The Miami Beach Original Antiques Show was held again in Miami Beach this year after a few years’ hiatus because of the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center and the pandemic. It was great to see old friends, talk to dealers and happily look over items you’re interested in buying. The show was well attended with over 600 national and international dealers. Half the show is furniture, ceramics and other decorative arts, and the other is vintage and estate jewelry, watches and accessories. Watch enthusiasts know this is the show to go to if you’re looking for that special vintage pre-owned watch.

We always learn new information from the dealers at the show. This year was no exception. We were fascinated by the Japanese baskets which have appeared at the high-end antique and design shows. One of the dealers had incredible intricate Japanese baskets from the 1960s. Unlike the others we had seen, many had their original boxes. Like toys and other collectibles, the box adds value. You can expect to pay an additional $1,000 for a basket with the original box.

As always, there was a lot to see. Here are some of the items that caught our eye.

English three-bottle tantalus

English three-bottle tantalus (decanter set), silver plate, glass, $550.


Emile Gallé nesting tables

Emile Gallé nesting tables, set of four in graduated sizes, various exotic woods, c.1905, $12,500.


Antique Japanese doll

Antique Japanese doll, $325.


Four Meissen porcelain stylized musicians

Four Meissen porcelain stylized musicians, $1,100.


Platter designed by Eugenio Pattarino

Platter designed by Eugenio Pattarino (1885–1971), Italy, $800.


Lenox dinnerware set, service for 12

Lenox dinnerware set, for Marshall Field & Co., Chicago, service for 12, $800.


Chanel jacket

Chanel jacket, $1,149.


Agate and jade tree

Agate and jade tree, set of two (one pictured), $9,500 for the set.


Japanese bamboo ikebana basket

Japanese bamboo ikebana basket with tomobako (box) and tomogire (wrapping cloth), Tanabe Chikuunsai II, a renowned bamboo artist, mid-20th century, 13 3/4 in. h. by 6 7/8 in. w., $4,750.


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