At the Park Avenue Armory this weekend is a most impressive array of glittering diamonds, colorful textiles, smooth ceramics, and gilded-framed artworks. What’s going on? The Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is taking place at the Armory from Wednesday, September 17 until Sunday, September 21.
Aisle after aisle in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall is filled with rare, expensive, unique, beautiful, and captivating works of art. Over 80 exhibitors are presenting their wares – including Macklowe Gallery, Jeff Bridgman American Antiques, Long-Sharp Gallery, M.S. Rau Antiques, and Yvel. Each item is museum-worthy and each item can be yours to take home – for a price, of course – a very high price, at that. The sum total of all the works on display in the Armory this week is estimated at over one billion dollars!
A pair of gemstone earrings at Sabbadini was displayed at $645,000 while an Antoine Blanchard painting was $25,000 at Haynes Fine Art of Broadway and a hundred-year-old black mannequin with tan corset is priced at $3500. No matter what kind of art you’re interested in or what material you’re most focused on, this show has a great variety that you’ll instantly fall in love with. It’s worth every penny of the $20 admission fee.
Here’s some of the highlights we’ve chosen:
A collection of Tiffany lamps from Lillian Nassau. An antiques fair wouldn’t be complete without some beautifully-crafted Tiffany dragonfly, daffodil, and peony desk lamps. Other booths that featured Tiffany included Macklowe Gallery and Ophir Gallery.
A Martin-Baker MK 3JS ejection seat from a RAF Gloster Javelin from 1959. Hatchwell Antiques has quite the unique collection of shiny aviation-themed objects – including pieces of a bomber jet engine and a 1965 aluminum model of a Boeing 727. This just may be the first time that an airplane ejector seat has been offered at one of New York’s antiques fairs, though.
A fine collection of pearl jewelry from YVEL. Some of the most intriguing pieces included pearls that were harvested from the outer lips of the oyster, giving the pearl a distorted shape that translates nicely into long strands of necklaces.
A George Oakley-made mahogany library bookcase from the 19th century. Butchoff displays a lovely group of fine antiques, but this bookcase is what stands out. Featuring hatched glass with four panel doors on both top and bottom, this is where you can imagine the most cultured of men keeps his rare books.
A whimsical painting titled “Flirtation” by Vittorio Reggianini, made in the early 20th century. Known for his genre paintings of the female in dress, this particular work of art captures the viewer’s eye with its intense bursts of color and the light subject matter (in the painting, a yellow-garbed man sits on a couch in between two coquettish young women who alternate inching closer and farther away from their would-be suitor). On view through Haynes Fine Art of Broadway.
The New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Fair, organized by the Palm Beach Group, and formerly known as the AVENUE Show, is a treat to discover. There are so many intriguing works of art on view that’s it’s hard to pick just one favorite from each booth, let alone one favorite from the fair itself. If you have a few hours available on Sunday, make your way over to the Armory – you’ll be happy you did.