Feb 102013


A Japanese Jingasa, Edo period, 19th c, Peter Finer (London) at American International Fine Art Fair, Palm Beach Civic Convention Center, Photo courtesy Homa Nasab

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?

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