On the occasion of the 69th Winter Antiques Show, which will be held at the historic Park Avenue Armory from 20 to 29 January, Steinitz will present furniture and objects of exceptional aesthetics, provenance, and rarity. The Winter Show, America's premier art, antiques and design fair, was founded in the mid-1950s and features a wide range of fine and decorative arts professionals. An array of works - paintings, works on paper, fine furniture, design, jewellery, ceramics and contemporary glass - spanning almost 5,000 years will be presented by over sixty-five internationally renowned dealers. Renowned for its rigorous selection by a committee of 120 experts, the event invites exhibitors to propose works that meet the highest standards of authenticity and quality.
For its return to the Winter Show, the Steinitz Gallery will present some of its most emblematic pieces. On its stand, enthusiasts will discover a series of imperial portraits of Tokugawa, the last shogun of Japan. This exceptional series of six portraits painted on silk was executed in Japan at the beginning of the Meiji era. Yoshinobu Tokugawa was the last princely figure to hold this supreme office, before its abolition was decided by the Emperor during the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
Also on display is a Japanese-style coffee table designed in Paris around 1870/1880 by Édouard Lièvre (1828-1886), one of the most prolific and talented designers of his time. This creation, designed to display precious objects, is a very characteristic example of Édouard Lièvre's Japanese furniture. The simple-looking tray consists of an oblong marble top, set in a rosewood frame, with poly-lobed corners. The belt is decorated in the centre with a longevity figure (shou character in Chinese). The invention of design and the quality of execution of this table make it one of Edouard Lièvre's most emblematic models, but also one of the best documented. An identical table is preserved in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
The Steinitz Gallery will also present an exceptional Japanese lacquer chest from the early Edo period (ca. 1650-1690) with silver mounts, the provenance of which is very prestigious as it comes from the collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth House, inventoried before 1764. The case features decoration that reflects the style used in Edo (Kyoto), where the Tokugawa shoguns had established the centre of government. Among the highlights presented by the gallery will be a pair of blue and white Chinese porcelain covered vases (late Ming/early Kangxi period) from a private collection.
Image Set of Six Panels depicting The Imperial Royal Family, Japan, Meiji period, 2nd half of the 19th century, ca 1870. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GALERIE STEINITZ
The Winter Show
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
January 20 - 29, 2023
6, rue Royale
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