Winter Antiques Show 2015

The Winter Antiques Show 2015 is, as always, a great way to kick off the year. The 61st edition of this prestigious vetted show opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory with a gala and a roundup of surrounding design events. I had a chance to stop in last Friday for the sponsored 1stDibs Designer morning. With a wide range of offerings from art and antiques to jewelry and decorative arts, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to share a few favorites. I think best booth entrance has to go to Elle Shushan out of Philadelphia, known for their collection of portrait miniatures. A fabulous chinoiserie portal surrounded by de Gournay‘s Abbotsford paper was a showstopper.

Elle Shushan at the Winter Antiques Show 2015Across the aisle, a pair of modern gothic late 19th c. American bookcases from Associated Artists were marvelous in their decorative detail.

Associated Artists bookcase at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

Another American piece I loved was this wonderful Pennsylvania Tablet-Top Windsor Settee from Olde Hope Antiques. With its original paint, it combines a charming landscape decoration on the crest with stenciling and freehand decorations. This is a great gutsy piece that could of course work in a country setting but also be elevated in a dressier mix.

Windsor Settee at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

And for fans of more Federal style, this mahogany Banjo Clock from Nathan Liverant and Son, with its original eglomise panels showing Aurora in her Chariot, is lovely.

Federal banjo clock at the Winter Antiques Show 2015 Maison Gerard always pulls out the stops for their display at the show. A pair of carved mahogany, mirror and silvered bronze doors from Paul Moreau-Vauthier are magnificent.

Doors from Maison Gerard at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

And I was totally enchanted by the pair of large trompe l’oeil panels, painted on both sides by P.A. Ekman c. 1940. So wonderfully ebullient and decorative, they would be transportive in any space. Mitch Owens loved them as well and wrote, in his usual erudite and entertaining fashion, a piece about them for his Architectural Digest blog, The Aesthete here.

Painted Doors at Maison Gerard at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

Liz O’Brien is always a favorite stop with an eclectic assortment of pedigreed pieces. She had a fabulous Maison Jansen dresser last year and this time features a pair of fabulous Jansen gilt pagoda topped (note the hanging bells) red japanned étagères. With Chinese Chippendale fretwork and graceful concave door and shelves, they are elegant, whimsical and decorative statement makers.

Jansen etageres from Liz O'Brien at the Winter Antiques Show 2015Gio Ponti is an icon on every design maven’s wish list and Liz has a fabulous Murano glass chandelier from the master, executed during his collaboration with Venini. In a neutral dove gray, it could span any decor.

Gio Ponti Venini chandelier from Liz O'Brien at the Winter Antiques Show 2015And with all our Italian links this week, I couldn’t resist sharing these glamorous little Gabriella Crespi brass boxes with lucite tops. They are right in keeping with all the 60’s and 70s fashion on the runways.

Gabriella Crespi boxes from Liz O'Brien at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

Vying for star status in the Hyde Park Antiques booth was this amazing Charles II (c.1685) black and gilt japanned cabinet. An incredible piece of workmanship with its ornate giltwood crest and elaborate scrollwork, even the stretcher is intricately adorned.

Hyde Park cabinet at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

Cove Landing is a perennial designer favorite with a covetable collection of decorative art and furniture. My photo doesn’t do justice to their always handsome displays as seen here in a stately George II oak cabinet.

Cove Landing at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

I looked longingly at this late 18th century Wedgwood & Bentley agateware vase

Vase from Cove Landing at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

as well as this rare early 19th century English silver luster mug decorated with blue and white Moreland Hunt. It’s probably a good thing it was already sold.

Mug from Cove Landing at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

I’ve been talking about the fixation on florals for a while now. Arader Galleries, known for their outstanding collection of prints including many botanicals, had several beautiful options. A sensational set of William Sharp’s illustrations for Victoria Regia, The Great Water Lily of America were breathtaking.

william sharp prints at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

William Sharp print at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

Lost City Arts always has a great selection of Bertoia pieces and this year was no exception. I loved this untitled welded tree in copper and bronze – such a tactile and organic sculpture.

Bertoia sculpture from Lost City Arts at the Winter Antiques Show 2015And they also had these groovy (sorry – if the shoe fits…) Tommi Parzinger brass and lacquered wood floor lamps from the 60s.

Tommi Parzinger floor lamps at the Winter Antiques Show 2015The leaf-like shades in brass are meticulously perforated to allow just enough light through.

Tommi Parzinger floor lamps at Lost City Arts at the Winter Antiques Show 2015And sometimes something out of your normal realm strikes you just because of its sheer beauty and craftsmanship. It is not surprising that these opera glasses offered by Wartski were made by 19th c. French jeweler Lucien Falize. Of opaque and translucent enamels and jewels, they are as much objet d’art as functional accessory. The top of the center adjustment knob is set with a rose cut diamond

Opera glasses from Wartsky at the Winter Antiques Show 2015

And at the other end is engraved with great flourish the initial “B”, evidently indicating the glasses were made for the wife of patron Prince de Béarn-Viana.

jeweled opera glasses from Wartski at the Winter Antiques Show 2015This is merely a tiny taste of the hundreds of offerings at the show. Last night was the popular Young Collectors Night, which I was sorry to miss but luckily this year, along with an updated new logo, the show created an online lookbook featuring the Interior Design Committee of this popular event. Each designer selected a piece and explained how their vision of how they would use it in a space. The show is open through Sunday, so if in the area, be sure to put it on your weekend calendar.

all photos by Quintessence

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7 Responses to Winter Antiques Show 2015

  1. Laura Taylor says:

    Thanks for reminding me the show ends this weekend! Nice post.

  2. Hands down the agate ware vase…dreamy!

  3. The agate ware vase was a favorite too. I also loved the ceramics at Hostler Burrows.

  4. franki says:

    Each of these is a magnificent treasure!! franki

  5. Karena says:

    Ahhh I am so enamored by your choices Stacey. Liz O’Brian and her Chinoiserie Pagoda, the Japanned piece, the agate-ware urn and those botanicals, as well as Mitch’s piece on the trompe l’oeil panels. I only wish I could attend!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    French Artist Frederique Chemin

  6. Ellen Fisch says:

    As always, a visual feast! Wonderful examples of antiques that are timelessly stylish!

  7. Beth Scanlon says:

    Once again Stacey you have provided me with enough inspiration in a single post to be creatively employed for weeks in the studio. Thank you most sincerely !

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