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WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW
Visit our booth at the 7th Regiment Armory, New York City

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JANUARY 21–JANUARY 30, 2005

December 14, 2005, Philadelphia–The Schwarz Gallery announces its participation in the 51st Annual Winter Antiques Show at the Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

The Winter Antiques Show is America's most prestigious venue for fine and decorative arts, with an attendance of more than 25,000 over a ten-day run. Established by East Side House Settlement in 1955, the Winter Antiques Show features an international lineup of exhibitors in specialties ranging from arms and armor to Art Nouveau.

Rubens Peale (Still Life with Apples, Grapes, and Pears)
Our booth features a mix of works by European and American artists; the stars of the show are works by Rubens Peale (1784–1865) and William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881–1941).

Rediscovered after nearly 100 years, Still Life with Apples, Grapes, and Pears, 1857—executed when the artist was seventy-two—is a wonderful example of Rubens Peale's facility as a painter and bears all of the hallmarks of the Peale Family’s most accomplished artists. This work—a copy of a picture by his uncle, James Peale, Sr. (1749–1831)—is inscribed on the back of the canvas: “1857/Copied by Rubens Peale/aged 72/by from [sic] the original by/James Peale”.

This still life was completed during Rubens’ retirement at Woodland Farm, in Schuylkill River County, PA. At the farm, he kept a diary in which he recorded a comprehensive list of his paintings with dates of commencement and completion. For the year 1857, the diary describes in detail several similarly titled still lifes copied from works by James Peale, Sr.

William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Water Lilies)
Water Lilies by the Scottish artist William Bruce Ellis Ranken is an impressive picture which a London critic of the period compared favorably to the water lilies of the world-famous French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). Ranken was a contemporary and friend of John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), through whom he received numerous portrait commissions from prominent sitters in the United States. His English sitters included members of the Royal family. Ranken was a prolific artist, and the income from his portrait commissions and other paintings allowed him to purchase Warbrook House in Hampshire. His heirs distributed about one hundred of his works to British museums in 1946.

The show is open daily 11:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Sundays and Thursday Noon–6 p.m.

For detailed information about the Winter Antiques Show, please visit www.winterantiquesshow.com
 
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