By Anthony DeMarco
The Winter Antiques Show will return to New York January 19 – 28 with 70 galleries showcasing fine and decorative arts from around the world, dating from ancient times to the present day. Among the exhibitors are no fewer than eight galleries exhibiting period and antique jewels, including Macklowe Gallery, Kentshire, A La Vieille Russie and Didier.
In addition, this year’s fair includes a loan exhibition celebrating a century of art patronage at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Va. The VMFA is renowned for American fine and decorative art, including the transformative gift of the James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection, considered by some to be the best Art Nouveau and Art Deco outside of Paris; French Impressionist, modern and contemporary works from the collections of Paul Mellon and Sydney and Frances Lewis; and the Lillian Thomas Pratt bequest of five Fabergé Imperial Eggs and more than 400 additional Russian objects
Recently, the museum acquired the Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger of more than 140 pieces designed by the iconic artist-jeweler who created whimsical jewels for Tiffany & Co.
Other highlights in the loan exhibition, titled, “Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” are objects by Lalique, Paul Storr, and Fabergé as well as paintings by Robert Henri, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent and Willem de Kooning. The VMFA’s four dozen works will be exhibited at the entrance to the show floor in a pavilion designed by Jeff Daly — the former senior designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The 70 exhibitors (including six new ones) will present rare items from approximately 25 specialties in art, antiques and design, ranging from African art to vintage wallpaper panels.
All net proceeds from the show benefit East Side House Settlement, a nationally recognized community-based organization in the South Bronx.
Image: Retro Gold and Pave diamond ring with sculptural swirl design, Courtesy of Kentshire Galleries