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    Foster-Gwin, Inc. Rare Venetian Rococo Period Pink Painted Settee. Italy, c. 1750. (Click on image to enlarge).

    New York’s Winter Antiques Show, a premier global showcase, caters for a different kind of buyer these days.  The Armory Show, which celebrates its 58th year as America’s most prestigious antiques show, will run from January 20-29, 2012 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue in New York City.

    Kentshire Galleries, Ltd. Marcus & Co. An antique Scarab Bracelet in the Egyptian Revival style, with multicolored enamel lotus leaves, centering on a blue faience scarab, in 18k. c. 1880. (Click on image to enlarge).

    It is different because the dateline for fine and decorative art has been extended to 1960 over the last couple of seasons, and even later for some objects.  This reflects a different kind of buyer, one who mixes and matches from different eras and places.  In an era of individualism interiors have become eclectic, deriving their style from a diverse range of sources rather than creating rooms of Georgian, Federal or Art Deco furniture.

    Moderne Gallery. Nakashima, George. Trestle Dining Table. 1965. English walnut book-matched top with 6 rosewood butterflies. (Click on image to enlarge).

    All 73 exhibitors will showcase exceptional pieces. Quality and good taste are paramount in a show which features everything from Egyptian antiquities and Renaissance sculpture, tribal art, American furniture and early American arms and armour,  to 20th century design and fine art photography. All net proceeds from the show support the East Side House Settlement, which provides social services to communities in the South Bronx.

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