One of the highlights of the winter gala season in NYC is the The Winter Show, America’s leading and longest-running art, antiques, and design fair, closed on Sunday, January 29 which celebrated its 69th edition with a glamorous opening night party on January 19 with over 1,000 guests including artists, philanthropists, socials and celebs such as Martha Stewart, Michael Bloomberg, Polina Proshkina and other well heeled philanthropic collectors. The fair made a triumphant return to its longtime home at the Park Avenue Armory, New York from January 20–29, 2023. The Winter Show featured over 68 exhibitors from 10 countries that presented museum-quality works spanning from antiquities to contemporary art. The ten day fair is an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, the community-based organization serving the Bronx and northern Manhattan. All the revenues from the Fair’s
general admissions and the net proceeds from the Opening Night Party on January 19, Young Collectors Night on January 26, and other special events benefitted East Side House and contributed substantially to its robust community programming. The Winter Show once again offered collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to explore the diverse offerings of its expert group of international dealers, as well as several special programs and events to engage more deeply with the fair’s offerings. The 2023 edition expanded upon its already extensive network of collaborations through an engaging series of panel discussions and lectures with leading museums and institutions, expert voices in art and antiques, and notable designers and architects.
Executive Director Helen Allen said “We were thrilled with the response from both our visitors and our dealers who were enthusiastic with the fair’s return to our long-time home at the Park Avenue Armory. Visitors acquired notable works ranging from important maps and French paintings to rare 18th-century English furniture to contemporary American glass and Japanese ceramics. Thanks to the hard work and collaboration of our exhibitors, supporters, and partners, we were able to present a spectacular fair that supports and brings awareness to East Side House and the life-changing programs it provides.”
In a special activation, The Winter Show collaborated with the 2023 Design Council Co-Chairs, Bunny Williams and Elizabeth Lawrence, Alex Papachristidis, and Stephen Sills to curate whimsical vignettes featuring objects from exhibitors on the Show floor. Further engaging with the interior design community, The Winter Show invited a group of emerging designers nominated by Design Council Honorary Chair Wendy Goodman to join the leadership team as the inaugural Rising Stars, including Darren Jett, Delia Kenza, and Olivia Song.
The 2023 edition of The Winter Show also featured a special fashion pop-up fashion exhibition, “How We Dressed in the Beautiful Country: Selections from the Museum of Chinese in America’s Fashion and Costume Collections.” The presentation was organized by Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in partnership with East Side House, a fellow recipient of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award, and highlighted two of MOCA’s key collections of fashion and costumes.
Here are some highlights of noteworthy sales proving that collecting alternative and rare assets is going strong in this financial climate.
Exhibitors reported strong sales throughout the run of the fair, beginning with the opening night on January 19 and up until the final weekend of the Show, including sales made to long- time collectors and opportunities to engage with a new collector base. The Winter Show maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market, with each object vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of more than 120 experts from the United States and Europe.
• Aronson of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced the sale of a pair ofrare and exceptional blue and white flower vases, Delft, circa 1700, to a private American collector for a six-figure sales price, among others.
• Avery Galleries (Bryn Mawr, PA, USA) a first-time exhibitor sold William Glackens(1870-1938), Oil on canvas Bouquet with Foxgloves, c. 1920s, and a painting by WilliamTrost Richards (1833-1905), Salt Marshes, Atlantic City, c. 1886, among many others.
• H. Blairman & Sons Ltd (London, UK) sold a Cabinet designed and manufactured by George Bullock, c. 1815, made on rosewood and ebony, with brass inlay and gilt-lacquered bronze mounts. Martin P. Levy, Director, commented “It is wonderful being back in the Armory. We have made four, five, and six figure sales to collectors,
designers, and institutions.”
• Jonathan Cooper (London, UK) sold contemporary works including Georgina Warne’s, Autumn Swan, 2022, Gary Stinton’s, Jaguar at Ease, 2021, and a watercolor by Marzio Tamer, titled Wolf, 2022.
• Dolan/Maxwell (Philadelphia, USA) another first-time exhibitor placed a 1946 pensive cast bronze by Elizabeth Catlett (American 1915-2012) with a Midwest museum in the range of $135,000-$150,000. Jon Eckel, Assistant Director, added “Dolan/Maxwell has been well received by The Winter Show audience and we have enjoyed introducing show visitors to Modern and Contemporary artists not yet on their radar. Works by all of our Contemporary artists received praise and we are pleased to report confirmed sales of works by Peter Brooke, Michael Canning & Donald Teskey.”
• Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC (New York, USA) sold an exquisite bronze cast sculpture by Auguste Rodin, One of the Burghers of Calais: Pierre de Wiessant, clothed, reduction, conceived c. 1887-95 and cast c. 1905, a watercolor and pencil on paper by Charles Burchfield, Lincoln Avenue at Main Street, Salem, Ohio, 1916, a pair of chairs by Frank Lloyd Wright from the C. Leigh Stevens House “Auldbrass” Yemassee, South Carolina, c. 1940s, and a painting by Charles Green Shaw, Untitled (Homage to Juan Gris), c. 1932, among other works.
• Imperial Art (Paris, France) sold a work by Jean-Baptiste Debret, a pupil of Jacques-Louis David, of a hand study based on the living model for David’s painting The Oath of the Horatii, to a US museum.
