City Treasures

City Treasures

The pleasures of the Winter Antiques Show, like the antiques themselves, are varied and many. While I enjoy seeing dealers from all over the world gathered within the Park Avenue Armory's soaring hall, I also delight in the juxtaposition of local purveyors under one roof, their booths a distilled version of their stores or warehouses. In effect, you can tour almost all of the city's many antiques-rich neighborhoods within the space of a few hours at the show. Let's virtually visit of the some of this year's treasures, all courtesy of the vendors of New York:

"Bather" (c. 1945), by Ben Shahn

  The Upper East Side is full of small, private dealers, who display their offerings in apartment-like galleries. Jonathan Boos specializes in American paintings, drawings, and sculpture created between 1850 and 1950, like this simple yet poignant work by Ben Shahn.


Porcelain jug with silver mounts, ca. 1680

The modern skyscrapers of Midtown house many beautiful old things, courtesy of the galleries that cluster around 57th St. One such is S. J. Shrubsole, specialists since 1936 in vintage jewelery and silver—including this intereresting East-meets-West object, a Japanese porcelain jug with a Dutch silver lid.



George III serpentine console table, ca. 1795

The East Village is one of the oldest residential sections of New York—a fitting locale for dealers in period furniture. As its name implies, Hyde Park Antiques specializes in 18th- and early 19th-century English furniture, including Georgian delicacies like the marquetry-embellished console. 



Stone garden sculpture (1923-4), by Kai Nielsen

Where else but the converted warehouses of SoHo are spaces big enough to house statues, like this garden sculpture from Lost City Arts? (They deal in indoor furniture, especially Midcentury Modern, too.)


Cavonia wood chaise lounge (1950s), by Joaquim Tenreiro

 Craving 20th-century pieces that seem totally up-to-date? Go west, young collector—to the streets of TriBeCa. Galleries like R & Company show vintage pieces alongside modern designs, proving that (as the song says) everything old is new again.



"Kambara," from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road (ca.1833), by Utagawa Hiroshige

Back to the Upper East Side, for an aged but appropriately seasonal scene for these snowy days. Long before Asian art was all the rage, Joan B. Mirviss was dealing in Japanese works, both contemporary ceramics and classic prints, like this work by the master printmaker Hiroshige, of travelers trudging homeward in the dusk.

All photos courtesy of the exhibitors.


<< The Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, Park Ave. at 67th St.,, thru Feb. 2