The annual International Antiques Fair came yet again to the Merchandise Mart this past weekend, and as usual attracted hundreds of art lovers and professionals from all corners of Chicago. From Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29, 2013 fair attendees had the opportunity to browse thousands of art objects from across the country and some parts of Europe, in one of the Midwest’s largest antique exhibits of the year. VIP ticket holders had the privilege of viewing exhibitors and their treasures on opening nightwhile sipping on cocktails and enjoying hor d’œuvres, at the Opening Night Party sponsored by Modern Luxury’s Interiors Chicago Magazine.
Rows and rows of original Tiffany lamps, Lalique glass figurines and ash trays, large oil paintings, and decadent wood furniture amassed the labyrinth maze of the Mart’s exhibition hallways. Hundreds of art dealers and art patrons filled these hallways, brooding over Art Deco jewelry, vintage Rolex watches, and others goods set up on display. This year the fair celebrated it’s 15th anniversary and featured a number of keynote speakers, such as Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Charlotte Moss of Flair for Living, and others significant art authors and dealers from around the country.
One of my favorite aspects of the fair is that it gives attendees the opportunity to view art objects from around the world that they might never have the opportunity to see elsewhere. For antique specialists and dealers, the fair is a luxurious opportunity to find rare pieces and collectibles in an environment where negotiating an bargaining is allowed. As a dealer, you have four days to find, fall in love, and come back to purchase a piece of art that you may never have the opportunity to buy anywhere else, and for this reason the event draws visitors from all across the country to spend the weekend in Chicago just to attend the exhibit.