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Antiques Aplenty

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Courtesy of Macklowe Gallery

The annual Winter Antiques Show takes over the Park Avenue Armory in New York for the 59th year, continuing its tradition of bringing stellar collectables to a well-educated audience. Beginning January 25, the show highlights 73 exhibitors offering pieces spanning the gap between antiquities and the 1960s.

One of those exhibitors is Macklowe Gallery, which has been wooing show-goers and collectors for 15 years with its first and abiding love: decorative arts from the turn of the century, or Art Nouveau. All too often with decorative arts what you see is what you get, but the Art Nouveau style adds a special subtext to the work—particularly in Night Moths, an 18-karat-gold and diamond brooch by French jeweler René Lalique.

“The night moth is a sign of transience,” Benjamin Macklowe explains. “It’s the idea of the mystery of the night and the unconscious. It’s the polar opposite of a diamond ring.”

In addition to antiques, the show—which is a fundraiser for East Side House Settlement, one of the oldest social service organizations in New York—will also feature a lecture series in the armory’s Tiffany Room. January 25 through February 3; 643 Park Ave.; 718-292-7392; winterantiquesshow.com.

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