Wed-Sun, 12:30pm-5:30pm and by appointment; Mon-Tue, closed
2, 3, 4, 5 at Nevins St.
Some antique shops sell museum-quality pieces, but far fewer offer stock so rarefied that they both sell to and buy from actual museum collections. Falling squarely into the latter category, Brooklyn’s Antique Room stretches across the first floors of three contiguous brownstone buildings, and nearly explodes with monumental American Victorian furniture made between 1820 and 1890. Owner and former advertising art director David Marshall combines an amazing eye with a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the styles in which he specializes—most notably, Classical, Gothic Revival, Aesthetic Movement, Rococo, Neo Grec, Renaissance and Egyptian Revival. As a result, the store often has signed pieces by such notable designers and craftsmen as Duncan Phyfe, Charles Honoré, Lannuier, Meeks & Sons, Alexander Roux, John Belter and the Herter Brothers. And there’s real depth: You won’t just find a piece or two from a set, but rather entire bedroom, dining room, and living room suites. The richly stained hardwood furniture is highly decorative and highly architectural, and while most of it comes to Marshall in pristine condition, requiring only a thorough cleaning to shine, the store does offer refinishing and reupholstering services. Antique Room also sells beautiful mantelpieces, chandeliers, smaller table lamps, and Old Paris porcelain.