The Winter Show at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory and Dinner at Daniel
If you’re in the New York City area through Sunday, January 29th, there’s still time to attend The Winter Antiques Show at the historic Park Avenue Armory – just click on the highlighted link to get tickets.
The Winter Show is the country’s première art, antiques, and design fair. This year is its 69th annual edition. Last week, I attended the event’s Opening Party along with antiques and design professionals, and private collectors. The affair included works spanning thousands of years presented by more than 65 internationally renowned dealers. We saw the most exquisite pieces – paintings, fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, and so many more. The Show is a benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community-centered organization serving the South Bronx, which combats poverty and focuses on using education and technology to help individuals pursue career goals and further economic opportunities – it’s a most noble and worthy cause. Following The Winter Show, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends at Daniel, the extraordinary flagship establishment owned by my friend and celebrated chef, Daniel Boulud. Daniel is one of my favorite restaurants serving award-winning, contemporary cuisine rooted in French tradition.
Enjoy these photos.
There are so many magnificent pieces to see at The Winter Show. It is a great place to learn about antiques, their history, and possibly shop the booths. This sculpture is by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) called L’Un des Bourgeois de Calais: Pierre de Wiessant. It was cast c. 1905 and measures 17 3/4 inches. Its Exhibitor is Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC
This piece was included in a design co-chair vignette by Bunny Williams and Elizabeth Lawrence of Bunny Williams Interior Design. It is by Wheeler Williams (1897–1972) and is one of a pair of Gatepost Roosters, 1932. It’s made from Terra cotta and is 34 inches high. It is also signed and dated by Wheeler Williams, 1932.
This piece is a Gold Ground Shell Ewer and Basin from Dagoty Porcelain Manufactory (France 1798-1820), Circa 1810-15 The Exhibitor: Michele Beiny.
Another design co-chair vignette was done by my friend, Stephen Sills of Stephen Sills Associates. This is Silver Plate #1, Koopman Rare Art.
This is Silver Plate #2 also from Koopman Rare Art.
Stephen and I stopped for a quick photo in his booth.
In another booth, I spotted some stunning wood trays. This is George III Pie Crust Tray C. 1770, London, England shown by exhibitor: Michael Pashby Antiques. I just love the detail.
This is a fine and very rare George III Yew Wood Tray English, provincial c. 1780 also shown by Michael Pashby Antiques. Last year, I had a large table made out of a yew tree that was cut down at my former East Hampton, New York home. Yew wood, Taxus Baccata, is a species of evergreen tree in the conifer family. Yew is native to Western, Central, and Southern Europe, Northwest Africa, Northern Iran, Southwest Asia, and is also known as common yew, European yew, and English yew.
Here is another beautiful George III Oval Tray. All of these trays are in such excellent condition.
And here is a George III Mahogany Oval Tray London, England, c. 1770 Exhibitor: Michael Pashby Antiques. Mahogany is a straight-grained, dark reddish-brown timber.
Also in this booth – a fine and rare pair of Christopher Dresser Silver and Glass Wine Decanters from London, England, 1890.
This is a Charlotte Major Wylie (London 1828 – 1909 Aberystwith, Wales) piece called The Veiled King Death. It is made of tempera and gesso, with silver and gold leaf, bone, pearl, agate and colored stone inlays, on a circular wood panel, set within a richly ornamented frame designed and fabricated by the artist. This piece is part of a special curated exhibition for The Winter Show by exhibitor Robert Simon Fine Art titled “Heroines of the Brush: Women Artists from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.” The Exhibitor: Robert Simon Fine Art.
This majestic bird is part of an installation view of Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. It is an impressive zine pilot-house eagle with outspread wings. Its details show feathers that are finely articulated, with the beak slightly open, and the talons resting on a domed base. It is American, ca. 1880. Eagles were regularly used as maritime ornaments positioned on the top of a ship’s pilot house, or on a tugboat’s prow.
In the Thomsen Gallery is this Hasegawa Chikuyū (1885-1962) Clouds over Mountains. This is half of a 1920s pair of two-panel folding screens made from ink, mineral pigments, gofun, and gold wash on silk. It measures 66 x 72 and a 1/2 inches.
And this is Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts Tiffany Studios, 1902-1932 Marsh Marigold Planter, ca. 1905 Bronze with the original copper liner. It is 10 and a 1/2 inches in diameter by 3 and a 1/2 inches in height. There was so much more to see – I hope you are able to catch The Winter Show if you are in New York City this week.
Next was a wonderful dinner at Daniel with friends. We started with baguette épi. Épi resembles an ear of wheat and is often made with French baguette dough.
Next, a most delicious Winter Chicory Salad with burrata-gorgonzola emulsion, Bosc pear, radish shavings, and “Mmostarda di frutta vinaigrette.”
This dish includes Day Boat John Dory “Goujonettes”, black truffled “dashi”, parsley root, and braised Brussels sprouts.
This is Montauk black sea bass, with broccolini, bottarga-potato “croquette”, Buddha hand lemon emulsion, and pine nut gremolata.
And here is Highland Farm Venison, black currant dusted quince, foie gras “copeaux”, myoga, parsnip, and sauce “Poivrade.” Every dish was beautifully presented and every dish utterly delicious.
Before leaving, Chef Daniel and I posed with the kitchen crew at Daniel. What a fun evening. The next time you’re in New York City, and want to treat yourself to a very special and most luxurious feast, go to Daniel – you will love it.