As the first major antiques fairs of the year, the Winter Antiques Show jump starts the collecting fervor every January. Keeping in step with the ever evolving world of collecting, the 62nd Winter Antiques Show has added a dozen new exhibitors to its already impressive mix. Of this year’s 73 exhibitors, a total of 19 hail from outside the United States. Considered the premier fair for historic art and design in the U.S., the renowned fair, whose vetted offerings rival those of its European peers TEFAF in Maastricht and Masterpiece London, has recognized the growing demand for contemporary art and design.
With a few changes to the show’s standards, contemporary items will be on display alongside the more traditional antiques, only after surviving a stringent vetting process. For instance, all post-1969 material is subject to prior approval and onsite vetting while all living artists must be represented in a minimum of three major museums or other public collections. The strict rules maintain the high standards of the show that collectors have long trusted. The juxtaposition of collectibles both old and new brings an exciting eclecticism to the venerable fair.
Art and design developments aside, the jewelry segment remains largely unchanged. The jewelry exhibitors at the show are among the top purveyors of the rare and one-of-a-kind jeweled masterpieces in the world and include: A La Vieille Russie, Kentshire, Macklowe Gallery, James Robinson, S. J. Shrubsole and Wartski. Here is a sneak peek of the jewelry selection at this year’s Winter Antiques Show.
A La Vieille Russie
Cartier Mid-century Sapphire Gentleman’s Ring – Mid-century natural cabochon sapphire solitaire gentleman’s ring, set in 18k gold. Cartier, Paris, circa 1950
Victorian Banded Agate Elastic Bracelet – Banded agate bracelet bracelet on elastic cord. English, circa 1880
Victorian Old Mine Diamond Chandelier Earrings – Old-mine diamond chandelier earrings mounted in silver and gold. English, circa 1870
Victorian Diamond En Tremblant Floral Spray Brooch – Victorian en tremblant old-mine diamond floral spray brooch set in silver and gold. In A La Vieille Russie Paris box. French, circa 1870.
Georgian Gold Mesh Chain – Georgian 15k thick openwork ornamented gold mesh chain with ball clasp. English, circa 1790.
Art Deco Natural Pearl, Diamond, and Sapphire Ring – Ornate Art Deco bombé ring set with a central natural pearl, pavé diamonds and calibré sapphires, mounted in platinum. English, circa 1930.
A diamond necklace of scalloped festoon design with channel and collet set diamonds, in platinum. Tiffany & Co., 18875977. Atw 351 diamonds 22.67 cts. Circa 2000.
A pair of antique gold pendant earrings of repoussé foliate design with applied florettes, in 15k. England, circa 1850.
An antique gold bangle bracelet featuring a strap and buckle motif in the front accented with pearls, blue enamel and engraved design, in 15k. England, circa 1860
A carved nephrite jade ring in the form of a chimera set with rubies, in 18k. David Webb.
French Art Nouveau Diamond, Turquoise, Enamel and Gold Pendant – A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant necklace with diamonds and turquoise. The pendant necklace has 6 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .50 carats, and 3 articulated pear shaped veined turquoise drops. The pendant is designed as doubled butterfly wings in a dimensional cutout motif. New chain added. Circa 1900s.
Van Cleef & Arpels Late-20th Century Emerald, Diamond and Gold Chrysanthemum Earrings – A pair of French 18 karat gold earrings with emeralds and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings are in a chrysanthemum flower motif and have 2 round cabochon emerald centers that weigh approximately 3.80 carats and 3.90 carats. The emeralds are most likely of Colombian origin. The flower petals have 192 round-cut diamonds that graduate in size and have an approximate total weight of 10.50 carats, VS clarity and G/H color grade. The earrings are made in a realistic dimensional style. Circa 1980’s.
Antique Diamond, Gold and Silver Maltese Cross Brooch – An English Antique 15 karat gold and oxidized silver Maltese cross brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 130 old European-cut and old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 18.00 carats. Fold down bale.The Maltese cross, in Italy also known as the Amalfi cross, is the cross symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta) and by extension with the island of Malta. Circa 1880.
Late Georgian English Diamond Silver Topped Gold Leaf Brooch – An English Late Georgian silver top/gold brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 140 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 12.00 carats. The dimensional brooch is in a curved leaf design. “…Brooches, which could be larger and asymmetrical, assumed a greater variety of figural designs, such as feathers, leaves, daisies…” Ginny Dawes in Georgian Jewellery, pg. 82. Circa 1840’s.
Late 20th Century Gold Earrings – A pair of Late-20th Century 18 karat gold earrings. The chandalier design earrings are composed of polished and textured scalloped gold overlapping rings. The pendant elements of the earrings are articulated.
English Victorian Amethyst Gold Necklace Circa 1850
Oscar Heyman 1950s Baguette Ruby Diamond Cocktail Ring – Very Fine Ruby & Diamond Ring mounted in Platinum, Oscar Heyman, New York made circa 1950.
Edwardian “Moire Ribbon” American Diamond Bracelet mounted in Platinum, made circa 1910
S. J. Shrubsole
A Micro-Mosaic Pendant by Ernesto Pierret, circa 1850.
A Cartier Rose Quartz Teddy Bear Pendant on Chain
A Platinum and Diamond ‘Chevalière’ ring by René Boivin, Paris, circa 1935.
A Pair of Diamond Pendant Earrings by Sterlé, circa 1960. Signed Sterlé, made in France, with French assay mark; old pear shaped-diamond weigh approximately: 1.80 crt and 2.00 crt; estimated weight: 6.50 crt; mounted in platinum. (pear-shaped diamonds are detachable).
A Citrine & Diamond Brooch by Seaman Schepps, New York, circa 1960.
A large antique topaz pendant cross, the cross formed from five topazes mounted in yellow gold and suspended from a yellow gold loop. Made for Viscount Somerton, Archbishop of Dublin between 1801 and 1809.
A diamond mounted enamelled gold jewel by Cartier, each of the three flowers centred by a round brilliant cut diamond encircled by pave set diamond petals, mounted on a ‘grey gold ‘ bangle enamelled opaque black, the flowers detach from the bangle and have hinged fittings allowing them to be worn as brooches. Cartier, Paris, signed and numbered 00013.
A diamond tiara, formed from two antique old brilliant cut diamond wings set in silver and mounted on gold, the wings are detachable and come with fittings allowing them to be worn as brooches. When worn as a tiara the frame is covered be the hair leaving the wings floating above the head.
An agate pig by Carl Fabergé, carved from a single piece of reddish coloured agate in a standing position, the curled tail and hooves naturalistically modelled, its eyes set with rose diamonds,. Contained in its original silk and velvet lined fitted holly wood case, the lid silk stamped in Cyrillic ‘Fabergé, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa ’ beneath the Imperial warrant. St. Petersburg, 1887-1890.
A Pearl and Diamond set Pendant by Carl Fabergé, in the form of a stylised bow set with rose cut diamonds, from which is suspended a single natural pearl drop. Inventory Number: 84799 Workmaster: August Holmstrom. St Petersburg, c1910
The Winter Antiques Show runs from January 22nd through 31st, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street.