All About Antiques: The International Antiques Fair Opening Party

On Thursday evening I attended the Opening Night Party of the 16th Annual International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart. Being deemed “the premier event of its kind in the Midwestern U.S.” and “Chicago’s ultimate treasure hunt” I went into the preview party knowing I’d see some pretty neat things…and I definitely did!

More than 100 of the world’s top dealers showcased an array of fine art, antiques, and jewelry dating all the way back to BC up until 20th Century Modernism. Words won’t justify all the neat, unique things I saw, so I’ll just show you some of my photos from the night…

International Antiques Fair - Weathered HorseWeathered Variegated Galloping Stallion, circa 1880s – $7,800.00

Paintings…

"Anemones" Oil on Canvas Painting “Anenomes”, Cecil Kennedy,  Oil on Canvas – $19,500.00

"Carnations" Oil on Canvas Painting “Carnations”, Jules Leroy, Oil on Canvas – $35,000.00

International Antiques Fair - Painting

International Antiques Fair - Floral Painting

Silk Embroideries…

International Antiques Fair - Vintage Embroideries

International Antiques Fair - Vintage Embroideries

International Antiques Fair - Vintage Embroideries

International Antiques Fair - Vintage Embroideries

Woven Carpet Rugs…

International Antiques Fair - Woven Rugs

International Antiques Fair - Woven Rugs

International Antiques Fair - Woven Rugs

International Antiques Fair - Woven Rugs

Whittled Wood…

Hand-Carved Wood Bed Frame

Hand-Carved Wood Bed FrameCarved Wood Bed Frame- $18,000.00

International Antiques Fair - Wood Carved Cabin Carved Wood Miniature House, circa 1932 – $3,800.00

International Antiques Fair - Wood Carved Eagle Carved Wood Eagle, circa 2nd half of 19th Century – $2,800.00

Stunning Silver….

International Antiques Fair - Silver

International Antiques Fair - Silver

International Antiques Fair - Silver

Cartier Silver Tea & Coffee Set

Cartier Silver Tea & Coffee Set Cartier Silver Tea & Coffee Set – $125,000.00 (the set weights nearly 20 pounds!)

Tiffany & Co. Silver Flatware Set

Tiffany & Co. Silver Flatware Set Tiffany & Co. “Chrysanthemum” Pattern 208 pc. Silver Flatware Set, circa 1880 – $128,500.00

Rare Hand-Carved, Hand-Hammered Silver Flatware Set

Rare Hand-Carved, Hand-Hammered Silver Flatware Set

Rare Hand-Carved, Hand-Hammered Silver Flatware Set Gorham Silver Company 285 pc. Silver Flatware Set, circa 1897. *1 of only 4 sets ever made and 1 of 2 known to still exist. All hand-crafted & hand-hammered. Not a piece is missing – not even the grape sheers! Price tag = only a mere $360,000.00

Luxury Designer…

Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks

Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks

Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks Lots of Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks!

Chanel Jewelry

Chanel Jewelry and Chanel Jewelry.

Chanel Handbags

Chanel HandbagsChanel Handbags,

Hermes Birkin Bags and Hermes….

Hermes Birkin Bags   Hermes Birkin Bags   Hermes Birkin Bags A whole bunch of Birkins!

Like I said…I saw some pretty cool stuff! A special thanks to one of my vendor friends who gave me a free VIP pass so I could experience this special viewing :) Obviously with the hefty price tags I didn’t walk away with anything; but it was really neat to see all of the rare pieces. I doubt I’ll come across  a 6-figure, 116 year old silverware set again, or be in such close proximity to so many Birkin bags any time soon!

I know what my favorite is; but if you could, what unique antique would you have purchased from the International Antiques Fair?

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