Antiques: You Must Remember This

  • Photograph by Jeremy N. Garamond
    A 1930s Aloés lamp by Maison Charles will be on offer from Downtown at the Los Angeles Antiques Show in April. Photograph by Jeremy N. Garamond
<< Back to Robb Report, April 2009
  • Andrew Myers

Can Los Angeles—a youth-obsessed metropolis where erasing the signs of aging is a full-time job for many—love what is old? Judging from the past success of the Los Angeles Antiques Show, an annual Wednesday-through-Sunday event held at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

"Los Angeles is a city of creative people in creative professions, and they are uniquely open to change," says Laurent Rebuffel, who owns San Francisco’s Habité Antiques and has exhibited at the show for the last seven years. (He also sits on the fair’s board.) In that time, Rebuffel became so impressed with Los Angeles’ aesthetic eclecticism that he opened a store in the city last year.

The show, now in its 14th year, attracts design-loving celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, and Diane Keaton (who last year sat on the show’s honorary committee), as well as international exhibitors, collectors, and artists. Show committee member Robert Willson of the Downtown galleries (in New York and Los Angeles), which specialize in 20th-century decorative arts, chooses the venue to showcase their latest and greatest discoveries in an entirely new visual and cultural context. Last year, for example, Willson and his business partner David Serrano—who are known for their amalgams of colors, styles, periods, and objects—created a red-lacquer box stand that contained mid-century Mexican furniture and vintage pieces by Arturo Pani and brothers Robert and Mito Block. The furnishings were arranged against a fire-engine-red background punctuated by a huge black-and-white close-up of María Félix, the Balenciaga-and-Cartier-clad grande dame of Mexican cinema and a muse to artists Diego Rivera and Jean Cocteau. This year, Downtown will focus on Italian design from the 1950s to the 1980s—with works by Ico Parisi, Paolo Buffa, and Giò Ponti—and show off its 1930s Aloés lamp by French boutique design house Maison Charles, a treasure Willson says comes from an estate in Nice.

Roughly 65 galleries from the United States, England, France, and Italy will exhibit at this year’s show, which will take place April 22 to 26. Among the participating galleries are antiques dealers French Country Living (Mougins, France) and Kentshire (New York), photo dealer Peter Fetterman (Santa Monica), and fossil dealer Eostone (Miami); the last two are newcomers to the event.

Dan Stein, of San Francisco’s Daniel Stein Antiques, says that he plans to display at this year’s fair a late-19th-century carousel pig and a circa-1725 George I walnut bookcase with its original label from cabinetmaker Daniel Wild (one of only three documented extant pieces from the craftsman). Stein, who is president of the Antiques Dealers Association of California and one of the Los Angeles Antiques Show’s founding participants, notes that the annual event not only provides Los Angeles with a comprehensive, carefully vetted fair for fine and decorative arts, but also supports P.S. Arts, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to restoring arts education in public schools. Says Stein, "It was time for Los Angeles to have this."

 

Los Angeles Antiques Show, www.psartsantiques.com

From Around the Web...
Stanley Bard part-owner and manager of Manhattan’s legendary Chelsea Hotel
The art collection of legendary Chelsea Hotel manager Stanley Bard will hit the auction block…
Rothko’s No. 1, painted in 1949 as the first in a series of 12
No. 1 and Transom will hit the block as two of 50-plus lots at a Christie’s London sale in New York…
Heartfelt correspondence and stunning jewels are among many remarkable items set to cross the block...
The Beatles, Bob Marley, and Barbra Streisand all hit the auction block in this landmark sale…
A rendering of the new Christie's center in Beverly Hills.
Set to debut in April, the 5,400-square-foot center will feature two floors for sales and events…
More than 100 of Britto’s original works will be on exhibit and for sale…
Phillips auction house’s Robert Manley shares the secrets to building a successful art collection…
The ultra-exclusive writing instrument collection abounds with diamonds and gems that twinkle like...
AP/REX/Shutterstock
The lineup of heavy hitters include articles once owned by Evel Knievel, Babe Ruth, and Jim Brown…
UI/REX/Shutterstock
Although left on the block, the psychoanalyst’s signed oath and letter can still be bought online…