Winter in NYC
Y’all have probably gathered by now that my husband and I are collectors, and really enjoy the opportunity to travel anywhere to see amazing art and antiques. For the past seven years, the Winter Antiques Show has been a permanent commitment on our calendar, and for anyone who enjoys beautiful art and antiques…this is a NYC show not-to-be missed!
According to the Winter Antiques Show web site, “the Winter Antiques Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Show highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day, and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 150 experts from the United States and Europe.
The Winter Antiques Show is an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. East Side House’s programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity. All revenues from the Show’s general admissions and the net proceeds from the Opening Night Party and other events go to East Side House and contribute substantially to its private philanthropic budget. No part of sales made by exhibitors is received by East Side House.”
opportunity to see pristine, unique, and amazing pieces will keep you happily strolling the isles for hours. Each dealer is highly respected in their particular aesthetic category, and are always generous in their willingness to share information, and educate anyone who is interested in their objects. I introduced you to good friend, and Folk Art expert, Allan Katz in this post, who is a former exhibitor, and we also enjoy friendships with current exhibitors Elle Shushan, a premier dealer of fine portrait miniatures, Ray Haradin, dealer of fine antiques toys, banks and soldiers, and the fabulous Olde Hope Antiques.
The Venue is also particularly fascinating. The Park Avenue Armory was built between 1877 and 1881, Park Avenue Armory has been hailed as containing “the single most important collection of nineteenth century interiors to survive intact in one building” by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, with an 80-foot-high barrel-vaulted roof, is one of the largest unobstructed spaces in New York City. The Armory’s magnificent reception rooms were designed by leaders of the American Aesthetic Movement, among them Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Candace Wheeler, and Herter Brothers,The Armory was built by the National Guard’s prestigious Seventh Regiment, the first militia to respond to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers in 1861. Members of the “Seventh” included Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons, and Harrimans, many of whom hired the decorators from the Armory for their own elaborate city mansions and country palaces of the Gilded Age. Thus, the Reception Rooms on the first floor and the Company Rooms on the
second floor were designed by the most prominent designers and artists of the day including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers, Pottier & Stymus, and others. The administration building and drill hall, along with the majestic entrance, hallways and grand staircase, were designed by Regiment veteran and architect Charles W. Clinton, later a partner of Clinton & Russell, architects of the Apthorp Apartments and other early New York City apartment buildings, according to the venue’s web site.
And, from the perspective of a person who has been deeply involved in non-profit work for over twenty years, I particularly appreciate the philanthropic aspect of supporting the Winter Antiques Show, benefitting the East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. East Side House’s programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity..
Check out their web site!!! The 2018 show runs January 19-28th.
Can’t make it this year….plan on 2019! I can assure you Will and I will be there!!!
- If you attend the Opening Night Gala, this is a super swanky event, with many celebrities and NYC dignataries in attendance. Dress for the occasion, and enjoy sipping a glass of champagne while admiring a priceless Windsor Chair or piece of Chinese Export.
- Don’t think you can get that American Antique dresser in the overhead compartment on your flight home? No worries. Fabulous shippers work with the dealers, so you can have anything shipped home.
- There’s a very good cafe on site, so you don’t have to leave the show to grab a bite to eat!
- For good NYC tips, check out this post and this post.
- There is a fee to enter the show, depending on the day, but typically $25 for a day entry. It’s worth it!
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