The fall 2012 AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design Show at the Park Avenue Armory (September 20-24) welcomed over 60 top dealers from across the globe and showcased a diverse range of world-class antiques and fine and decorative arts. Steady crowds throughout the fair translated into impressive sales across all categories.
U.S. and international dealers are drawn to the show on account of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Manhattan audience. "The show had an exciting buzz from the start, with a well attended preview. The gate was lovely for the next four days with knowledgeable buyers who bought across the board. In 33 years of business, we have never had a better show," commented Jacqueline Smelkinson from Moylan Smelkinson/The Spare Room of Baltimore, MD.
The glamorous Opening Night VIP Preview event on September 20 was co-hosted by Jamie Drake, Elissa Cullman and a star-studded Interior Design Committee and attended by over 1,000 qualified buyers. Celebrities, such as Woody Allen and Hugh Heffner, were spotted in the crowds during the fair.
This year's AVENUE Show placed a strong emphasis on important European and American fine arts with a versatile selection of genres, eras and forms. Two of the striking works of art that sold during the show were Pines, a 1953 oil-on-canvas by American Modernist Milton Avery, and Lichtenstein vs Lichtenstein, a 2011 digital photomontage by contemporary, Chinese-born Alex Guofeng Cao.
Other notable sales of furniture, decorative arts and jewelry included an early T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chair; a Tommy Parzinger mirror; a 17th century refectory table; Chippendale chairs; a circa 1960s Laverne coffee table; a
vintage Gucci watch; and a pair of Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and sapphire pins. Many visitors were impressed by the show's by the diverse selection and price range.
Running in conjunction with the Opening Night Preview was a benefit for the New York School of Interior Design honoring Albert Hadley, the iconic American decorator who passed away this year. His generous bequest of nearly half a million dollars to the school was announced at that event generating much excitement.
The next AVENUE shows at the Park Avenue Armory are scheduled for April 17 - 21 and October 9-13, 2013. For additional information, please visit www.avenueshows.com or call Barbara Goodwin, Show Director, at 212.284.9728.