by Marisa Marcantonio

This year marks the 60th year Diamond Jubilee of The Winter Antiques Show. The pre-eminent highly-vetted show at New York's Park Avenue Armory will feature a collectible array of furniture, decorative arts  and more in a wide range of styles from rare antiquities to Americana and mid-century modern. 73 renowned exhibitors of American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts can be found, in addition to a special on-site loan exhibition from The Essex Peabody Museum.

This esteemed antiques show is a great way to educate your eye, as well as shop alongside museums curators, interior designers and passionate collectors. Proceeds support East Side House Settlement, a non-profit institution in the South Bronx that provides social services to community residents.

The Young Collectors opening night party on January 30th is a festive event. Over 80 interior designers are on the design committee, headed up by Interior Design Chair New York Magazine's Wendy Goodman.  I am so pleased to be able to offer Stylebeat readers two tickets to the Young Collectors Evening again this year, so if you would like attend the opening event, leave a comment (on this post below), sharing what your favorite design period is and why.  Serving as your entry to the contest,  I will randomly select a winner on January 28th. Good luck, and I will see you at the show.

This Ibis sculpture is just stunning. From Rupert Wace Ancient Art Limited, this Egyptian Bronze and Wood Ibis with Inlaid Eyes is from the late Dynastic Period. 25th - 31st Dynasty, 715-332 BC.

Maison Gerard is installing an entire lacquered room-

"Designed as the breakfast-room for the San Francisco penthouse apartment of Mr.Templeton-Crocker in 1928. Templeton-Crocker commissioned Jean Dunand to design three rooms (bedroom, dining room and breakfast room), while Jean-Michel Frank also designed three additional rooms and oversaw all installation. This room together with the Bedroom and the Dining room are Dunand's most important commissions in the United States. These panels were removed from the apartment in the fall of 1999."

And who wouldn't love a gorgeous malachite box to hold special baubles?

A La Vieille Russie, Inc. is offering a  Rectangular Malachite and Silver-Gilt Snuff Box. Austrian, c. 1840. 3 1/2 in. x 2 in. x 1 in.

There is always something nautical at the show, and I came across this charming copper weathervane, which would be perfect for a home on the coast. Suzanne Courcier-Robert W. Wilkins Codfish Weathervane by J. Howard and Company (active 1856-1867) West Bridgewater, MA, c. 1860. Of copper and zinc. 


by Marisa Marcantonio

Thursday night brings out a bevy of amazing  interior designers and those that love a good party at The Winter Antiques Show. It is a great crowd that knows how to have a good time.
Congratulations to Katie Barbatsuly for winning the 2 tickets to the Young Collectors Night at The Winter Antiques Show. Have fun Katie and report back on how the evening went!

Katie picked these mirrors from Hyde Park Antiques. A Pair of George III Giltwood Mirrors. c. 1775. 54 1/2 in. h. x 27 in. w.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of The Winter Antiques Show

The end of January is approaching, which means interior designers and collectors are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 59th Winter Antiques Show. Every year, the Park Avenue Armory at 66th Street and Park Avenue gets transformed for one of the most important antique shows of the season.  Everyone looks forward to the loan exhibition, which this year comes from Newport's Preservation Society. With a collection 60 items strong that comes from over eight historic Newport manses, like The Elms and The Breakers, the exhibit is always beautifully executed.  That being said, the chance to attend an antique show as highly vetted and museum-quality as this is a chance to train your eye. Whether you are an aspiring interior designer, passionate about antiques or an expert, this is a chance to get up close and personal with the treasured artifacts and get the historical background and provenance of pieces that are similar if not identical to those rarities found in the best museum collections.
 If you fall into one of these categories, I am so pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner a  pair of tickets to attend the Young Collectors Night, the evening of January 31st. It is a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest interior designer committee of over 70 designers, and walk the show. The evening benefits a stellar NY charity, The East Side Settlement House and along with Wendy Goodman of New York Magazine, le tout New York's design community will be there. Just answer the question: "What antique would you select for your own personal design statement?" by selecting a piece from the assortment below. Then let me know your choice in the comments section of this blog post, comment to a Facebook post here,  Tweet @stylebeat and then  re-pin to it selection of photos  on this Pinterest board over the next three days and I will post the winner the day before the event!

Robert Young Antiques. Exceptional Pair of Sabre Legged Painted Metal Chairs of Classic Regency Style, with Fine Decoratively Painted Details . "X" Form Backs with Central Disc Pattern. American. c. 1815. 34 in. h. x 19 1/2 in. w. x 22 in. d.

Hyde Park Antiques. A Pair of George III Giltwood Mirrors. c. 1775. 54 1/2 in. h. x 27 in. w.

Roger Keverne Limited. A rare cloisonné enamel vase decorated with flowers and butterflies. Ming dynasty (16th-17th century). 13 in. h.

Maison Gerard Talossel and red mirrored glass sunburst mirror. Atelier of Line Vautrin

Derek Johns Ltd. Jean-Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808 Lyon). Chinoiserie, a couple on a boat departing from a shore where a child stands. Oil on canvas.


by Marisa Marcantonio

A new book on the legendary American designer Syrie Maugham was recently written by the prolific Pauline C. Metcalf for Acanthus Press, and I heard her speak on the topic at this year's Winter Antique Show.

Photo courtesy of Acanthus Press
The room that started it all: the glamorous San Francisco bedroom of Celia Tobin Clark. Designed by the go to designer of the day in 1929, this room set tongues wagging. Maugham became known as the "White Queen", for the all white palette she used in her London apartment that helped her earn the moniker. She continued the use of varying shades of cream in her work for Mrs. Clark, shown here, through the use of a Marion Dorn cut pile rug, and upholstery and trim in shades of oyster, pearl and parchment. On the walls, she placed a scrolled, stenciled pattern on a Swedish linen. The green pattern worked with the all white interiors in a space that has became known as an American masterpiece. The room is frequently referenced as such, and is groundbreaking in its use of a singular color, varying textures and simplicity of the pieces used.

James Shearron, a partner in the architecture firm Bories and Shearron, recreated the room for a House and Garden (rip) story in 2001, when he was the special projects editor. The space was recreated down to every last detail. I helped him produce the story and assisted him on the set, where everything was built from scratch. A custom rug was created by Doris Leslie Blau, furniture made to scale with mole fringe in the seams, a custom four poster bed, Minic Table, Sentimento accessories and hand printed Studio Printworks wallpaper all made room come alive. The article we did was the first time the room had been re-created in color. Those were the days when building a set like this was de rigeur.

The paper is now a mainstay in the Studio Printworks collection. The paper was recolored for Liz O'Brien's divine booth at the Winter Antique Show, with the pattern in silver. I always look forward to seeing her booth, since she creates a space you just want to move into. A Scalloped-Back Settee from Maison Jansen covered in a grey fabric is an anchor for the booth and a show stopper.

Syrie, wittily remastered, holds a card with the Studio Printworks wallpaper details.

Liz's large booth was filled with museum quality pieces like a Syrie Maugham Petite Side Table, John Vesey's Folding X-bench, and assorted Grosfield House and Maison Jansen pieces.

Lamps with palm fronds made of metal light up a chest of drawers.

The lamps lights made the silver accents of the wallpaper glow.