‘Letter from America’

In a year when the number ‘70’ has a personal resonance, I have just returned from the Winter Show in New York, which was celebrating seventy years since it was first established.  I arrived to familiar weather that reminded me why ‘winter’ is in the Show’s title.

As is the case each year, this near three-week visit was a reminder of the sheer pleasure of dealing in works of art.  A chance, as ever, to see exhibitions and collections.  During ten days at the Park Avenue Armory there was a palpable sense of camaraderie amongst the exhibitors and (wonderful) organising team.

Even after some fifty years of working in the market, such warmth is always appreciated.  And then there were the thousands of visitors, whose enthusiasm made the Show so enjoyable.  Hours of conversation, all without moving an inch!  Thanks to all who visited, and to those who added to their collections.

Our ‘booth’ was planned around a familiar blend of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century furniture and works of art.  Highlights included a table after a design by A.W.N. Pugin; a chair designed by Dr Christopher Dresser, and a decanter designed by Archibald Knox.

A small object that was much admired is a door knocker by Adèle Hay shown in 1899 by the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society and illustrated in The Studio the following year.

We also showed, to much acclaim, contemporary ceramics by Charlotte Hodes, and glass by Sam Herman (1936-2020).