Sunday, January 26, 2014

THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW Celebrates Diamond Jubilee (c) By Polly Guerin

You may have missed the opening night party but America’s most prestigious antiques show, The Winter Antiques Show, which celebrates its 60th year Diamond Jubilee is a rare and wonderful opportunity which has a long run through to February 2, 2014 at the Park Avenue Armory. This stunning show features seventy-three renowned experts in American, English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s. Please note that all proceeds support East Side House Settlement, a non-profit institution in the South Bronx that provides social services to community residents.
Maison Gerard’s large and spectacular Art Deco stained glass window sparkles in faceted colors, by Gerda Wegener, circa 1925, with an elegant and fashionably dressed Deco Lady and Gentleman. It takes center stage mounted on a wall  to the right as you enter and draws you into the show to see the famous Lacquer Room (pictured left) featuring Jean Dunand’s gorgeous lacquer walls with whimsical fish alighting randomly in gold leaf, mother of pearl and lacquered wood. It had been created for a cozy environment, at one time the breakfast room, which was part of the apartment in San Francisco of the tycoon, Charles Crocker one of founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, who was a great supporter of French Art Deco.
Lost City Arts garden sculpture by Kai Nielsen, 1924 in reconstituted stone represents a young girl that holds forth in all her nudity to invite you to see a remarkable desk constructed of layers of different woods in a streamline creation with unexpected storage spaces within.
I always stop at Kentshire, where a selection of Art Deco jewelry mesmerizes by the sheer beauty of each piece. Other noteworthy pieces include A Crossover Diamond Necklace, with graduates round brilliants and baguette diamonds. Platinum and 18K white gold, Signed Marc, Paris.
Joan B Mirviss Ltd. Never disappoints with an original painting of White chrysanthemums with Pale Blue hydrangea and Wild Chrysanthemums c. 1920-1930. Ink, color and gold wash on silk. A charming hanging scroll singed Kamisaka Sekka.
The Delft Puzzle Jug, with Putti frolicking with Blackamoor and Lady Rotterdam is an interesting object for consideration, c. 1725.
DIAMOND JUBILEE EXHIBITION Queen Victoria’s diamond and sapphire tiara is on loan from a private collection by arrangement with Wartski, London and diamonds from the world’s most renowned jewelry firms are featured in a special exhibition celebrating the 60th year Diamond Jubilee of the Winter Antiques Show including jewels from Graff, Tiffany & Col, and Bulgari form the centerpiece of the Show.
“Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Museum “showcases more than fifty objects from the museum and a lecture series during the show. America’s oldest continuously operating museum, founded in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799, presents extraordinary pieces including a sing for the Washington Hotel 1825-1850, Frederic Remington’s painting, The Gossips, 1909, Mortar Schooner, Siege of Port Hudson, Virginia from the Matthew Brady Studio and Jenny, Jeanne Bernard’s sleeveless side-wrap Dress circa 1926 fashioned in silk, gold lame and glass beading with chiffon handkerchief flounce at the side.
This is an exciting evening, January 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. for new collectors, emerging philanthropists and art and design enthusiasts. It features a private viewing of the show and an exclusive opportunity to mingle with New York’s most illustrious interior designers.
FOR DETAILS and the SCHEDULE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, LECTURES and BOOK SIGNINGS, Admission and show hours visit www.winterantiquesshow or call 718.292.7492.

Ta Ta Darlings!!! Pollytalk is off to hear Brian McCarthy’s “A Grand Tour of Design: Collecting Across the Globe” on Saturday, February 1 at 2:30 pm. Fan mail welcome at Visit Polly’s website and in the left hand column click on my other Blogs on fashion, visionary men and hidden treasures in New York.

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