Saturday, February 21, 2004

MOD: Quality collectibles on sale at 20th Century Show

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

We asked show coordinator Bruce Metzger to define "modern" and give us three examples of items that typify the period.

"Modern" refers to objects, furnishings and fashions of the 1920s through the 1960s, including the Arts & Crafts movement, Art Deco/Streamline age and the Mid-Century Modern periods.

Cocktail shakers typify articles visitors will find that are useful as well as attractive.

Chairs, "so often an icon of the period" are one of Metzger's favorites, including the sweeping Eames chair, the X-frame Barcelona and wire-mesh chairs from the period.

Looking for something that you can track, by design, from Art Deco through Mid-Century? Metzger suggests clocks, either home or commercial designs.

What: 20th Century Cincinnati Show and Sale of Modern Design.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday and Feb. 29.
Where: Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, exit 15 off I-75.
Tickets: $6, good for both days.
Extras: Java preview 9-11 a.m. next Saturday. $25 reservation includes exclusive two-hour shopping period, continental breakfast and weekend pass.
Special guests: Cincinnati artists Charley and Edie Harper will introduce a new video Beguiled by the Wild: the Life and Art of Charley Harper. They'll also have photos, prints, posters and books.
Information: 738-7256;
Mike Bell of Taylor Mill fancies Fiestaware.

Bette and Tom Sherman of Wyoming hunt for vintage clothing and advertising tins, especially peanut butter pails.

And Stan and Shelia Aebersold make a 90-mile drive to find just the right accessory to help transform their Lexington home into a 20th-century showplace. They're partial to Heywood Wakefield furniture and the clean, uncluttered lines of the period.

Whether it's paintings, posters, art glass, pottery, jewelry or furniture, if it's from the period 1920 to 1960, an example will probably be displayed by one of the 50 specialists at the 20th Century Cincinnati Show and Sale next Saturday and Feb. 29 at the Sharonville Convention Center.

"The show's popular fashion element completes the mix," says show organizer Bruce Metzger, referring to several top-shelf jewelry dealers who show vintage clothing spanning the period from flapper to mod.

"You will see gentlemen's wristwatches, beaded handbags, bakelite brooches and estate-quality creations," he says.

Bell, who started collecting in the '80s, likes the 20th Century Show because of the quality of the dealers.

"The show is nicely run. The displays are attractive - no junky booths - and it's taught me a lot about the '60s and surrounding years."

He collects only what he can use, and has "hundreds" of pieces of Fiestaware. He also has a soft spot for furniture by Eames and Herman Miller, as well as cotton printed tablecloths.

Quality is also the drawing card for the Shermans.

"We go all over the country looking. And this show, even for its specialization, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the country," Bette Sherman says. "He (Metzger) does a real good job of finding dealers from all over."

The Aebersolds agree, rating the Cincinnati show at the top of their multi-city travels.

"It's the best one I've been to. And it's affordable," says Shelia Aebersold.

"We've had real good luck. We come up and buy then go back and rent a truck and come back the next day."


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