Emily Evans Eerdmans at the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair

Editorial Staff Opinion

At the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Show on Friday, design and decorative arts historian Emily Evans Eerdmans gave a special lecture, presented by CINOA and The Magazine ANTIQUES, on 20th century neoclassicism—from high style Art Deco to Hollywood stage sets.

Eerdmans, who received her master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, is the director of Hyde Park Antiques in New York City. She is the author of Regency Redux and Classic English Design and Antiques, and is currently working on a monograph of the decorator and antiquaire Madeleine Castaing (Fall 2010), as well as the catalogue raisonné of American craft artist Wendell Castle.

We asked Eerdmans, who has a great eye for design, to select some of her favorite items at the fair. Click on the slideshow below to see her picks—some of the choices may surprise you!