The Charleston International Antiques Show was held March 22-24, 2013 at the Memminger Auditorium on Beaufain St., in downtown Charleston, SC. This was the tenth annual event. This location has proved to be very popular. Many of the usual exhibitors were there.
The most impressive regular exhibitor was G. Sergeant Antiques of Woodbury, Ct. The gentleman who was there with his lovely wife was explaining things to very interested customers, which antique shoppers appreciate so very much. His website is www.gsergrant.com. It is a place where a person can spend countless hours looking and reading all the fascinating details of his truly important and spectacularly beautiful things.
Trace Mayer Antiques of Louisville, KY returned to his usual spot but with an unusual twist. He had an interesting wall containing a collection gold bee framed pictures for the most modest price imaginable. His website is www.tracemayer.com.
Peter Pap Oriental Rugs of New York, NY returned – in person, to offer personal consultation for antique shoppers with the most sophisticated taste. His website is, also, very extensive and educational, and it is www.peterpap.com. He has been in business for over 30 years, and it is easy to tell that he really knows his topic of oriental rugs. Antique collectors of all kinds need rugs to compliment all the other things and he is one to the best resources.
Jane Thompson Antiques of Harrodsburg, KY returned with a great painting. They also had a very nice Queen Anne chest-on –stand that is still on their website, so it must be still available. www.janethompsonantiques is their website.
Arader Galleries was there as usual with many things of local interest. They have museum quality maps of Charleston and South Carolina that are particularly interesting. They may be the best source for antique local maps. Their website is: www.aradergalleries.com.
Fletcher-Copenhaver Fine Art was there as usual with their paintings.
Cunha-St John Antiques returned with some of the most interesting and bohemian things. Most interesting was an oil painting by an artist whose name I do not remember.
The newest exhibitor of great interest was Charles E. Puckett of Akron Ohio who was there with his wife. He had some really ancient Egyptian things and some very early books with great artwork and colors. He said he loved doing the show and plans to return next year.
Unfortunately, Michael Hall was not there this year. Sumpter Purdy, III also was missing this year.
The event is a project of the Historic Charleston Foundation and some of the sponsors are Antiques & Fine Art Magazine, Brunk Auctions and Charleston Magazine.