The 57th Annual Winter Antiques Show January 21-30, 2011 The Winter Antiques Show at the Armory is a real treat in NYC in the dead of winter when I am in full hibernation mode! It is America’s most prestigious antiques show. It’s an opportunity to see and purchase some of the most r emarkable European and American antiques and there is great variety in all categories from ancient Egyptian artifacts to mid-centurymodern furniture. There are also private tours, V.I.P. lunches and galas taking place all week in concurrence with this event. Most importantly it is a benefit for East Side House Settlement, a non profit that helps children and teens in the South Bronx exit poverty through education. This year the show features “Designing with Antiques”, contemporary room vignettes mixing antique furniture, d ecorative arts and modern pieces. These vignettes are designed by top designers, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Philip Gorrivan and Harry Heissmann. This program is being held in the Board of Officers room. Visiting the 7th Regiment Armory is an event in itself to experience dramatic architecture and discover famous period rooms such as the Tiffany Room designed by Associated Artists as part of the Aesthetic movement. Such greats as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Herter Brothers and Stanford White all had a hand in the making of these rooms. The grand scale of the interiors and elaborate paneling and wainscoting all throughout the building is impressive and awe inspiring! It was built as both a military facility and social club for the “Silk Stocking” regiment which included New York’s most prominent families of the time: the Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons and Harrimans. It’s a trip back to the gilded age and a call to arms spirit of the time. So put your warmest coat on, head towards the UES, enter this enchanting place and enjoy the works of art with a glassof champagne in hand. For more information please visit: http://www.winterantiquesshow.com/ http://www.eastsidehouse.org/ I was not allowed to take photos at the show so I've borrowed all of my images from vendor websites. Here are the highlights from yesterday's visit: Images of the 7th Regiment Park Avenue Armory taken from Museum Planet's website MID-CENTURY MODERN by Lost City Arts, 18 Cooper Square, NYC
Sheila Hicks is a Yale educated artist that loved to work
with fibers and is featured in important art museums all over the
world. These vibrant colors and interesting
compositon and of course choice of medium
caught my eye right away.
It is hard to appreciate its full beauty without
seing it en situ.
This Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture caught my eye with its
interesting shape made of Beryllium copper placed in a bronze base.
I don’t know about you but when it comes to mid-century modern,
Gio Ponti really hits my sweet spot:-) This is a stunning
work of art in mint condition!
"Constellation", by Phil Powell and Paul Evans 1953 This wall sculpture is made of curved walnut, metal and colored glowing lights.
Lost City Arts images were borrowed from 1stdibs website.
Syrie Maughm is a legend in the history of design. She was born in the Victorian era when decoration was all about dark, heavy and cluttered interiors. She became a famous interior designer in Britain and later in New York, Chicago and Palm Springs in the 1920's and 30's. SM is credited for designing the 1st all white room. These lovely splat-back ivory painted wood chairs reflect her light, delicate and feminine approach to design.
Glossy and gorgeous hunter green lacquer cabinets with leather doors accented with painted hobnails and metal handles.
Photos credited to Liz O’Brien’s website
Gorgeous Scandinavian "Flora" cabinet, mahogany with birch interior by Josef Frank, 1940 at the Hostler Burrows booth FRENCH ART DECO
French Art Deco cabinet 20th century I wish I could find more images of Maison Gerard's showcased treasures because I love their lavish French Art Deco pieces. They are the best I've ever seen!
I absolutely flipped over the style and beauty of this chair! The Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz booth also had some amazing antique wall papers as seen in the backdrop. AMERICAN ANTIQUE FURNITUREThis Queen Anne cherry bonnet top high boy has been lovingly maintained for 100's of years and it shows. It's from the Middletown area, Connecticut River Valley 1775-1800. Image credited to Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques
Duncan Phyfe is as good as it gets when it comes to American Empire period furniture. I gasped when I saw this elaborately gilded and ornamented chair!
Rare William and Mary cabinet, English or Dutch
Chinoiserie pattern of birds, landscapes and butterflies.
I just go crazy for japanned English furniture! To die for….
Image credited to Philipe Colleck, LTD.
Image credited to Jeffrey Tillou Antiques WEAPONS AND ARMOR I especially enjoyed the Medieval weapons and suits of armor at the Peter Finer booth. These would look great in my foyer!
These rare pistols are valued at over 100,000 pounds!
Images credited to Peter Finer Antiques
I was quite taken by this portrait exhibited by Frank and Barbara Pollack American Antiques, Highland Park, Il. This painting is done in a Renaissance style but this vendor also showcased beautiful folk art portraits and furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
This oil painting Peter Augustus Jay, 1880 is part of Adelson Galleries exhibit on display and really captures Sargent's masterful hand for revealing the sitter's individuality and personality. In this case the sweetness and innocence of this small child. John Singer Sargent was the most sought after painter for portraiture of his time.