Indulge your curiosity and visit Manhattan’s Winter Antiques Show where fantastic furnishings and dazzling designs meet. It’s the mix of cultures and historical periods (from ancient art to Art Deco and contemporary craft) that creates sparks at one of America’s most anticipated shows opening at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory January 22 to 31. Visit winterantiquesshow.com for more info.
Urns & Pedestals
As a neo-traditionalist with a passion for ancient architecture and abstract painting, I was stopped by this pair of monumental mahogany dining-room urns and pedestals. The duo date back to the 18th century when they would have flanked a sideboard, but designers today prize them for adding height to a room. The pedestals conceal racks to keep plates warm and the lined urns were used to rinse cutlery between courses. Did anyone ever have a better eye for detail than Chippendale. For more, visit Ronald Phillips Antiques at the show or online.
The Dutch didn’t invent a special vase just for tulips, says Dutch dealer Robert Aronson. “Tulipieres were intended to display all kinds of flowers,” he says. “The 19th century misnomer grew out of a desire to combine 17th century Delft vases with the Dutch ‘Tulipmania’ story, even though the tulip-bulb market had burst in 1637 -- some half century before the finest Delft masterworks were created.” Tulips or not, tulipieres seem custom created for butterfingered flower lovers like me.
This pair of obelisk-shaped vases would look incredible on a dining table or in a small foyer. The pair stand tall (44 inches) and were made in Delft, Holland in 1695. Visit Aronson Antiquairs at the Winter Antiques Show
Eye-Catching Portrait Miniatures
Philadelphia dealer Elle Shushan singlehandedly cultivated a love for lovers’ eyes and other portrait miniatures, which are usually made with watercolor on ivory. In her booth this year, you’ll find the left hazel eye of “S. Coleman” (circa 1800) as well as a compelling, Renaissance-style portrait, Mickal III, by the talented German artist Bettina von Zwehl whose work is collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum and Guggenheim.
Find the jaw-dropping cameo of suave and one-time king of Naples, Joachim Morat, at specialist art book dealer Thomas Heneage Art Books. Handsome and well-dressed, Morat was known as the “dandy king” and gave the order to fire at his own execution. If that hasn’t piqued your interest, the cameo was once owned by the heiress of the Singer sewing machine fortune, Daisy Fellowes, who knew a thing or two about fashion and beauty. Visit heneage.com for more.
For some seriously scenic wallpaper in grisaille (tones of gray), check out the large panel (some 6’x7’) in which Psyche is showing jewels to her sisters. By the leading French maker of scenic wallpaper during the French Empire and Restoration periods, Joseph Dufour is known for his fine wood-block engravings which even caught the eye of Thomas Jefferson. Dealer Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz pioneered the field of antique French wallpaper and her clients include museums (the Metropolitan), interior designers, and private collectors.