At the upcoming New York Antiques Show, elegance is more than a passing fancy

When you are looking for the “ABC’s” of elegance – value, quality and high style — the New York Antiques Show, on Manhattan’s upper East-side, has everything you need.  In fact, there is nothing quite like it in Manhattan.  What makes this show so exceptional?  Smaller, and therefore more focused than the cavernous Armory shows, it is a boutique event that is a paradise for the discerning shopper.

Tucked neatly below the venerable St. Ignatius Loyola Church (Park Ave. at 84th Street), the New York Antiques Show, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2008, delivers extraordinary art and decorative objects, fine furniture, jewelry and coveted women’s accessories at prices that represent excellent value for the dollar without sacrificing quality.  Twenty-seven invited participants showcase their collections in room settings that complement the aesthetic beauty of these treasures while demonstrating how wonderfully they translate into one’s home décor and lifestyle.

Manhattanites and visitors love this show for its wide range of fine furniture.  Here is where you go when you want a distinctive George I burled walnut secretary for your home office, or an exceptionally well-made 18th century George Hepplewhite bookcase in figured mahogany to hold your treasured first editions.  It is also where you’ll find that elegant 19th century pedestal dining room table you’ve been longing forever since your vacation to Breakers.  Exhibitor Roger Winter from Bucks County, PA specializes in dining room furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and will bring outstanding examples from his collection such as a George III mahogany pedestal dining table that easily seats 14 people.

Now is the time to invest in that Grandfather clock you’ve always wanted for your hallway.  Prices for these coveted tall case clocks are more obtainable with the result that there are excellent buys in the $1,500 price range and up, depending on the amount of decorative detail and condition.  If a tall case clock is in your future, stop by the booth of John and Patricia Snead, who will be offering outstanding English, American, German and French examples.

The New York Antiques Show, formerly the Park Avenue , has continued to prosper and flourish thanks to the vision of Allison Kohler of JMK Productions, daughter of veteran show promoters Rona and Jesse Kohler.  Ms. Kohler responded to the dealers who encouraged the continuation and expansion of this venerable Park Avenue event.  “It’s character is slightly different from that of the previous show in that the merchandise is in pace with today’s market – fresh and very updated,” says third generation jeweler, Brad Reh of Southhampton, a long time exhibitor who encouraged Kohler to take on this show.

Designer jewelry is Reh’s milieu.  He is experiencing fresh demand for investment quality pieces that will stand the test of time.  Designer jewelry has never been hotter with important pieces signed by Van Cleef and Arpels, David Webb, or Cartier high on the list of coveted acquisitions.  Reh is the resource customers turn to when they want to treat themselves to such purchases as Cartier platinum diamond earrings from the 50’s or encircle their wrist with a pair of white gold Cartier diamond bracelets with over 20 carats of diamonds.  Magnificent!

Major auction houses are now picking up on paleontology, with the result that fossil specimens – many 50 to 60 million years old – are sought after by knowledgeable collectors.  At the upcoming New York Antiques Show, the Whitley Collection will present a group of a dozen of the world’s finest specimens – sure to draw interest as good examples are scarce.  Available both framed and as fossils in their natural state (embedded in stone) these excellent examples come from the Green River Ridge area of Wyoming.

“People are beginning to connect to these timeless pieces and are using framed fossils aboard yachts, in cozy bungalows as well as high-rise penthouses and Hampton summer homes where they attract immediate interest.  They are wonderfully adaptable in both a contemporary or traditional setting.  A couple who are art collectors purchased a fossil in stone for the powder room of a Park Avenue apartment, while a magnificent fossil from a predecessor of the piranha was purchased by a lawyer for his office.  (The lawyer thought that it was apropos as “Everyone thinks of me as a piranha.”)  This interest in preserving and enjoying nature – perhaps an offshoot of the Green campaign that is sweeping the nation – has also translated into the demand for the engravings, watercolors and fine botanical prints for which Barbara Fine Antiques has found acclaim – a beautiful touch for any room.

The New York Antiques Show is also an outstanding resource for women’s vintage accessories.  This season the word is – designer handbags!  And, there is no better source than Nula Thanhauser of Philadelphia, who will show you how to be the envy of your friends with a vintage designer bag that is far more reasonably priced than the Birkin which Carrie’s friend Samantha in Sex and the City absolutely went “ga ga” for.  Her signature purses from American designers such as Koret, Judith Lieber, Willardy, Josef and Hobe are much in demand.  Want something very special?  Nula will custom design a purse for you, working from vintage frames, antique fabrics, exotic skins and classics such as heirloom lace.

Are your treasures in need of repair?  Bring them to the show.  JMK is pleased to have renowned artist Louis A. Pierrello of Restorations By Louis, a restorer of fine porcelain and china, at the show.  Louis is known throughout the country for his expertise in these mediums as well as in chalkware, early stoneware, papier-mache, ivory and jade.  He will be on hand both days of the show, doing on-site professional repairs as well as providing free assessments of items in need of restoration.

The New York Antiques Show is where you’ll uncover the ABC’s of elegance.  It’s truly the best of everything!  Hours for the show are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $15 (good all weekend).  For more information call 973-224-2797 or visit

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