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 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.
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 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.
By Tim Minred