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)