This spring, antiques dealers are gearing up to show off their best treasures to designers and collectors alike at six major shows taking place from Los Angeles to Chicago and across the pond. Read on to see which ones might be coming to your neck of the woods.
The Philadelphia Antiques Show—April 12 – 15
Famed for its wide array of furniture, art and decorative pieces with a growing assortment of fine art and mid-twentieth century, the Philadelphia Antiques Show has been running for 52 years.
The Loan Exhibit, Pewter, explores the development, creativity, craftsmanship, and the business of pewter in colonial Philadelphia. It is presented by The Pewter Collectors Club of America and curated by Roy Rodriguez, treasurer of P.C.C.A., Mid-Atlantic Region. Spanning a working period from 1713 to 1823, almost 150 examples of work from fourteen different pewterers shall be presented in the context of their use. William Will, Revolutionary War Officer, former Sheriff of Philadelphia, and America’s most highly skilled and creative pewterer, will be featured with the most significant assemblage of his pewter ever presented for public viewing.
Private daily tours of the Show will be offered every morning before the show opens to the public. Philadelphia Museum of Art Fairmount Park House Guides will share their knowledge as they escort small groups through the Show highlighting notable objects offered by the outstanding exhibitors and taking a closer look at the Loan Exhibit. Tours are $25 per person and include General Admission to the Show.
The innovative Designers’ Circle is inspired by the 2012 Show’s designer room showcase. A select group of esteemed interior designers have been invited to showcase an “inspiration piece” selected from the exhibitors that would serve as a starting point for creating their schemes.
Special events include:
Friday, April 12—Collectors’ Reception, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Patrons’ Reception, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13—Collectors’ Panel, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Business and Craftsmanship of Pewter in Colonial Philadelphia, 1:00– 2:00 p.m.
Collecting: Initiating a Strategy, Acquiring, & Disposal, 3:00 – 4:00 p..m.
New Collectors’ Night, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($125/person)
ADA “Award of Merit” Dinner, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14—The Ingredients of a House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now with Gil Schafer, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 15—Museum Member Monday
Evolution of Design: William & Mary to Nakashima, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, London—April 23 – 28
The UK’s Decorative Fair features 140 specialist dealers and a range of periods and styles from 17th to 20th century art and antiques. Regency furniture is displayed alongside modern design classics; affordable antique glassware amongst contemporary sculpture; garden ornament beside beautiful jewelry; and vintage bags and luggage.
New this April, the Fair has teamed up with National Antiques Week 2013 to champion some of the rising young stars of the trade. Twelve antiques specialists have been shortlisted for the first ever, Young Guns Awards, and a selection of their stock will be displayed in the Fair’s Foyer.
Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale—April 25 – 28
This four-day showcase features more than 50 national and international exhibitors and decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century.
The weekend will kick off on Thursday, April 25th at the annual Preview Party to benefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children's lives through arts education. The host committee for the preview party includes P.S. ARTS supporters Maria and Bill Bell, Rachel Bilson, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Elizabeth Stewart, among other philanthropists and entertainment leaders.
The show will continue through the weekend, open to the public, offering visitors a broad range of material including furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, rugs, posters, vintage clothing and accessories.
16th Annual International Antiques Fair, Chicago—April 26 – 29
More than 100 dealers will convene in Chicago to exhibit their unique treasures at the Merchandise Mart featuring traditional American and European furnishings, Asian and African art objects, and Art Deco and Mid-Century Modernist treasures—offering a substantial assortment for Midwest collectors.
“Our dealers never fail to bring a stunning array of items, and this year is no exception,” said Lisa Simonian, vice president of marketing at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. “We are particularly excited about the outstanding number of unique and unusual pieces that will make the 2013 fair a not-to-be-missed event for everyone from seasoned collectors to first-time buyers looking for unique accents for their homes.”
Special Events include:
Keynote Presentation by Charlotte Moss, Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.
“Stuff: Collecting, Decorating With and Learning About Wonderful and Unusual Things” Presentation and Book Signing by Carey Maloney, Friday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.
“Majolica Forum,” Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.
“Young Collector’s Event,” Presentation by Leslie Hindman and Reception, Saturday, April 27 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Spring Show NYC—May 1 – 5
Showcasing an array of wares from ancient artifacts to fine furniture the Spring Show NYC benefits ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). Designer Brett Beldock will be creating a wallpaper display for the entrance to the show, going along with the ASPCA theme.
"It's been very gratifying to see the growth of the Spring Show since its inception three years ago and we are proud of our association with the dealers and the ASPCA," said Michael Bruno, founder and president, 1stdibs.
An invitation-only preview event on Wednesday, May 1 will kick-off the show.
Art’s Night Out will take place Friday, May 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. welcoming 1,000 prominent young patrons from the city’s top cultural institutions at the Park Avenue Armory.
Special events include:
Thursday, May 2—2:00 p.m. Book Signing of Flowers by Carolyne Roehm
3:00 p.m. Tour Clive Kandel: A Curator’s Perspective
4:00 p.m. Lecture & Book Signing with landscape architect Mario Nievera
Saturday, May 4—2:00 p.m. Lecture, DESIGNING THE ARTFUL INTERIOR: Rooms to Look At and Live In —a lively and informative show-and-tell session with Amy Lau, Juan Montoya and Ronald Bricke, moderated by NYSID faculty member and author Judith Gura.
3:00 pm—A Designer’s Perspective: A tour of the Spring Show NYC with Ronald Bricke
4:00 p.m. Lecture & Book Signing with Brian Lutz, the author of Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman
Sunday, May 5—1:00 p.m. An Editor’s Perspective: A tour of the Spring Show NYC with Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, who guides visitors through the show highlighting his personal favorites from the significant pieces on view.
Art Antiques London—June 13 – 19
The fourth edition of Art Antiques London takes place again in one of London's most fashionable neighborhoods, situated alongside The Albert Memorial, an important historical site in Kensington Gardens, London.
New exhibitors to the fair this year include the Maastricht-based gallery Roell Fine Art, which specializes in furniture, paintings and works of art from the trading posts of the Dutch and English East Indian Companies, and Sabbadini, the popular Milanese jeweler specialists. Among the new UK dealers to the fair are two Old Master paintings specialists John Mitchell Fine Paintings and William Thuillier Old Master Paintings.
One of the highlights of the 2013 lecture program is a lecture on Russian Imperial Porcelain and sculptures inspired by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes given by Dr. Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, curator of Russian porcelain at the State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg. For further information about the lecture program, click here.
The Party in the Park event takes place this year on June, 11, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, GOSHCC. This year the money raised will support child health research and the development of breakthrough treatments for children.
The champagne reception is followed by a dinner, auction and live entertainment, which, in the past three years, raised over £1.25 million for charity.
For ticket and show information, including addresses, show hours and more for any of these antiques shows, visit the individual websites.