Art, antiquities offered at show to benefit the Crocker

A Federal Boston-style folding card table displayed at the entrance to an antique and art show in Sacramento caught the eye of James Givens on Sunday.

“My wife comes here every year,” said Givens, a Nevada City resident. “She likes furniture. We live in one of the old houses in Nevada City and we’re renovating it in the Federal style, so we find things that would fit in.”

The table, circa 1810, had a sticker that indicated that it was on hold. “They want $1,200 for it, but we don’t want to buy it at that price,” Givens said.

Givens was among dozens of people checking out the 42nd annual Arts and Antiques Show and Sale held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. The event, organized by the Art Service Group, is a benefit for the Crocker Art Museum. A total of 45 regional and national dealers participate in the show, which typically raises $20,000 to $25,000 for the museum.

One of the more popular vendors at the show Sunday was Souk Topia, where one of the owners, Vicky Jungers of Auburn, was showing off a brown, round object to Ed Kawahara of Sacramento.

“It’s a Roman hub cap for a chariot,” she said. “My husband has done a lot of research on it with the British Museum. It’s quite rare.”

There was no price listed for the object. Instead, the tag for it simply read, “Let’s talk!”

Kawahara didn’t buy anything at Souk Topia. But he listened with rapt attention to Jungers’ commentary on a tiny gold Phoenician boat, which was probably used as an altar figure.

“The pieces in the display case are amazing,” he said afterward. “They are not only antiquities, but the stories behind some of the pieces are fascinating.”

Kawahara said he usually comes to this art and antique show to buy Christmas gifts for others and for his collection of Japanese antiques. On Sunday, he found and purchased an unusual brass Japanese vase at Tibetan Organic Textiles, a new vendor at the show this year.

“It’s a very nice antique piece,” he said, noting that it had a Mount Fuji scene inlay.

Karma Potter of Berkeley was helping out at the Tibetan textiles booth, which sells sculptures, jewelry, vases, and other artwork from Tibet, China, Japan and southeast Asia.

Her parents, Ngodup Tsering and Dawa Tsering, ran an antique store in Katmandu, Nepal, for many years before moving to the United States five years ago. Last year, the family started selling items online and at antique shows.

“We get a lot of good responses,” she said after handing out a card to a prospective customer at the show Sunday. “People really know what we are selling. We definitely want to come back next year.”