Thursday, January 20, 2011


Photo courtesy of Drayton Hall Charleston, SC

"In my mind I'm going to Carolina," to quote James Taylor, because it will play a feature role in this year's Winter Antique's Show at the Armory. In it's 57th year, the show promises to be extra exciting, given the events they have planned with leading interior designer's vignettes, book talks and historical - themed lectures. The loan exhibition is from one of my favorite uber livable cities, Charleston. Entitled "Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation" the exhibition brings together over fifty objects from private and museum collections. It complements the 75 exhibitors at the show, whose focus is Americana, with the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts. All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement, a wonderful social services institution located in the South Bronx.

I am looking forward to seeing the new Designing With Antiques vignettes displayed in the Board of Officers Room. Created by the talented group of designers Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Philip Gorrivan, and Albert Hadley alum, Harry Heissmann, each has selected items from exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show to display alongside pieces from their own collections. Their varied and unique installations will be a welcome addition.

Starting tomorrow, lectures are held in the "Tiffany" Room at the Armory, and seating is on a first-come basis and is complimentary with admission. So get there early!

Here are some of the events you will want to attend:

Friday, January 21, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Loan Exhibition Lecture:
Phoenix Rising: The Extraordinary Collection in the Middleton Place House Museum
Charles Duell, President, Middleton Place Foundation

4:00 p.m.
Expert Eye Lecture & Book Signing:
The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Loan Exhibition Lecture:
"Between Vanity and Fashion...": The Arts in Eighteenth-Century Charleston
Angela D. Mack, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association

4:00 p.m.
Loan Exhibition Lecture:
The Material World of John Drayton: Transatlantic Connections of Taste, Wealth, and Intellect
George W. McDaniel, Executive Director, Drayton Hall
Carter Hudgins, Director of Preservation, Drayton Hall

Sunday, January 23, 2011

12:00 p.m.
Loan Exhibition Lecture:
High Life in the Lowcountry
Thomas Savage, Winterthur

2:30 p.m.
Expert Eye Lecture & Book Signing:
Syrie Maugham by Pauline C. Metcalf

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Expert Eye Lecture & Book Signing:
Peter Pennoyer Architects by Peter Pennoyer

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

4:00 p.m.
Expert Eye Lecture & Book Signing:
Book signing & champagne reception to follow in Elle Shushan's booth
'My Private Miniatures': Queen Victoria and the 19th Century Portrait Miniature
Vanessa Remington, Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Loan Exhibition Lecture
A Great Variety of Gold and Silver: The Colonial Charleston Silver Trade
Brandy S. Culp, Curator, Historic Charleston Foundation

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Young Collectors Night

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2:30 p.m.
Expert Eye Lecture & Book Signing:
Wallpaper in Vogue: Wallpaper, a History of Style and Trends
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz

The show runs from January 21-30 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City.
Show hours are from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. daily, except Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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