From January 19 to January 28, antique aficionados ranging from dealers to collectors gather for one of the best markets of the year — the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. This year signals a new direction of the show, in that pieces on display don’t necessarily have to meet the traditional definition of “antique” (objects that are at least 100 years old). Buying habits — along with the items chosen to go on display by museums and galleries — often signal new trends in collecting. If you aren’t able to get to New York to see the Winter Antiques Show, here’s a brief rundown on the types of antiques that are especially drawing attention this year, along with a few items currently available at Viyet that might inspire you to add to your collection:
Classic portraiture has long been eclipsed by the seemingly endless taste for Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist pieces. This year, however, there are a number of historically significant examples of the genre that are expected to draw plenty of attention. Interesting to note: Not all portraiture has to feature a person. At the Adelson Galleries, a Jamie Wyeth portrait of his dog Boom Boom is on view.
Add to your collection: Antique Portrait of William Pitt the Younger
Works by Grandma Moses are expected to jump in price, signaling a renewed interest in American Folk and Outsider/Primitive styles, particularly those with a more Modernist style. Landscapes are especially sought, but sculpture is often an overlooked value.
Add to your collection: Vintage Carved Wood Goose Sculpture
It’s been fascinating to watch the rise of Asian Art, ranging from centuries-old traditional ceramics to contemporary art. This year’s show has both, with particular emphasis on the Muromachi Period (1392-1573) along with 18th century pieces. Objects, sculptures, textiles, and works on paper are popular, along with furniture.
Add to your collection: Antique Chinese Carved Panels
Perhaps as a response to our increasing dependence on technology, functional pieces have seen a boost in value. Particularly collectible? Clocks. From Grandfather clocks to more fanciful pieces, it’s all a matter of what you like.
Add to your collection: Hermès Paris Ships Wheel Gouvernail Wall Clock
Prices have risen steadily for antique textiles — particularly American quilts. However, antique rugs (from any country) are being acquired at a fast pace, especially for more eclectic styles.
Add to your collection: Kermanshah Rugs Antique Navajo Rug