The Winter Antiques Show: a warm welcome to New York

Sunday was one of those New York days when to be out on the streets was to be soaked to the skin.  It just rained and rained.  Still, having enjoyed a couple of rewarding hours at the Blind Pig, it was a pleasure to walk into the Park Avenue Armory, where the stands for the Winter Antiques Show were in an advanced state of readiness.

Although this is our first Winter Antiques Show, everything about the set up was utterly familiar: our stand is where we have always been at Armory shows, our walls are black (as are the ceiling and floor), and we even have Nicky Aubury’s black grid display shelves.  It was good catching up with colleagues, and particularly being so warmly and helpfully greeted by the fair’s charming organisers.

Monday was spent unpacking crates and laying out the stand.  As ever, choices had to be made to keep the small stand elegant and uncluttered.  A few objects and pieces of furniture had to be rejected and sent back to the warehouse.

But returning on Tuesday morning, the stand looked settled and we proceeded to  fix the lighting.  We hope that you will find the result pleasing.

Many of the exhibits have been specifically chosen for the Winter Antiques Show: the sideboard designed by Bruce Talbert and manufactured by Gillow for the Victorian industrialist John Grant Morris (on the back wall), the sleek writing table designed by Ambrose Heal (in the centre of the stand), the cabinet manufactured by Collinson & Lock, with painted panels by Charles Fairfax Murray (to the left), together with ceramics by Sèvres, an Archibald Knox toast rack, and works designed by Christopher Dresser.

We look forward to seeing you on stand 13, in our usual corner of the Armory.  The fair opens to the public on Friday 23 January, and closes on Sunday 1 February.