Alexander Cohane and his adorable wife brought their goods from England to wow us all with their timeless pieces that have no time. For the person who loves the look of modernity, this was the booth, because he has chosen pieces that defy the very idea of “period,” Look at this fabulous table.
Alexander Cohane, who has galleries in both New York and the UK, had the most wonderful mix of luxurious modernist pieces mixed with some rather stylish antiques—in Cohane’s words, “skillful juxtaposition makes each piece more interesting,” where “timeless meets eclectic.” We, of course, are in complete agreement! I was mad for just about everything in Cohane’s booth, especially this pair of very handsome palm wood chairs from the 30’s.
Candidates for best booth include Hobbs, Foster-Gwin, Hostler Burrows, Geoffrey Diner, Yew Tree House Antiques, Alexander Cohane and the overfull Engs-Dimitri Works of Art, where a boisterous, 16th-century Flemish cabbage-leaves tapestry makes all the difference.
Based in London, Mr. Cohane spends four months a year in Europe looking for unusual antiques at all price levels, from a $2,000 English Arts and Crafts chair to a $500,000 pair of antique Roman commodes.
"I go to Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, France and Italy," he said. "I look for antiques that stand out, that have a certain simplicity and purity of design, from Jacobean to Italian 1960's." He photographs favourites.
His ultimate criterion? "It has to be something I would buy for myself," he said. "I began as a collector."