Winter Antiques Show
AMERICANA AND MORE
by Brook S. Mason
More than any other fair, the 58th annual Winter Antiques Show
, Jan. 20-29, 2012, is a barometer of taste. With 73 dealers elegantly installed at the Park Avenue Armory
, the show covers all periods, with an especially strong selection of Americana. What’s especially notable this year is the early colonial art and artifacts, with a lock of President George Washington
’s hair, collected shortly after his inauguration on view at the Alexander Gallery
, priced at $40,000. Also available is a pair of his dress-coat buttons for $60,000, along with a copy of the 1797 federal budget, which was, at that time, pegged at just a fraction over $10 million.