Spectacular Show at the Mart

           Antiques + Art + Design





By Megan McKinney



This stunning 10-light Tiffany lily lamp from Philip Chasen Antiques of East Norwich, NY, is among the superb treasures at this year’s show.


The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show has quickly become the event of the Chicago spring season. When it opens with a Thursday night preview on May 16, 2019, the presentation will be welcomed enthusiastically by the many collectors who were so delighted with the new version of the fair, produced for the past two years by Dolphin Promotions.    

There will again be a four-day opportunity to view—and purchase—fine objects from throughout the nation and the world, including a three-day weekend show, May 17 to 19, and the festive Opening Night Party, Thursday, May 16. The exhibition will once more be presented in gallery settings in the spacious expanse of the Mart’s seventh floor space.

A special attraction this year will be Design Chairs Fernando Wong and Amanda Lindroth. Bahamas-based Amanda is author of the new book Island Hopping, and Fernando is an internationally known landscape designer.


 Interior designer Amanda Lindroth.


Amanda and Fernando will join forces by hosting a lecture and VIP reception in the hour leading up to the Opening Night Party and both will mingle with guests during the three-hour festivities that follow.  


Landscape designer Fernando Wong.


As last year, when it was the season’s most dazzling event of its sort, the Opening Night Party will benefit The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This spring’s three co-chairs will be Stuart Dyer, Alison McNally and Elizabeth Pruett. Charenton Drake is Woman’s Board president.

The high-profile cocktail reception will present serious collectors with the opportunity to shop the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show before its enticing items are offered to the public.

Each of the three outstanding co-chairs of this year’s Opening Night Party has been named a Classic Chicago Woman by this publication and recognized as such with a charming image by prominent Chicago illustrator Rosemary Fanti.


Opening Night co-chairs Elizabeth Pruett . . .

 Alison McNally . . .  


and Stuart Dyer


The show will host more than 80 premier national and international exhibitors presenting superb antique furniture, decorative and fine arts, antique and estate jewelry, folk art, and antiquarian books from the 17th to 20th centuries. Below is a virtual glimpse of representative items from this year’s temptations.


Jayne Thompson Antiques of Harrodsburg, KY, showing  a wire and painted wood birdcage, French c. 1900.


M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans showing a 4.17 carat Colombian emerald ring set in platinum with diamonds totaling 3.27 carats.


Imperial Fine Books and Oriental Arts of New York showing the Plays of William Shakespeare.


Trinity House of London New York and the Cotswolds showing an oil on canvas L’eglise de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie by Henry Martin , France.


Nally Jewels of New York showing a brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Ophir Gallery of Englewood, NJ, showing a rare American Art Nouveau patinated bronze and leaded stained glass Clematis table lamp by Tiffany Studios.


Nicholas Wolfe of Chicago showing a Milo Baughman sofa and ottomans for Thayer Coggin, circa 1965.


Richard Norton Gallery of Chicago showing a framed oil painting by Macrini.


  Lee’s Antiques & Interiors of Winnetka showing a 1970s Karl Springer goatskin lacquered table cantilevered with brass trim.


Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show, Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, with a sparkling Opening Night Party Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.chicagoantiquesartdesign.com/


Illustration Credit:

Rosemary Fanti


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