Holiday Show Special Edition Vendor Spotlight—Digging for Treasure: Rare Antiques from Dennis Robida
Fossil finding just got a little closer to home. Far from the excavation sites and outside of the museums of NYC the Holiday Antiques Show is pleased to welcome Dennis Robida.
A renowned antique dealer in the New York City community, Robida is known for his rare, unique and exclusive collection of antiques and fossils. With 30 years of experience and a passion for antiques Robida has become an expert in the field. He carefully selects the best merchandise based on his ability and keen skill to carefully decipher the origin of an item.
Dennis invites us to explore a sneak peak of some of the merchandise that he plans to bring with him to the Holiday Antiques Show
An ancient bison occidentalis articulated leg from the Pleistocene era
This species was exterminated by early Native Americans, so it’s very rare. These fossils were mainly found in peat bogs in the Upper Midwest.; approx. 44 inches tall; custom mount, no restoration;
Oil & canvassed painting of a lion and lioness
Attributed* to Alexander Pope Jr.
*label on back: cleaned in 1960 in NYC—accidently took the signature off of Alexander Pope
Painting of Confederate soldiers standing around a stone building
Gouache on paper that’s been laid down on Masonite; laid down because it’s 150 years old on paper; folk art painting because it features hound dogs; as-is; 34x26 inches; signed Tarol;
Did you know? What makes this painting so interesting is it portrays Confederate soldiers, which is rare.
How long have you been selling your merchandise?
I’ve been selling antiques since 1986. I’m a fulltime dealer and I get fresh merchandise each week. I have a strong customer base and I primarily sell to the trade, such as NYC shop owners.
What inspired you to get into this business?
My mother collected antiques and when I was in college I started dabbling with selling antiques too. I really liked it and so I started selling full time. I grew up around antiques and I always had an interest in them. Even before I started selling them full time I worked odd jobs for people who lived in Victorian homes and instead of money, I traded for antiques.
Originally, I only sold American antiques. I live in Connecticut and I noticed that many shoppers there wanted mostly New England antiques. I started buying unusual antiques and I found a great market of interested shoppers in NYC because the people were far more sophisticated and wanted the unusual antiques.