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I visited the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York recently and was happy to see this exhibit from Cove Landing.

Proprietor Angus Wilkie had, until recently, a stunning gallery space on Lexington Ave., where the windows surely bore my nose prints due to over-zealous window shopping during my past NYC visits. I was so pleased at the opportunity to get up close and personal with the extraordinary collection he brought to the show.

We also had time for a lovely chat, which was the icing on the cake for me. In addition to his incredible skill at curating antiques, Angus has been on the masthead at Elle Decor, written for Architectural Digest and wrote the book, literally, on Biedermeier. When the worlds of journalism, history and great design converge, my interest is piqued. Who wouldn't be pleased to meet the owner of this lovely home northeast of Manhattan?

I'm crazy for the decaying walls and exquisite furniture and accessories first spied in the April 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living. He tipped me off that his NYC penthouse is coming up in an issue of Architectural Digest soon.

But back to the antiques show. The Cove Landing booth consisted of two walls of handsome shelving and a centre arrangement of smaller scale furniture pieces. Stepping in was like entering a cabinet of curiosities.

I loved how the backs of the cabinets were lined in marbleized paper. The splatter pattern calls to mind a technique used to make early pottery, which seemed apropos. In this vignette I covet the box on the left in the middle shelf. Here's the description: "An early 19th century English brass mounted ebony and whalebone inlaid mahogany tea caddy with recessed handle and edge binding. SOLD." (But not to me.)

I also loved this shelf filled with interesting and important wood bits and bobs. Feast your eyes. Notice the stepped plinth used for display — I respect a clever styling trick.

And lastly this creepy gem — a sculpted bronze (I think) snake nestled and pinned into a marble base. It's just the thing to put on a coffee table on top of a few books, don't you think?

My other favourite exhibitor at the show was Liz O'Brien. Check back next time for a tour of some favourites from her booth.

For more vintage finds, check out this video tour of The Arthur in Toronto.

Photo credits:
1, 4-7. Margot Austin
2-3. April 2008 issue, Martha Stewart Living, photography by Douglas Friedman

Author: 

Margot Austin

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