Since 1955, the Winter Antiques Show, held in mid-January in New York, reigned as the show of all shows, where the world's leading dealers would offer their finest to the well-heeled public, collectors, connoisseurs and interior designers. Along came the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair in 1996. Where, after all, would many New Yorkers be in January? The show took off like a rocket, with high-end dealers from Paris, London, Brussels, The Hague and even Manhattan signing on in droves.
The 75 exhibitors have brought antique furniture, paintings, antique furniture, Japanese and Chinese porcelains, antique carpets and tapestries, Asian art and manuscripts—all vetted by a committee of high-profile experts, including some of New York's most prominent decorators—to Palm Beach. Last year's sales topped $100 million.
The 10-day fair, which takes place in a 55,000-square-foot tent in Palm Beach, runs from Feb. 1 to 10. Tickets are $12.