A view of The Winter Show 2020.

Photo: Zach Hilty

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After three years away from its annual home, The Winter Show is returning to the Park Avenue Armory this month.

The January 20-29 event will be its 69th edition (2021 was held virtually and 2022 was moved to April at the former Barneys New York at 660 Madison Avenue).

Visitors and dealers are heralding its return with 68 exhibitors planned to take part.

UK regulars include book and map dealer Daniel Crouch Rare Books and decorative arts specialist H Blairman & Sons.

Crouch has a special exhibition, Sic Itur Ad Astra, exploring 500 years of celestial cartography from an astronomical calendar made in 1455 through to images of the Hubble telescope taken in 1990. Prices range from $2000-2m.

But not all regulars have been able to make it this year.

Folk art dealer Robert Young decided not to return, but plans to be back in 2024. Last year was hectic for dealers who exhibited at both Masterpiece London and the Winter Show due to the rescheduling of the New York event to April.

After such a busy 2022, Young has chosen to “rationalise our programme of shows and exhibitions” for 2023 (partly due to the fact that going to the Winter Show would have meant shipping its consignment in the first week of October 2022 due to transport logistics).

Double celebration

At least one New York dealership celebrating the return of the fair to its usual date and location is Hyde Park Antiques. It is a double celebration as it will be Hyde Park’s 40th Winter Show.

It will be a busy month for the firm which specialises in English furniture, Chinese export and English porcelain.

Its Ruby anniversary appearance at the fair coincides with a planned auction: it will offer nearly 500 lots at Sotheby’s (a January 31 live sale of around 110 lots followed by an online-only sale on February 1 of about 370 lots). The decision to downsize its large holdings of stock at auction was made after the gallery reduced its space from two floors to one (see ATG No 2567).

The firm, founded in 1965, will bring a range of furniture and works of art including a Chinese export hardwood corner chair and a pair of George III giltwood marble top consoles.

Among the other highlights from US dealers is the Joan B Mirviss exhibition 10 x 10 Past and Present: Japanese Masters of Ceramics. The show features 20th century and modern Japanese ceramics with a price range from under $5000 to more than $100,000 for one piece.

Funding support

As usual the Winter Show will also host an opening night party (January 19) and a Young Collectors Night (January 26) as well as talks and special events. All ticket proceeds directly fund the East Side House Settlement (helping 14,000 residents of the Bronx and northern Manhattan).