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Art-Filled Wonderland at the Winter Antiques Show

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Angela Pham & Rommel Demano/BFA.com
Friday, January 20, 2017
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Snowflake light projections danced on the ceiling of the Park Avenue Armory at the Winter Antiques Show opening party last night. Known as the most prestigious art, antiques and design fair in America, the much-anticipated event—now in its 63rd year—runs through January 29.

Over 70 exhibitors have set up shop, displaying a curated selection of works with a story behind each. Walking from booth to booth felt like getting lost in a life-sized dollhouse, exploring a cabinet of curiosities. Jazz tunes, piano melodies and the La La Land theme song played throughout the evening as art enthusiasts mingled while enjoying champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

First stop was Stephen Score, located to the left upon entrance. “We’re known for American folk art and lots of primitive paintings,” says Eleanor Score, of the antique store based in Boston that she runs with her husband, Steven. Dressed in a head to toe vibrant pink ensemble, she perfectly complements the painting she stands next to, titled Girl in Pink, created in about 1840 by George G. Hartwell.

In the Thomas Heneage Art Books booth, you’ll find art reference books, catalogues raisonnés, monographs and everything in between. In the corner, sits a portable copying machine created by James Watt and Company, circa 1795 in Birmingham. “Until the invention of this, you would have to write a letter in pen and paper by hand twice or give it to a scribe to work on if you wanted a copy,” says Thomas Heneage, owner of the London-based bookshop. “Jefferson heard about it and bought several. He decided every American diplomatic mission had to have them and tried to persuade Madison to buy one, but Madison said he had to wait until he was a bit richer.”

More works include Michele Beiny European porcelain pieces, Didier artistic post-war jewelry and Apter-Fredericks 18th– and 19th–century English furniture. Oh, and a genuine knight in shining armor circa 1574, at Peter Finer.

“We challenge ourselves every year to try and make the Winter Antiques Show more fun and exciting than the year before—to take it from strength to strength. If we had a motto, it would be ‘Let us surprise and inspire you!’” says event co-chair Arie L. Kopelman.

Attendees included Jamee and Peter Gregory, Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Jerry Lauren, event co-chairs KopelmanLucinda C. BallardMichael R. Lynch, event honorary chair Fran O’Brien, and this year’s honorary design chairs Jamie Drake, Caleb Anderson, Miles Redd as well as Celerie Kemble.

The Winter Antiques Show benefits the East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization in the South Bronx that provides educational programs and social services to those in need. For tickets, visit winterantiquesshow.com.


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