On Thursday, Salon Art + Design, the fair produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, returns to New York City for its 10th anniversary edition. Spanning vintage, modern, and contemporary categories, the Salon will gather nearly 50 leading dealers and galleries from around the world in the city’s beloved Park Avenue Armory.
With a few exceptions, the exhibitors largely comprise specialists in the word of fine arts and interior design, but, as in previous years, jewelry and jewelry-adjacent objects are a natural complement to this milieu as well as a magnet for the collector who appreciates aesthetics and craftsmanship on multiple levels.
Upon entering the Armory, there are a handful of special exhibitions that will be of particular interest to jewelry enthusiasts.
In the Library, Brazilian jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich will showcase a new line of marquetry objects for the home—stools, mirrors, tables, trays, vases, and bowls—in an installation that pays tribute to the Amazon rain forest.
The Colonel’s Room is an immersive experience of gems and minerals as imagined by John Greytak of the Montana-based Studio Greytak. An homage to Montana’s natural wonders, which inspire all of Studio Greytak’s sculpture and furnishings, the Universe collection takes center stage. The series explores the mysteries of the natural world—earth, sky, sea, and space—through gems and minerals, from a bowl made of crystalline blue aragonite and calcite to twin wall mirrors made in multi-ringed slices of agate.
In the South Hall, London’s Didier Ltd. will be presenting a selection of jewels created by painters and sculptors whose artworks are collected and prized internationally, although their contributions to jewelry design might be less well known. The majority will concentrate on jewelry by women artists who often started by making pieces for themselves, so that the jewelry they wore became an extension of their artistic persona.
If you go on the last day, Nov. 15, don’t miss a special talk in partnership with NYC Jewelry Week honoring the butterfly-centric work of Wallace Chan. That’s at 12:30 p.m. in the Field and Staff Room, North Hall.
And then see how the rest of your day takes flight!
Top: L’Anémone de Bois brooch in plique-à-jour enamel and gold with aquamarines, René Lalique, 1898; available at Macklowe Gallery and on view at Salon Art + Design through Nov. 15. All photos courtesy of Salon Art + Design.
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