On Thursday, October 22nd I attended the 27th Annual Opening Night of the International Show on behalf of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK).
The show was held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Not only is this place gorgeous but it has a lot of history. The Armory was built by New York State’s prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard, the first volunteer militia to respond to President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. Members of what was known as the “Silk Stocking” Regiment included New York’s most prominent Gilded Age Families including the Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons and Harrimans.
Built as both a military facility and a social club, the reception rooms on the first floor and the Company Rooms on the second floor were designed by the most prominent designers and artists of the day including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus.
Back to the International Antique Show. The show features many of the world’s most prominent fine art and antique dealers from the U.S. and Europe. Joining the high profile crowd this year will be Design Chairman, Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of ELLE DECOR, along with event co-chairs Jennifer Creel,Melanie Seymour Holland, Naomi Waletzky, Martha Webster, and Julia Weld.
The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, founded in 1989, was New York’s first vetted fair and remains one of the world’s most prestigious art and antique fairs. The glamorous, world-class showcase consistently attracts leading international dealers with an outstanding selection of superb works of art, featuring everything from antiquities to contemporary art. Categories represented include silver, arms and armour, bronzes, rare books, carpets, ethnographica, furniture, garden furniture, glass, jewellery, maps, manuscripts, marine artefacts, pictures, porcelain, pottery and sculpture. All items are for sale under the strictest vetting conditions.
You know, you are in for a treat as soon as you enter the armory. After multiple renovations the armory is classic and gives the sense of money. And when you enter the show that feeling never goes away. Even if you are not invited to join on opening evening and can’t afford $70,000 antique books from Immanuel Kant or Winston Churchill the experience is unique and a lifetime experience that I highly recommend. It is why I go every year – and I certainly can’t afford the amazing art or antiques displayed, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Photos by BFA/Will Raggozino and Madison McGraw and by Socially Superlative