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Mantiques Modern

146 W. 22nd St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-206-1494;

This 4,000-square-foot store has one of the widest selections of vintage objects in the world. It brims with industrial artifacts from the Machine Age to the mid-’80s and works by ’50s French designers, chrome furniture, and exotic animal skins. The furniture is complemented by Depression-era art, lithographs, and decorative figures like articulated silver insects. $$-$$$$

Martayan Lan

70 E. 55th St., nr. Park Ave., sixth fl.; 212-308-0018;

Find antique maps of all shapes and sorts: atlases, globes, and individual sheets as well as rare books from the 15th through the 18th centuries. For serious collectors with serious means. $$$$

Metropolis Modern

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl. in the New York Design Center; 917-669-4540;

This is a full-service antiques-furniture showroom: Not only will Metropolis Modern experts sell you a pair of vintage andirons, they will source the mid-century sofa of your dreams, rent you the perfect decorative vase for your film shoot, and even rewire your grandmother’s lamp. $$$

Modern Anthology

68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Dumbo; 718-522-3020;

The manly vibe here is “fewer beer kegs, more Scotch,” say owners John Marsala and Becka Citron. This ethos translates to tufted leather sofas, vintage wood-and-wrought-iron worktables, and antique globes. $$$

Modern Living Supplies

142 Henry St., at Rutgers St.; 212-619-1615;

The upstairs showroom displays the best tables, chairs, dressers, and lighting from the store’s stock of high-quality wares from the ’40s through the ’70s. Downstairs you find the overflow, plus an array of smaller items. The company also has a workshop in Brooklyn for restoration, repairs, and custom jobs. $$$ (consulting services)


35 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-254-1300;

Danish vintage pieces make up about 90 percent of the stock here, but you also find Pandul lighting and contemporary furniture by Boex and Bensen. $$$-$$$$

Modest Designs

260 Berry St., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718-384-2799;

Despite its name, Modest Designs is anything but: Display pieces from the collection of mid-century-modern finds can be decidedly over the top. Look for superb offerings such as Arne Bang ceramics, a Tony Duquette cocktail table, a Dorothy Draper chair, or a rare Art Deco dresser from Gilbert Rohde. $$$$ (by appointment only / consulting services)

Nelson & Nelson Antiques

2 E. 61st St., nr. Fifth Ave., in the Pierre Hotel; 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 Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. $$$-$$$$

Nesle, Inc.

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

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


425 E. 53rd St., nr. Sutton Pl.; 212-758-1970;

This six-story emporium purports to be the largest of its kind in New York City. In addition to housing an enormous selection of English, French, and Italian antiques from the 17th through the 20th centuries (plus smaller collections of rare Moorish and Black Forest antiques), Newel also regularly furnishes TV and movie sets. $$$$

Nicholas Brawer Gallery

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 apparatuses, 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

124 W. 24th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-505-9251;

This overflowing two-floor 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. $$$

O'Sullivan Antiques

51 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway; 212-260-8985;

This Dublin, Ireland–based antiques dealer carries a dizzying array of furniture, mirrors, paintings, and prints from the Georgian period. Its specialty is in fine woods: mahogany, satinwood, and walnut. $$$$


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