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Event Sat Apr 28 2012

International Antiques Fair @ Merchandise Mart

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Grasshopper Leg Vase and Ginkgo Vase by Paul Dachsel, for sale at Century Guild Decorative Arts (Booth 3080) this weekend at the International Antiques Fair.

The entry fee for this year's International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart is $15, but considering the objects for perusal (and for sale if you've got several thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket) it's worth the entry fee. I've never in my life stood so close to an original Marc Chagall lithograph, not even at a museum. Dinan & Chighine (Booth 7084) has it priced at $3,800, but I think I'll just remember what it was like to stand inches away from it. Also for sale at the Dinan & Chighine booth are original Henri Matisse lithographs at $1,650 each, and a set of 4 Karl Brodtuman lithographs at $9,600 for the set.

Slightly more affordable are some Shirley Jackson paintings at Crescent Worth Art & Antiques (Booth 6072); at $750 each they're a relative bargain.

The Chicago Center for the Print Poster (Booth 7066) is a perennial favorite of mine; their pieces include fruit crate labels that start at a reasonable $25, and their world-class collection of posters run into the thousands, including a Knie Circus poster that I would give my left eye for.

In keeping with the theme of museum quality objects, Philip Chasen Antiques (Booth 7054) has an impressive collection of Louis Icart pieces starting at $5,500, and Stern Pissaro Gallery (Booth 3096) is selling works from the entire Pissaro family, including an oil painting by Ludovic-Rodo Pissaro for $15,000. If you end up at the Stern Pisarro Gallery, try to get the blonde woman staffing the booth to laugh; when something tickles her funny bone, there are no holds barred.

The International Antiques Fair runs through Sunday at the Merchandise Mart, for more information visit Merchandise Mart Antiques.

 
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