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Winter Antiques Show Celebrates Its 54th Year
Suzanne Courcier & Robert W. Wilkins, wool sewn on linen rug.

NEW YORK, NY.-The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 54th year in January as America’s most prestigious antiques show that provides museums, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to see and purchase rare and exceptional pieces showcased by 75 exhibitors specializing in American, English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts. This year, new specialists in Delftware, European sculpture and Americana join or re-join this fully vetted show, which is held January 18-27, and is the standard of excellence by which all other antiques shows in America, if not the world, are measured. Additionally, this is the only major antiques show in New York from which all net proceeds from ticket sales support a charity, East Side House Settlement, a non-profit in the South Bronx providing social services to community residents.

In honor of their long-standing, continued support of the Winter Antiques Show and East Side House Settlement, Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Chilton, Jr. have been selected as the Honorary Chairs for 2008. Bank of America premiers as the proud Show sponsor for 2008, with Alan Rappaport, New York President, Bank of America, and Pamela Fiori, Editor in Chief of Town & Country as Co-Chairs of the Opening Night Party on Thursday, January 17th.

The 2008 loan exhibition, An Eye Toward Perfection: The Shaker Museum and Library, is the first major exhibition of a Shaker collection in New York City in more than a decade and will include nearly 100 Shaker objects, including quintessential Shaker chairs, buckets and boxes, as well as three rare hand-knit wool rugs. Based in Old Chatham, New York, the Shaker Museum and Library holds the world’s largest and best-documented collection of Shaker material. The loan exhibition is designed by Stephen Saitas and sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance for a twelfth consecutive year.

Complementing the loan exhibition, the Shaker Museum and Library will present a lecture series at the Winter Antiques Show; highlights include collecting Shaker boxes and a preview of the museum's future home at the historic Mt. Lebanon site.

Bank of America is the Show's proud sponsor. As part of the Bank’s major commitment in underwriting the Show, the company will donate three classic photographs by Ansel Adams (Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite, Calif., 1944; Maroon Bells near Aspen, 1951; and Dunes, Oceano, Calif. N. 1944, P. 1974) to East Side House Settlement, to be auctioned in April 2008 with all proceeds to benefit the charity.

“Bank of America is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 54th annual Winter Antiques Show,” said Alan Rappaport, New York President, Bank of America. “Committed to playing a vital role in all the markets we serve, we understand and believe in the importance of developing and pursuing opportunities that strengthen our communities. Our support of this event, and of East Side House Settlement, is an example of that conviction.”

Four exhibitors join or re-join the show this year:

Elliott & Grace Snyder Antiques. After careers as university professors, the Snyders have been full-time antiques dealers since 1970, dealing primarily in 17th, 18th, and early 19th century material, with an emphasis on American vernacular furniture, textiles, and metalwork, particularly early lighting. They are also founding members of the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America and both serve on a variety of professional committees and continue to lecture, teach and curate exhibitions. The Snyder’s booth will feature a signed document box, c. 1820 from Boston; and, also from Boston, a wooden wassail bowl, c. 1685, with its original finish, signed by both its maker and original owner.

Daniel Katz Limited. A specialist in European sculpture since 1968, Daniel Katz counts leading museums and collectors worldwide among his clients. Having exhibited privately in New York for over 10 years, he is participating in the Winter Antiques Show for the first time. Re-creating the ambience of its Mayfair townhouse gallery in London, Daniel Katz Limited will present “A Collector’s Cabinet” that will feature, a Bust of a Young Girl by Philippe Laurent Roland and, among other items, a poly-chromed wood Virgin and Child, c. 1400.

Aronson of Amsterdam. Founded in 1881, Aronson of Amsterdam offers some of the earliest and rarest ceramics objects produced by the Delft factories in the 17th and 18th centuries. Founded by Leon Aronson (1830-1910), also son of an antiques dealer, in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem, his son David (1878-1942) moved to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, around 1900. During World War II, the gallery was closed and the stock was sold by a 'Verwalter,' an administrator appointed by the German occupier. Nico and Ab (1916-1990), both sons of David, were the only survivors after WWII and re-started the business with nothing but experience and determination. Ab's son Dave (1946-2007) and grandson Robert, the current director, followed the family tradition. Aronson’s booth will feature a Delft tulip vase c. 1700-1710 and, among other items, a rare pair of blue and white tobacco jars, Delft, c.1800.

John Alexander Ltd. Specializing in Reformed Gothic, Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts design, and 20th century British handcrafted furniture and decorative arts, John Alexander Ltd. was a late entry to the 2007 Winter Antiques Show. Gallery owner John Levitties will exhibit a Gun Cabinet designed by Ernest Gimson, c. 1905, made of oak with glass doors and iron hardware. An original drawing of the piece can be found in the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.

The popular Young Collectors’ Night will be held Thursday, January 24th and will feature cocktails, jazz and a silent auction. The evening is being sponsored by Badgley Mischka.

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