NEW YORK – The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 56th year as one of America’s most prestigious antiques show, providing museums, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to see and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 75 exhibitors.
This year, specialists in 18th and early 19th century American furniture, 20th century fine and decorative arts, and Chinese furniture join this fully vetted show, which is held Jan. 22-31, 2010.
From an Egyptian sarcophagus from 1000 B.C. through mid–century modern furniture, every object exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show is vetted for quality and authenticity. 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.
Among this year’s highlights:
Bank of America renews its commitment as show sponsor with its support of the Winter Antiques Show Education Fund.
The loan exhibition celebrates Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation, with thirty-six historically and architecturally significant properties. Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England features objects from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including furniture, paintings by academic and provincial artists, ceramics made in New England and abroad, and personal accessories from diamond brooches to silk brocade shoes.
Peter M. Brant, Chairman of Brant Publications and a passionate patron of the arts, is the Winter Antiques Show’s Honorary Chairman for 2010. Brant Publications’ The Magazine Antiques is the 2010 Show sponsor.
The popular Young Collectors Night will be held Thursday, Jan. 28.
Liz O’Brien: Liz O’Brien, from New York, specializes in American and European decorative arts of the 20th century, with a focus on classical forms, rich and unusual materials and superior, studio-quality production. O’Brien is known for her scholarly approach to modern design and has championed the work of influential designers such as Samuel Marx, Line Vautrin and Jansen. At this year’s Show, she will exhibit one-of-a-kind examples by English tastemaker Syrie Maugham, designer Frances Elkins and artist Max Kuehne.
Lost City Arts: Established in New York City in 1982, Lost City Arts is recognized internationally as one of the premiere sources of 20th century decorative and fine arts, with a strong client base among architects, filmmakers, and interior designers. At his first Show, Lost City Arts owner James Elkind features the work of sculptor Harry Bertoia, including two seminal works: a Bush form that stands over six feet tall, circa 1968, and a monumental Dandelion that was originally exhibited in the Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the 1964 New York City World’s Fair.
Maison Gerard: Founded by Gerard Widdershoven in 1974 and co-owned by Benoist F. Drut, New York-based Maison Gerard focuses on French Art Deco furniture, lighting and objects d’art. The owners concentrate on designers from this period, including E. J. Ruhlmann, J. M. Frank and Jules Leleu. For its first appearance at the Show, the gallery presents a pair of mirrored panels, designed by Jean Dupas, from the SS Normandy. Launched in 1935, the ship was the “ambassador” of France created by the nation’s best artists and craftsman to represent the country. This is the last pair of a series of panels acquired by the dealers from Grey Art Gallery at New York University.
Nicholas Grindley Works of Art: Nicholas Grindley has concentrated on Chinese art, with a particular interest in furniture and works of art related to scholar’s taste, since 1976. For his first year at the Show, he will bring a selection of Chinese furniture and scholars’ objects including a group of table rocks from the Ian and Susan Wilson collection, which was previously exhibited at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 1991 and the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Mr. Grindley is based in London and Beijing and counts museums and private collectors worldwide among his clients.
Peter Petrou Works of Art: London-based Peter Petrou makes his Show debut. Among the works he will offer is an iconic 1930s bent plywood armchair by Gerald Summers and an exquisite Spanish 17th century portrait figure of a penitent donor, together with ethnographic artifacts and unusual Eastern works of art.
C. L. Prickett: In its forty-ninth year and third generation of operation, C.L. Prickett specializes in the finest examples of 18th and early 19th century American furniture. Their areas of focus include Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Federal furniture and clocks. Based just outside Philadelphia, owners Clarence, Craig and Todd Prickett return to the Winter Antiques Show after a more than 15-year absence.
The 56th annual Winter Antiques Show will be held from January 22-31 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. Show hours are from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Sundays and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. To purchase tickets call 718-292-7392 or visit www.winterantiquesshow.com.
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