The show is now in its 53rd year, and a special feature is the "Expert Eye" lecture series. Among the planned speakers are dealer David Schorsch and collector Jane Katcher, authors of the new book "Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana" (Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.); Warren Adelson on John Singer Sargent's Venice (Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m.); and Larry Shar of Julius Lowy Frame & Restoring Co. on "The Secret Life of Frames: From the Renaissance to the 20th Century" (Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.).
Sotheby's calls the Laracys' 227-piece collection "exceptional" and says it includes several masterpieces from major Colonial cabinetmaking centers in New England, including Middletown, Newport and Boston. A Queen Anne carved and figured parcel-gilt mahogany bonnet-top desk and bookcase made between 1770 and 1790 in Hartford County, probably Middletown, could fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.
PHOTO 1: COLOR PHOTO 2: COLOR, SOTHEBY'S PHOTO 3-4: COLOR; PHOTO 1: THIS COFFEE POT by Alexander Petrie (1745 to 1765) is an example of 18th-century silver to be exhibited at the New York Winter Antiques Show. PHOTO 2: SOTHEBY'S AUCTION will include this Queen Anne carved and figured mahogany bonnet-top desk and bookcase, made in Hartford County, probably Middletown, between 1770 and 1790. PHOTO 3: THIS PAIR of Chinese export "Rose Mandarin" vases, circa 1840, is part of a collection from Mimi's Antiques to be exhibited at the Boston Antiques Festival. PHOTO 4: THIS Z CLOCK by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller (1934) will be on exhibit at New York Winter Antiques Show.