Special exhibit booth at Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association show

The Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association generously invited me to present a special “Made in Wisconsin” exhibit booth at their winter show and sale in Waukesha. Rebecca Wangard (a part-time research assistant supported by the Chipstone Foundation) and I spent the first weekend in February at the Waukesha Expo Center, where we displayed an eclectic range of Wisconsin-made art and craft objects and shared information about the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database project.

Many thanks to WADA for this opportunity (and special thanks to show director Rick Kojis for coordinating the booth)! Thanks as well to all the WADA members who loaned items for the exhibit:  Ron and Debby Christman (R. Christman Antiques & Art), Steve Cypher (Sharron’s Antiques), Bob Markiewicz (Bob’s Antiques), Phillip R. Schauer (Pipsqueak & Me), Kathy Bruce (Willow Works), Pam Ewig, Scott Sieckman (Monches Farm), Jim Walter (Calamity House), and Judy Wucherer (Transition of Wales).

Local dealers and collectors loaned a wide range of Wisconsin-made art and craft objects for the booth, including work by Milwaukee metalworker Cyril Colnik, paintings by several important Wisconsin artists including F. W. Heine, a 1843 needlework sampler from Shullsburg, and a unique sofa collected in the southeast part of the state.

Many of the smaller items came from private collections, including decorated Milwaukee stoneware, coin silver from Milwaukee and Madison, and several pairs of delicate hand-knit stockings with elaborate beading made by a German immigrant girl in Menomonee Falls.

A tower of enameled tin breadboxes manufactured by Milwaukee's Geuder, Paeschke, and Frey was paired with a period catalog of the company's "Cream City Ware."

A striking cherry schrank or wardrobe collected in Germantown, Washington County, caught the eye of many visitors. I opened it up at least half a dozen times to show off its ingenious "knock-apart" construction.

–Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer

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