As a former television producer, traveling with Martha Stewart to antique shows and local flea markets was probably the best part of my job. Nothing compares to meeting experts who have curated rare collections of artwork, furniture, jewelry and glass for sale while on display in one venue. At the Winter Antiques Show, taking place this January 22nd through 31st at the Park Avenue Armory you can not only have an up-close view of some of the finest decorative objects by more than of 70 the best independent antique dealers, but you can also talk to these passionate experts face to face. This is what makes this event so special: Learn from the best! If you’ve never attended before, this year (albeit, the 62nd) should definitely be your first. Infused with designer star power by Honorary Design Chairs, Nate Berkus, Ellie Cullman (my first boss as a newbie interior designer), Alexa Hampton and Markham Roberts, this years’ show should prove to be spectacular.
This year, the organizers of the Winter Antiques show, in conjunction with the show’s Dealers’ Committee, have decided to stretch the events previous 1969 cutoff date to include a number of selected and pre-vetted items stretching up to the present- with a goal to reach a younger generation of collectors with a more eclectic mix of collectibles. Lauren and I are really looking forward to seeing and experiencing this new approach.
For example, Peter Fetterman will be showcasing works from 20th century photographers, including French-born photographer Sarah Moon and Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. We are looking forward to seeing them in person.
We are especially obsessed with this pair of Italian glass and gold leaf lamps by Tomaso Buzzi, c. 1900-1981 from Liz O’Brien’s collection.
The Winter Antiques Show is an annual benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community resource in the South Bronx. East Side House’s programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity. All revenue from the show’s general admissions and the net proceeds from the preview parties go to East Side House and contribute substantially to its private philanthropic budget.
We’re very excited to announce a free ticket giveaway to one lucky reader for Young Collectors Night, which takes place next Thursday, January 28th. We will also be attending this event.
Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. We’ll be drawing the lucky winner on Monday, January 25th!