Ancient Egyptian bronze sculpture, gilded Herter Brothers side chairs owned by John Pierpont Morgan, and paintings by celebrated American artists William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, and Childe Hassam, will gather for the 61st year of the Winter Antiques Show from January 23-February 1, 2015 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The Show is America's most prestigious antiques show, providing museums, collectors, dealers, design professionals, and first-time buyers with opportunities to see and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts, from antiquity through the 1960s. Every object exhibited at the Show is vetted for quality and authenticity.
“The Winter Antiques Show offers unparalleled access to the world’s most exquisite and astounding historical objects—and this year is no different,” said Peter Pennoyer, the renowned classical architect who together with his wife Katie Ridder, the celebrated interior designer, are the Show’s 2015 Honorary Co-Chairs. Ms. Ridder continued, “We both feel that timeless pieces with history add a distinctive character to today’s interiors, whether the spaces are designed to evoke a period of yesterday or even something a bit more contemporary. We’re thrilled to be part of the Show, and look forward to seeing all of its remarkable design opportunities.”
The 2015 Winter Antiques Show Presenting Sponsor is Chubb Personal Insurance. Kathleen Tierney, chief operating officer, Chubb Personal Insurance, is the Chair for the Opening Night Party on January 22, 2015. The Winter Antiques Show’s Co-Chairs are Lucinda C. Ballard, Arie L. Kopelman, and Michael R. Lynch.
Fine English furniture will reign supreme as the Winter Antiques Show welcomes four new UK-based leaders in the field: a pair of commodes (c. 1775-80) by Mayhew & Ince at Apter-Fredericks Ltd.; an early Turner’s armchair (c. 1630) and a George II Mahogany Windsor Chair (c. 1740) at Thomas Coulborn & Sons Ltd.; and a George III Satinwood and Marquetry inlaid secretary bookcase (c. 1790) at Hyde Park Antiques.
Museum quality paintings by famed American masters will be prevalent at the 2015 Show: Boy in Red: Portrait of Josiah Lasell (c. 1895) by William Merritt Chase and Royal Palms, Melena, Cuba (c. 1895) by Childe Hassam at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.; The Candelabrum (1885), an impressionist portrait study by John Singer Sargent at Adelson Galleries; Sunrise at Mid-Ocean (1907), a significant seascape by Thomas Moran, at Schwarz Gallery; and Harlem Street Scene (c. 1942) by Jacob Lawrence at Jonathan Boos, LLC.
Showcasing the breadth and diversity of the show are a dozen exhibitors in early to mid-20th century design. This year’s highlights include a pair of iconic leather, aluminum, and steel Maximilian lounge chairs (c. 1958) designed by John Vesey at Liz O’Brien; colorful Italian glass at Glass Past; and a French desk and armchair (c. 1925), made of fine mahogany and leather, by Louis Süe and André Mare at Maison Gerard.
Maintaining the Show’s strong American core are more than 15 Americana dealers, and important folk art pieces will be exhibited by many: a paper and watercolor Heart-and-Hand Love Token (c. 1820) at Olde Hope Antiques, Inc.; a vibrantly decorated Pennsylvania cornercupboard (1863) at new exhibitor Kelly Kinzle; a handsome pair of portraits of a young couple seated in red chairs, attributed to George G. Hartwell of the esteemed Prior Hamblen School, at Frank & Barbara Pollack American Antiques & Art; and an early ambrotype if a calls of students and their teacher (c. 1855) at David A. Schorsch-Eileen M. Smiles American Antiques.
Sculpture from all ages will be especially prevalent in 2015, due to the addition of two new exhibitors specializing in the medium: an Egyptian bronze seated cat (c. 715-332 BC), perhaps used as a vessel for a mummified cat, at Rupert Wace Ancient Art Limited; a marble bust of Proserpine by famed American sculptor Hiram Powers at new exhibitor Conner • Rosenkranz, LLC; Tete de Femme (1929), a bronze art deco bust by Gustave Miklos at The Fine Art Society; and Saul Bazerman’s mid-century Self-Portrait (c. 1952) at Gerald Peters Gallery.
Exhibitors in Chinese and Japanese material add to the Show’s eclectic mix: a rare Chinese export porcelain tureen and cover modeled as a goose (c. 1750) at Cohen & Cohen; a Yayoi Neolithic earthenware vessel (c. 2nd -3rd century AD) at Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd.; a pair of paintings depicting Chinese women accompanied by pipes and pets (c. 18th century) at Martyn Gregory; and a pair of green and yellow Fu Lions (c. 1662-1722 AD) at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
After an intense search, Aronson of Amsterdam (a 134 year old family firm specializing in Dutch Delftware) has recently reunited a pair of unusual bouquetieres depicting Their Majesties King Willem III and Queen Mary II (c. 1690). The figures are attributed to The Greek A Factory, where Queen Mary ordered many magnificent pieces of Delft for Hampton Palace. The pair will be exhibited together for the first time at the 2015 Winter Antiques Show.
Objects with noteworthy provenance include a Herter Brothers “Pompeian” side chair (c. 1880) that was probably commissioned for John Pierpont Morgan’s lavish Madison Avenue mansion at Associated Artists, LLC; an English Palace Wall Regulator (c. 1770) by John Arnold that was commissioned by a member of the Russian royal family for Catherine the Great at Thomas Coulborn & Sons Ltd.; a Chinese Famille Verte quandrangular vase (1662-1722 AD) from the collection of Henry Clay Frick at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.; and a grand scale Chippendale looking glass (c. 1760) that was part of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary project and was discussed in correspondence between Franklin and his wife at Bernard & S. Dean Levy.
About the Winter Antiques Show
The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 61st year as America’s most prestigious antiques show, featuring 73 renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts in a fully vetted Show. The Show was established in 1955 by East Side House Settlement, a social services institution located in the South Bronx. All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement. The Winter Antiques Show will run from January 23-February 1, 2015, at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. The Winter Antiques Show hours are 12 p.m.-8 p.m. daily except Sundays and Thursday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Daily admission to the Show is $25, which includes the Show’s award-winning catalogue. To purchase tickets for the Opening Night Party on January 22, 2015, or Young Collectors Night on January 29, 2015, call (718) 292-7392 or visit this link on the Show’s website.
About East Side House Settlement
East Side House Settlement was founded in 1891 to help immigrants and lower income families on the East Side of Manhattan. In 1962, it moved to the South Bronx where it serves 8,000 residents annually within one of America’s poorest congressional districts, the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Among the initiatives that focus on educational attainment as the gateway out of poverty is the innovative and highly acclaimed Mott Haven Village Preparatory School. For more information, please visit www.eastsidehouse.org.
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