Born out of utilitarian necessity and a far cry from the ornate and captivating designs that glisten throughout interiors today, the original chandeliers were more like extensions of a building’s architecture opposed to statement-makers in a room. Ranging from cross-shaped wooden beams that held candles to hanging metal designs outfitted with oil-filled glass vessels, precursors to the crystal chandelier date as far back as the Byzantine era. Read More
When you make the pilgrimage to Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in upstate New York, come prepared to shed your notions of what an antiques showroom ought to be. Located at Barbara Israel’s 19th century farmhouse home in Katonah, New York, the shop showcases its magnificent collection of fountains, statues, urns, and other architectural garden pieces in the farmhouse’s surrounding formal gardens—if it sounds like a magical experience, it is. Read More
After a career in a high-powered advertising firm in New York City, Edith Gilson, the owner of Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques, was determined to pursue a more independent life and explore her passion for Scandinavian antiques. She relocated to Sheffield, Massachusetts, in the picturesque Berkshires, where she began a study in and collection of 18th and 19th century furniture from Scandinavia and Europe. Edith’s influence in the antique world spans over 20 years due to her energy, business skills and discerning eye, and Cupboards & Roses Antiques has been featured in publications like Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and The New York Times.
New Orleans-based Balzac Antiques is one of the most trusted names in European antiques. Owner Sarah Thomas is known for her incredible eye for detail and high–quality design. Her astounding collection of European period-pieces gives both seasoned and beginning collectors the opportunity to revel in the beauty of rare and storied treasures. For over 20 years, Sarah has passionately explored and mastered the complexities of antique furniture, and her affinity for the ornate has never wavered. We spoke with Sarah to find out how she came to create one of the most-sought after European antique collections, and learn about the rich history of some of her favorites pieces.