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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Dualities Antiques & Art, Inc.
2056 Boston Post Road
Fittingly, Peter Boehm opened Dualities as a second career. His mother (a collector) and father (a handbag designer) fostered an abiding interest in art and antiques. With a college major in art history, the former teacher put on an antiques show that kindled a passion for the pursuit. “With the limited income of a teacher, it was a way of furthering my own collecting habit,” he says.
Typical finds: Sculpture, silver, glass, and porcelain from the 1870s to the 1960s, with artwork that ranges from Impressionism to art deco.
Rare gem: For $2,450, you can take home a Delft blue-and-white pottery beerstein with pewter handles, dating from 1678 and remarkable for its age.
While you’re there: Larchmont has a potpourri of fine restaurants. Boehm’s favorite: Chat 19 at 19 Chatsworth Avenue.
Golden Oldies, Ltd.
91 East Main Street
For more than three decades, Golden Oldies (a several-time Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester winner) has been a superb source for antique furnishings, reproductions, and accessories. Dining-room sets, armoires, hutches, chests, vanities, chairs, lighting, mirrors, and more abound in this Mount Kisco mega-store, as well as its flagship, full-city-block-long store in Flushing, Queens.
Celeb client: “Hillary’s husband” Bill Clinton came in to purchase a vintage golf bag, says manager Luciano Sabba.
Typical finds: Turn-of-the-century English, French, and Indian antiques from chandeliers to armoires.
Rare gem: An $18,000 mahogany secretary with a flip-top desk from England.
While you’re there: Have a fresh catch at Fish Cellar, one of the area’s best restaurants (213 E. Main Street) with top-notch clams and oysters and a handsome bar.
Post Road Gallery
2128 Boston Post Road
Third-generation owner David Bahssin (who has worked at the gallery since high school) recalls his father dealing fine silver to such American barons as Walter Chrysler. He continues the tradition of curating a striking collection of art and antiques, especially American decorative art of the 19th century. “We’ve sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and high-end Madison Avenue dealers,” he says.
Celeb client: New York designer Martin Diamond has browsed on behalf of his discriminating clients.
Typical finds: High-end Victorian furniture from the late 1800s, especially rosewood and inlaid pieces, as well as 19th-century timepieces, including clocks commissioned from the Tiffany atelier.
Rare gem: Standing nearly a foot high, a sterling-silver Russian humidor, its top engraved with the winter palace at St. Petersburg, originally belonged to the man who built the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Bahssin’s father sold the million-dollar piece for $25,000 in 1980.
While you’re there: Enjoy live, mellow jazz at the Watercolor Café down the block. (Call the restaurant at 914-834-2213 for a schedule of performances.) To work up an appetite, stroll or jog through the majestic Manor Park, with landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to frame the water views.