Spending US$750,000 at the Winter Antiques Fair in New York City

Last weekend I went to the Winter Antiques Fair in New York (running through 3 February 2013) armed with an imaginary US$750,000.  We all know that spending money is easier than making it.  But a good art advisor helps you spend it wisely and there lies the difference between buying recklessly willy-nilly and buying with thought and understanding.  It’s not only about purchasing beauty, but also about getting the best at the best possible price.

So, armed with this budget, these are the rare, wonderfully unique and beautiful pieces that I would buy and select for a client with my shared modern aesthetic:

(image above) An exquisitely rare and wonderfully graceful talossel mini mirror by Line Vautrin (1913-1997).  To die for!
A wonderful Anglo-Indian carved table with spiraling inlays in different woods, bone and ivory and distinctive peacock feet circa 1830.  Delightful.
An important coffee table (bench) by French ceramicist Georges Jouve (1910 – 1964) circa 1955.  Black glazed ceramic tiles and painted metal base. Playful elegance.
A splendidly conserved conceptual model by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) of his General Motors Tech Center Screen of 1953. Brass and nickel melt-coated steel. Remarkably sublime.

A colorful and deliciously luminescent mazza filligrana vase designed by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) for Venini in 1934. Awesome.
A pair of beautifully modern 2-arm sconces in wrought iron by Marcel Bergue (1888-?) circa 1925. Infinitely stylish.
image credits: all Richard Rabel for TheModernSybarite except for the Anglo-Indian table (Kentshire Antiques) and the Line Vautrin mirror (Maison Gerard).  The WinterAntique Show runs through 3 February 2013.
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PS: Thank you for stopping by and reading my feature today.  I love what I do as an interior designer and art advisor, and it’s my hope that through these blog posts I’m enriching and heightening your aesthetic sensibility towards art, design and fabulous interiors in some way ~ Richard Rabel (a.k.a. the modern sybarite)