Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Antiques and Art @ The Armory

A friend invited me to the Antiques & Art at The Armory show sponsored by AVENUE magazine last weekend. It was definitely an eye opener for me. Among the antiques on display was a velvet lined wooden chest filled with gold and silver flatware from the Romanov era, priced at an affordable US$450,000. :-)

So do you have a formal set of china and flatware?

19 comments:

Ken Mac said...

wow, what else did you see in there? I have always wanted to see the inside of the armory. Cool interior?

Ming the Merciless said...

The Armory looks like an aircraft hangar on the inside. There were temporary walls and lighting installed to create booths for the exhibition.

teahouse said...

Absolutely not! We thought about registering for formal flatware/china, but ultimately decided we'd never use it. So we asked for more fun stuff..like a KitchenAid Mixer and plants for our aquarium :o)

Thinking Fool said...

I do not have a formal set of china and flatware, and I do not want one! At least, I have no desire to have china.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love the outside of this building. This is a nice wintry shot Ming!
I have silver, but I don't consider it formal.

Ellen Kimball said...

Just found your NEXT BLOG and have added your link to my blog. These are many places I have walked and visited. However, Bryant Park didn't have an ice skating rink! Neato!

I move from Florida to NYC in 1962lived at East 28th Street and 3rd Avenue in "The Chesapeake" until 1969. I married TWO New Yorkers, but that's a longer story. My current husband's mother was born in Brooklyn, NY. Our ties to the East Coast are permanent -- although we now live on the Left Coast (Portland, Oregon).

Thanks for your work and I'll be linking to your page and all of the others you have up, too!

Cordially,

Ellen Kimball
(Married to a Digital Geezer -- he works on his photography about ten hours a day.)

Belinda said...

Only US$450,000 - I'll get you 2 sets for Christmas shall I Ming? Hahahaha.

No formal china and flatware for me. I did add some to my bridal registry, but the guests obviously knew me too well, and steered clear of that gift idea - Chinese take-out served on fine china? Hmmm...don't think Misters Doulton or Wedgewood had that in mind! ;o)

Peter said...

To answer your question: Not yet, but still hoping! :-))

Abraham Lincoln said...

The name is exciting and the exhibit was ? An "eye-opener?" You need to start watching Antiques Road Show.

babooshka said...

I have no desire to own formal china, but I would however liked to have had a nosey round in this place. Must have been fascinating. Antiques Roadshow,Abe - not our British Programmme surely.

valeria said...

I most certainly do! My mother in law gave us a loooovely coffee set and dinner plates both from the end of XVIII century. They belonged to her granny.

Sara said...

I do own a formal set of china - it was the thing to do when I was a young woman - I do not have formal flatware.

We would use the formal china for Thanksgiving and Christmas - since it cannot go in a dishwasher.

Since I don't have a dishwasher - I am thinking I am going to start using it for myself at least once or twice a week!

Sharon said...

Yes, I do but I must admit it belonged to my grandmother. If I had $450,000 to spend, I'm sure I'd find a better use for it.

Terry B said...

We have what I think of as fun formal china. It's actually glass, not china—vintage art deco dinnerware called Manhattan, from the late 1930s to early 1940s. The clear glass plates have concentric ridges on the underside; on a black tablecloth, they are stunning. We've collected plates and serving pieces over the years.

Shammickite said...

You get to see the most interesting displays and exhibitions Ming!
I have no formal china or flatware, I just use the everyday stuff every day! I have a few old pieces in the drawer in the dining room but they never get used.

Bob Crowe said...

I've never been to one of the Armory shows and I'd just love to. Although I'm often visiting family around Christmas I'm never in NY this early in December.

BTW, which armory is this? A little Manhattan factoid is that there are old armories and cavalry posts around here and there. My father's vision was much too poor for regular military duty during WW II but the reserves stationed him at Cavalry Squadron A on upper Lexington Avenue.

Gecko said...

Woah, I do NOT wanna know what that works out to in AU dollars!!
Just catching up on your photos, probably won't be able to comment on them all but so far I've looked 5 back and they're fantastic, as always. =)

L.Shaw said...

So what DID you buy?

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