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Window Shopping at the Winter Antiques Show

by habituallychic

02 . 03 . 09

The Young Collector’s Night at the Winter Antiques Show is more about socializing than checking out the booths so I went back on Saturday to really explore the show. Even if you can’t afford anything, I highly recommend that you attend events such as this because it’s a great environment to educate yourself and your eye. So many of the antiquarians were eager to talk more about a particular artist or piece and I learned so much. Also, a lot people can be intimidated by very high end antique shops but a show allows you to roam around without feeling out of place.

I was especially impressed by Michael Berna of Macklowe Gallery who took the time to explain why a particular citrine ring was a perfect example of 1940’s design. I wish I could have afforded that one and a French ring from A La Vieille Russie that was from the 1960’s. The colored stones reminded me of the colors that Stefano Pilati uses at YSL now.

I was also inspired by all the flame stitch embroideries that I noticed. Of course, the pattern reminds one of Missoni but it was the color combinations that made me think they would make wonderful color palettes for a room. You never know where inspiration may strike so get out there! You may also learn something too!

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  1. Gina February 3, 2009 | 11:42 am

    I like the ikats


    Greetings from Krautland

  2. Hill Country House Girl February 3, 2009 | 12:32 pm

    Now you’re speaking my language!! What a treat to attend that show! Loved the pair of hooked rugs and the incredible hall tree(I think?)with the deer and flowers. Talk about fabulous antiques!Thanks for sharing your photos.

  3. Laura February 3, 2009 | 6:37 pm

    Those patterns sort of echo the American southwest for me…they remind me of some pieces my parents picked up down there on one of their many many trips…

  4. teaorwine February 3, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    Those who love to needlepoint, refer to the flame stitch
    pieces as Bargello. These are gorgeous examples, I might add!~

  5. Renee Finberg February 4, 2009 | 3:57 am


    that had to be a great show.
    they always are.
    even when they are bad, they are good.

    how are the shoes holding up ?


  6. nancy gibson February 4, 2009 | 4:08 am

    It was a great show, as usual. I loved the embroidered wool bedcover at Barbara Pollack’s. It looked so much like an 1810 Maryland quilt. Very rare.

    Another great shop, Cora Ginsburg always has the best textiles.

    Did you go to The American Antiques Show as well? Stella Rubin was selling quilts like there was no end in sight–who says we are in a recession. Love this blog–great taste!

  7. pve design February 4, 2009 | 11:35 am

    just had a dream in “bargello flame stitch” last night.

  8. Kami February 6, 2009 | 9:16 pm

    Long time lurker, first time poster – If you’re a fan of the hooked rug look, you may be interested in the more contemporary work of Lori LaBerge, an artist local to the Raleigh, NC area. Her work revolves around bright colors and she does both geometrics and landscape images. Her website is http://www.lorilaberge.com/ .