By Vanessa Yurkevich
The 60th anniversary of the Winter Antiques Show is in full swing at the Park Avenue Armory. In honor of the show’s Diamond Jubilee, the fair is celebrating with a special exhibition of antique diamonds, including Queen Victoria’s tiara from 1842.
The 73 exhibitors at this year’s show have brought the best of the best from their collections. Benoist F. Drut of Maison Gerard brought a Jean Dunand wall paneling from 1928, retailing between $500,000 and one-million dollars. Dunand was one of the most important French lacquers of the Art Deco period.
Patrick Bell of Olde Hope Antiques Inc, which specializes in American country antiques, says antique buyers have varied their interests over the years. They no longer just buy one type or style of piece. Bell is selling a Pennsylvania German decorate dower chest for $385,000.
All net proceeds from the show’s Opening Night Party, Young Collectors Night, and general ticket sales benefit the East Side House Settlement.