It’s high season in Palm Beach, Florida, where, for years, I had heard my summer neighbors on Nantucket winter away their woes. This year, I took it upon myself to explore what all the ado was about in this gorgeous corner of our country. (Having spent so many years in Europe, I do love emphasizing the ‘our country’ part.) Winter months are when an art fair (nearly) every week keeps Palm Beach-based or -bound collectors on their perfectly manicured and aesthetically alert toes.
My visit to Art Palm Beach, last week, lead to a, shall we say, less than enthusiastic response. So, I was going to hold out until next weekend when Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show is scheduled to take place. Aside from encouragement from several local islander – those who live on Palm Beach island rather than in West Palm Beach – residents, I was seduced by the inclusion of the image of an antique armor on the fair’s poster.
In addition to antique jewelry, I have always had a weakness for exquisitely crafted arms and armor with exceptional historic pedigree. How could I resist the dramatic Medievalesque romance of antique jewels and armors under the same tent – well, not really a tent but the idea is intriguing – that await me in the spirit of Saint Valentine’s Day?