Larry Shar Vets the Winter Antiques Show

Each January for the past 10 years, Larry Shar, President of Julius Lowy Frame and Restoring Company, has made his way to the Park Avenue Armory to vet antique frames that will be exhibited during the annual Winter Antiques Show. The process of vetting aims to authenticate works of art and antiques. Every object available for purchase at the Winter Antiques Show has been vetted for authenticity, date and condition.

Every year, the directors of the show invite recognized authorities in various disciplines to vet their areas of expertise and ensure the show-worthiness of the objects. Larry had the distinct honor of being one of the founding members of the frame vetting committee a decade ago.

Larry reacts to a frame on display at the 2013 Winter Antiques Show.
Larry reacts to a frame on display at the 2013 Winter Antiques Show.

As the 59th annual show was getting ready for its gala opening night on Thursday, Jan. 24, Larry could be found ambling the exhibits with two colleagues, reviewing framed artwork.  “As frames can often add significant importance and value to the artwork being exhibited, it is our job to ensure that the frames are accurately represented in terms of their period, condition and significance to the artwork,” said Mr. Shar.

Shar also cited a trend he’s noticed over the last several years: Dealers and exhibitors are paying far more attention to the frames chosen, using more period frames and better quality reproductions. Dealers and exhibitors will often go to the point of identifying the frames that are original to the artwork. This not only enhances the aesthetic presentation but also increases the credibility of the object.

The 2013 show has several noteworthy examples of period original frames on works, including:

  • An original Stanford White grille frame on a work by Thomas Wilmer Dewing at Gerald Peters Gallery
  • A Stanford White designed, Dutch-inspired frame on a John Singer Sargent at Adelson Galleries
  • A 19th century fluted cover frame on a George Inness at Tom Colville Fine Arts
  • An exquisite Frederic Harer frame on a Bucks County landscape at Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Larry Shar considers the impact of a gilded frame on the painting it is surrounding.
Larry Shar considers the impact of a gilded frame on the painting it is surrounding.

The 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show is held at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at East 67th Street.  The show opens to the public Friday January 25 and closes Sunday February 3; open daily 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sundays and Thursdays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m, with a special young collectors’ night Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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