Los Angeles Antiques Show

29Apr09

Previously published on ForYourArt

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By Emily Waldorf

A Benefit for P.S. Arts

Organized by the Antiques Dealers Association of California (ADAC), the Los Angeles Antiques Show opened on Wednesday, April 22 for a star-studded collector’s preview and party benefiting P.S. Arts. The event was held at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger and was attended by a mix of art and antique world patrons and young Hollywood, making for a vibrant high-energy evening dedicated to an ever more urgent arts-related cause – P.S. Arts works to restore arts education programs at disadvantaged public schools in Southern and Central California. 

The show was open to the public Thursday through Sunday, with a stimulating schedule of lectures from decorative arts historian Emily Evans Eerdmans to Santa Monica photography gallerist Peter Fetterman. The dealers’ booths ranged from formal 18th and 19th century English and Continental furniture to 20th century design, Russian icons, rare maps, Americana and jewelry.

Highlights of the evening included a chat with Thomas Hayes of West Hollywood’s Noho Modern about his fabulous Brazilian furniture, including a spectacular Sergio Rodrigues Question Mark chair and trying on a 19th century Persian turquoise and diamond necklace and matching earrings at Edith Weber’s Fine Antique Jewelry booth (they are based out of the Carlyle in New York).

Laurent Rebuffel of Habité told me about his newly opened showroom on La Brea as I admired a pair of stunning 19th century Restoration walnut fauteuils upholstered with a graphic black white Grecian inspired fabric. Alain LeBreton of San Francisco’s LeBreton, also had a wonderful collection of rare objets d’art at his booth, sourced mostly from the South of France. 

Previewing this year’s show was a delight since the quality of the pieces was very high and there was a warmth in the air that belied the traditionally stuffy reputation of antiques shows. Sightings included Hilary Swank, Nicki and Kathy Hilton, Zach Braff, Albert Brooks, Jane Seymour, Garcelle Beauvois-Nilon and Joel Silver.

Photographs courtesy of Hayley Miner

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