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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Visit to the Winter Antiques Show

This year's Winter Antiques Show was, as usual, filled with many treasures.  Below are some of our favorite things.


A Peacock Garden Embellishment greeted show-goers at the Park Avenue Armory's Winter Antiques Show 2016.  From Barbara Israel's outstanding collection of garden furnishings, the bird offered a royal welcome to collectors and antiques fans who seemed not to notice record blizzard warnings from weather forecasters.

From the loan exhibition "Legacy for the Future: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art”.
Giorgia de Chirico.  Costume for the Astrologer in “Le Bal”, 1929.

In the booth of Frank and Barbara  Pollack, a rare Schoolgirl Drawing signed “Hannah P. Badger 1811 and 1812”.  Watercolor and pencil and paper depicting and interior scene where Hannah Pearson Cogswell Badger (1791-1869) and her sister Julia are instructing a female class at The Atkinson Academy in Atkinson, New Hampshire.  Note the amazing and colorfully painted floorcloth. A precursor to Woodard Weave!

Also in the booth of Frank & Barbara Pollack ,  “An Extraordinary Carved and Painted Wedding Scene”.  Found in Massachusetts.  Circa 1900-1920.  The seventeen carved and paint decorated figures are wood, adorned with fabric clothing.

Also in the booth of Frank & Barbara Pollack, “Two Exceptional Paint- Decorated Chalk Ware Cats”.  Pennsylvania.  Circa 1860-1900.  Molded plaster of paris with original smoke painted decoration.
Tom Woodard and Joseyane Young seated in the booth of Robert Young Antiques.  Behind the table hangs a “Spectacular Georgian Architectural Turret Clock Face in untouched original condition, circa 1800”.

From Arader Galleries, an exceptional and rare Aquatint engraving by John James Audubon.  American, 1795-1851.  London, 1827-1838.

Olde Hope Antiques displayed “An Exceptional Graduated Stack of Eleven Shaker Finger-lapped Oval Boxes.  New England.  Circa 1830-1860.

Also featured in the booth of Olde Hope Antiques a “Portrait Bust of a Lady”.  Mario Korbel (1882-1954).  Carved and polychromed wood on a carved and gilded oak base.

In the booth of Elliot & Grace Snyder, a “Stone Carving of a Woman”.  A na├»ve and powerful stone carving of a woman in period dress.  Ohio.  Circa 1850-60.

The Snyders also displayed a charming and unusually detailed pastoral needlework picture featuring a shepherd and shepherdess with their dog and sheep, as well as a fisherman, within a primary border of flowers and leaves.  Early 18th Century needlework at its best.  England, circa 1720.

Peter Fetterman Gallery: Platinum print by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) of Audrey Hepburn, 1954.

Also from the booth of Peter Fetterman Gallery, Henri Cartier Bresson, 1908-2004.  Gelatin silver print.  Aquila Degli Abruzzi, Italy.  1952.
At the Winter Antiques Show  on Monday, January 25th, 2016, old friends gathered to celebrate the life of preeminent Shaker dealer Suzanne Courcier.   Pictured with her partner, Robert Wilkins (center), are Leigh Keno (left) and Thos. K. Woodard sharing a toast to Suzanne, whose expertise, knowledge and good humor will always be remembered