The Winter Antiques Show opened its doors at the Park Avenue Armory with its Opening Night last Thursday January 24, 2013. The show continues through this weekend, but has already seen great success with record-setting sales and an increase in visitor numbers compared to years past.
This year is the 59th annual Winter Antiques Show. Over seventy galleries are exhibiting this year from all over the world. Some truly incredible pieces are on view at the show, from Tiffany glass lamps to Faberge frames, antique clocks to suits of armor, and art deco diamond bracelets to ancient Egyptian painted reliefs. Every turn leads the visitor from one museum-worthy piece to another. Indeed, walking the Winter Antiques Show is very much like wandering through a museum. Each piece is just as striking as the next, and the show’s visitors have certainly understood that.
As of January 31, one week after the show opened, it has already seen a 25% increase in visitors and sales continue to increase daily. Among the impressive sales are a 1900 “Dragonfly” Tiffany lamp from Macklowe Gallery, an 1865 horse weathervane from Olde Hope Antiques, an 1100 BC jade Olmec mask from Throckmorton, and an 1860 set of flint glass goblets from Hirschl and Adler. Patrons at the glamorous Opening Night Party included such major celebrities as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Martha Stewart, Bette Midler, Drew Barrymore, and Will Kopelman.
All proceeds from tickets sales and events benefit the East Side House Settlement, an educational, social services organization based in the South Bronx. The Antiques Show itself was actually created by East Side House, which helps both children and adults perform adequately both in school and in the work sphere.
As part of the Antiques Show, a special loan exhibition is on view, entitled Newport: The Glamour of Ornament. The exhibition, the first thing you see when entering the grand auditorium of the Armory, highlights the works and history of the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, cared for by the Preservation Society of Newport County. A beautiful full-length portrait of Mrs. Elizabeth Drexel Lehr, painted in 1905 in the Impressionist style by Giovanni Boldini, takes pride of place at the center of the exhibition space, immortalizing the glamour, class, and wealth that epitomized the families of the Newport mansions. An 1890s Frederick Worth ball gown and a 1921 Astor Cup are also among the sixty items on view.
A number of events accompany the Winter Antiques Show, including lectures given by curators, writers, and dealers. The lectures have been incredibly popular in the show’s first seven days, and are sure to draw crowds in its last weekend as well. Only three days are left to take in the incredible pieces at the Winter Antiques Show. The show run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are only $20, which also includes a collectible show catalog, loan catalog, and antiques magazines.
This is the art show of the year, one you do not want to miss! Let us know what you think of the show after you visit by commenting in the space below.
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