We have been dealers in art, fine antiques, sculpture, antiquities, antiquarian books & manuscripts, and other items of scholarly and historical interest for more than 20 years.   We are based in NYC at 1510 Lexington Ave (by appointment only).  We work with a large number of important collectors worldwide as well as academic institutions, corporate collections, and well regarded designers.  We also work with a network of highly specialized dealers to ensure fair and accurate pricing, evaluation, and authentication.

We pride ourselves on a no-pressure FREE EVALUATION of your estate or collection and always offer professional and friendly advice, fair prices, and supporting documentation and comparables (i.e. auction records) for pieces of particular note and value.  We can even suggest other avenues of sale besides us (from suitable auction houses to broom clean estate services) so you can consider the various options.  Our integrity has earned many referrals from trust and estate lawyers over the years.

While we travel nationwide for particularly important and interesting material, we specialize in NYC Estates and the tri-state area.  With that said, we do also make regular house-calls throughout New England.

Feel free to click on our about link or contact us directly. We always try to respond within 24 hours.   Any general photos are incredibly helpful in making a preliminary assessment to determine whether the estate or collection is suitable for us or if we can assist you by offering advice and recommendations.  If there is an immediate need to contact us, pictures can also be sent by text to  646-469-1851, but email is preferable for less urgent enquiries.

We Buy Estates and Collections

While we are a general estate buyer and purchase Chinese, Asian, European and American antiques, sculpture, paintings, and decorative arts, we have a particular interest in items of historical significance.  We often sell to institutions and collectors with lengthly write-ups that set items in their proper historical and cultural context with as much provenance as possible.  So, in others words, we love pieces that tell a story.  If you can provide quality general photos of the the estate or collection, we can give an immediate preliminary answer as to whether the estate is likely for us.

 

We Offer 24 Hour Free Evaluations

Our evaluations are based on years of experience.  We rely on common resources including auction records, pricing references, a 5000 book reference library, as well as ‘finger to the market pulse’  experience.  We believe in complete transparency,  and whether you wish to sell or not, are happy to provide actual comparable auction records so you can understand the basis of our evaluations.  We try to answer all enquiries within 24 hours and if you are in NYC, can often make fairly immediate house-calls without any charge or obligation.

We Buy Entire Estates

We buy select individual pieces and entire estates including paintings, decorative arts, antiques etc.  We also have a background in rare books and manuscripts, an advantage that has served us well in paying for entire libraries, photos, and paper ephemera that are often overlooked and undervalued by most antique dealers.  We travel nationwide sourcing important material, but specialize in estates in NYC and the more immediate vicinity.  We offer immediate payment and handle all packing and shipping arrangements.  Our size and facilities enable us to make en-bloc offers for quality collections.

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August 27, 2013

A POWERFUL 18th CENTURY OLD MASTER PORTRAIT

A POWERFUL 18th CENTURY OLD MASTER PORTRAIT
Anton Raphael Mengs (Aussig 1728-1779 Rome): PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST’S FATHER ISHMAEL ISRAEL MENGS
“One of the precursors to Neoclassical painting”
The Painting:
Anton Raphael Mengs (Aussig 1728-1779 Rome) PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST’S FATHER ISHMAEL ISRAEL MENGS (1668-1765), oil on paper laid on artist’s board, 49 x 37 …

January 28, 2012

EARLY 16th CENTURY RENAISSANCE BRONZE “MODERNO” PLAQUETTE

THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED DESIGNER OF PLAQUETTES IN RENAISSANCE ITALY
AN ARTIST THAT INFLUENCED DURER AND MICHELANGELO
The Plaquette:
GALEAZZO MONDELLA, called MODERNO (c.1467-1528/9). Plaquette : Saint Sébastien. Mondella Galeazzo, Moderno (after). [s.d, s.l., ; c. Very Early 16th Century, North Italian.] After a model attributed to Moderno before 1487. Cast Bronze Plaquette. 76 x 55 …

January 28, 2012

16th CENTURY LATE MANNERIST FLAYED ANATOMICAL HEAD

CIRCLE OF OR ATTR. to Lodovico Cardi known as Cigoli (1559-1613)The Head:”Scorticato “Head (échorché; flayed head). Possibly Attr. Lodovico Cardi known as Cigoli (1559-1613) [s.d. s.l; Florence, circa late 16th century]. Calcined gypsum/Plaster. Size (On base approx. 23 cm, Head Only 13 cm.) Ecorché statuettes, or flayed anatomic models, were popular during the sixteenth and …

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