An Irish mirror and an unusual full sized oak postbox will feature on the Apter-Fredericks of London stand at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which runs at the Park Avenue Armory from January 20-29. The George III gilt wood pier mirror is, according to Apter-Fredericks, comparable to the work of Francis and John Booker. It exhibits many of the traits of Irish mirrors of this period, including naif rusticated columns, characteristic carving and the inclusion of an animal. The oak country house post box is of full height. Most were designed to sit on a table. The golden colour oak is of fine quality and the condition is very good. The pieces have their original Strahan labels.
A notable contingent of the 70 exhibitors at the leading art, antiques and design fair in America specialize in American fine and decorative arts. There is always a strong range of English, Continental, Asian and other non-Western art, ancient to modern. In keeping with the times, the Winter Antiques Show is gradually adding contemporary material to a mix that remains unapologetically historicist. “Exhibitors across all 32 disciplines want to engage new and younger buyers. Everybody is talking about cross-collecting. Our version of cross-presenting material is a natural extension, because many of our dealers have expanded into new areas in their galleries,” said executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer.