After being in Palm Beach for a week shopping and working, I decided to venture south to see what was up in Miami. There is a small unofficial district of galleries and vintage dealers sprinkled about in the North Miami area.
If you exit I-95 at Northeast 125 Street and travel east, you will come to a two block smattering of shops all located on the north side of the street between NE 7th and 9th Avenues. Your landmark is MOCA, North Miami located at 770 NE 125 Street. Don’t blink because you will miss it all together.
As the Palm Beach season is revving up, designers who are working feverishly to complete projects in time for the official kick-off can still take advantage of the many varied and quirky shops which make up the West Palm Beach Antique Row association, along with a number of non-participating dealers who are located in the district. All are worth checking out.
With the fall season in full swing in New York, Connie Lee and I spent the afternoon at what’s considered to be one of the most important antique exhibitions in the United States. The show was exceptional this year, but we picked 3 dealers whose booths stood out for both their collections and their presentation.
The first slipper chair dates back to the Queen Ann era—the first half of the 18th century. The chair featured an upholstered seat and back and cabriolet legs, which are curved and typically feature a pad foot. Originally defined as a small bedroom chair, the slipper chair has slowly made its way into the rest of the home, evolving from a fussy boudoir decoration to a contemporary accent chair. Perhaps the most famous re-boot of the slippers design came from Billy Baldwin in the mid-1950’s for his client Pauline de Rothschild. Mr. Baldwin’s cut-out at seat height allowed for a loose cushion to be recessed into the back, a tailored and masculine touch.
The tasteful eye of the curators at 145 Antiques in New York City have a marvelous example of how 19th century French designers saw the iconic piece. Beautiful cut velvet, long multicolored bullion fringe over turned and castor caped legs, and an elegantly scrolled high back make this chair elegant, and functional. If (as legend has it) this chairs original function was for putting on and removing shoes, I for one would welcome it bedside, or near my front door.
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