It’s high season for antiques in South Florida. In the next month alone, there will be four major art and antiques shows in Palm Beach County, two of them noteworthy for the caliber of their wares. In addition to those, there also is a specialty glass and dinnerware show in Pompano Beach, and an estate sale that’s guaranteed to be loads of fun. And, if that’s not enough, you even can party among the finery in West Palm Beach.
— Scott Simmons
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival
Shop for antique glassware, furniture, silver and glassware, as well as newer collectibles. This show, the largest of the season, with more than 1,000 dealers, typically takes up several buildings at the fairgrounds, so allow plenty of time to walk and shop.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 6; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for 16 and under. $1 discount coupon available on the Web site: www.wpbaf.com.
Phone: (941) 697-7475.
American International Fine Art Fair
See Old Master paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other fabulous things at this show, which is vetted by leading museum curators and experts. Designer Nancy Corzine, known for her contemporary luxe designs, is among the lecturers (3 p.m. Feb. 7). There also will be lectures on Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry (3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 8) and on the legal issues of art appraisals (noon Feb. 7), among others.
Noon-7 p.m. through Feb. 8 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. (across from CityPlace), West Palm Beach.
Tickets: One-day pass, $25; one-day pass with catalog, $45; multiday pass, $35; multiday pass with catalog, $55; student, $10.
On the Web: www.aifaf.com
Phone: (239) 949-5411.
Delray Beach Antiques Show
This show is small in size but traditionally is big in style and substance. The 30 dealers will offer period furniture, paintings, prints, glass, ceramics, textiles, rugs, silver, clocks, jewelry, maritime antiques and folk art from five centuries. Dealers specializing in such items as Staffordshire pottery and antique brasses will exhibit at the show. Each item is backed by a guarantee of authenticity, according to the show’s presenter, Armacost Antiques Shows.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 7, Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW First Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets: $10 ($8 online).
On the Web: www. ArmacostAntiquesShows.com
Phone: (202) 441-7407.
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
This is where royalty would shop; even one of the lecturers is a British lord. Two hundred dealers from around the globe — the United States, England, Canada, France and Turkey — will bring some of the finest in jewelry, furniture and Old Master paintings.
And about those lectures — the first is 1 p.m. Feb. 13, and features that aforementioned noble, the Right Honourable Lord Raynham, Patron, American Friends of British Art, who will lecture on “The Townshends: An English Noble Family and Their Art.” Other lectures include talks by Gloria Lieberman of Skinner Inc., who will lecture on jewelry (3 p.m. Feb. 13), and the Flagler Museum’s own John Blades (1 p.m. Feb. 16), who will expound on “Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition.”
Visit the show’s Web site for a complete schedule.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 13-15; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 16, Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. (across from CityPlace), West Palm Beach.
Tickets: $15 daily; $25 for a four-day pass.
On the Web: www.palmbeachshow.com
Phone: (561) 822 5440.
American Glass, Pottery, Dinnerware Show and Sale
The South Florida Depression Glass Club’s 36th annual show promises a little of everything from museum-quality pieces of art glass to that iced tea tumbler you need to replace in Mom’s Fostoria pattern.
Dealers come from all over the country, so you never know what you’ll see. There also will be glass repair on site, as well as raffles and door prizes.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14, Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach.
On the Web: www.sfdgc.com
Phone: (305) 884-0335.
Evening on Antique Row
The 15th annual Evening on Antique Row, sponsored by the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District, offers a great chance to help the historical society and enjoy a night out on the town. The high-end shops along Antique Row will be open, and booths up and down the highway will offer samples of fare from such places as III Forks Restaurant, Cafe Boulud, Cafe Chardonnay, C’est Si Bon Cucina Dell’Arte, Echo, Four Seasons Resort, Marcello’s La Sirena, Sushi Jo, Temple Orange at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and White Apron Catering, among others.
6-9 p.m. March 6, between the 3300 and 3900 blocks of South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.
Tickets: $45; $100 for general admission and after-party at Hotel Biba.
Tickets available at check-in booths at the event, or online at www.historicalsocietypbc.org
Kofski Antiques Estate Sale
This is as much a social event as it is a shopping opportunity. Hundreds of decorators, designers, socialites — you name it — queue up for these sales, which offer everything from fine antiques and carpets to household wares.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 6-7, Kofski’s Estate Sale Facility, 5501 Georgia Ave. (at Bunker Road), West Palm Beach.
On the Web: www.kofskiantiques.com
Phone: (561) 585.1976.