Portrait of Mrs. Huth Jackson (c.1907) oil on canvass by John Singer Sargent
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Winter Antiques Show Opens in New York, 2017
Until the TEFAF Show debuted in the fall of 2016, the Winter Antiques Show was New York's most anticipated antique fair event, both held at the New Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan now devoted exclusively to the arts. But the two shows differ in that the former was almost exclusively European-based dealers whereas the Winter Antiques Show (January 20-29) is almost exclusively dealers who are American-based providing a wonderful contrast.
The Devenish Group, of course, was in attendance with tours conducted professionally by Louise Devenish, the Group's founder and director. Dividing into two groups, Louise navigated the gigantic hall introducing members to an array of exquisite display booths including such names as Hirschl & Adler of Fifth Avenue and Throckmorton Fine Arts on E. 57th Street, the latter displaying rare photographs from its largest worldwide collection of the painter Frida Kahlo, among others.
The show featured decorative pieces and works of art from the American Colonial through the Mid-Century Modern periods, as well as some contemporary galleries peppered in. Paintings ranged from the Renaissance to modern with a host of stunning works by John Singer Sargent. Some of the perennial favorites of Americana visited were Nathan Liverant & Son and Jeffrey Tillou Antiques.
Recently renamed the Wade Thompson Arts Center, the East 67th Street Armory is now totally devoted to the arts and presenting film, music and theater with public funding from the New York State Council of the Arts. The Winter Antiques Show itself has been a major fundraiser for the 125-year-old East Side House Settlement, New York's oldest social service organization now located in the Bronx, which is a beacon of hope in one of the nation's poorest congressional districts.
Following the show, the Group headed for the Asian-specialties restaurant Fatty Fish on E. 64th Street where a party-like festivity ensued. The preplanned dinner consisted of exquisite Asian delights along with complimentary wines. Four of the restaurant's attendees were with a Chinese-based deepwater artifacts salvage entity bringing with them some of their recent finds, jars. bowels and urns dating back to the Marco Polo era, thrilling to view and even more so to handle. All attending were 'true blue' DG supporters, and despite the gale-force winds and heavy rain, each made it to this fine, intimate restaurant to exuberantly welcome in the Chinese New Year of the 'Fire Rooster.'
A hearty thanks to Louise Devenish for providing yet another memorable DG event. Louise hopes others will find time, as well, to visit the Armory on their own and enjoy some of the other amazing programs the facility is offering for the 2017 spring season.
Devenish Group is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of our new website - with hearty appreciation and congratulations to its creator Mr. Troy Adams.
Many thanks also go to DG member Mr. Russ Schleipman whose award-winning photography graces our masthead with art from his cameral lens that transports us to locales rich with tranquility and allure. In our, too often, hectic 21st Century lifestyles, Russ’s photographs are a restorative and welcomed escape for those of us who value artistry, beauty and mankind.
Magnificence, grandeur, wealth, energy, opulence. These are few words to describe adequately the art and design of the Baroque period. On November 3, Devenish Group members and guests gathered at Dalva Brothers, Inc., on the Upper East Side to celebrate and revel in the sumptuous Baroque delicacies on display. The hosts of the evening, Louise Devenish and Leon and Adam Dalva, took participants on a pilgrimage through the era, object by object. Objects contemplated included a wood and wrought iron sleigh made for the Dauphin, an Italian carved walnut mirror executed by the master carver for the Duke of Parma, a Louis XIV Boulle clock known as "The Harpy Clock", and a splendid German marquetry and carved cabinet with an embellished façade in the form of a Palladian building front.
All objects exemplified the energy and dynamism of the time period and proved to be ripe objects for engaged conversation. The group included period experts including Elaine Banks Stainton from Doyle, Mark Jacoby from Philip Colleck Ltd., the couture and textile experts Gabriella Pannunzio and Valeri Soll, as well as Meggi Sweeney Smith, a dancer in the Baroque style, all of whom brought together contiguous expertise of the Baroque period. It was an evening of sensuous decadence that will not soon be forgotten.