April seems to be the month of antiques as eight major shows will soon be underway across the country and across the pond. Read on to see which ones might be coming to your neck of the woods.
Marburger Farm Antique Show, Round Top, Texas—April 1 – 5
Also known as “Round Top,” this show features more than 350 dealers in 10 large tents in a 43-acre outdoor field. It covers a broad range of antiques including architectural, English, Continental, Asian, industrial, garden, Americana, painted furniture, fine art, early Texas, mid-century modern, French, silver, jewelry, textiles, paintings and prints.
The show will also be the Round Top home for Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas non-profit group of interior designers using design to help families escape poverty and homelessness. Antiques exhibitors and shoppers will have an opportunity throughout the show to donate antiques to be sold at the upcoming Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio "Pop Up Shop.”
London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair—April 3 – 6
The 4th-annual London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA), organized by London-based dealer Aaron Nejad, showcases a dozen leading dealers showcasing items from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China, as well as from Europe and Africa, and from all periods up to the early 20th century. Antique Persian rug specialist Ornamentum Ltd from Surrey will be new to the mix this year.
LARTA will also be at The Showroom, which a contemporary exhibition space in central London where collectors may view rugs and textile art in relaxed surroundings.
This year, for the first time, LARTA will be on view online as well as at the Showroom.
Bedford Spring Antiques Show, New York—April 5 – 6
The Bedford Spring Antiques Show raises funds for the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York. The show opens with a champagne preview party and dinner on April 4. It is open to the public throughout the weekend and features antique furniture, vintage pottery and glass, lighting and clocks as well as paintings, vintage prints, vintage posters, jewelry, clocks, toys and silver.
Antiques & Garden Fair, Chicago—April 11 – 13
Celebrating 14 years, the Antiques & Garden Fair offers classical and contemporary garden furnishings, botanical art, and home and garden design from more than 100 exhibitors from the United States and Europe.
Five display gardens have been designed and built by local landscapers including Manfredini Landscape and Design; Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.; William Heffernan Landscapes; Schmechtig Landscape; and The Schwebel Company.
Honorary chair and guest speaker Miles Redd will give a lecture at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, followed by a book signing. Danielle Rollins, author of bestseller Soirée: Entertaining with Style, will give a lecture is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, followed by a book signing.
A preview evening will take place Thursday, April 10, 2014. Tickets start at $250 and include a weekend fair pass.
Philadelphia Antiques Show—April 26 – 29
The Philadelphia Antiques Show celebrates its 53rd edition with over 60 exhibitors. On view are some of the finest examples in Colonial through mid-century fine and decorative arts including a diverse range of period furniture in American Federal, folk, and regional styles; antique silver, textiles, porcelain, and jewelry; nautical and Native American art; and antiquarian books and prints.
The opening night preview party will take place April 25. Tickets start at $150 and include general admission throughout the show.
Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, London—April 29 – May 4
The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for decorators looking to source unusual English and European antiques, original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. Around 140 exhibitors offer a broad range of both fine quality and affordable pieces for inspired interiors. Exhibitors include Christopher Buck Antiques, Catherine Despas, Martin Johnson Antiques Limited, Lenson-Smith Antiques and Palmer Antiques Limited, among others.
Spring Masters Show NYC—April 30 – May 4
Under the new leadership of Artvest Partners, The Spring Show NYC has been re-envisioned as Spring Masters, New York, with a new focus on presenting vetted works of traditional art in a contemporary context.
Architect Rafael Viñoly will reimagine the fair and reflect artistic creation from antiquity through the 20th-century across cultures and geographic regions. Viñoly’s design will include hexagonal booths and a floor plan that encourages and accommodates an array of presentation strategies.
An opening night benefit will take place Wednesday, April 30, by invitation only. Arts’ Night Out on Friday, May 2, also invitation only, brings together young patrons from over 35 top New York area arts organizations. Christie's Education will sponsor a wide array of cultural and educational programming (to be announced) for 2014.
Antique Garden Furniture Fair, New York City—April 25 – 27
This show takes place in the conservatory tent at the New York Botanical Garden and has been refreshed this year to include many new dealers specializing in sculpture, ornament and furniture for the garden, and garden-related objects for the home.
A Benefit Preview Party and Collector's Plant Sale will kick off the show on April 24.