Manhattan’s Winter Antiques Show has been held every year since 1955 and raises funds for East Side House Settlement, a social-services organization. The 2018 show was help last week, and centered on the theme of cross collecting.
Cross collecting is the opposite of how many people purchase antiques. The conventional way to collect antiques is to specialise in one period, such as Victorian or Edwardian. Cross collecting is an eclectic approach to antiques, where collectors mix styles and periods, including mixing modern pieces with older ones.
An example of this is a booth at the exhibition that featured 19th-Century panels with a papier peint look displayed next to iconic 20th-Century furniture designs. In another section, a rare Carlo Bugatti cabinet appears next to minimalist chairs created by fashion designer Rick Owens.
A dealer exhibiting at the show, Paul Donzella, commented:
“The mixing of cultures opens your eyes and your mind.”
The Winter Antiques Show aims to surprise and delight visitors by mixing styles and periods of antiques and modern pieces. Tiffany chain-mail and glass hangings are displayed next to colourful paper work made in 2009 by Lo Ching.
The Show demonstrates that there are no fixed rules to antique collecting. If you want to experiment in cross-collecting, visit a Lancashire antiques shop where you will find Victorian mahogany dining tables, alongside French ormolu cabinets and inlaid Edwardian furniture. Contrasting styles can work together in the right home setting for those who are bold enough.
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