But I was mistaken, as it turns out.
On Wednesday, Boy and his assistant designer, Nancie Peterson, did some shopping for clients on Lexingon Avenue and then combed the aisles of the Winter Antiques Show.
|Image courtesy of the Winter Antiques Show|
As I have written before, the Winter Antiques Show is the Granddaddy of the New York antiques shows. I believe it is the most prestigious and vaunted antiques show in America, in league with the top European fine arts and antiques shows. The Winter Show, as it is known here in New York, is the longest running antiques show in the city, and its opening party is one of the major events of the New York social season.
Boy vowed that our personal shopping during the shows and auctions was complete. However, when trolling one aisle of the Winter Show he spotted this 7½ inch tall Staffordshire eagle, circa 1835, tucked in a corner cupboard at the booth of Jeffrey Tillou Antiques. Boy said, "I think I might need that." He looked at Nancie for her opinion, and she, knowing our house and its collections, nodded, "Yes, I believe you do!"
The figures's feathers are sublime.
And the bits of flora bocage on its perch are quite divine.
Here, the bird is straining to fly from our Manhattan apartment's window and soar to Darlington House, where it will join our collection of English Staffordshire figures and animals.
Since the Winter Show officially closed yesterday evening, and was the last event of Antiques Week to do so, I am now confident to say—with a mixture of pleasure and relief—that we really are now done with the shows this season.
All photographs by Boy Fenwick