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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 watercolor, Composition No. 26, 1922.
Everyone was captivated by this marvelous pair of American wrought-iron snake andirons, circa 1850, at the Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, booth.
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.