While running errands over the weekend I stumbled upon a jewel of an antique shop called FIG. And on the Lower East Side of all places! (If you’re not familiar with New York, the LES is known for being one of Manhattan’s grungier neighborhoods.) This tiny little shop is filled with a well edited collection of fine European antique furniture, art, textiles, and jewelry along with many other incredible items. For such a small shop there were so many amazing things to look at! Some of the pieces date as far back as the era of Louis XIV. I was kind of in a hurry and left the shop feeling like I wish I could have learned more about some of the amazing things I saw there. Luckily they have a great website with detailed info on many of their pieces. Check it out here. Some of my favorite picks from their site are shown below. And if you’re ever near the LES you should definitely pay FIG a visit!
Left: How great are these Chinese ginger jars with the little Foo Dogs painted on them?! They’re from the late 1800s. Right: A 19th century inkwell from France.
Left: A French Boudoir mirror from the early 1900s. You can see the store’s reflection in the mirror. Unfortunately this piece is sold but they have a selection of other equally amazing mirrors to choose from (see below). Right: A 19th century French Bergere chair with original needlepoint embroidery.
Left: I love these South African Kudu horns! The Ebonized mirror behind it is also for sale…It’s from Italy dating back to the late 1800s. Right: This 1920s Louis IV style desk is to die for. It’s lacquered black with gilt metal detail and topped with a red tooled leather writing surface. Sorry people, this one is sold too.
These 14K and 18K gold bands from England are from the late 1800s. I’d buy any one of these…so my style! I love the one on the bottom right that looks like a belt buckle. So chic!