October 20, 2007

A Perfect Autumn Weekend

Though the calendar says October, the temperature reads otherwise as we enjoy another very mild fall day here in New York. The leaves have barely begun to change color, but the fall art season is in full swing and here are a few fun activities to get you out and about on these lovely autumn days!

Vintage posters at the stand of
Galerie Documents, Paris

This weekend, Metropolitan Pavilion is hosting The International Vintage Poster Fair. Boasting a selection of over 10,000 original posters on every theme from travel to the Folies Bergères the 25 participating dealers offer poster art for every taste and budget. The choice is staggering and the show is a lot of fun.

Just one block uptown is the West Side Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Sale. Formerly held in the Lexington Avenue Armory, this is the first exhibition in the new location at Metropolitan Pavilion. While not as comprehensive as the New York Antiquarian Book Fair held every April, there is a nice selection from some good dealers and certainly some treasures to be found.

Over to the East Side and the always impressive International Fine Art and Antiques Dealers Show. Once again the Seventh Regiment Armory has been transformed into an elegant salon for fine art and antiques from around the world. Fabergé picture frames, Tiffany lampshades, Ming vases, George III armchairs, Degas pastels...it's all here! Like a mini-Maastricht, the select exhibitors who show at this fair save the best and most beautiful to fill their booths every October in New York. I loved a round side table with the surface entirely decorated with glass beads at Antoine Chenevière, London, a 19th Century model of a cathedral made out of shells at David and Constance Yates, New York, and what home is complete without an 1891 brass and nickel plated signal cannon at Hyland Granby Antiques, Hyannis Port!

There is still time to stroll down Madison Avenue and look in the boutiques, or enjoy an iced tea at an outdoor café, or how about a walk in Central Park to savor these last sweet days before the cold winter wind starts to blow! Life is good - celebrate this fall!

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