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A Month of Antique Shows

Get these fab antique shows on your 2018 calendar!

Written by Cathy Whitlock

If the month of January means winter doldrums, white sales, and dreams of a beach escape, think again. From London and Brussels to Nashville and Atlanta, the first month of 2018 ushers in some of the best antique and art shows in the world. Whether you are an ardent collector, aficionado, or simply a lover of all things design, these shows are as good as a day at the museum. And think of the treasures that await!

Winter Antiques Show

Park Avenue Armory
New York City
January 19-28, 2018


Cameo Brooch of Perseus with a Medusa Helmet. Sardonyx cameo mounted as a gold enamelled brooch in the manner of Castellani, with attached safety chain.

The venerable Winter Antiques Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America and considered one of the best of the year. Featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in fine and decorative arts, one can find everything from American Folk Art to vintage wallpaper panels. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the show features vintage jewels on loan from the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) that includes coveted objects made by Tiffany, Jean Schlumberger and Fabergé to name a few. And not only is the show a great place for people watching, be sure to catch their lecture series.

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A monumental birdcage in the form of RMS Titanic. 

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Battersea Park
London
January 23-28, 2018


Norwegian 19th century bench with original paint from Gaby van Schagen.

If you are looking for that one unique item to complete a room, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is the place. Located at London’s Battersea Park, the fair offers truly some of the most distinctive and often whimsical statement and conversational pieces ever seen. British and American notables are spotted browsing the aisles for painted Swedish and Regency furniture to architectural artifacts and modern art, who knows who you might see? (Hint: Oprah and her designer Rose Tarlow and the occasional cast member of Downton Abby are fans). And never fear, if you can’t make it this month, there is a Spring Fair in April and an Autumn Fair in late September.


A fine original 19th century polychromed figure of a highlander in full uniform in unrestored condition. Date: 1840; Origin: England; Provenance: the imperial tobacco companies collection. Photo courtesy of Hansford

The London Antique Rug & Textile Fair

Battersea Park
London
January 23-28, 2018


Brussels Verdure Tapestry from C. John Rare Carpets. Photo courtesy of LARTA

If you are in the market for decorative and antique carpets, tapestries, embroideries (ikats and silks) and tribal art, then the London Antique Rug & Textile Fair is the place. Located at the Mezzanine of the Winter Decorative Fair, sixteen leading experts will be on hand to offer guidance, support and to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for.

Cathedral Antiques Show

Cathedral of St. Philip
Atlanta, GA
January 24-27, 2018


Photo: Emily Followill

Three days of antiques, floral and interior design, what can be better? This year’s Cathedral Antiques Show also includes a Tour of Homes and lectures and book signings with Ellie Cullman and Lee Cavanaugh of Cullman & Kravis, Peak of Chic blogger Jennifer Boles, Southern Little Augury blogger and interior designer P. Gaye Tapp, and Washington, D.C., floral designer Holly Heider Chappelle.


Photo: Emily Followill

Celebrating its 47th year, the show is one of the biggest in the South.


Photo: Emily Followill

BRAFA Art Fair

January 27-Feb 4, 2018
Tour & Taxis
Brussels, Belgium


Siphonus, 1971
Jean Dubuffet (Le Havre 1901-1985 Paris)
Acrylic on Klegecell
Photo courtesy of BRAFA

Perhaps the biggest and most prestigious show in Europe, BRAFA Art Fair should be on your bucket list. Known for its high quality of modern and contemporary art as well as antiques and collectibles, some 55,000 descend yearly upon the magnificent city of Brussels (another spot on your travel list and while you are there, take a train to Antwerp and Ghent). Held at the historic Tour & Taxis, one of the show’s regular exhibitors is the famed designer Axel Vervoordt along with a variety of jewels, Oriental and Tribal art, carpets, European furniture, and sculpture representing an astounding 5,000 years of history. This year’s Guest of Honor is none other than Christo, the acclaimed figure of New Realism and environmental sculpture.


What you see is what you see (Stella), 2016
Hank Willis Thomas (Plainfield, New Jersey, 1976) 
Photo courtesy of BRAFA

Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville

Music City Center
Nashville, Tennessee
February 2-4


Photo: Peyton Hoge

Nashville a.k.a. Music City and now this decade’s “It City” boasts one of the most popular shows in the country. Now in its 28th year, this year’s theme is “A Sense of Place…” and offers a soon-to-be-sold-out line-up of speakers that include Charles, 9th Earl of Spencer (that would be Princess Diana’s younger brother), designers Timothy Corrigan, Richard Keith Langham, Gil Schafer, Beth Webb, Stacey Bewkes, Lewis Miller, Rita Konig, and Susanna Salk. 150 exhibitors from over 36 states showcase a variety of antiques and garden items and who knows, you might see a country music celebrity or two.