“FAB FIVE FAVS!” #20 celebrates Avenue Shows Antiques, Art & Design


September 22 – September 25, 2011

Antiques, Art & Design

at the Armory


Every year the Armory presents the Antiques, Art & Design Show, and for the past three years I have had the privilege of accompanying my dear friend and client, Charlene Keogh, to the Private VIP Opening Night Preview Cocktail Party. Just walking through the entrance to the The Park Avenue Armory’s Drill Hall and looking up to see the entire room full of extraordinary antiques, art and jewelry is in itself remarkable.


We always have a blast reconnecting with friends in the business while making new connections for our clients. But, there was something very rewarding about this years experience with Charlene that inspired me to share with you. This year, we viewed items dating back from the 17th century right up through the early and mid 20th century – hence the addition of “Design” to the show title. After years of attending this event, we were able to discover some amazing new additions without much in the way of distractions. So I’m making AAD Show the highlight of “Fab Five Favs!” #20.

Continental Silver Urns - Item No. 29-8316

M.S. RAU ANTIQUES (booth #53)


I’m starting off with the biggest WOW of the evening, a magnificent pair of large Continental silver urns standing nearly four feet tall. Charlene Keogh took a quick picture of one of these silver urns to show the stunning Neoclassical form with repoussé and chased Bacchanalia scenes that surround each urn.

Their size, quality and condition indicate the pair was made by a skilled silversmith

Marked, circa 1890

46″ high

M.S. Rau Antiques features New Orleans antiques, fine art and a jewelry gallery featuring 18th and 19th century French and English silver, furniture and fine art.



SABBADINI (booth #1)



Breathtakingly Beautiful are the two words that fell out of my mouth after viewing what I can’t even call Jewelry. Sabbadini specializes in colored gemstone and diamond “High Fashion” jewelry; platinum and 18K gold “Boutique” jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones. It’s beyond Jewelry or as they say in Milano, Gioelliere! To me each piece is a work of sculpture. I’m always on board when a company wants to support a worthy cause!

2010 The “Pink Bee” is a necklace and bracelet in pink gold and pink enamel tied to a pink cotton lace. It sold for $1250 each and $300 of each sale was donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

2009 The “Pink Bee” is an exquisite brooch in white gold, micropave diamonds, pink shell wings and invisibly set pink sapphires. It sold for $14,200 and $3,000 of each sale was donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

For more information about BCRF, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org

SABBADINI 589 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10017






We were on visual overload when arriving at this booth filled with Fine 18th, 19th, and 20th century antiques with an emphasis on Italian design of the 18th and 20th centuries. It was a real challenge to select one item out this refined edit of their collection. So I focused on this seating and coffee table arrangement.

Melchiorre Bega Mahogany Dining Chairs, Italy 1950s

Melchiorre Bega Mahogany Dining Chairs, Italy



the mahogany frame with upholstered seat and back from the Hotel Bristol, Merano

A Unique Harvey Probar Terrazzo and Teak Low Table USA 1950s

A Unique Harvey Probar Terrazzo and Teak Low Table


1950 s

prototype, the terrazzo top pierced by a monolythic leg and a rectangular base


Pino Signoretto, Mark Helliar 20th Century Design



Every year Mark Helliar’s 20th century Murano Glass brings me back to the time when I lived in Florence and would visit Venice just to take a boat over to the island of Murano. Here I would be mesmerized by the glass blowers performing their craft. It was just outstanding what they would do with glass!

Pino Signoretto was born in 1944 in a small town near Venice. In 1954 he began to work in a chandelier factory. In 1959 he apprenticed from the great master ALFREDO BARBINI and others such as LIVIO SEGUSO, ERMANNO NASON and ANGELO SEGUSO. In 1960 he became a glass master. He acquired a complete understanding and full technical knowledge of glasswork techniques. In 1978 he opened his own studio in Murano. He cooperated with artists and architects amongst which were DALÌ, VEDOVA, LICATA, KRUFT, DAL PEZZO, VITALI, POMODORO, WILLSON.

Upon invitation he went to Aumori in Japan in 1985, taking the first of a long series of trips in Japan. On his second visit he made a demonstration in the presence of the Imperial Family. He permanently displays sculptures at the Museum of Venetian Art, Otaru – Japan. He has produced some sculptures for DALE CHIHULY Seattle – U.S.A. and taught in many schools of glass and universities in the U.s.a (Pilchuck School of Glass Seattle, Toyama School of Glass, Tulane University just to name a few). In 1990 he created the glass trophies for the European Basketball Championships – Paris, France and for the N.B.A. – U.S.A.

Pino Signoretto has developed over the decades a universally recognized mastery in sculpting glass while hot. His ability and his creativity are evident even beyond the finished work. If one has the good fortune to witness one of his “performances”, one may fully understand his absolute mastery over the material, which is such that one imagines there are no limits to his creation.




Known for their exquisite museum-quality 20th century decorative arts and estate jewelry, Macklowe Gallery reminded me why I recently edited all button cuff dress shirts from my wardrobe. Like bow-ties, cufflinks are back and can be worn with everything from denim to tux. Cufflinks also offer a non-jewelry lover an opportunity to spruce up an otherwise lack luster ensemble. I love the fact that refined elegance for men is making its way back into our otherwise urban consciousness.

14 karat Gold, Diamond, Silver and Blue Chalcedony Cufflinks

Barbara Goodwin looks forward to seeing us return back to the Park Avenue Armory on September 21-24, 2012. Until then, please check http://www.avenueshows.com regularly and sign-up there for updates on our other upcoming shows and events.



Mission Statement: "ELEMENTS of FIERCE!" is a celebration of artistic expression! The founder, Blane Charles, explores not what people wear, but who is wearing it? He feels that we all have a special style waiting to be shared with the world. Blane also wants to celebrate freedom of expression, uniqueness, individuality, and authenticity! Stay tuned to my "FAB FIVE FAVS!" where I feature five works of inspiration and beauty from my day to day travels.
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