Mon-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, closed
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College
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Not a place for flailing elbows or untied laces, Bardith’s small retail space is crammed with rare and highly breakable pottery and porcelain, some of it dating back to 1680. The collection is principally oriented towards English porcelain, although mother-and-son proprietors Edith and Steve Wolf make frequent trips all over Europe to acquire items from their points of origin. Among their finds are picturesque pieces of blue-and-white Dutch Delft pottery, Chinese-export plates and platters, and ever-popular British creamware, all of which have been analyzed and dated with forensic precision. The Wolfs have cultivated relationships with foreign dealers who alert them to special finds, and as a result they can offer fuller-than-average runs of plates to customers looking to amass a collection for use or display. Some of the crockery, such as the numerous soup tureens, are more aesthetic than functional, but complete dinner and dessert service sets are also available. Decorative items like candlesticks, silhouette portraits, and framed needlepoints accent the antique finery.