Highlights from the Winter Antiques Show

Last week I attended the Designer’s Preview Breakfast for the New York Winter Antiques Show. The incomparable 1st Dibs hosted this private sneak peek at the wonderful collection of art and antiques in this vetted show, long considered the premier antique event in the U.S.

Amongst chatting with old friends, I walked the show, where the following vendors and pieces caught my eye:

1. Hostler Burrows

This New York gallery exhibited a stunning collection of Axel Salto vases, from Royal Copenhagen, Denmark (c. 1950). The earthy modern glasses and organic shapes against the modern wallpaper were simply breathtaking.

Selection of vases, Royal Copenhagen, Denmark circa 1950

2. Moderne Gallery

Paavo Tynell was a rock star of midcentury lighting – as evidenced by this rare, large “Snowflake” chandelier (c. 1948) at Moderne Gallery. The glowing brass with pin-hole piercing gives off a delicate light feeling that’s quite spectacular.

Paavo Tynell – "Snowflake" chandelier, Finland, 1948

3. Foster Gwin

This San Francisco shop had an intriguing mix of bold modern art and baroque European antique consoles and chests. I loved their dynamic pairing of Joan Brown’s Abstract Expressionist painting over a marble-topped Italianate console.

Joan Brown (American, 1938-1991) AL JOLSON’S MAMMY #2 signed and dated 1960. Oil on canvas 69″ x 69″

4. Olde Hope Antiques

A gorgeous selection of American country antiques and folk art from this New Hope, PA gallery:

5. Kentshire Gallery

Kentshire fine jewelry is like the siren’s call, as my husband will wearily attest. In fairness, who could resist this eye-catching, vintage gold-and-coral piece?

All told, a stellar show, and a lovely chance to reconnect with old friends. Merci bien, 1stDibs!

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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