When the third edition of Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show NYC opens its doors to the public for a five-day run at the Park Avenue Armory on May 2, a diverse multitude of fine and decorative arts from a top-tier roster of over 60 international galleries await to enthrall fairgoers of every imaginable interest. Covering a wide swathe of collecting disciplines, from antiquities through contemporary art and everything in between, the pageant of offerings will appeal to the seasoned collector, as well as the neophyte.
Here is a thumbnail guide through the exhibition hall, featuring some of the fair’s top highlights and starting on Aisle 100:
New York City's Carlton Hobbs (101) places a remarkable early-19th-century Brazilian rosewood side cabinet in the limelight. Made of rosewood and decorated with famille verte porcelain and gilt bronze, it is thought to have been designed by John and Frederick Crace for the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, in an effort relieve the chaste interior of the structure. This Crace creation is an outstanding example of English chinoiserie and is priced at $485,000.
Newcomer Michael Borghi Fine Art (106) offers a blue-chip line up of 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, with a concentration on post-war contemporary artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Sean Scully, Alexander Calder, Tom Wesselmann and Norman Blum. Among the standouts are Wesselmann’s Maquette for Tulip and Smoking Cigarette, 1983 and a Pastel on Paper, by Sean Scully, 1996.
Yew Tree House Antiques (107) of New York City is placing a fine and pleasingly-colored English (or Welsh) low dresser, circa 1700, that is in richly patinated oak, stands on bold turned legs and has three drawers. The top is heavily molded and there is thick-burr oak cross banding over a molded apron.
Milord Antiques (109) presents two exceptional highlights: a rare pair of Art Deco sycamore marquetry cabinets by Jules Leleu, inlaid with brass and pewter, circa 1940, ($45,000); and pair of patinated cast-bronze chairs made in Italy in 2006 by Bruno Romeda, whose work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ($26,000).
Lillian Nassau LLC (110) of New York chooses as her highlight one that actually lights up: a Tiffany Studios dragonfly table lamp from 1906. It stands 18 inches high and has a diameter of 14 inches.
For the advanced-level collector, London's Gladwell-Patterson (114) presents Pablo Picasso's Guitare Accroché au Mur, a 32-by-32-inch oil on canvas going for $8.5 million. For a collector not quite yet in that league, they recommend Karl Mårtens' Golden Eagle, a watercolor priced at $4,275. Born in San Francisco in 1956, Mårtens grew up in Drottningholm, outside Stockholm, and specializes in nature studies.
A panoply of multifarious highlights from Estate Silver, Antique Reflections, F&P Associates, Blum Antiques, Alexander's Antiques, Paul Anavian Robert Lloyd, Treasures & Pleasures, Botier, Inc., and Leah Gordon Antiques. will inhabit the booth of the Manhattan Art and Antiques Center (115) which is also a Spring Show NYC sponsor.
New York's Marion Harris (119) has a highlight sure to attract the eye of the well-versed collector: a French artist's articulated mannequin horse and rider that is made of finely detailed carved walnut and rests on its original base, both circa 1880.
York County, Pennsylvania's Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques (123), specialists in Early American flags, painted American furniture and folk art, recommends for the ripened collector a flag with 13 stars in a very rare tombstone pattern on an entirely hand-sewn flag, dated July 4, 1865 and priced at $85,000. For a brand-new collector, Bridgman recommends a flag with 45 stars in a medallion configuration, a rare feature in the period the flag was produced, 1896-1908; it's $3,850.
At Jon Eric Riis (201) stands out a Japanese tsuzure-ori (fingernail-woven) Buddhist priest's robe, or kesa, made of woven silk and metallic thread. The dadaiko, or drum, that is depicted makes it likely that this kesa was used at the time of the enthronement of either Emperor Ninko on September 21, 1817, or Emperor Komei on September 26, 1847.
From up north in Southampton, Massachusetts, Spencer Marks (203) bedazzles Spring Show NYC with an extremely rare and fine Tiffany & Co. antique Aesthetic Movement sterling silver six-piece coffee and tea service by Edward C. Moore, circa 1870-5. To entice a young collector is a Bailey & Co. repoussé silver vase from around the 1850s, priced at $2,000.
