Saturday Afternoon at the Winter Antiques Show / by Gary McBournie

Visitors to the 2016 Winter Antiques Show were greeted by a stone peacock at the entrance.

Visitors to the 2016 Winter Antiques Show were greeted by a stone peacock at the entrance.

Yesterday Gary and I visited the Winter Antiques Show, now in its 62nd year, at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City.  The Winter Antiques Show features the “best of the best” from Antiquity through the present and provides collectors, curators, dealers, and design professionals with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by over 70 exhibitors.  The Show’s exhibitors are specialists in Americana, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.

The Winter Antiques Show is also an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, a community resource in the South Bronx.  At East Side House, programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity.  Revenues from the show’s general admissions and the net proceeds from the preview parties and other events go East Side House and contribute to its private philanthropic budget.  

As I wandered through the show, I snapped items that I found interesting and have assembled them here for your viewing pleasure:

Elle Shushan's booth appeared to have a Dorothy Draper edge.  Painted black antique chairs were placed on a black and white floor and black and gilt wood framed paintings and photographs decorated the pretty pink walls.

Elle Shushan's booth appeared to have a Dorothy Draper edge.  Painted black antique chairs were placed on a black and white floor and black and gilt wood framed paintings and photographs decorated the pretty pink walls.

This modern miniature surprises with a contempory photo portrait.

This modern miniature surprises with a contempory photo portrait.

This toothy teapot greeted guests as they entered Michele Beiny's space.

This toothy teapot greeted guests as they entered Michele Beiny's space.

A colorful blown glass piece by Dale Chihuly evokes a tropical moment on a January afternoon.

A colorful blown glass piece by Dale Chihuly evokes a tropical moment on a January afternoon.

This vignette by Robert Young Antiques incorporates a graphic early banner form weathervane and two antique carved bowls placed atop an unusual banded single plank tavern table.

This vignette by Robert Young Antiques incorporates a graphic early banner form weathervane and two antique carved bowls placed atop an unusual banded single plank tavern table.

Once a play toy, this carved wooden horse would make a great decorative accessory in a family room or library. 

Once a play toy, this carved wooden horse would make a great decorative accessory in a family room or library. 

I loved the sophisticated combination of the photograph of Andy Warhol and the antique pottery vessels found at Maison Gerard.

I loved the sophisticated combination of the photograph of Andy Warhol and the antique pottery vessels found at Maison Gerard.

One could not help but be impressed with this illuminated manuscript on parchment from Les Enluminures.

One could not help but be impressed with this illuminated manuscript on parchment from Les Enluminures.

A folk art engraved powder horn featuring unusually relief carved geometric forms, king's head, tree of life and rabbit's head from 1732 was shown by Nathan Liverant and Son, LLC.

A folk art engraved powder horn featuring unusually relief carved geometric forms, king's head, tree of life and rabbit's head from 1732 was shown by Nathan Liverant and Son, LLC.

This vignette by Elliott & Grace Snyder featured a wonderfully colored antique hooked rug and a faux-grained blanket chest.

This vignette by Elliott & Grace Snyder featured a wonderfully colored antique hooked rug and a faux-grained blanket chest.

This antique oak cutlery box with it's bold rope carving was a favorite of mine.  The nautical nature of the piece calls for a new home in Nantucket!

This antique oak cutlery box with it's bold rope carving was a favorite of mine.  The nautical nature of the piece calls for a new home in Nantucket!

While I do not typically focus on jewelry, this stunning sapphire and diamond piece from Didier Ltd. caught my eye.  Didier specializes in jewels by leading Modern Masters, painters and sculptors who are recognized internationally for their art, while the fact that they also created jewels comes as a surprise.

While I do not typically focus on jewelry, this stunning sapphire and diamond piece from Didier Ltd. caught my eye.  Didier specializes in jewels by leading Modern Masters, painters and sculptors who are recognized internationally for their art, while the fact that they also created jewels comes as a surprise.

This captivating wall cabinet by Paul Evans is crafted of steel, gilt wood and bronze.  The red vertical striations in the lithograph by Adja Yunkers are a perfectly compliment to the brutalist piece.

This captivating wall cabinet by Paul Evans is crafted of steel, gilt wood and bronze.  The red vertical striations in the lithograph by Adja Yunkers are a perfectly compliment to the brutalist piece.

Tillou Gallery offered a pair of J. F. Bloudin Patent Ice Skates, circa 1860.

Tillou Gallery offered a pair of J. F. Bloudin Patent Ice Skates, circa 1860.

This ceramic kneeling warrior is actually a Pre-Columbian Mochica vessel available from Throckman Fine Art, Inc.

This ceramic kneeling warrior is actually a Pre-Columbian Mochica vessel available from Throckman Fine Art, Inc.

I was immediately drawn to Kelly Kinzle's booth by the patterned green wallpaper and was further interested by the high chest of drawers and the framed sheath and sling.  The carved alligator prevented the scheme from getting too serious!

I was immediately drawn to Kelly Kinzle's booth by the patterned green wallpaper and was further interested by the high chest of drawers and the framed sheath and sling.  The carved alligator prevented the scheme from getting too serious!

With ties to Nantucket, I could not resist this antique map of the Gray Lady offered by The Old Print Shop, Inc.

With ties to Nantucket, I could not resist this antique map of the Gray Lady offered by The Old Print Shop, Inc.

Gemini Antiques Ltd. showcased an amazing collection of antique metal toys.

Gemini Antiques Ltd. showcased an amazing collection of antique metal toys.

An extraordinary circular shirred rug with a stylized urn of flowers, circa 1840, was displayed by Frank & Barbara Pollack American Antiques & Art.

An extraordinary circular shirred rug with a stylized urn of flowers, circa 1840, was displayed by Frank & Barbara Pollack American Antiques & Art.

S. J. Shrubsole Corporation showcased an amazing collection of early American silver pieces.

S. J. Shrubsole Corporation showcased an amazing collection of early American silver pieces.

Glass Past offered a wonderful selection of mid-century Italian glass.  This stunning blue and gold vase was designed by Ercole Barovier, circa 1940.

Glass Past offered a wonderful selection of mid-century Italian glass.  This stunning blue and gold vase was designed by Ercole Barovier, circa 1940.

This charming lidded green vase was designed by Vittorio Zecchin, circa 1925

This charming lidded green vase was designed by Vittorio Zecchin, circa 1925

I found this captivating bronze sculpture at Bowman Sculpture.  The piece is entitled "Mask of Perseus" and was crafted by Sir William Reid Dick.  

I found this captivating bronze sculpture at Bowman Sculpture.  The piece is entitled "Mask of Perseus" and was crafted by Sir William Reid Dick.  

 I am a box collector so I was naturally drawn to this extraordinary decorated pine box at Old Hope Antiques, Inc..  The box was crafted in Maine, circa 1830, and has a wonderful wallpaper lining.

 I am a box collector so I was naturally drawn to this extraordinary decorated pine box at Old Hope Antiques, Inc..  The box was crafted in Maine, circa 1830, and has a wonderful wallpaper lining.

"The Dragonfly" lamp by Tiffany Studios, circa 1910.

"The Dragonfly" lamp by Tiffany Studios, circa 1910.

Barbara Israel Garden Antiques showcased a selection of carved sandstone garden ornaments, including this cormourant.

Barbara Israel Garden Antiques showcased a selection of carved sandstone garden ornaments, including this cormourant.

Wooden case pieces in a vignette from Hyde Park Antiques are made even more special with the cobalt blue walls. 

Wooden case pieces in a vignette from Hyde Park Antiques are made even more special with the cobalt blue walls. 

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