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The Notebooks of Mary Hunter Bean Rogers 1921-1924

    Bean Mary Hw A friend won a box lot containing a scrapbook and several nondescript three ring binders at an auction recently. He only wanted the scrapbook, but invited me over to go through the binders with him. To echo my teenager's comment, "cool!"

     The binders were created in the early 1920s by Mary Hunter Bean, who took art classes at two separate Pennsylvania schools. Each binder contains a plethora of information recorded by Bean from lectures she attended. They also contain thoughtfully placed newspaper and magazine clippings which enhanced her studies. Bean Mary H Ghirlandejow







     Within the binders, Mary included information about various classical artists and their individual styles, as well as studies of architectural elements, furniture, and even costumes. The binders could simply be dismissed as any schoolgirl's efforts and truthfully, the significance of this  find did not hit me until I was editing this article. 

      Later in her life, Mary Hunter Bean and her husband Richard Anders Rogers (1903-1967) inhabited one of Pennsylvania's historic homes--the Daniel Hiester house. In recognition of its historical authenticity, the home was purchased by the Montgomery County Lands Trust in 2012 to both preserve its heritage and share that heritage with the public for many generations. I like to believe that is due to the Rogers' family efforts, particularly those of Mary Hunter Rogers nee Bean, that the house retained its authentic features. The realization that these notebooks and her studies probably served as guides for keeping the house true to its origins only hit as I was editing this article. Thank you for bearing with me.

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Baltimore Summer Antiques Show Highlights: from the Palm Beach Group



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Show Wows Collectors of Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry;
Receives Accolades and Reports Strong Sales
BALTIMORE, MD (August 24, 2015) -- The 35th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show came to a close this past Sunday after four days of impressive sales, drawing robust and enthusiastic crowds of more than 25,000 collectors. The attendees, which included private collectors, art connoisseurs, museum curators, interior designers and non-exhibiting dealers were impressed with the consistent quality and quantity of dealers that presented aisle after aisle of extraordinary fine art, antiques and jewelry. 
Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show featured more than 430 respected dealers from all corners of the globe that represented more than 20 countries and displayed more than 200,000 unique items of every genre. The show is the largest summer indoor antiques event in the country and is one of downtown Baltimore’s longest running events. 

Dealers eagerly conducted business on the show floor during move-in days, pursuing the unique, the unusual and the extraordinary. Sales continued immediately after the Show opened its doors to long lines of waiting shoppers
in both lobbies of the Baltimore Convention Center on the highly anticipated Opening Day.


The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has long been recognized as an economic engine for the City, bringing both tourism and commerce, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and wages, with an estimated economic impact in the tens of millions. 

“The 35th year of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show proved to be a momentous event, not only for dealers and collectors, but also for the City of Baltimore,” stated Scott Diament, President & CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “The show has a rich history in this great City, and we never once considered the possibility of not coming back to Baltimore. The dealers who have supported the show for so many years had the same sentiments, and we were not surprised to see the local community and the collectors that came out en masse to shop the show as they have in years past.”
From lush carpeting, to lavish floral arrangements, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show offered visitors an invaluable environment to interact and engage with art and antiques industry leaders. On hand at this year’s event was a prestigious list of international exhibitors, including M.S. Rau AntiquesBridges Over Time and Jason Jacques among many others.  
Marvin Baer of Marvin Baer’s Ivory Tower has participated in the Baltimore 
Summer Antiques Show for 23 years. “The crowds were electric. It’s was like a mad
rush when the doors were opened to collectors, decorators and even people with casual interests who just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. This is more than just a show – it’s a happening – and anyone who is anyone in the antiques industry either exhibits or shops at this show.”

Sales were once again strong and spanned every category of the more than 200,000 items available at the show. Participating exhibitors shared their individual sales:

Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge (Maryknoll, NY) sold a rare pair of English Pottery Stoneware Obelisks, Chetham & Woolley, (c. 1800) along with a rare Whieldon-type creamwear model of a cat (c. 1765) and a monumental English Pearlware Blue and White Jug (c. 1830).

Charlene Upham Antiques (Mardela Springs, MD) reported the sales of many sterling silver pieces including an extraordinary Demitasse spoon set. 

J.S. Fearnley (Atlanta, GA) reported the sale of a signed set of 18kt gold and diamond earrings form the late 19th century.