For the experienced collector Hyde Park Antiques (204) of New York draws attention to a George IV Parcel Gilt Mahogany Breakfront Bookcase, circa 1825, with a triangular pediment above three glazed doors flanked by gilt stop-fluted pilasters which rise above three highly figured panel doors sitting on a plinth base. For a the new collector, Hype Park suggests a pair of Chinese Export reverse paintings on glass, circa 1790. In their original frames, the artistic twosome depict an elegant Chinese court figure, holding a pug lap dog while seated at a table adorned with a flower filled vase and an opened scrolled document. They are $12,000.
Via Litchfield, Connecticut, and courtesy of Jeffrey Tillou Antiques (205), fairgoers of all interests will be beguiled by an exceptional piece by master furniture-maker George W. Ahrens that was presented at the Philadelphia's United States Centennial International Exhibition of 1876. His Aesthetic Movement table won a medal and certificate award for originality of design and excellence of inlay.
For the well-versed collector, Linda Bernell Gallery (206) of New York calls attention to a Paul Signac watercolor painted in 1929. “It has never been to auction, has been in my family's collection, and is in beautiful condition,” says Bernell. “For a young collector, I would suggest a Paulemile Pissaro watercolor, or possibly a Bela de Kristo oil or some of the up-and-coming artists that I represent.”
For the practiced collector, Piacenti Art Gallery, Ltd. (208)of London trains a pinpoint spotlight on View of Venice with the Dodge’s Palace and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute Beyond, an 1881 oil on canvas by the Belgian painter Victor Vervloet (1829-1904), $120,000. It is remarkable not only for its large scale --almost seven feet wide --but also its succinct rendering of the iconic city of Venice.
L'Antiquaire & The Connoisseur (209) of New York is showcasing an amazingly well-preserved painted and pracel-gilded chest-of-drawers produced in Turin, Italy, and priced at $185,000. It was made by Francesco Bolgiè, a cabinet maker active from around 1769 to 1825 and the most talented and acclaimed carver working for the court of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin and the Piedmont. For the novice collector is a large 17th-century lobed bowl with grotesque designs that is priced at $8,500.
Hailing from Tuxedo Park, New York, Robert Simon Fine Art (210) is shining a spotlight on A Romantic Idyll: A Twilight Landscape with a Knight and His Beloved, an oil on paper that has been laid down on canvas. The artist is Tiziano Vecellio, or as he more commonly known amongst art lovers the world over, the mono-monickered Titian. This stunning work, by the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian School of artists, dates from around 1515. For the collecting newbie, Robert Simon proposes a circa-1880 Italian School oil on paper entitled A Female Artist Sketching Antiquities in the Courtyard of the Palazzo Mattei, Rome, inscribed Al Palazzo Mattei on the verso and priced at $10,000.
Direct from Modena, Italy, comes Marco Bertoli Gallery (215) with Gaetano Previati's The Muses, an oil on canvas once in the collection of maestro Arturo Toscanini. Previati was one of the leading exponents of Italian Divisionism (a cousin of French pointillism), and this early 20th-century work depicts the nine daughters of Zeus who have for generations inspired artists in every category. For the just-beginning collector, the Bertoli Gallery calls attention to a work by Eugenio De Blaas (1845-1931) dubbed The Veiled, dating from 1882. De Blaas is considered one of the most interesting artists who worked in Venice, a painter who was sensitive and refined and is now highly rated internationally, as evidenced by recent auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's.
The New York-based Alexander Gallery (216) will offer 4 lunette paintings that were painted by the Italian painter Bernardino Nocchi as bozzetti (preparatory pieces) for his larger work, which he did in the chapel of the Palazzo Vidoni-Caffarelli (1773-74) in Rome. These lunettes depict the Four Evangelists each with their attributes: John with the eagle, Mark with the lion, Luke with the ox, and Matthew with an angel.
