A rainy Manhattan night provided an excellent opportunity to spend some time at a preview for Antiques & Art at the Armory, although I don’t think a sunny day could have kept me outside. The best thing about the show is the wide variety of merchandise available. It’s not that big of a show as far as shows go, but here there’s more opportunity to see a great variety of really fine items. One booth specializes in dog paintings, although there’s a few cats and even a rooster represented. Other exhibitors concentrate on early gaming devices, barometers and Chinese jades. Another refreshing thing to note about the show is there are several artists set up selling their own art. Yes, some of the prices are above entry-level, but we did notice some particularly good values. We’ll talk about some of the dealers we met in a subsequent post.
Avenue shows put on a first-class affair with not only the typical wine and cheese, but dinner including salmon and steak. Brooks Brothers is the sponsor and guests received gift bags on their way back out into the rainy night. The show runs through Sunday, December 6 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue.