Fine Dining With Antiques
By Assistant Editor of Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Andrea Valluzzo
Antiques collectors know better to put anything on their calendars the third week of January except one thing…for that is when Antiques Week — known for many years also as Americana Week — takes place. A dizzying array of four antique shows and nearly a dozen antique auctions are scheduled between January 20 and February 1. Assuming one got tired of shows and auctions, there are also dozens of museum and gallery exhibitions, lectures and special programs all having to do with antiques and fine art.
Nearly every collecting genre can be found here but let us focus here on antiques for dining, which will be well represented across the board at Antiques Week, from silver to ceramics and porcelain. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the dining room must rank second. Here is where we gather to share milestones with our loved ones and talk over the day’s joys and sorrows while enjoying a good meal. Why not use antique serving pieces and place settings then to make each meal special?
The new kid on the block to join Antiques Week is The Art, Design & Antiques Show at Wallace Hall, running January 23–25. Drucker Antiques, Mount Kisco, N.Y., is one of its exhibitors and a renowned Georg Jensen specialist. At the show, the dealers will feature a lovely collection of Georg Jensen pitchers in a variety of forms, including a lovely No. 407C pitcher, 9¾ inches tall, with an ebony handle Georg designed in 1925 in the “Grape” motif.
The Ceramics & Glass Fair at the Bohemian National Hall, running January 21-25, newly renamed this year to celebrate the importance of glass offerings, will serve up a veritable candy store of dining-themed objects. Maria & Peter Warren, Wilton, Conn., will highlight a collection of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century English pottery. Two teapots are certainly among the standouts: a chintz-decorated tea pot from the David Rhodes school of enameling with his characteristic black and orange hues, and a circa 1760 stoneware salt-glazed tea pot with a green enamel decorated knop and a crabstock spout and handle. A cartouche on the latter example depicts King Frederic of Prussia.
The grand dame of Antiques Week is the Winter Antiques Show, marking its 61st edition January 23–February 1 at the Park Avenue Armory. Museum-quality antiques from dealers invited to exhibit in the show, which has a waiting list, are presented in lavishly tasteful style. Standouts include a choice cherrywood sideboard, possibly made by Nathan Lombard, eagle-inlaid, (where better to store your newly acquired antique linens and serving pieces?) on offer at C.L. Prickett, as well as a rare Chippendale carved birch and cherry bonnet-top highboy, while Aronson of Amsterdam will feature blue and white delft plates such as the massive chinoiserie dish, circa 1670, measuring 48 cm.
Metro Curates is the most eclectic among the Antiques Week shows and while it leans less toward traditional antiques, collectors and people looking for great design elements for their homes – and dining rooms – will want to visit the show, running January 22-25 at the Metropolitan Pavillion.
To get in on the bidding frenzy, check out Christie’s, which has a full slate of auctions January 16–26. A standout in its important silver auction January 22 is the Andrew Diamond engraved silver serving plate made by Jeremiah Drummer in Boston, circa 1689-90. Sotheby’s scored the Roy and Ruth Nutt collection to lead Antiques Week silver sale January 23 and highlights include a gorgeous and rare pair of silver bottle stands by Myer Myers, circa 1765, and a Thomas Charles Fletcher soup tureen and cover, Philadelphia, 1833.