Via Mount Kisco, New York, comes two authoritative recommendations from Drucker Antiques (217), the world's recognized experts on Georg Jensen silver jewelry, flatware and hollow-ware. For a practiced collector: a Georg Jensen sterling silver and ivory tankard. For the novice collector: sterling silver Acorn flatware, by Jensen (but of course). Of the 33 patterns of flatware produced, this motif is the most popular to collect, and there are easily more than 200 different pieces that have been fabricated in this favored pattern.
Lawrence Steigrad Fine Art (309) of New York brings this recommendation for the curator or old master collector: Portrait of a Family Group by an Ornamental Fountain in a Pastoral Landscape by Jan Mytens, one of the most noted portrait painters working in The Hague during the middle of the 17th century; $295,000. For the newer collector, Steingrad endorses a small portrait of a man by Willem Gdanietz, $18,000, or a small watercolor by a 19th-century artist David Adolph Constant Artz, $25,000.
At Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc. (311) is a very rare early Japanese porcelain dish with centaurs, circa 1690-1720. This dish is one of the rarest of all the European-subjects found on export porcelain, because most Japanese porcelain made for the West was influenced solely by the Japanese aesthetic in terms of color and subject. One of only two examples known to exist, this amazing piece depicts the classical story of centaurs with the border of wild animals integrated into the pattern.
For the seasoned collector or museum curator, Rehs Galleries (314) of New York City suggests an oil by Eugène Louis Boudin (1824-1898) that is titled Village aux Environs de Dunkerque. Primarily a marine painter and a master of all things nautical, Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to work outdoors, taking full advantage of developments in oil paint. The work is priced at $125,000. For the neophyte buyer, Rehs is recommending a work by 33-year-old Ben Bauer called Spring Moonrise in South Dakota, an oil on canvas on board, $7,250.
New York's Phoenix Ancient Art (323) has a monumental polychromatic Roman mosaic depicting a scene of wine-making that originated in the third century A.D. The scale of this monumental mosaic recommends that it originally decorated a triclinium, the banquet hall of a luxurious Roman villa. The gallery suggests that green collectors take a look at a charming Roman bronze balsamarium in the shape of a dog and priced moderately.
Clinton Howell (401) of New York commands attention with a superb set of eight George II carved mahogany dining chairs that have carved crest rails with pierced and carved splats and carved cabriole legs terminating in ball-and-claw feet. Sets of eight or more George II dining chairs are rare, all the more when they have such assured and substantial carving. They date from circa 1750 and are $175,000.
For the veteran collector, New York's Hill-Stone (406) advocates an Albrecht Dürer woodcut called Knight and Landsquenet ($300,000), as well as adrawing by Paolo Farinati ($145,000). For the just-out-of-the-gate collector, recommended is a a woodcut by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, the Dutch painter, print-maker and graphic designer who died in 1944. The price is $8,500.
Long-time collectors will want to see the ebony side chair from Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, that Nicholas Grindley (of London, New York and Beijing) (408) is displaying. Dating from 1830-1850, it has a horizontal crest rail topped by a rolled-leaf motif supported on backward curving uprights with leafy capitals ($22,500). For the initiate into the world of collecting, a compelling offering is a fruit-wood stand from the late Qing period in China (1870-1900) that a stroller used to take his bird for a walk in Beijing, liberating it from its cage for a spell; it's priced at $2,500.
New York City's Galerie Rienzo (410) is highlighting an oil on canvas by Jean Caasigneul for the studied collector, painted in 2001, Dimanche au bord de l'eau. The artist was born in 1937 and has been associated with the gallery for more than three decades. For the just-starting-out buyer, gallery owner Robert Rienzo recommends lithographs. “Lithography is now a dying art,” he counsels, “and so will be even more highly appreciated in the future.”
Settling into the Armory from Redmond, Washington is John Atzbach Antiques (413) the collector and dealer in Russian and Imperial objects. He's bringing an exceptional Russian coronation cup, a prize for the serious collector, and made to commemorate the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896 ($35,000). Although many thousands of the enameled metal beakers are known today, this superb gilded silver and champlevé enamel example, fashioned by Antip Kuzmichev in Moscow for Tiffany and Company in the United States is likely the only example of its kind. For a young person beginning a collection, Atzbach suggests a Russian silver and enamel spoon, with prices starting below $500.
