The 2012 Winter Antiques Show, held at the Park Street Armory in Manhattan, celebrated its 58th year this January 20-29. This most prestigious of American antiques and art shows featured seventy-five exhibitors showing the “best of the best,” from antiquities to the 1960s. While the majority of exhibitors specialize in American art, furniture, and decorative arts, renowned dealers of English, European, Asian, tribal, and material from antiquities share the floor. The energy was lively and sales were strong across the board, from 20th-century mobiles by Alexander Calder and Wharton Esherick wagon wheel chairs, to paintings, pottery, furniture, folk art, a Greek bronze horse, and rare illuminated manuscript.
Events included a gala opening night party, young collectors night, VIP tours, expert lectures and book signings, and a loan exhibit featuring Historic Hudson Valley. All net proceeds from sponsors, special events, and ticket sales support East Side House Settlement, a non-profit in the South Bronx providing social services to community residents.