Fabulous Finds from the 2012 Winter Antiques Show

The 58th Annual Winter Antiques Show,  January 20-29 in the Park Avenue Armory, offered an embarrassment of riches. This year 73 of the greatest dealers from around the world displayed paintings and sculptures, textiles and ceramics, furniture and decorative objects, and all sorts of hard-to-classify curiosities spanning the centuries from antiquity all the way up to 1969. Ron Bricke, Glenn Gissler, Barry Goralnick, and Tim Button all attended the designers’ preview. Here are some of the pieces that caught their eye.

Kono animal mask, Mali, from Pace Primitive, New York

Ron Bricke in the Pace Primitive, New York, booth looking at a stunningly graphic animal mask from the Kono tribe of Mali in Western Africa.

Axel Salto vases for Royal Copenhagen at the Hostler Burrows booth

Glenn Gissler and Barry Goralnick in the Hostler Burrows, New York, booth admiring a group of 1950s Royal Copenhagen vases by the great Danish ceramicist Axel Salto. Specialists in modernist Scandinavian furniture and ceramics, this was Barry’s favorite booth at this year’s show.

 Large presentation stoneware jug, c. 1875 by T.F. Reppert, Pennsylvania. James & Nancy Glazer

Tim Button and client examine  a large presentation stoneware jug, c. 1875, by T.F. Reppert, Pennsylvania, at the booth of  James & Nancy Glazer, which featured an extraordinary selection of American antiques.

Late Hellenistic Marble Torso of an Athlete C. 2nd – 1st Century BC from Rupert Wace Ancient Art, London

The London dealer Rupert Wace Ancient Art was showing a superb marble torso of an athlete from the Late Hellenistic era, which Ron Bricke  particularly admired. “Roman statuary is relatively common,” he said, “but it’s rarer to see  Greek originals, so this was exciting.”

A Tiffany Studios New York glass and patinated bronze candlestick, featuring multi-colored iridescent Favrile glass balls from Macklowe Gallery

Glenn Gissler was delighted by this ornate Tiffany Studios glass and patinated bronze candlestick, featuring multi-colored iridescent Favrile glass balls, on show in the Macklowe Gallery booth. 

Werner Drewes, Composition 132, in Grey with Vertical Axis, 1936

Barry Goralnick and Glenn Gissler both loved a couple of paintings at the Thomas Colville Fine Arts booth: this 1936 Werner Drewes oil on canvas, Composition 132, in Grey with Vertical Axis, and the Kandinsky below. 

Wassily Kandinsksy, Composition No. 26, 1922

Wassily Kandinsksy watercolor, Composition No. 26,  1922.

Snake Andirons, American, circa 1850, wrought iron

Everyone was captivated by this marvelous pair of American wrought-iron snake andirons, circa 1850, at the Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, booth. 

North Moroccan rug from the early 20th-century at Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Inc.

This early 20th-century North Moroccan rug at Peter Pap Oriental Rugs caught both Ron Bricke and Barry Goralnick’s eye. Ron liked the hint of Art Deco in the pattern’s imbalanced shapes, while Barry was drawn to its geometric style.

Snowflake chandelier by Paavo Tynell

At the Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, Barry Goralnick fell under the spell of this 1950s Taito Oy “Snowflake” brass chandelier by the Finnish designer Paavo Tynell.