The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

Brian and Anna Haughton’s flagship fair, will again bring together the top dealers in the world from October 16th-22nd at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

Since its launch in 1989 the fair has occupied a place among the world’s finest art and antiques fairs, thanks to a stellar exhibitor list featuring many of the most prestigious art and antique dealers in the United States and Europe. The sensational works of art are among the finest and rarest on the market.

Optimism and confidence prevail among the exhibitors who have once again chosen to participate in this celebrated international showcase. Despite global economic concerns, “quality sells,” comments Brian Haughton, who organizes the fair and exhibits as well. “The fair’s enduring strength is validation that the market for quality is strong and resilient. We are delighted that the IFAADS remains in a leadership position as the top international platform in America today.”

Staggering Variety: This glamorous showcase brings together exceptional works of art, among them many that are of museum quality. Furniture, paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, arms, armour, rare books, manuscripts, jewellery, silver, antiquities and ethnographic art, are all among the many different categories included and for sale. The rare and beautiful are commonplace. Prices start from as little as a few hundred dollars but rise into the millions.

Setting the Standard: At its launch The International was the first fair in the United States to introduce vetting; a stringent set of guidelines designed to maintain the highest standards of quality and authenticity in the works of art on view and for sale. The great value of vetting at art and antiques fairs, whereby all items on sale have been examined by specialist committees for quality and authenticity lies in the safeguards and reassurance it offers to buyers. The vetting committees themselves combine both academic and commercial expertise in their impressive membership, which includes distinguished museum personnel as well as other eminent specialists.

Exhibitors at the 2009 fair:
Agnew’s (London); Apter-Fredericks Ltd (London); H. Blairman & Sons Ltd (London); J.H. Bourdon-Smith Ltd (London); Browse & Darby (London); The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York); E. & R. Cyzer (London); Douglas Dawson Gallery (Chicago); Charles Ede Ltd (London); Peter Finer (London); Foster-Gwin, Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Goedhuis Contemporary (New York & London); Dr Jörn Günther – Antiquariat (Hamburg, Germany); Hancocks (London); Harris Lindsay (London); Brian Haughton Gallery (London); Jeffrey B. Henkel – Thurston Nichols (Pennington, NJ); Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd (New York); Hyland Granby Antiques (Hyannis Port, MA); Kentshire (New York); Koopman Rare Art (London); H.M. Luther Inc. (New York); Macconnal-Mason (London); Maison Gerard Ltd (New York); Mallett Inc. (New York & London); Fred Moheban Gallery (New York); Lillian Nassau LLC (New York); Jill Newhouse (New York); Frank Partridge (London); Ronald Phillips Ltd (London); Phoenix Ancient Art (New York); Potterton Books (Thirsk, N. Yorkshire); Raffety & Walwyn Ltd (London); James Robinson, Inc. (New York); Sampson & Horne (London); Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books (London); S.J. Shrubsole (New York); Somlo Antiques (London); Tambaran Gallery (New York); Axel Vervoordt (‘s-Gravenwezel, Belgium); Wartski (London).

New exhibitors in 2009: Ariadne Galleries (New York) with antiquities; Galerie Lefebvre (Paris) with 20th century decorative arts; Galerie Bernard Steinitz (Paris) with 18th century French furniture and decorative arts; Bernd Goeckler Antiques (New York) with Continental Furniture, Lighting, Objects and Fine Art 1920-1970; Jason Jacques Inc. (New York) with Art Nouveau and other ceramic masterpieces; Erik Thomsen LLC Asian Art (New York) specialising in Japanese fine art relating to the tea ceremony, including ceramics, flower vessels, paintings and screens; returning to the fair in 2009, David & Constance Yates (New York) with European sculpture, drawings and medals from late 18th through early 20th centuries.

The Annual Preview Party for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: The fair opens with a glamorous Preview Party for The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on the evening of Thursday, October 15th, which also inaugurates the Fall social season in New York. A glittering charity event, the Preview Party routinely attracts over 1000 guests drawn from among the cream of New York society, and at the same time raises over $1m for the Society and for the volunteer organization, whose mission is to promote the well-being of patients and cancer research.

The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show is held with the cooperation of The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America (NAADAA), the powerhouse trade organization, founded in 1954.

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show
General fair hours: 11am-7.30pm; daily except Sunday and last day, 11am-6pm. General admission: $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door. General fair information: please call (212) 642-8572 in New York or +44 20 7389 6555 in London fax +44 20 7389 6556.

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