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High Chest, Philadelphia, ca. 1765–1780. Mahogany. H. 90 1/4", W. 45 5/8", D. 25 1/2". Courtesy of Winterthur Museum. 58.0592. The Van Pelt high chest is a highlight of the Winter Antiques Show’s loan exhibition Shells, Scrolls & Cabrioles: American Furniture from Winterthur.
Take to the streets of Manhattan this January 16–27 when the city comes alive with the events of Americana Week (but don’t let the name fool you, the sum of these venues delivers international antique treasures—from French art deco to Pennsylvania-German folk art). Here’s a summary of events:

Winter Antiques Show: January 20–27, preview party January 19, The Hilton New York. A benefit for East Side House Settlement.

The American Antiques Show: January 17–20, preview party January 16, Metropolitan Pavilion. A benefit for The American Folk Art Museum.

A pair of Brislington delft shoes, initialed AB and dated 1695. Courtesy of Alistair Sampson Antiques. Exhibiting at the Ceramics Fair.

The New York Ceramics Fair: January 17–20, preview party January 16, National Academy of Design.

Antiques Manhattan: January 17 & 18, the Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street. Walking distance to The American Antiques Show. Information, see page 264.

George Washington, artist unidentified, probably Penn-sylvania, mid-19th-century. H. 24 1/2", W. 8", D. 3 1/8". Collection of the American Folk Art Museum, New York; promised gift of Ralph Esmerian; P1.2001.341. Photo ©2000 John Bigelow Taylor, New York.

The Other Armory Show: January 18–20, 69th Regiment Armory at Gramercy Park, 26th Street and Lexington. For information, call 212.255.0020 or visit www.stellashows.com. Free shuttle to and from the Winter Antiques Show.

The Outsider Art Fair: January 25–27, preview party January 24, Puck Building, corner of Houston and Lafayette streets. Preview benefits The American Folk Art Museum.

Where to eat? Since it’s Americana Week, why not immerse yourself? On the Upper East Side, feast on high-style American fare in a decorative setting of weathervanes and folk art at the Park Avenue Cafe, 63rd and Park Avenue. Tel. 212.644.1900.

Museum itinerary:
The American Folk Art Museum inaugurated their spectacular 30,000-square-foot building at 45 West 53rd Street (near MoMA) in December. On view are recent gifts including 400 significant promised works from the personal collection of Ralph Esmerian, the museum’s visionary chairman of the board. “Folk art allows us to gain a deeper understanding of American civilization and heritage,” says Esmerian. Seminal works of American folk art on display include the George Washington carved figure, shown here. For information, call 212.977.7170.

At the MET, view “ambitious” nudes and picturesque English scenes in two photography exhibitions: Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn’s Nudes and Benjamin Brecknell Turner: Rural England through a Victorian Lens, respectively. Both from January 15 to April 21, 2002. For information, call 212.535.7710 or visit www.metmuseum.org.

Paul Ching-Bor, Echo in Steel III, 2001. (59th Street Bridge). Watercolor on Arches paper, 60 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Spanierman Gallery.

Gallery openings: “Only known example,” “first public offering,” “original finish,” “important discovery”: these expressions will draw collectors to Anthony Werneke’s first-ever gallery exhibition in twenty-four years of business. His latest, greatest finds in seventeenth- to eighteenth-century American furniture will be showcased in room vignettes accented by period decorative accessories, English drinking glasses, delftware, and American paintings. The event benefits the Robin Hood Foundation and is hosted at Adam Williams Gallery, 50 East 78th Street (between Fifth and Park), January 17–26. Preview party is an Open House on January 16, 5:00–9:00 pm, featuring a tasting of ancient madeiras from the Rare Wine Company, hosted by Mannie Burk. For information, visit www.anthonywerneke.com.

English Commonwealth Stumpwork Casket, ca. 1660–1665. Courtesy of Anthony S. Werneke.

Spanierman Gallery, LLC, presents the dynamic works of a Chinese-born water-colorist in Paul Ching-Bor: Echoes in Steel, New York Bridgescapes and City-scapes. On view January 10 to February 2, 2002, at 45 East 58th Street. For information, call 212.832.0208 or visit www.spanierman.com.

American Works on Paper, offered by The Cooley Gallery in conjunction with Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, will be on view at 903 Park Avenue (at 79th), Suite 3A/B, through January 31, 2002. For information, visit www.cooleygallery.com.

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