Co-chairs Thomas Jayne and Frank de Biasi share their highlights from this year’s antiques fair.
Like so many other events this past year, the Winter Show—New York’s oldest antiques and decorative-arts exhibition—has moved fully online for the first time ever. The 2021 virtual show will feature 60 international exhibitors, with pieces on view ranging from antiquities to contemporary design objects and everything in between. Collectors and connoisseurs who have purchased tickets can view it all online courtesy of a new 3D gallery, as well as set up virtual “office hours” with dealers. The show is open for VIP preview access through January 21 and is open to the public from January 22 through 31; proceeds benefit the East Side House, which helps communities in the South Bronx.
Here, two of this year’s Winter Show co-chairs, ELLE Decor A-List interior designers Thomas Jayne and Frank de Biasi, pick from among the paintings, sculpture, jewelry, antiques, and more to tell us what they’re most looking forward to seeing in this year’s show.
1. GEORGE WESLEY BELLOWS PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH ALEXANDER
“I especially like how evocative this portrait is—with the lady in a black lace mantilla, and probably in an artist’s studio full of interesting decorative arts.” —Thomas Jayne
Available from Hirschl & Adler
2. GEORGES JOUVE WALL SCONCE
“I saw this wall sconce from Maison Gerard and decided that it’s the perfect green, and it’s also a sculptural piece I would love for one corner where I need light. I’ve bought many pieces of Jouve’s work, and I love the whimsical nature of it, especially in more serious or even minimal contemporary rooms.” —Frank de Biasi
3. FEDERAL SECRETARY
“This secretary bookcase from Nathan Liverant has many wonderful assets. It will add architecture to any room, and the inventive pierced door grilles are, as they say, motion-filled. The timber is very fine and beautiful.” —Thomas Jayne
4. TIFFANY STUDIOS ENAMEL BOX, CIRCA 1900
“Boxes all carry a mystery of what might be in them…to have this box from Lilian Nassau, guarded by an octopus, is even more mysterious.” —Thomas Jayne
5. TIFFANY & CO. VIKING PUNCH BOWL
“What a showstopper of a punch bowl! This Tiffany Viking bowl from Spencer Marks is just that—I love mixed metals and have always been a huge admirer of anything from the Aesthetic Movement. This would hold its own quite well on a grand dining room sideboard.” —Frank de Biasi
6. KINO SATOSHI SPIRAL
“Upward spiral: A metaphor.” —Thomas Jayne
Available from Joan B. Mirviss
7. EARLY-19TH-CENTURY STOOL
“The small mahogany stool from H. Blairman & Sons, after a Thomas Hope design, is truly a star in my book. I love its classical lines. It’s perfect for a library, to add an extra perch for a surprise guest!” —Frank de Biasi