Preview of The Armory Antique Show’s Americana Dealers: Part 1 of 2
In defining Americana, we most commonly related it to both antique and vintage pieces that express the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of the United States. This can include everything from paintings, prints and drawings to signage, flags, plaques, and statues. However it’s more than just patriotic flags and Uncle Sam figures incorporated into paintings, Americana pieces span history from the first European settlements through today, as well as some Native American and European antiques. This style of antique and vintage pieces exhibit a uniqueness that makes them stand out from the crowd and attracts admirers from far and wide.
With The Armory Antique Show coming up on January 24-26, I recently spoke with a couple of our Americana dealers, detailing how they got started in the antiques industry, their business values and what they look forward to each year at The Armory Antique Show. Part one of this two part blog post will focus on exhibitors Michael Ogle and Diana Douglas of American Garage.
More than 20 years ago, Michael Ogle and Diana Douglas left behind successful careers in both aerospace and interior design respectively with the hope of turning a private passion of collecting into a livelihood. Today, they own and operate American Garage where they specialize in Americana pieces from the 19th century to 1950s, American folk art, industrial pieces, and original decorator and wall art. (See a rare 19th century plaster three dimensional tobacconist figure to the left.)
Referring to American Garage as a labor of love over simply just work, Ogle and Douglas have not only built a prosperous business from the ground up, but also discovered a love for each other in the process and became husband and wife. As their business continues to grow and change, their day one mission has always remained the same. “We have built our lives, our reputation and the very fabric of our business, day in and day out, on the premise that honesty, forthrightness and intelligence trumps all,” says Douglas.
The couple believes wholeheartedly in the value of buying and selling exceptional quality merchandise that they both adore. “Over the years, Diana and I have developed the innate ability to find special and unique Americana pieces. We truly love every piece we purchase and we have been able to establish relationships with a number of dealers across the country,” says Ogle.
American Garage has participated in New York City’s Antiques Week for the last 20 years and is excited for the upcoming The Armory Antique Show, which they’ve exhibited at for the past few years. “The Armory Antique Show is the best show to attend during New York’s Antiques Week,” says Ogle. “The show hosts an eclectic mix of antique items including everything from designer and decorator pieces to Americana and folk art merchandise. There’s something for everyone!”
American Garage showcases a early 1900 wood Heart in Hand staff with a carved and painted heart, fancy cuff and painted staff to the left.
For more information on American Garage and to view a gallery of their merchandise, visitwww.americangarageantiques.com. They will also be at booth No. 1400 at The Armory Antique Show, Jan. 24-26, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory.
The Armory Antique Show features a breadth of merchandise that evolves from year to year including antique furniture, Americana, folk art, mid-century design, garden, lighting, textiles, ceramics, and more. Recognized as the best show in New York City for Americana pieces, the event will host the greatest number of Americana dealers during Antiques Week.
Show times are Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 and is valid for reentry all three show days. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, call 239.732.6642 or visit www.ArmoryAntiqueShow.com.
Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring Bev Norwood of The Norwoods’ Spirit of America!