Two antique shows in New York City last weekend. I could not think of any better way to spend Manhattan’s deep freeze (aside from catching up on old movies or seasonal series I’ve missed) than perusing and scouting out the best that the Winter Antiques Show (running January 24-February 2, 2014) at the Park Avenue and 67th Street Armory… and the Armory Antique Show, 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue at 26th St had to offer.
As an avid antique collector, I was “browsing” for myself—Earlier Georgian pieces to Art Deco styles and I was awed by the vast selection, holding on to my credit card, which seemed to be as taken as I was. This not only provided shelter from the cold but a peek at some jaw dropping pieces that I had to calculate over and over again in my head, why, I could not afford them—and if I could, had no where to wear them, except on very special ocassions. My advice to friends is to buy jewelry you don’t have to “save” for some ocassion. Invest in ‘wear now” unless you plan on having a shop or a museum showing of your own. I of course, do not take my own advice and have jewelry that sits waiting for the right ocassion to come along much in the way I approach dating.
But with that said, I do have a jewelry collection, Estate of Grace Fine Jewelry so I had an excuse for at least scouring for iconic symbols, predominately Victorian that I could repurpose into modern looks.
At the Amory Antique Show I did find some great deals on items, I have already sent to my jeweler to incorporate into the collection, but, I also made a purchase for me– a Georgian ring that stole my heart and tugged at my purse strings at Glorious Antique Jewelry.
I refuled with hot chocolate and Early Grey tea and wore six layers on both Saturday and Sunday. I shuttled back and forth to both shows as well as a pit stop at the Manhattan Antiques Center to visit and check out good friend, long time dealer Melody Rodgers, whose store I have never left without purchasing something (for 15 or so years) She is good at sales and there is always something that makes my heart flutter. Same with Gray and Davis on 47th Street. By Sunday evening, I was pooped and snuggled up with Dontown Abbey season 4.
Just FYI, the Winter Antiques Show, as you will see from my photos, is like entering a museum. Pieces are truly exceptional finds, many of them signed pieces at heady prices. Sometimes I felt like I had to be quiet or whisper, while eyeing at tiara or signed Falize, Lalique and Faberge pieces at Wartski or a case full of various rare pieces at James Robinson or a the perfect pair of Art Deco black enamel and diamond earrings at Kentshire Gallery. I was awed by the Giuliano pieces at Shrubsole and mesmerized by the rest the show had to offer at Macklowe Gallery. All of these have shops in NYC but here you can see the selection under one roof and out of the cold.
If you are still in Manhattan or plan to be before heading off to the Miami Antique shows this is a must see.
At the Armory Antiques Show—pieces were more affordable and finds abound
My favorite stops were Glorious Jewelry where owner Gloria Karp has a beautifully curated collection from the more and more rare cut steel through the Georgian period, VIcotrian , Edwardian, Deco –but all are pieces that she has hand picked based on her impeccable style.
Always a fan of English dealer Sue Brown, whose early period pieces also carefully chosen for their time pieriod rariety and exception condition
Linda Gump, another English dealer had an array of paste chandelier earrings, one unusual Georgian faith, hope and charity braclet with enamel motifs on a charms of an anchor cross and heart, as well as an assortment of lockets.
Until the next time I am out scouting the antique haunts (perhaps this weekend when my good friend and another antique afficianado, Sofia Kaman/Kamofie is in town).
In the meantime, if you are an antique jewelry addict like me, head down to the Miami and Palm Beach antique shows, where it is also warm and if you are lucky you can scour, shop and find and then get some downtime in the sunshine while you make your escape to the beach.