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Nelson & Nelson Antiques

1050 Second Ave., nr. 56th St., Ste. 58 in the Manhattan Arts & Antiques Center; 646-863-5416;

This chichi boutique carries sterling-silver candlesticks, jewelry, tea sets, flatware, picture frames, and centerpieces. You’ll also find cut crystal, enamels, and signed jewelry pieces by Cartier. $$$-$$$$

Nesle, Inc.

38-15 30th St., Long Island City; 212-755-0515;

The ceiling here is hung with antique chandeliers from France, Italy, Russia, and Austria, many by notable 18th- and 19th-century designers. Nesle also creates reproductions of vintage designs, all made in Europe by expert craftsmen. $$$$


306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., third fl. 32-00 Skillman Ave., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City; 212-758-1970;

Nine thousand square feet in Manhattan, 55,000 in Queens! In addition to selling an enormous selection of English, French, and Italian antiques from the 17th through 20th centuries (plus smaller collections of rare Moorish and Black Forest antiques), Newel also regularly furnishes TV and movie sets. $$$$

Nicholas Brawer

28 E. 72nd St., at Madison Ave.; 212-772-2664;

If you’ve seen a pair of giant binoculars in a home-­design tableau recently, there’s a good chance they came from this aviation-centric shop. Brawer deals in chrome and brass antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries, all revolving around the world of gentlemen’s sport. $$$$

Obscura Antiques and Oddities

207 Ave. A, nr. 13th St.; 212-505-9251;

Most of the store’s outré inventory—including taxidermied animals, medical apparatus, and memorabilia from fraternal organizations (think Masonic and Elk Lodge pins and badges)—is fairly priced. Although the stock is dominated by bottles, beakers, books, and bric-a-brac, you’ll also find some vintage clothing. $$

Olde Good Things

149 Madison Ave., nr. 32nd St. (various locations); 212-989-8401;

This overflowing two-story maze of antique furniture, lamps, and hardware offers grandfather clocks and stained-glass windows under a ceiling hung with chandeliers, plus an astronomical number of beautiful doorknobs and delightful odds and ends. $$$

145 Antiques

43-10 23rd St., Ste. 2A, Long Island City; 718-472-2441;

This vast showroom of tasteful French antiques never gets old. Amid the 19th-­century settees and gilded mirrors are Art Nouveau chandeliers and inlaid armoires to make a room truly extraordinary. $$$$

Paula Rubenstein

21 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-966-8954;

Open since 1990, this revered antiques shop focuses on American textiles from the 19th and 20th centuries and also has a collection of home décor, photography, and furnishings. $$$-$$$$

Philip Colleck

311 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave.; 917-692-8855;

Located in a freestanding 1857 house, this dealer of antique English furniture and art specializes in chinoiserie, mirrors, and screens. $$$$ (consulting services)

Porter James

116 Franklin St., nr. Noble St., Greenpoint; 929-337-9387

Hoop chairs, teak credenzas, and gorgeous emerald couches populate this North Brooklyn store. Owner Kyla Burney also stocks an array of textiles, barware, art, and vintage items along with all the furniture. $-$$$

R & Company

82 Franklin St., nr. Broadway; 212-343-7979;

Long before it was all the rage, furniture from designers like Charles and Ray Eames could be purchased from this trendsetting shop. It still has one of the best modern collections around. Greta Magnusson Grossman and Joaquim Tenreiro designs are specialties. $$$$


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