Westchester's Vintage Vibe
Adore antiques? Rave about retro? You don’t have to trek into Manhattan or schlep to Connecticut to find pieces with pedigree. We’ve scouted local shops to help you find the real deal.
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Briggs House Antiques
566 E. Boston Post Road
You can’t miss the big yellow building on Boston Post Road, which houses 10,000 square feet of English, Welsh, and French furniture, such as leather-topped desks, elegant lamps, and Gustavian tall clocks circa 1790. Grace notes abound in the form of art with a whimsical twist: a Swedish sailboat diorama from 1860, a pen-and-ink map of England from 1820. Owner Loraine Bauchmann travels overseas three to four times a year to refresh her supply. She also does a brisk online business through 1st DIBS, the nationwide multi-dealer website.
Celeb client: Bauchmann is sworn to secrecy, but tells Westchester Home of Academy Award nominees who’ve taken home treasures from her store.
Typical finds: Desks, buffets, and coffee tables in fruitwood and chestnut.
Rare gem: A rare Welsh housekeeper’s oak cupboard from an 18th-century manor house, more than eight feet tall and banded with mahogany. “It’s got a beautiful aged patina and literally glows,” says Bauchmann, who cites a price of $16,500.
While you’re there: Relax over sushi and tea at Haiku, an Asian bistro at 265 Mamaroneck Avenue. Feeling more in the mood for European or Middle Eastern? Consider Le Provencal Restaurant at 436 Mamaroneck Avenue for authentic French fare or Turkish Meze (409 Mount Pleasant Avenue) for some lamb and baklava.
Chatsworth Auction Rooms & Furniture Studios
151 Mamaroneck Avenue
Comfy shoes and plenty of time are what’s required to wend your way through this 20,000-square-foot, five-story warehouse, one of the county’s largest buyers and sellers of estate furniture and accessories. Owned by the same family since its doors opened nearly 85 years ago, Chatsworth has been filling rooms with bedroom and dining sets, china cabinets, sofas, and a whole lot more for decades.
Celeb client: Set designers scooped up pieces to glam up the set of Sex and the City.
Typical finds: Estate items, from 1900 to 1950, from furnishings to fine china.
Rare gem: Owner Sam Lightbody carted off a complete, “exceptionally finely carved” oak Jacobean dining-room set, circa 1920, from an estate.
While you’re there: Take in a show at the Emelin Theatre (153 Library Lane), the oldest continuously operating performing-arts theater in Westchester County. (American Idol’s Bo Bice and Los Lobos were recent features.) Follow it with a big piece of chocolate cake and a steaming cup of joe at Café Mozart (308 Mamaroneck Avenue).
Crown House Antiques
297 King Street
Owner Jane Holmes’ grandmother and mother dealt in antiques, and she employs her daughter, making for four generations of antique acumen. The store’s name is a logical choice for a building at King Street and Castle Road.
Celeb client: Acclaimed architect Keith Kroeger of Chappaqua often integrates the store’s copper handmade lanterns into the homes he designs.
Typical finds: Antique lighting—chandeliers, lamps, sconces—along with an exquisite selection of lampshades.
Rare gem: An 18th-century Scottish grandfather clock, its face featuring a ship that rocks on the ocean as it ticks.
While you’re there: To continue your quest, poke your head into Red Carpet Antiques (filled with furniture, paintings, silver, jewelry, and rugs) down the road at 201 King Street. Then brush up on local lore at the New Castle Historic Society Museum, one-time home of Horace Greeley (100 King Street).