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New York: Winter Antiques Show

NEW Yorkers are a resilient lot. January may be the time for snow and bitter winter weather but that will not deter the city from staging events.

So while the art market in Europe slumbers its way through a traditional New Year lull, the Big Apple this month is a time of hectic activity regardless of plummeting temperatures.

Consequently this is where you will find a large slice of the national and international art trade and collectors.

If Manhattan is the locus, the Winter Antiques Show has long provided the focus. This veteran event has been staged every January for 63 years. At the same time, the major New York auction rooms build a series of Americana auctions into their January schedules.

Other events such as a dedicated ceramics fair have followed. This is also traditionally the month when the New York rooms put Old Masters under the spotlight while, for the past dozen years, a gallery trail devoted to Master Drawings is an extra draw.

It all provides plenty of excuses to cross the pond, as our preview on the next four pages shows.