It’s always a pleasure to see a dealer return to our antiques show! The Schwarz Gallery is a Philadelphia business with a rich history spanning three generations of the Schwarz family.  It all began in 1930 on the Atlantic City boardwalk, when Frank S. Schwarz founded an antiques business specializing in furniture, silver and paperweights.  Frank met his future wife Marie on the Boardwalk, where she worked modeling fur coats! Together Frank and Marie re-located the business in 1942, to a Center City Philadelphia townhouse at 1806 Chestnut Street, where it has 6501_smith-Schwarz Galleryremained ever since.  Their son, Robert D. Schwarz Sr. joined the business in the early 1960s.  Robert D. Schwarz Sr. discovered a collection of American fine art that had accumulated in the townhouse’s basement and started to incorporate it into the gallery’s offerings. Over time, the gallery’s main focus shifted to 19th and 20th century European and American paintings, and it became particularly well known as a source for fine works by Philadelphia artists.  Robert D. Schwarz, Jr. joined the gallery in 2002, and together with his wife Deepali Schwarz, has continued the family tradition. Deepali says “We encourage people who appreciate the arts to stop by, even if they are not a buyer or collector. We love to have conversations with people who appreciate fine art.”

For the last 20 years, Schwarz Gallery has participated in the Winter Antiques Show in New York City and the Philadelphia Antiques Show, as well as the USArtists Show at the PennsylvaniaSchwarz Gallery Academy of Fine Arts.  Last year marked Schwarz Gallery’s first year at The Main Line Antiques Show, and it was a very positive experience, according to Deepali.  “It’s an intimate show, laid out nicely, warm and inviting.  We appreciate all the promotion – those things really do help us”.  For the 2013 Main Line Antiques Show, the plan is “…to try to bring a range of things in media, genre and price point” from the gallery’s collection of late 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European art, including still life and genre scenes.

Welcome back, Schwarz Gallery!