A spellbinding mix of the highest quality art and antiques is the hallmark of Anna and Brian Haughton’s flagship New York fair, which returns for its 23rd year, October 21-27, 2011. Sixty-four of the world’s top dealers – many of them founding exhibitors – will converge on the Park Avenue Armory for the breathtaking event that collectors, connoisseurs, interior designers and art lovers anticipate all year long.
The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, founded in 1989, was New York's first vetted fair and remains one of the world's most prestigious and influential art and antique events. Extraordinary attention to detail, exceptional specialist dealers, breathtaking variety and exacting standards have established the International Show as the top American showcase of its kind.
This glamorous fair brings together works of art that span continents and millennia -- among them many of museum quality. Furniture, paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, arms, armour, rare books, manuscripts, jewelry, objets de vertu, Fabergé, silver, antiquities and ethnographic art, are among the many different categories exhibited and for sale. Prices start from as little as a few hundred dollars but rise into the millions.
Some of the highlights from this year's fair include:
- From Tambaran Gallery, A Jina Stone Head, Uttar Pradesh – North India 8th–9th century, Sandstone, Height: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
- From Ariadne Galleries NY, A Group of Banded Alabaster Vessels, Neolithic Syria, Tell Halaf, 6th millennium BC, Dimensions: 18.6 cm H, 11.5 cm H, 10.3 cm H. Price: $125,000
- From Kentshire, A George II pine side table, the design in the manner of Matthias Lock and attributed to Henry Flitcroft; with Grand Tour quarter-veneered Egyptian alabastro fiorito top.
- From Brian Haughton Gallery, An extremely rare Meissen Twin Handled Portrait Beaker and Saucer, the saucer and one side of the beaker painted with a landscape vignette depicting soldiers resting at camp. The front of the beaker painted with a portrait of a caped and laced up hussar Officer. Circa 1735. Diameter of the saucer: 5 ¼ ins. (13.5cms.) Height of the beaker: 3 ins. (7.5cms)
- From Jill Newhouse, Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Circles and Pyramid Composition, 1971. Gouache on paper, 29 × 42½ inches (73.7 × 108.0 cm). Signed lower right: Calder 1971.
- From Thomas Coulborn & Sons, UK, A Pair of Spanish Neoclassical Gilt-Gesso and Pink Marble Bilbao" Wall Mirrors, Northwestern Spain, c. 1800-09, Label of the importer Bernard Cermenati of Newburyport, Massachusetts, c. 1805-10, The labels read: "Bernard Cermenati, Carver, Gilder, Picture Frame and Looking Glass Manufacturer, No. 10 State Street - Newburyport."
- From The Sladmore Gallery, UK, A fine quality, early twentieth century impressionistic bronze model of a 'Walking Panther', by Rembrandt Bugatti (Italian, 1884-1916). This sculpture was cast in bronze by the lost wax process at the Hébrard Foundry, Paris by 1929.
- From Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Claudius Ptolemaeus, Cosmographia – the first atlas illustrated with woodcut maps and the earliest map to bear a signature. Circa 1482.
- From Martin du Louvre, France, Alfred Janniot (1889 – 1969) Elégance. Circa 1933. Original atelier plaster for the figure of Elegance, a detail of the monumental relief, Friendship between America and France for the Maison Française (Fifth Avenue facing Saint Patrick’s Cathedral), Rockefeller Center, New York City. Armed, patinated plaster, 99 x 48 x 11 inches (253 x 118 x 28cm).
The Preview Party
The 22nd Annual Preview Party on Thursday evening October 20th will again benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Every year, roughly 1,000 partygoers flood the aisles of the Armory among them New York’s most notable art collectors, philanthropists, and business and social leaders. The Preview Party offers patrons a first peek at the dazzling collection of fine art and antiques and the opportunity to support the hospital. Founded in 1946, The Society of MSKCC is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients and their families, while also supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. This dazzling evening is co-chaired by Melinda Blinken, Noreen Buckfire, Elizabeth Miller, Daisy Soros, and Michel Cox Witmer.
Thirty years of Haughton Fairs
2011 marks the Haughtons’ 30th anniversary in the art and antiques fair business which began with the launch of the International Ceramics Fair & Seminar in London in 1982. Since then, the Haughton's have produced some of the most successful and influential international events and have helped to elevate the standard of fairs worldwide. The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show came to New York in 1989 at a time when the practice of “vetting” at fairs was still a strictly European practice and not readily accepted by the shows in America. Brian Haughton said: “The collectors who attend our fairs are generally highly sophisticated in their taste and are often extremely knowledgeable, but the vetting process, which we introduced to fairs in America in 1989, is an invaluable resource that gives buyers the extra security that they can buy with confidence. We believe our Vetting Committee members, some of the most prestigious experts in the world, continue to maintain the most stringent conditions in the industry.”
Although they are well-known for their expertise running highly-successful specialty fairs in New York and London, the Haughton Organization is now keenly focused on their general art and antique fairs: the International Show and Art Antiques London which will take place June 13-20th for its third year in a purpose-built pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London. Art Antiques London incorporates the legendary International Ceramics Fair & Seminar.
NAADAA: From its inception, The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show has been held with the cooperation of The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America (NAADAA), a powerhouse trade organization, founded in 1954, which is comprised of forty-five elite American art and antique dealers, many representing firms that have been in existence for over 100 years.
$20 (Tickets available on the door).
All bags, backpacks and tote bags must be checked.
Fair Hours: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm except for Sunday and Thursday when the fair closes at 6:00 pm
The Park Avenue Armory,
Park Avenue at 67th Street,
New York, NYC
New York:+ 1 212 642 8572
London:+ 44 (0)20 7389 6555
Organisers Office:+1 646 619 6030 (from 16th October)
For complete fair and exhibitor information and fair highlights, please visit: www.haughton.com