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Our Favorite Finds From The 2015 Winter Antiques Show
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Our Favorite Finds From The 2015 Winter Antiques Show

Picture of Tim Minerd
Updated: 24 April 2017
Each winter, leading curators, collectors, dealers and designers congregate at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory for what is considered the preeminent fair of its kind: The Winter Antiques Show (WAS). In its 61st year, the WAS showcased incredible pieces from 70 exhibitors from around the world. From ancient bronzes to 19th-century Americana, a walk through this fair was lesson in global cultural history, as told by some of the world’s most beautiful objects.
A 'Tour de Force' Noah's Ark | Image Courtesy Of Allan Katz Americana
A ‘Tour de Force’ Noah’s Ark | Image Courtesy Of Allan Katz Americana

A ‘Tour de Force’ Noah’s Ark (c. 1850)

This incredible Noah’s Ark from Germany was, in fact, first designed as a toy. Victorian religious restrictions in some countries mandated that only biblical toys could be played with on the Sabbath, so an enormous Noah’s Ark set was the perfect solution. Featuring 173 pairs of brightly painted animals, birds and insects, the set is one of the largest of its kind.

An Egyptian Bronze Cat | Image Courtesy Of Rupert Wace Ancient Art Ltd.
An Egyptian Bronze Cat | Image Courtesy Of Rupert Wace Ancient Art Ltd.

An Eqyptian Bronze Cat (c. 715 – 332 B.C.)

This regal sculpture was, perhaps, used as a vessel to store a mummified cat. Having been remarkably preserved over the millennia (both physically and stylistically) this feline’s striking silhouette would seem at home in any modern art collection.

A Pair Of Delft Bouquetieres | Image Courtesy Of Aronson Of Amsterdam
A Pair Of Delft Bouquetieres | Image Courtesy Of Aronson Of Amsterdam

King William & Queen Mary Delft Figures, Reunited (c.1690)

Shown together for the first time since they were reunited by Aronson Antiquairs earlier this year, this pair of Delft figurines represents the royal couple King Willem III and Queen Mary II. William and Mary, best known for establishing Protestantism following England’s Glorious Revolution, are depicted in casual dress holding floral bouquets, presumably in honor of their shared love of gardening.

A Patriotic Bird Cage | Image Courtesy Of Allan Katz Americana
A Patriotic Bird Cage | Image Courtesy Of Allan Katz Americana

A Very Patriotic Birdcage (c. 1876)

Modeled after the United States Capitol building, this colorful birdcage was likely crafted in celebration of America’s Centennial in 1876. Still sporting its original red, white and blue paint, the piece is as eccentric as it is patriotic.

The 2015 Winter Antiques Show benefited the East Side Settlement, a non-profit organization founded in 1891 to help immigrants and lower income families on Manhattan’s East Side.