Photo by myself, at Park Avenue and East 67th Street.
From now until January 30th, you can attend one of the best antiques shows there is. The Annual Winter Antiques Show is currently being held at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side.
Over seventy exhibitors from all over display works of art, antiquities and fine furniture. Most of the exhibitors hail from New York and London. Other cities represented are Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Ontario.
The show started this past Friday, and Mark and I toured through on Saturday afternoon. A good portion of the items were listed in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some were listed in the hundreds of thousands.
I saw a Matisse line drawing, for instance, a pair of copper doorhandles from the Roman period and a huge alabaster vase from the 1st Millenium BC.
Mark's first stammer to me was,'This is some high end stuff!' (Only he didn't use the word 'stuff').
A stunning display of armor and weaponry at the dramatically lit Peter Finer booth.
Objects represented Asian art, American Folk art, Ancient Art and even Mid-Century Modern Furniture.
An early American Art exhibitor included an ark and an incredible display of carved animals, arranged two-by-two.
Fine furnishings and textiles were plentiful.
Fabric covered the aisles and booths, creating an intimate feeling. The actual ceiling of the Armory can be seen beyond. Above, copper door knockers dating from Roman times.
It was startling to see some people actually shopping at this venue, rather than simply ogling at the museum quality pieces. There were many Upper East Siders about, wandering in fur coats and bow ties.
Tickets are $20 per person. All proceeds go to benefit the East Side House Settlement, a group rehabilitating a particularly troubled area of the South Bronx. The show continues until January 31.
For tickets and other information, click here.
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