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Silver Medals

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Sinclair and Raye Heather Chen acquired their first piece of antique silver soon after they married. "We were in Hong Kong, strolling hand in hand, when we saw this beautiful silver box for sale. We loved it, so we bought it," Mrs. Chen said.They did not plan to make a collection, but gradually their silver treasures grew. "We both love the arts: museums, history, culture. Collecting silver was something new that we did together."The Chen Collection, now numbering 500 pieces, focuses on...

She's One Good Egg

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Mitzi Perdue only moved to New York City in the spring, but since that time, as befits an accomplished social hostess, 640 people have flocked to her apartment at 800 Fifth Ave. for charity fund-raisers and literary launches.It's not just the causes that have proved the attraction. Mrs. Perdue's home contains a global trove of treasures, comprising European, Russian, and Chinese antiques. To attend Mrs. Perdue's social occasions is akin to attending an antiques fair with a party to boot.Yet her...

All Hail Americana

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Several pieces of exceptional American antiques will hit the auction block here at the end of this week.Sotheby's holds a Friday morning sale of a collection of Americana belonging to the late Rear Admiral Edward Peerman Moore. The admiral and his wife were avid collectors whose friendship with the furniture dealer Israel Sack helped form one of the 20th century's highest-quality collections.Among the Moore items up for sale is a Chippendale cherrywood block-front chest of drawers probably made...

The People's House

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

To See the Finest Antiques in Manhattan, Start at Gracie Mansion, Meghan Keane Writes

Beauty of the Artful Dodgers

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Fairfield Concours Displays The Best Original and Reproduction Cars, Alex Taylor Writes

Upstate Treasure-Hunting

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Hudson's Warren Street is loaded with treasures for every taste, Clare Henry writes.

A Studio Craft Going Glam

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Anyone who thinks that all the major figures of postwar American furniture have been accounted for should think again, and think hard about the American Studio Furniture movement. Rizzoli in November will publish "Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam," an ambitious survey of 26 furniture makers, designers, and decorators.Edited by Todd Merrill, a well-known dealer in postwar American furniture, and Julie V. Iovine, editor of the Architect's Newspaper, "Modern...

Jerusalem's Hip, Historic 'Hood'

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A Love of History and Antiques Inspires A Modernist's Plan for Mamila

Paris Set for 24th Biennale des Antiquaires

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Set under the glass ceilings of the Grand Palais, this fair offers everything from antiquities to items from the 1970s.

Shipping Precious Loot Locally

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Shopping for antiques can be as easy as opening your wallet. But after you score a great deal on that mahogany drop-leaf table in Brooklyn, how do you get it home to the Upper East Side?Enter the antiques handlers. They are the movers if not shakers of New York's antiques market. But the people who pack, ship, and truck all manner of old and breathtakingly expensive things through the city's nexus of galleries, auction houses, private homes, and museums need more than muscle. Lugging is...

Bringing It Back Intact

Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Global shoppers looking to adorn their homes with found treasures such as Victorian crystoleums and Barbolla mirrors stroll London's Portobello Road.Across the channel, the Biennale des Antiquaires (whose Web site is comes to the Grand Palais in Paris September 11-21. Artworks dating from the Middle Ages, prized manuscripts, and modern designs by Prouv Le Corbusier, and Ettore Sottsass are yours for the taking. But the hard work isn't just the acquisition of, say, a fabulous...

Teaching Children the Benefits of Restoration

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

One of the most desirable features of antique furniture is the patina that comes with age so much so that an aggressive refinishing job will often diminish the market value of a piece. Dirt and grime aren't as glamorous, however, when the antique in question is a prominent work of public, outdoor art. That's why the area around Grant's Tomb in Morningside Heights is once again home to hundreds of busy volunteers as they restore "The Rolling Bench," a 35-year-old, multicolor mosaic sculpture...

Vintage Automobiles in the Litchfield Hills

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Antique car enthusiasts from the Northeast and beyond will travel to Lime Rock Park this weekend for the annual Rolex Vintage Festival of historic car races, car shows, and coveting thy neighbor's car.

Sotheby's To Sell British Guns

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Sale at Gleneagles on August 25 Includes Holland & Holland, J. Purdy & Sons, and Boss

Williamsburg, Now Rising on the Antiques Map

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

With the opening of the boutique Grand Society, Williamsburg is emerging as a new antiques hub.

Masks, Jade & More

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

While all eyes are on the athletes at the Olympic Games in Beijing, collectors of Chinese art and antiques will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles, too. On August 24, the I.M. Chait Gallery's International Fine Arts Auction in Beverly Hills, Calif., will feature sculpture, porcelains, and a substantial cache of jade carvings. The Chait Gallery customarily holds the majority of its sales in New York City, but this month's sale is located on the West Coast to accommodate the growing...

Shopping for Art Deco in Manhattan

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

If there's a genre of antiques that suits New York best, it is Art Deco. Even today, the city still dreams in the Deco style, which reached its peak between the mid-1920s and World War II. Manhattan is dotted with first-rate examples of the streamlined, machine-age, and, above all, elegant style, from the Chrysler Building to the Sherry Netherland Hotel."Deco represented modernity," historian David Garrard Lowe said. Mr. Lowe, who is the author of "Art Deco New York," said that while the style...

Key Moments in Art Deco

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

1925 The Exposition Internationale des Arts D oratifs et Industriels Modernes takes place in Paris from April to October. It is believed that the name "Art Deco" originated at this fair, where major designers Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jules LeLeu showed their work.1928 Construction begins on New York's Chrysler Building on September 19. Designed by William Van Alen, the building was one of the first clad with a stainless steel fa de. Its terraced crescent shapes and automobile motifs make it...

Antique Rugs With Stripes and Stars

Wed, 6 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Though antique rugs are functional, they're also works of art. In appreciation of this duality, ABC Carpet & Home is organizing an exhibition and sale of rugs with a shared design motif: stars and stripes. On view and available for purchase this Friday, the rugs are far from symbols of American patriotism.Used in disparate nomadic cultures, the stripe designs come in every length and shape. And though stars may be thought of as religious imagery, they are more likely to have been inspired...

Wallpaper Lives On

Wed, 6 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Wallpaper makes the background, rather than the main attraction of a room. But at Secondhand Rose, the reverse is true: wallpaper is front and center. The store, which bills itself as the largest seller of antique wallpaper in the world, occupies the first two floors of a cast-iron storefront on Duane Street in TriBeCa. Though it also trades in antiques and furniture, Secondhand Rose's specialty is wallpaper 50,000 rolls of it, lining the back of the store and filling a second-story attic.The...