Patina, Provenance, and Perfection Mark Newport Antiques Show Preview Party

Antique figurehead, English or American, from the Ouester Gallery





To turn the indoor hockey rink at St. George’s School into an enormous Faberge egg, an enchanted place, was the feat accomplished by Mrs. S. Matthews Hamilton, Jr. and her committee for the 3rd annual Newport Antiques Show, which took place August 7 through 9. Benefiting the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, the show drew dealers from the Eastern seaboard and New England, who displayed fine paintings, botanical prints, furniture, books, collectibles, and Americana.


Pamela Fielder, David R. Ford & Ruth Buchanan

Reminiscent of the ultra chic experts’ private showings at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the Antiques show was chaired by Anne Hamilton, its creator, who greeted friends and guests at the early evening showing. Preview Party co-chairs Norey Cullen, Brittain Bardis, and Kate Gubelmann smiled and shook hands at the door, and there was close study of the wares for sale.  Champagne and music flowed and floated, as dealers discussed details of their objets. Mrs. Robert H. (Oatsie) Charles, Mrs. John R. Donnell, and Mrs Samuel M.V. Hamilton served as honorary co-chairs.


Sponsor William Vareika & Scott Shiland

On hand were the Newport culturati:  Dorrance (Dodo) Hamilton, presenting sponsors William and Alison Vareika of William Vareika Fine Arts, Baroness Frederique van Till, guest of Ronald Lee Fleming, Alice Lynch with friend Peggy Cole, Jay and Suzy Schochet, Jessica Hagen, Denise de Laurentis, Richard Burnham of the NHS, Anne Boenning, Bert Lippincott, Jana Jagoe, and  K. & Dottie Woodcock, he a trustee of The National Trust.


Ruth Taylor with dealer

A private party on Thursday evening welcoming dealers such as The Ouester Gallery of Rowayton, Connecticut, The Running Battle Antiques, Alfred Bullard, Inc, and Jerry S. Hayes Fine Majolica, was held at Happy van Beuren’s home on Ocean Drive.




Mary Riggs, Max Skeen, Kimberly Skeen Jones

Dorrance Hamilton (c.) with friends

Rare book dealer with Leslie Reed

Tom Denniston and Melanie Delman

Ann & Hal Boyd

Lee and Lee DePietro

Bing & Betsy West


An antiques vignette


Ana Johnson & Jessica Hagen


Jerry and Diana Slocum with Johnny Stokes

 Mary and Michael Hayes with Dodo Hamilton


Bart Dunbar with a carousel horse


Anne Boenning, Bert Lippincott of NHS


Teddy Aspegren, Rob Bailey & Betsy West


Martha Hunnewell & Jay Page


Jay and Suzy Schochet


Ruth Taylor, Douglas & Mary Riggs


Melanie Delman & Robin Nicholson


Rod O'Hanley and Richard Crisson


Designer James Hogan with Lisa Oliver


Graeme Smith, Alex Allardt, David Clapp & Geer Messinger


Connoisseur Couple


Peggy Cole & Alice Lynch


Jae French & Guests


Bobbie Hourey, Mo Majselfish


Jana Jagoe & Francoise Helme


K. & Dottie Woodcock, Ronald Lee Fleming & Baroness Frederique van Till


J. Pattison, Denise de Laurentis, Anne Hamilton & Matt Hamilton


Nuala (Mrs. Claiborne) Pell


Alison Vareika with Richard Burnham, of NHS


Taking a tea break


Kate Gubelmann, Brittain Bardis & Norey Cullen

Young ladies greeting guests at the door
Dealers discussing the show
The entrance foyer by Wm. Vareika Fine Arts Ltd.

Exquisite Architectural panels
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