Collectors and those who look forward each year to the grand January conclave of connoisseurs now known as The Winter Show (sans the word antiques) anticipate the publication of the list of dealers new to the show in the same way sports fans follow the NFL Draft. New players in 2020 are Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh, Koopman Rare Art, Carswell Rush Berlin, and Martyn Gregory. Taylor Thistlethwaite had yet to sign a contract by press time. The show will be held January 24-February 2, with the opening preview on January 23.
Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, New York City, a private dealer in contemporary and modern art, in its 20th year in business, has a unique focus on collage, spanning most major art movements since the postwar period. The gallery also represents a diverse group of contemporary artists.
Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh have been dealing in tribal art in Brussels for 15 years. They are passionate about form and design, finding it in works from Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and North America.
Koopman Rare Art, London, is well known to those who frequent international shows in New York City. Lewis Smith and Timo Koopman are among the world’s leading dealers in silver, gold boxes, and objects of vertu. Since 1952 the company has traded at the entrance to the Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane in London and has supplied collectors and museum worldwide.
Carswell Rush Berlin of New York City and Martyn Gregory of London are also well known to those who frequent antiques shows at the Park Avenue Armory. After a short hiatus, both will be back at The Winter Show.
“I’ve been operating on the Internet for the last few years, and I realize out of sight, out of mind,” said Carlie Berlin. “There must be some new retail customers out there for fine Classical furniture.”
Berlin said his good friend and London dealer Martyn Gregory is the leading authority on China trade paintings from 1700 to 1950 and also deals in British paintings and watercolors from the 18th and19th centuries.
“Last winter when Martyn was showing at the drawing show [Masters Drawing New York], he took space at the Academy Mansion on 63rd Street. He asked me to put some of my furniture in the gallery. It looked fantastic with the paintings, so we decided to show together at The Winter Show.”
Taylor Thistlethwaite is from Kentucky, and his shop is in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been a dealer since 2013 but has been collecting since he was 11. Now he is 33. He served an apprenticeship with Alexandria dealer Sumpter Priddy. He’s been exhibiting at shows in Delaware, Nashville, and Philadelphia for the last few years.
“The Winter Show is the biggest stage in America, where you must be willing to bring your best to compete with the best of the rest.” He said he thinks 18th- and 19th-century American furniture can work with 20th-century design. His mission is to get more young people as passionate about collecting America’s past as he is. His enthusiasm is contagious.
Missing from this year’s show will be American art dealers Michael Altman and Galerie St. Etienne, Americana dealers Barbara Pollack, Stephen Score, and Olde Hope, and English furniture dealers Diana and Mark Jacoby of Philip Colleck.
The very same day The Winter Show’s roster was released, TEFAF announced its dealer list for the November 1-5 show at the Park Avenue Armory. Eleven dealers will do both TEFAF and The Winter Show, which is no easy feat and requires a significant inventory. That list includes Elle Shushan, Erik Thomsen, Hirschl & Adler, Lillian Nassau, Michael Goedhuis, Peter Finer, Robert Simon, S.J. Shrubsole, Ronald Phillips, Tambaran, and Thomas Colville.
TEFAF also announced booth collaborations. International specialist dealers in historical and history-in-the-making works, across collecting categories, media, and two millennia, will share space. These include Colnaghi (old master paintings) and Ben Brown (contemporary art); Anne-Sophie Duval (modern design) and Almine Rech (modern and contemporary art); Rob Smeets (old master paintings) and Van de Weghe (modern and contemporary art); Cahn (antiquities) and Mayoral Gallery (European paintings, drawings, and sculpture); and Charles Ede (antiquities and ancient art) and Sean Kelly (contemporary art).
“The market has changed so much in the last ten years, it is hard to know whether anything made before the twentieth century is relevant,” wondered Carlie Berlin. “There is plenty of money around; we just have to convince people how enjoyable it is to buy great things of any period. They can’t fall in love with it unless they see it, and what better place to see it than at a first-rate show.”
“The Winter Show will be visually striking. Our exhibitors are investing a tremendous amount of time creating displays that showcase exceptional work,” said Helen Allen, who clearly is enjoying her second year as executive director of the show. “The Winter Show has a history of being a buying fair. We have a loyal base, and people come every year and make discoveries they cannot leave behind.”
Originally published in the September 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest