A first look at The Philadelphia Show

I attended the press preview for The Philadelphia Show today, an art fair which runs through Sunday, May 1st. The show features fine art, antiques, design, and much more, with over 40 dealers from across the country in an exhibition space set up on the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite things today, with more to come (so check back again soon). Below left is a “Crib Quilt with Eight Point Star,” made in southeastern Pennsylvania circa 1880, and on display at Olde Hope, who is recognized as a leading source for exceptional examples of American folk and decorative arts. Below right is a 16th century Venetian Skull Form Offertory Box being shown at Steven S. Powers‘ booth. It is not a real human skull but rather a wooden box with a hinged door in the forehead that takes on the shape of a skull with elaborate carvings throughout.

2022 Philadelphia Show
Examples of work on display at the 2022 Philadelphia Show.

Here’s another pair of objects on view: below left, “The Butterfly Thinks Himself A Bird,” 2021, by Moyo Okediji, on view in the booth of The Cooley Gallery of Old Lyme, CT. Below right is a detail of a “Sailor-made Vintage Seashell Long Case Clock,” made by a sailor living in Maine circa the 1950s, on view at Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge.

objects on display at the 2022 Philadelphia Show
A painting and seashell-covered clock on display at The Philadelphia Show.

As you can see, the range of objects is quite diverse, with a lot of different styles from different time periods. I really enjoyed the show and – if you’re in the Philadelphia area this coming weekend – I encourage you to check it out.

Get more details on the 2022 Philadelphia Show here.

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