NEW YORK, NY.-
On April 29, the world will be watching country girl Kate Middleton walk down the aisle to Britains Prince William of Wales. In celebration of the Royal Wedding, several members of the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America
(AADLA) will present regal works of art at their inaugural Spring Show NYC,which opens at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, on April 28 May 2, 2011.
Whether you are on your way to Westminster and still need the perfect present for the newlyweds or, in fact, any betrothed couple with a penchant for majesty, here are several unique offerings:
The royal engagement of the Double Portrait of King Frederick IV and Queen Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstow of Denmark is the subject of a painting by Gaspar Antoine de Bois-Clair on Robert Simons stand. The portraits are intriguingly painted on slatted wood to show both the bride and the groom when viewing from opposite angles. All the royal families of Europe are related and this couples grandson Frederick V forged a marriage with Britains King George IIs daughter Louisa in 1743.
A brilliantly rendered 17th century College of Heralds drawing of Sir Robert Spencers coat of arms could be the perfect way to commemorate the wedding of the year. Hill-Stone presents this rarity along with a drawing of the arms of the Duke of Norfolk for $16,000. Wills mother Lady Diana Spencer was a direct descendent of Sir Robert who is reputed to have been the richest man in England in his day.
According to Alan Stone, these Heraldic devices, or coats of arms, were the property of the various families which they represented.
The arms appeared on official documents, bases for sculpture, and tombs. In short, they were the official signifiers of the families and spoke directly to their official positions as peers of the realm. We, as a nation without a hereditary nobility, might see the coat of Arms as a kind of quaint anachronism, but until the beginning of the last century they were an integral part of English social structure, said Stone.
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd. offers a magnificent 18th century giltwood mirror bearing the crest and coronet of William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford. History may have taken a different course with another family sitting on the British throne today if it werent for Wentworths father-in-law, the 2nd Duke of Argyll who played an important role securing the Hanoverian succession. The mirror measures an impressive 100 and is priced at $100,000.
Victoria and Albert, perhaps Britains most famous romantic royal couple, are celebrated in a 19th century sailors woolwork picture of the royal yacht HMY Victoria and Albert II. It will be on Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridges stand for $8,000.
With a roster of sixty-five top specialists from all over the United States, the AADLA Spring Show NYC at the heart of New Yorks Art & Antiques Week will offer something for every collector's taste, whether scholarly or decorative. Visitors will be lured into the Armorys grand exhibition hall with a dramatic mise-en-scene created by interior designer and tastemaker Lars Bolander, the Swedish designer recognized for his signature style of mixing the old with the new.