The first installment of The American Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Spring Show NYC, which runs from April 28 – May 2 at the Park Avenue Armory, welcomes art and antiques collectors with a wealth of works from fifty-five top dealers—the majority of whom are members of the prestigious AADLA. With a broad range of periods and styles represented, there’s something for every connoisseur’s taste, from antiquities and tapestries to period furniture and abstract art. British and Continental furniture are particularly strong, so whether your loyalties lie in London or the City of Light, there is a wide range of offerings for every taste.
For Anglophiles, it’s all about keeping up with the Georges. Clinton Howell Antiques will exhibit a remarkable pair of George III tables attributed to John Linnell, each with cross-banded marquetry tops and delicately worked friezes. Meanwhile, Kentshire Galleries will show an extremely rare pair of George III mahogany stools still sporting their original needlepoint upholstery, plus a superb pair of George II giltwood pier tables with hounds lounging below the branched base. Kentucky’s Jayne Thompson Antiques sends up a bombé-shaped commode in sabicu wood veneer and marquetry inlay from the reign of George III. And from Hyde Park Antiques, a handsome George I walnut bureau bookcase with mirrored doors is the perfect place to stow your collection of vintage tomes.
Other dealers look East for inspiration. An exquisite William & Mary period japanned cabinet-on-chest adorned with original gilt brass mounts is on offer from Philip Colleck Ltd., while Chinoiserie decoration enlivens a pair of red lacquer Queen Anne armchairs at George Subkoff Antiques. Santa Barbara-based R.M. Barokh rounds things out with a striking Anglo-Indian inlaid ivory and pen work miniature writing cabinet, circa 1800. Additional dealers specializing in British furniture include: O’Sullivan Antiques with a pair of exceptional Irish 19th century Regency library chairs. Michael Pashby Antiques will offer a rare 17th century Charles II lacewood oyster veneer, fruitwood inlaid and walnut cabinet; and Alfred Bullard presents a handsome George III mahogany secretaire linen-press.
Continental furniture lovers can expect a lively mix of pieces from France, Italy, Germany and more. At the booth of L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, an Italian gilded wood caminiera – above fireplace mirror – embodies the elegance of 18th-century palazzo life. Likewise, a superb pair of early 18th-century German mirrors cut fine figures in cream and gilt. From Charles Cheriff Galleries, a fanciful Louis XV-style lady’s vanity table in kingwood and mahogany with gilt bronze fittings dates from the turn of the last century and opens up like a butterfly. And an expansive and xtremely rare tile picture of liveried servants from Valencia, Spain circa 1770 will be on view at the booth of Carlton Hobbs.
Other works demonstrate the cosmopolitanism of Enlightenment-era Europe. Charleston, South Carolina-based Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques will present a highly significant 18th-century German bureau that skillfully incorporates intricate Venetian wooden intarsia panels dating from 1686 by Antonio and Luccio de Lucci. Meanwhile, Dalva Brothers brings a similarly syncretic piece from its Upper East Side gallery: a very fine and rare Louis XV ormolu and Meissen porcelain candelabrum, centered on the figure of a Chinese boy. Other Continental furniture specialists include: N.P. Trent Antiques offering a Louis XV wrought iron console with rosso antico marble top, circa 1750, and Foster-Gwin features a 17th century Baroque-period walnut credenza.
With a roster of sixty top specialists from all over the United States, the AADLA Spring Show NYC – at the heart of New York’s Art & Antiques Week – will offer something for every collector's taste, whether scholarly or decorative. Visitors will be lured into the Armory’s grand exhibition hall
with a dramatic mise-en-scene created by interior designer and tastemaker Lars Bolander, the Swedish designer recognized for his signature style of mixing the old with the new.
The Art and Antique Dealers League of America, Inc., is the oldest and principal antiques and fine arts organization in America. The purpose for organizing the league was to bring the various members of the art and antiques trade closer together to promote a greater understanding among themselves and with the public, and generally to devote itself to the best interest of dealers and collectors of antiques and works of art.
1stdibs.com, the Spring Show NYC sponsor, is an online luxury marketplace that presents a carefully curated selection of highly coveted items from the most prestigious dealers in high-end antiques, 20th- and 21st-century design, estate- and fine-jewelry, vintage couture, and fine art. Founded in 2001 by Michael Bruno as a way to bring Parisian flea market finds to the world, today the site now lists over 2,000 new items each week, totaling over 100,000 pieces annually and sells everything from Venetian windows to classic Eames furniture.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. A 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit.
The Spring Show NYC opens with a benefit preview for the ASPCA, at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street, on Wednesday, April 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM by VIP invitation or $250 at the door. After 7 PM admission is $75 and the preview continues to 9:00 PM. All proceeds from preview tickets go to the ASPCA. The Honorary Co-chairs of the Connoisseurs Committee are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The Committee co-chairs include: Michael Bruno, Mario Buatta, David Patrick Columbia, Celerie Kemble, Brian McCarthy, Miles Redd, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams, and Vicente Wolf.
The show opens to the public on Thursday, April 28. Hours are Thursday, April 28: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM; Friday, April 29: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 30: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM; Sunday, May 1: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM; and Monday, May 2: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. General admission is $20 per person; a five-day pass is $40 per person.
Arts’ Night Out, celebrating New York’s Art and Antiques Week with young new collectors, is slated for Friday, April 29, from 5 – 9 pm. The $30 ticket available at the door includes that day’s admission to the AADLA Spring Show NYC plus beer, wine and ABSOLUT cocktails beginning at 5 pm. Arts' Night Out is sponsored by Doyle New York, Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine, and ABSOLUT Vodka. For additional information, visit springshownyc.com.
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