• Levy Galleries (New York, USA) sold a Thomas Frazer Chippendale Accordian Action Card Table, circa 1770, from Boston, and an exquisite Potter Family Chippendale Tall Case Clock, circa 1785, from Providence Rhode Island both for six figure sums.
• Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd (London, UK) sold a plumbago on vellum portrait of Jonathan Richardson, dated 5 Dec 1734, by John Milton (1607–1674), a drawing by Sir Thomas Lawrence of Isabella Fairlie drawn with black, red, and white chalk on prepared canvas, c. 1825, John Linnell’s, Sheperds, painted c. 1828, and The Eagle Tower by John Sell Cotman, of Caermarvon Castle, North Wales, a watercolor and pencil work on paper, 1802.
• Ben Macklowe, President & Owner of Macklowe Gallery (New York, USA) commented “We are thrilled to be back at the Armory for the show this year – the energy from both the exhibitors and the attendees has been very exciting. We’ve met new private collectors from all across the globe, with a renewed interest in Tiffany Studios, which is especially exciting for us!” Notable sales included a Bulgari “Monete” Ancient Coin Curb Link Necklace, c. 1970s with Ancient Roman Coins to a private collector for $97,000, opal and diamond blossom necklace, c. 1890, to a private collector for $32,000, and a Daum Nancy “Winter Scene” Vase, c. 1900, to a private collector for $26,000.
• Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh (Brussels, Belgium) sold a 19th century Kha Wooden Shield from Laos, province of Saravane, in the range of $5,000–$10,000, and a Karkar shield from Papua New Guinea in the range of $30,000 to a private West Coast collector.
• Joan B. Mirviss LTD (New York, USA) sold several works including a five-panel Japanese woodblock print of Yokohama by Utagawa Sadahide, 1861, to a leading Midwest museum, a 2022 swirling sculptural vessel by Japanese ceramic artist Sakiyama Takayuki, a bulbous, fluted mizusashi (water jar) from 1989 by Kawase Shinobu, and a 1950s large shallow bowl with nuka (rice-husk) white glaze ground with an iron-glazed black trailing design by Hamada Shoji.
• Lillian Nassau LLC (New York, USA) said “This has been a very good fair for us. We sold our star pieces including the Tiffany Studios Snowball window as well as the Bessie Potter Vonnoh figure for the Burnett fountain.
• The Old Print Shop (New York, USA) sold highlights including a 1965 lithograph by Alexander Calder, La Mousson, a sewn wool 1776–1876 Centennial patriotic American Flag, 1876, both for $12,000 each, and an 1853 engraving by Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, New York, published by Goupil & Co. for $39,500.
• Portuondo Gallery (London, UK; and New York, NY), a first-time exhibitor sold works including a 1975 hand-woven tapestry by Robert Motherwell (1915-1951), After in Brown and White, and an Elliptique sofa, pair of armchairs and footstools by Bernard Govin, produced by Saporiti in Italy, c. 1967.
• Rolleston Ltd (London, UK) sold a George II lacquer longcase clock by William Webster, English, c. 1750, a pair of Regency wall-lights attributed to Parker & Perry, English, c. 1805, A Charles II carved and silvered mirror, c. 1685, and a pair of George III perfume burners by Matthew Boulton, c. 1775, among others.
• S. J. Shrubsole, (New York, USA) sold Richard Bayley’s, Tankard, ca. 1760, Philadelphia, and a rare Japonisme “slipper dish” made c. 1880 by Tiffany & Company in their “mixed metals” style.
• Robert Simon Fine Art (New York, USA) sold highlights including Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Virginia Vezzi (Virginia da Vezzo), A Silver Tazza “Alzata” with Figs and a Melon by Fede Galizia (Milan, 1578-1630), Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Catherine, Ursula, John the Baptist and John the Evangelist by Suor Plautilla Nelli (Florence 1524-1588), A Pre-Raphaelite Stunner by Marie Spartali Stillman (Middlesex 1844-1927 London), Vanitas Still Life with a Skull and Rosary on an Open Bible, 1877 by Adrienne Gräfin von Pötting (Chrudim 1856-1909 Abbazia), and The Veiled King Death by Charlotte Major Wylie (London 1828-1909, Aberystwith Wales)
• Spencer Gordon of Spencer Marks (Southampton, MA, USA) said “We’ve sold several major pieces to institutions and individuals.” Sales to private collections included Tiffany & Co. Antique Sterling Silver Figural Ice Bowl, New York City, NY, 1877, a Tiffany & Co. Sterling and Other Metals Téte Téte Set, c. 1878, and Whiting Aesthetic
Movement Sterling Silver and Mixed-Metal Tête-à-tête Tea Service, 1881, as well as a Tiffany & Co. Parcel Gilt Antique Sterling Ice Cream Service from The Mackay Service, NYC, c. 1878, exhibited at the Paris 1878 International Exposition, which was placed with an institution.
The Winter Show
The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Fair was established in 1954 as a benefit for East Side House Settlement and, by the end of the decade, had firmly established itself as the leading event of its kind in the United States. Each object at The Winter Show is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 120 experts from the United States and Europe to maintain the highest standards of quality in the art market. All revenues from the Fair’s general admissions and the net proceeds from the Opening Night Party and other special events benefit East Side House and contribute substantially to its robust community programming. No part of sales made by exhibitors is received by East Side House.
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