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The Decorative Arts Trust V.I.P. Antiques Weekend in New York

Samuel McIntire (1757-1811). Model for a figurehead. 1790–1795. Painted pine.  Gift of T. F. Hunt, 1891. From the exhibit Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum
The Most Exciting New York Weekend of the Year

Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Decorative Arts Trust V.I.P. Weekend

at The Winter Antiques Show,
Their 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary

The Seventh Regiment Armory,
Park Avenue & 67th Street, New York

This year’s loan exhibit is Fresh Take, Making Connections at the Peabody Essex Museum, Celebrating the Peabody Essex Museum

Sign-up for:  Either Friday, January 24 (Friday now fully booked) or Saturday, January 25, to meet at 10:45 a.m. for early entrance to the dazzling Winter Antiques Show (Public not admitted until 12 noon), with a special Dealer's Tour and show catalogue. Afterwards enjoy a private V.I.P. lunch in the historic Stanford White/Tiffany Room of the Armory.


From the exhibit William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain. William Henry Hunt. The Gallery, Chiswick House, 1828. Watercolor. © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees, WC 44.

Friday afternoon at 2:00 Trust members will gather at the Bard Graduate Center across Central Park for private tours of William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain. Kent (1685-1748) was known as one of the most important and influential architects and designers of the 18th century. His work included private and royal commissions, the interiors of Kensington Palace for George II, Walpole’s Houghton Hall and designs for country estates such as Earl of Burlington’s Chiswick, Wanstead House and Holkham Hall for Thomas Coke in Norfolk, as well as a royal barge for Frederick, Prince of Wales. Organized in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum where it will travel in 2015, this is the first major exhibition to explore Kent’s life and career. Nearly 200 drawings for architecture, gardens and sculpture, alongside stunning examples of his furniture, silver and paintings will be on view. This is an exhibit not to be missed.


On Saturday afternoon, we will meet for a private collection visit at a classic New York brownstone, on a quiet residential street on the Upper East Side. It is the townhouse of a renowned Maryland historian and decorator, and a New York purveyor of some of the most decorative — decorative arts in the city. Chockablock full of period pictures, furniture and object d’art, the rooms have lovely carpets and walls lined with paintings and luxurious curtains. This delicious visit will be arranged in small groups to better appreciate the distinctive surroundings and chat with our hosts.

Not included in this V.I.P. event but will occur the same weekend in New York City:

Sketch by Ralph Harvard

Saturday evening there will be a special farewell party for our director, Penny Hunt, at the George F. Baker House on 93rd and Park Avenue with its beautiful classical interiors.  Click to view the invitation page, and sign up for this party on our V.I.P. registration form. Members will also be receiving a special invitation to this party and can R.S.V.P. their participation with the response card included in that invitation.

Your V.I.P. schedule, with addresses of our appointments, will be sent with your final confirmation from the registrar. Transportation is not included, just meet us at each event. And, of course, there will be Trust Governors at each site to welcome you and to introduce you to our hosts. The rest of the weekend is on your own. Enjoy New York!


REGISTER NOW ONLINE. Space is limited.