, was very enthusiastic about her first time at the fair and reported numerous sales of Royal Worcester vases, dresser pieces and a Royal Worcester moon flask. “We met many people who were genuinely interested in what we were offering,” she remarked.


Martine Boston Antiques, a very rare and large Minton Pâte-Sur-Pâte Celadon Aesthetic Movement Ceremonial Elephant Candelabrum.

Martine Boston Antiques exhibited a very rare and large Minton Pâte-Sur-Pâte Celadon Aesthetic Movement Ceremonial Elephant Candelabrum, circa 1870.

“I always love doing the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair,” said Jill Fenichell, whose eponymous gallery is based in Brooklyn, New York. “In spite of the snow, it was an exciting week. I sold a lovely and impressive pair of Bohemian ruby glass covered chalices. I am already looking forward to next year.”

Let’s hope Mother Nature will give them a break in 2017 for time served this year! The fair is slated for January 19 through 22 with a preview on January 18.

Text of Ceramics and Glass Get Fired Up! © design blogger Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also maintains The Diary of an Improvateur as a platform for her literary travel and design adventuring, and is a contributor to Architizer.

2 thoughts on “Fine Specimens of Ceramics and Glass

  1. Excellent visual article that captures the range and depth of the various ceramic and glass dealers who showcased the contemporary alongside the antique. Add the show as a “must visit” on the 2017 calendar.

    • Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment, Amanda. I definitely have it on my calendar for 2017!

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