Jeff R. Bridgman Antiques (York County, PA) sold two iconic nautical flags including a Power Squadrons Ensign, made by Annin in New York (c. 1945-55) and a 13 Star Private Yacht Flag, a scarce and desirable example with single-appliqued, hand-sewn stars and anchor made by Annin in New York City (c. 1875-1890)

Camilla Dietz Bergeron (New York, NY) reported the sales of impressive signed pieces including diamond and gold earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, a 1940s gold bracelet by Tiffany & Co, and a significant Colombian emerald and diamond ring. 
Robert E. Alker Fine Art (Houston, TX) sold an incredibly unique Art Deco Secretary desk designed by Zsuzsa Kovacs (c. 1930).

House of Whitley (Dania Beach, FL) sold amazing pieces of Americana including a spectacular set of WWII binoculars and helicopter blades in addition to contemporary 3-D American flag paintings by Spanish artist, Antonio Perez-Melero.

Zane Moss (New York, NY) sold a pair of English leather wing chairs and an an Irish mahogany game table. 

Drucker Antiques (Mount Kisco, NY) reported the sale of several pieces of Georg Jensen Jewelry including an iconic Grape Leaf necklace in addition to a multicolor metallic beaded necklace attributed to Wiener Werkstatte from the early 20th century.

Seaway China (Dania Beach, FL) reported strong sales of Royal Doulton English ceramics in addition to military-inspired character jugs, specifically Winston Churchill. 

Norwood’s Spirit of America (Timonium, MD) reported strong sales in the genre of 19th century American folk art, including an important millenery trade sign from a longtime private New York collection, a fine-copper bodied and iron/zinc-headed running horse weathervane and a striking barber pole in a dry-surfaced red, white and blue paint.

Furniture sales were prevalent on the show floor during all four days of the show. American and English furniture dealers such as Zane Moss Antiques (New York, NY), Butler & Butler (Bradenton, FL), Tomlinson Antiques (Osprey, FL), LR Antiques (Houston, TX) and Susan Barr Antiques (Palm City, FL) among many others. 

Paintings, sculptures, ceramics and tiles were in high demand at this year’s show. Artwork, ranging from Old masters to the 20th century, was heavily represented at this year’s event. 

Attendees in search of major works of art did not leave empty handed, landing pieces from the booths of Guarisco Gallery (Washington, D.C), David David Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Rehs Contemporary Gallery (New York, NY), Robert M. Quilter Fine Art (Baltimore, MD), McCarty Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and David Brooker Fine Art (Woodbury, CT).
Jewelry highlights included numerous sales of Baroque, Renaissance and Victorian Period pieces in addition to the sought after modern, art deco and estate pieces at the booths of R & A International (Miami, FL), Michael S. Haber (Wynnewood, PA), Benchmark of Palm Beach (Blue Ridge, GA),Charamonde Jewelers (Lake Worth, FL), Camila Dietz Bergeron (New York, NY) J.S. Fearnley (Atlanta, GA) among many others reported heavy sales in all pieces.
The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is not only a great event for collectors and the novice antique seeker, it is undeniably one of the most important events for dealer to dealer transactions, where inventory is purchased for the upcoming antiques season ahead.
“The demand for 20th century was stronger than ever at this year’s show,” stated Ed Koren (Bridges Over Time), “We sold items form across the board including paintings, furniture, sculpture and objects.”

Charlene Upham (Charlene Upham Antiques) commented on the amazing number of attendees who visited the show on Opening Day and throughout the weekend, “We had a truly amazing show, with strong sales during set-up, and continuing all four days. It far exceeded our expectations considering the current economic challenges.”

“Not only did I meet many new clients, I purchased some wonderful items for resale as well. This is my strongest show of the year,” stated Kirk Krommenhoek  (K & S Fine Arts).  “I am going to start buying for next year’s show, this week.  I always buy things over the course of the year and hold them specifically for the Baltimore show.”
“The market for antiques, art and jewelry in the Mid-Atlantic region has always been strong and the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has solidified itself as one of the top industry shows in the nation due to the diverse and quality selection of exhibitors and their collections,” Rob Samuels, Vice President of the Palm Beach Show Group & Owner of Provident Jewelry (Florida).
“I’m always impressed with the buying and selling that happens on the show floor year after year, myself included,” stated Diament. “I believe that the activity here is a clear indication that the art, antiques and jewelry industry continues to thrive and we take pride in fueling this commerce engine with our events.”
Founded in 1980, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has dramatically grown from a small regional event, to the largest indoor antiques show of its kind in the country.  The show offered an endless collection of exclusive, one of-a kind-offerings, including furniture, American and European silver major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles and more. 
The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will return to the 
Baltimore Convention Center 
August 25-28, 2016.

