By Lita Solis-Cohen
Who’s in and who’s out of the Winter Antiques Show (WAS), an active marketplace for American collectors and curators, is anticipated news. In recent years WAS has broadened in scope to include an eclectic mix of periods and materials. Interior designers shop the show for old master paintings, Tiffany lamps, Chippendale chairs, or Georgian chests to place in starkly modern architecture and accessorize with objects of all periods, saying, “They speak to each other.”
Dealers new to the 2018 show are Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York City; Jason Jacques Gallery, New York City; Lillian Nassau LLC, New York City; Lobel Modern, Inc., New York City; Spencer Marks Ltd., Southampton, Massachusetts; and Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval, Paris, which will collaborate with Paris dealer Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, a specialist in historic wallpaper. Collectors of Americana will be glad to have Joan Brownstein and Peter Eaton of Newbury, Massachusetts, back after a year’s absence—Brownstein with folk paintings and Eaton with New England Colonial and Federal furniture of the finest quality.
At the same time, collectors will be sorry to hear that Elliott and Grace Snyder of South Egremont, Massachusetts, are taking this year off, as are Glass Past, New York City; Maison Gerard, New York City; and Wartski, London. Wartski will be missing because of opening a new gallery. Todd Merrill Studio and Hostler Burrows, both of New York City, are also out.
These changes make the roster of 70 dealers more diverse and more modern, expanding the range of art from antiquity to the present. For example, Jason Jacques Gallery, founded in 1991 and a preeminent purveyor of late 19th- and early 20th-century European ceramics, is also a primary driver of contemporary design. Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval will exhibit works by Josef Hoffmann, Giacometti, and a pair of chairs made for Jeanne Lanvin in the early 20th century. Arlie Sulka of Lillian Nassau is a specialist in Tiffany Studio lamps, glass, pottery, and mosaics. Lobel Modern, known for mid-20th-century modern design and furniture, has been a source for architects and collectors since 1998. Hirschl & Adler Modern has developed a select group of established and emerging realist artists.
Mark McHugh and Spencer Gordon of Spencer Marks, Ltd. have been selling fine silver to collectors and museums at antiques shows since 1987. Their focus is on early 20th-century silver by Gorham, Tiffany, and Arts and Crafts silversmiths who were active in Chicago and Boston.
Dealers from many parts of the U.S., U.K., France, and the Netherlands will offer American, English, and Continental furniture, ceramics, silver, prints, maps, paintings, sculpture, needlework, and jewelry; Asian works of art; antiquities; and tribal art from ancient times to the present in the most diverse vetted show in America, which brings aesthetic pleasure to thousands who come to see it and continued joy to those who make a purchase.
The show runs January 19-28 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest
Image: Bonbon Dish, Gorham, Sterling Silver and “Translucent” Enamel, New York, NY, 1893. Courtesy of Spencer Marks.