To raise additional funds for the ASPCA®, a vibrant room-setting, designed by Brett Beldock, features numerous objects from a cross-section of dealers. A $25 donation will be made to the ASPCA® for any item purchased from Ms. Beldock’s installation.
ABOUT THE SPRING SHOW NYC
The Spring Show NYC spotlights the very best in English, Continental and American furniture, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and decorative arts; Asian works of art; folk art; 20th-century decorative arts; aesthetic movement and Arts & Crafts furniture; prints, photographs, maps, posters and wallpaper; antiquities and ancient objects; silver and metalwork; nautical art and objects; jewelry; garden ornaments; books, manuscripts and autographs; Chinese export porcelain and decorative arts; Native American and tribal art; carpets and rugs; tapestries; textiles and needlework; and clocks.
ABOUT ARTS’ NIGHT OUT
On Friday, May 3, Arts Night Out, co-chaired by Emily Collins, Abigail Starliper, Maggie Moore, and Lydia Melamed Johnson, will also benefit the ASCPA. Sponsored by Apollo Magazine and Broken Shed Vodka, over 30 prominent young patron groups from New York’s top cultural institutions will be in attendance.
The Spring Show NYC is a vetted show—every item in each booth is examined by panels of experts for authenticity. The panels also ensure that comprehensive, accurate labeling is attached to every piece. Vetted shows are the standard for all quality art and antiques fairs.
The AADLA Spring Show Opening Night, by-invitation-only Preview Party will be on Wednesday, May 1. Sponsored by 1stdibs.com, the premier online marketplace for purveyors for luxury goods, and the Manhattan Art and Antique Center, the Preview will benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
This year’s Honorary Co-chairs include Amy Fine Collins, Somers and Jonathan Farkas and Carolyne Roehm. The Connoisseur Committee Co-chairs are Brett Beldock, Michael Bruno, Mario Buatta, Dara Caponigro, David Patrick Columbia, Robert Couturier, Celerie Kemble, Edward Lobrano, Brian McCarthy, Miles Redd, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams and Vicente Wolf.
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.
Founded in 2001 by Michael Bruno, 1stdibs is the world’s premier online marketplace presenting a curated selection of coveted items from 1,700 of the most prestigious dealers across the globe. Visitors to the site enjoy instant access to items immediately available for purchase including high-end antiques, 20th and 21st century design, fine art, estate jewelry, vintage couture and fine homes, with the emphasis always on quality. Nearly $650 million in sales were reported by 1stdibs dealers in 2012 with over 9,000 items reported sold by the site’s dealers each month. Over 3,000 rare and beautiful items are catalogued each week. 1stdibs attracts more than two million visits a month and over the past 11 years has become the ultimate destination for collectors and affluent consumers to purchase immediately available rare and desirable objects. www.1stdibs.com
ABOUT THE MANHATTAN ART AND ANTIQUES CENTER
The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is New York’s oldest established emporium for antiques, housing nearly 100 galleries on three levels with a wide variety of collections from six continents. They offer silver, jewelry, tapestries, furniture, porcelain, clocks, paintings, sculpture and many other objects of art. Linked by elevators and a spiral staircase, The Center has been an important resource for collectors, interior designers and antique buffs for the past thirty-eight years. www.the-maac.com
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. As 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. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA® on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA® on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
For more information about the AADLA Spring Show—taking place May 2-5, 2013 at the Park Avenue Armory at Park Avenue and 67th Street, NYC, please visit www.springshownyc.com. Tickets for the VIP Preview on Wednesday, May 1 from 5 - 9 pm are $250/person. Tickets for the Public Preview from 7 - 9 pm are $75/person. General admission tickets are $20 for a single day pass, or $40 for a four-day pass. For questions about the VIP program, please email email@example.com.