Show Presents Art and Antiques from Yesteryear and Today

  • Photo by ©Tim Platt Photography
    Todd Merrill & Associates The Yard Sale Project table Photo by ©Tim Platt Photography
  • Unusual Pair of George II c1770 Cream Painted Armchairs in manner of Thomas Chippendale Chinoiserie fretted backs at Ronald Phillips
  • One of a pair of c1770 George II Cream Painted Armchairs with Chinoiserie Fretted Backs in manner of Thomas Chippendale at Ronald Phillips
  • One of a pair of c1770 George II Cream Painted Armchairs with Chinoiserie Fretted Backs in manner of Thomas Chippendale (detail) at Ronald Phillips
  • Photo by ©Tim Platt Photography
  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show offers treasures from centuries past, such as a pair of George III painted beechwood armchairs made circa 1770 and priced at £135,000 (about $213,000), which Ronald Phillips of London will bring. But it also features exquisite objects finished earlier this year.

The show, which takes place from October 19 to 25 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, will contain the George III chairs, both unusually faithful renderings of a design in one of Thomas Chippendale’s style books. The show also will have a striking table, courtesy of exhibitor Todd Merrill & Associates, which was impossible to make 20 years ago, never mind three centuries ago.

Created by Britons Ian Spencer and Cairn Young, who join forces under the title “The Yard Sale Project,” the unique 3-foot-tall table ($60,000) defies nature to combine cherry, beech, mahogany, ebony, sycamore, cocobolo, yew, and 19 other hardwoods in a solid, cohesive whole. The two men hit upon a technological method of uniting the different woods in a way that prevents the table from falling apart, as it otherwise would. “When you see the piece in person, it’s like a textile,” says gallery owner Merrill. “It has a pattern to it, like a rough weave. It’s a unique, genius effort.” (www.haughton.com)

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