Highlights from the 2018 Winter Antiques Show

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The Park Avenue Armory was abuzz last week with the 2018 Winter Antiques Show. Now in its 17th year, the show features over 70 of the world’s leading experts in decorative arts and antiques. Each booth is a treasure trove of collectible items ranging from paintings, jewelry and rare books, to decorative artifacts and more. The show which was open to the public January 19th to the 28th had vendors from all over the globe.

A mix of the art and antiques world, the show integrates many aspects to create a unique experience for fair goers. One of the most exciting things on display at this year’s show is an exhibition on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The mini offered viewers the chance to see a century’s worth of art in a smaller scale.

The VMFA mini show featured a wide range of works from paintings to decorative arts. Some of the paintings on display included works by Beauford Delaney, Childe Hassam, Willem de Kooning, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, and more. There was even a Fabergé egg that came equipped with diamond accents and was fashioned in silver and gold. Additional items on view included things acquired from the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger consisting of over 140 pieces by jeweler powerhouse Tiffany & Co. The VMFA has been a long-time collector of Art Nouveau and Art Deco arts, and this mini show featured many examples of works from those eras.

Winter Antiques Show
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One vendor that combined contemporary art and jewelry is Didier Ltd. Didier Ltd based out of London, showcased a mind-blowing collection of jewelry crafted by contemporary painters and sculptors from the 20th and 21st century. Their roster of artists included Giacometti, Dali, Man Ray, Picasso and Oppenheimer. Many of the works on display were created for people in the artists’ lives at the time and for some, the jewelry served as a way to engage the artistic process on a smaller scale.

These smaller scale pieces allowed the artist to work through their process in another context and allowed them to make money in another way. Several pieces by Giacometti dating from the 1920s-30s offered another glimpse into this prolific artist’s uses of metals and allow viewers to see his work in a new context. A small-scale bird pendant and sphinx brooch made from gold showed the artist’s range of skills, and another side to their work.

Winter Antiques Show
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Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz another exhibitor in the 2018 Winter Antiques Show helped to confound expectations of what an antique is. Through her exhibition of vintage wall paper panels, Thibaut-Pomerantz is working to elevate this once every day item into a piece of art. Her booth featured panels from the 1850s through the 1950s and later pieces from the 20-21st century decorative arts which was an exciting addition to more traditional items on display.

Winter Antiques Show
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More great work could also be found at Michael Goedhuis Gallery which focused on contemporary Chinese art, specifically Ink Art, and later Chinese and Japanese Edo works in bronze. One bronze piece dating from the Muromachi period showcased a bronze statue of the Buddhist deity Jiz? Bosatsu. It is an unusual piece for the period and something that shouldn’t be missed.

Winter Antiques Show
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This year’s show also featured three booths dealing mostly in rare books, maps and more. Daniel Crouch Rare Books, had an exciting collection of rare books, maps, sea charts and voyages dating from the 15th-19th centuries which was of particular interest. From the extensive topographical details, colors, and coordinations, these maps are truly one of a kind.

From fans of contemporary art to works dating to the 15th century or earlier, the 2018 Winter Antique Show had something for everyone. There was also a wonderful series of lectures featuring a number of people including: Barry Shiftman from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Mitchell Merling, exhibitor Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz and others.

The 2018 Winter Antiques Show was open January 19 to January 28, 2018 located at the Park Avenue Armory, open daily 12pm-8pm; Sundays and Thursdays 12pm-6pm.

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About the Author:

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.