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

Known for his beautiful decorative objects made in brass, wood and horn, the pieces created by Austrian Weiner Werkstatte designer Carl Aubock are treasured. Recognizable for their clean, simple forms, his weighty designs were often everyday objects, cast in bronze or nickel. He did mid-century modern accessories and larger pieces in a pared down way, with just enough realistic detail. While walking The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stopped by the Viennese design booth to check out the whisper thin Lobmeyer glassware when some shiny brass things caught my eye. Aubock's designs are being reproduced, and this was their re-issue debut. A chance to attract a new audience and woo hard-core Aubock collectors for sure. Then while downtown recently,  recently saw a trove of his original vintage pieces at Mondo Cane in Tribeca. Each piece has stand-alone beauty, but seeing them together really made me covet every single piece. The iconic designs just have that captivating effect.

The Aubock accessories at ICFF.

Letter openers, shoe horns, and small dishes at Mondo Cane.

More Aubock chicness

A hefty nickel chain link paperweight and items below can be found at Barneys.

His Key Keychain 

The Lock Keychain

The U Keychain


by Marisa Marcantonio

On Thursday July 18th, Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street will hold its @Home auction. Auctions are a great place to score antiques and newer pieces in the process of changing hands. Doyle is known for having approachable prices, great for those adhering to a budget, or starting to collect.  They have also recently held exciting designer-driven sales that have attracted those looking for stylishly curated perspectives. Visiting a preview helps inform your eye, and the more you see, the more you know. This go round, the selection is big on art, antiques, rugs and metal Victorian outdoor furniture. I spied some eclectic Chinoiserie pieces as well as useful entryway consoles. Go for a browse, you might be able to land a piece perfect for that empty wall that has been nagging away at you.

Photos courtesy of Doyle

Lot 80 Niek van der Plas Dutch, b. 1954 A Day at the Beach

Lot 102 Lorna Simpson III (WISH #1, WISH #2, WISH #3) Complete set of three ceramic, rubber and bronze wishbones within molded felt printed with waterless lithography, 1994, edition of 5,000, Peter Norton Family Christmas Edition, in original wood box.

Lot 173 Group of Nine English Imari Porcelain and Ironstone Table Articles Late 19th century

Lot 240 Pair of Tole Chinoiserie Figures, mid 20th Century

Lot 383 Pair of Mint Green Tole Pagoda Form Lanterns, newly produced

Lot 296 Chinese Stained Wood Bird Cage

Lot 344 Georgian Style Chinoiserie Decorated Red Painted Bookcase Cabinet

Lot 439 Neoclassical Style Brass Inlaid Mahogany Fold-Over Games Table

Lot 133 Pair of Tessallated Wood Consoles

Lot 437 Provincial Style Marble Top Painted Side Table

Lot 107 Neoclassical Style Animal Hide and Gilt-Wood Rope-Form Ottoman

Lot 275 Pair of Tufted Upholstered Slipper Chairs


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.