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Thursday, 31 January 2013 04:10

Offering an abundant array of extraordinary works, the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show, January 25-February 3, 2013, is a showcase for collectors and enthusiasts alike. The seventy-three exhibitors have brought rare and aesthetically striking material from ancient Greece and Rome through to the modern period. Visitors will see exquisite works of art by leading artists such as John Singer Sargent and James Buttersworth, fine jewelry and portrait miniatures, elegant traditional furniture with classic design or fanciful painted surfaces nearby modern furniture by leaders in their field such as Wendell Castle. The variety of material is evident when booths that face one another hold within whimsical examples of folk art or elegantly engraved suits of armor. This is a fully vetted show and is unsurpassed in America.

This year's loan exhibit, "Newport: The Glamour of Ornament," features collections from the Preservation Society of Newport County. Primary among the art is Giovanni Boldini’s Elizabeth Drexel Lehr (1905), whose crimson gown captivates all who see her (and is also the cover of our 13th Anniversary issue).

The Winter Antiques Show is an annual benefit for East Side Settlement House.  For more information visit

Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:40
The 2012 Winter Antiques Show, held at the Park Street Armory in Manhattan, celebrated its 58th year this January 20-29. This most prestigious of American antiques and art shows featured seventy-five exhibitors showing the “best of the best,” from antiquities to the 1960s. While the majority of exhibitors specialize in American art, furniture, and decorative arts, renowned dealers of English, European, Asian, tribal, and material from antiquities share the floor. The energy was lively and sales were strong across the board, from 20th-century mobiles by Alexander Calder and Wharton Esherick wagon wheel chairs, to paintings, pottery, furniture, folk art, a Greek bronze horse, and rare illuminated manuscript.
Events included a gala opening night party, young collectors night, VIP tours, expert lectures and book signings, and a loan exhibit featuring Historic Hudson Valley. All net proceeds from sponsors, special events, and ticket sales support East Side House Settlement, a non-profit in the South Bronx providing social services to community residents.
Friday, 05 August 2011 03:37
Maastricht, a picturesque medieval city steeped in history, filled with romantic streets and historic buildings, and arguably the oldest city in the Netherlands, is home once a year to the finest art and antiques show in the world, TEFAF Maastricht. When private jets fill the local airport everyone knows it’s show time. With 260 dealers from sixteen countries in nine sections, it was nearly impossible to view the entire show in the three days I was there. The art and objects in the show range from ancient to contemporary works, totaling an estimated $1.4 billion worth of museum-quality art. The Vernissage was packed with patrons, and it seemed as though there were more Americans willing to spend this year than last, acquiring some of the most important paintings in the show through dealers such as Noortman, Johnny van Haeften, and Koetser Gallery.
Saturday, 16 April 2011 01:28
After only eight years, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show has quickly established itself as the most anticipated event of the season in South Florida, both for dealers and collectors. Tens of thousands of savvy collectors, industry experts, and serious collectors flocked to the annual event, which saw active buying and an enthusiasm that was electric. Antiques industry icon Ronald Bourgeault commented, “I’ve never seen such crowds at an antique show—it was packed.” With the collections of more than 180 world-renowned dealers on display, the show featured a broad spectrum of items available for purchase, including fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, contemporary art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the twentieth century. In addition to the strong paintings and jewelry sales, decorative arts and furniture faired extremely well. Buying energy was high and showed no sign of a slow economy. Says Phil Tyler of Sallea Antiques, “This was probably our best show of the year. It’s the best far and away and consistent from year to year.”

“We’ve done a considerable amount of business,” said Graham Arader of Arader Galleries, who sold several Audubon prints of birds, Gould prints of hummingbirds, and Thornton prints of flowers. Jim Alterman, of Jim’s of Lambertville and Ashley John Gallery, stated “The sales this year were the best we’ve ever had at a Palm Beach Show Group fair, and sales have continued after the show from clients who attended.” He adds, “Buyers came from across the country and bought a range of materials, from our jewelry to Pennsylvania impressionist and contemporary paintings.” Among his sales was a seven-figure Edward Redfield painting to a new collector that he met at the show. Howard Rehs echoed the point about this year’s attendance and continued, “We met a lot of new clients this year, and the people who come to this show are educated about the material and understand what they are looking at.” Alan Granby of Hyland Granby Antiques added, “There was a higher level of energy and enthusiasm this year, which resulted in more sales. It was a terrific show.” Among his sales was a rare, carved and gilded eagle, asking price of $250,000, paintings, and scrimshaw. Gavin Spanierman, who sold, among other things, an Ernest Lawson painting, noted, “I am very pleased with the attendance and quality of the collectors present.”
Friday, 15 April 2011 14:44
The Philadelphia Antiques Show celebrated its fiftieth year this April 9-12, 2011. Held at the 40,000-square foot Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One, the show featured fifty exhibitors. Known as the top Americana antiques show in the country, leading exhibitors offered furniture, folk art, and decorative and fine art of exceptional quality, ranging from regional Pennsylvania material and expanding along the eastern seacoast and including England. To mark the fiftieth year, the loan exhibition was entitled “Celebrations….Antiques that Mark the Moment,” which featured furniture and fine and decorative arts that related to important communal or personal events or times in the lives of their creators or owners. The success of the show was furthered by its marking of five decades as the major fundraiser for Penn Medicine.
For the past nine years, the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (ADA) has presented the ADA Award of Merit to an individual who has made major contributions to the field. This year’s recipient was Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The gala dinner was followed by speakers who provided fond reminiscences of their years knowing and working with Mr. Heckscher.
What follows are a selection of photographs from the show floor and the ADA dinner.
Monday, 07 February 2011 01:15
This January marked the 58th year of the celebrated Winter Antiques Show, arguably the finest antiques show in the United States. Held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, 75 exhibitors from the across the globe came together for what was a beautiful display of museum quality American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts. Displaying an eclectic mix of vetted works from antiquity through the 1960s, the show is a mainstay among curators, collectors, dealers, and designers. See the following gallery to view photographs of every exhibitor’s booth at the show.