About the Palm Beach Show Group:
Recognized as the nation’s leading producer of premier jewelry, art and antique shows, the Palm Beach Show Group owns and operates ten shows nationally including:
New York City Jewelry & Watch Show (October 30-November 1, 2015)
New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (November 20-24, 2015)
Palm Beach Jewelry – Antiques - Design (December 3-7, 2015)
LA Art Show (January 27-31, 2016)
Los Angeles Fine Art Show (January 27-31, 2016) 
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (February 10-16, 2016)
Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (February 19-23, 2016)
Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (Spring 2016)
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (August 25-28, 2016)
Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (Fall 2016)
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Delaware Illustrator Frank Schoonover Works up at Auction

    It just happens to be quite the "Delaware Illustrator" week here at Passed Time. I was thumbing through a scrapbook from Ashtabula, Ohio (it too, will find a place here on Passed Time), and pasted within was Howard Pyle's "Overconfidence" clipped from Pepper & Salt: Or, Seasoning for Young Folk.  Howard Pyle (1853 –1911) was a native of Wilmington, Delaware. The much adored illustrator taught at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia (now Drexel University) from 1894 until 1900, at which time he founded his own school of art in Wilmington. 

    I was delighted at seeing the Pyle illustration for it was like running into a childhood acquaintance, but then a friend alerted me to to some upcoming finds at the Conestoga Auction Company in the Harry B. Hartman Estate Auction to be held on August 15, 2015.*  Among the many delights found within the auction are three pieces by one of Delaware's most prolific illustrator artists, Frank Earle Schoonover (1877-1972). Schoonover was a student of Pyle's before becoming a colleague. The image shown above is one of Schoonover's WWI trench scenes, it is signed "F.E. Schoonover '16.'" The original label reads, "Schoonover F.E. the Left Hand of the Wounded Green, for the Great Father." (click on the title to read Conestoga Auction Company's particulars)

    Schoonover was born in New Jersey but later studied at Drexel with Pyle as a teacher. At the time Pyle started his art school in Wilmington, Schoonover moved there as well. Until his death in 1972, Schoonover was involved in many artistic endeavors in Delaware. He also helped organize the Delaware Art Museum, which had been created in 1912 as homage to Pyle after Pyle's unexpected death in Italy in 1911. The museum originally began as the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts and was seeded with over 100 of Pyle's works purchased from his widow, Anne Pyle. 

     In addition to accepting commissions for periodicals, Schoonover illustrated books for many famous authors of the era including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack London, Zane Grey, Henry Van Dyke, and Clarence Mulford, among others. During the Great War, Schoonover produced paintings portraying scenes from the war such as these found at Conestoga Auction Company. 

     Yet another Schoonover trench scene is in the auction. (see below)  Lot number 858 is signed "F.E.S. 25" and titled "Illustration For The Man Who Came Back. Barto Gaining His Knees Dashed Renfrew From Him." 


     Like Pyle, Schoonover was imaginative and was not limited in his choice of subject matter. One other piece being auctioned by Conestoga is a portrait of a woman. It is simply signed "Frank E. Schoonover, 99" and is untitled. Schoonover was one of the most prolific illustrators who elevated the artform for more than forty years and who completed over 2,000 works in his life.

  *Conestoga Auction Company has been kind enough to give us permission to use their images for this article. The Harry Hartman Estate Auction begins at 9:00 am ET or 6:00 am PT on August 15, 2015. 

 Author HistoryKeeper, currently lives in Dover, Delaware, with family, both two- and four-footed. I am a history enthusiast, who has great regard for the past and is especially proud of the Pennsylvania German culture. In addition to Passed Time, I am currently working on a project for the German Historical Institute's Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies ( I also contribute to various newsletters and I am working on another book...or two. Feel free to email me at for questions, comments, information, a shared love of history, an idea, or just because you want to share on Passed Time, but are too shy about getting started. Please be aware, Files with Attachments will not be opened, but immediately deleted.



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