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Last week, I had a chance to attend the press preview of the Winter Antiques Show here in New York, which is celebrating its 58th year in 2012. The show runs until this Sunday, January 29, at the Park Avenue Armory. The show is a wonderful event, with all proceeds benefiting the East Side House Settlement. I spoke with Barbara Israel, the owner of Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, and she summed up why the show is so great, saying, "If you're not buying, you're learning."
I've put togther a short slide show of a few of the garden- and nature-related items that caught my eye at the show and some additional information about some of the events and lectures that are being held in conjunction with the show.
Left: Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. Figure of a Young Lady in the Guise of the Winter Season, cloaked and carrying a flame-filled urn. French, c. 1880. Terra-Cotta. 56 ½ in.