The 2014 loan exhibition Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is comprised of more than 50 paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative objects. One of America’s oldest and fastest growing museums, PEM was founded in 1799 and its collection showcases an unrivaled spectrum of American art as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. For the eighteenth year, the loan exhibition is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance.

The Winter Antique Show at The Park Avenue Armory 

60th Year Diamond Jubilee Opening Celebration followed by the Young Collectors Night


     On Thursday, January 23rd The Winter Antiques Show Opening Night celebrated its 60th year Diamond Jubilee as America’s most distinguished antiques show, featuring exceptional objects exhibited by 73 specialists in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s, all vetted for authenticity. The Presenting Sponsor is J.P. Morgan.. The following Thursday, January 30th, the celebration continued by having a special Young Collectors Night for the next generation supporting the arts and charity. The show was on-view from for the public from January 24th thru February 2nd.


All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement (ESHS), which provides access to quality education and technology training as gateways out of poverty to students in the South Bronx, one of the nation's poorest congressional districts. ESHS’s goal is to help motivated students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and build the skills necessary to secure good jobs.
























    


























The evening of Thursday, January 30th was an exciting evening for new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts supporting Young Collectors Night. The event was held from 7-9PM and had a more festive feel as a DJ was spinning music at the Canard Café. The evening was sponsored by Brooks Brothers and New York Magazine. The event featured cocktails, wines and hors d'oeuvres, a private viewing of the Show, and an exclusive opportunity to mingle with New York's most distinguished interior designers, and Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine.
















 The show presented by 73 dealers from the United States and Europe and included European and American art. It also showcased fine furnishings, Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities; photography; woven carpets; pre-Columbian sculptures and textiles; Chinese trade paintings; rare books; modern design from the 1930s to the ‘50s; and occasional garments including a rare 1934 linen party dress printed with montages of New York City buildings. The dress was for sale for $125,000. 


In addition, Peter Finer Gallery from London, England in the UK didn't disappoint showcasing an array of pieces including antique arms and armor as displayed on our feature photo. The piece is a composite North Italian, Milanese Half-Armour, circa 1590. A beautiful piece which was definitely a show stopper and must see for all visitors during the show. The piece was for sale asking over 100,000.


Last but not least, a beautiful ceramic fireplace by Jean-Désiré Muller (French, 1877–1952) which can be currently seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on display in gallery 556. This fireplace is made of stoneware, a dense ceramic body that is highly durable. Its strong, sculptural design reflects the popularity of the Art Nouveau style in the years around 1900 when the fireplace was produced. The twisting forms of the vertical sides and the complex, curving shapes of the hair above the mask are characteristic of Art Nouveau design, which emphasized stylized, sinuous lines and commonly employed motifs from the natural world. The fireplace is signed ‘Muller/Luneville’, suggesting that Désiré Muller also worked on ceramics. 

















Other special events at the 2014 Show included the inaugural 1stdibs Design held on Friday January 24, an more than a dozen lectures, some with book signings.


About East Side House Settlement East Side House Settlement was founded in 1891 to help immigrants and lower income families on the East Side of Manhattan. In 1962, it moved to the South Bronx where it serves 8,000 residents annually within one of America’s poorest congressional districts, the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Among the initiatives that focus on educational attainment as the gateway out of poverty is the innovative and highly acclaimed Mott Haven Village Preparatory School. For more information, please visit www.eastsidehouse.org.

Allan Katz Americana Gallery from Woodbridge, Connecticut. 

Brooks Brothers a Sponsor of the event showcased at Young Collectors Night.

DJ playing music during Young Collectors Night at the Canard Café.

Martha Stewart attends the Winter Antiques Show Opening Night Party

"Fresh Take, Making Connections" at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)

A 1934 linen dress printed with New York buildings at Allan Katz Americana.

Antiques, Jewels, Paintings, Sculptures and Guests at the Winter Antiques Show Opening Night Preview Party and Young Collectors Night Party