POTTERY & CHINA
WHAT'S HOT? Artist-decorated china painting; English ceramics; pottery.
MICHELE BEINY, INC.
53 East 82nd Street;
Beiny specializes in eighteenth- and early–nineteenth-century Continental pottery. On sale now: a Sèvres vase with topographical scenes ($140,000) given by Napoleon to Talleyrand in 1813.
JILL FENICHELL, INC.
305 East 61st Street;
Fenichell specializes in European porcelain Derby, K.P.M. Berlin, Darte Frères from 1760 to 1930. Cups and mugs start around $100; an 1835 dessert service is about $35,000.
LEONARD FOX LTD.
790 Madison Avenue, at 67th Street;
Fox offers top-of-the-line Art Deco and Art Nouveau French ceramics back to 1885. A small white Sèvres bowl is $1,500; a Serre piece may top $25,000.
LEO KAPLAN LTD.
114 East 57th Street;
In business since 1969, Kaplan specializes in eighteenth-century English pottery for high-end collectors.
WHAT'S HOT? Twelve-inch singles (for D.J.'s); punk-er a New York bands.
229 City Island Avenue, the Bronx;
The 82-year-old owner, Roger Roberge, still spends three or four nights a week at clubs, trying to find good music. He specializes in "real records," he says 45s, 78s, and LPs, from the 1890s to the sixties (lots for under $20).
BLEECKER BOB'S GOLDEN OLDIES RECORD SHOP
118 West 3rd Street;
Famed for its jumble of wall-to-wall rare records ($25 to $200)"a dirty, confusing mess of vinyl," says staff member Mark Straigon. Everything from original Gene Vincent to eighties New Wave. Bowie shops here.
WHAT'S HOT? Antique sterling jewelry; engine-turned pieces; candlesticks; Fabergé.
A LA VIEILLE RUSSIE
781 Fifth Avenue, at 59th Street;
This pristine 1851 business deals in antique, principally Russian, silver from the czarist era. Carl Fabergé pieces, like a two-foot-tall, ornately embellished silver kovsh (like a big punchbowl), run in the $400,000 range. But beginning collectors shouldn't balk: A La Vieille Russie also offers pieces for a few hundred dollars.
104 East 57th Street;
Shrubsole's specialty is Georgian English, and early-American silver. Beginning collectors might pick up a Georgian vinaigrette for $300; the world's top collectors might covet a pristine-condition, elaborately engraved Elizabethan cup and cover ($650,000).
JAMES II GALLERIES
11 East 57th Street;
Victorian and Edwardian silver, plus porcelain, glass, and other decorative arts.
WHAT'S HOT? Autographed items from contemporary superstars: Barry Bonds, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods.
IT'S ANOTHER HIT
131 West 33rd Street;
Specializes in vintage sports cards from the fifties on, with a zillion in stock. Collectors can also find rare memorabilia like a game-used Roberto Clemente bat, circa 1970 ($10,000).
EXECUTIVE SPORTS FAN
75 Maiden Lane;
This outfit caters to sports fanatics at all levels. Rare items found here have included a Wayne Gretzky game-used jersey ($30,000) and a $700 Mickey Mantle–signed baseball.
GOTTA HAVE IT! COLLECTIBLES
153 East 57th Street;
DiMaggio's bat, Mantle's jersey, and lots more. Sports stuff abounds here, but the stock also includes plenty of performing-arts memorabilia (a Beatles album signed by all four guys costs $75,000); a Subway Series ball signed by Derek Jeter and Mike Piazza is $475.
WHAT'S HOT? Material from former British colonies (Jamaica, Bermuda); Asian stuff.
P.O. Box 608, FDR Station,
New York, N.Y. 10022;
Owner Colin Fraser once ran Christie's stamp department and specializes in proofs and essays (ten proofs of Queen Victoria run $20,000). Two hundred dollars will let you assemble a starter collection in most areas.
119 West 57th Street;
The most famous stamp of all time might be the inverted Flying Jenny, of which one sheet was printed in 1918. Stampazine which carries everything from under-$1 items to blockbusters has sold 8 of the 100 examples, for as much as $140,000.
WHAT'S HOT? Mod stuff: Pucci, Courrèges, Cardin, polyester dresses, Lucite purses.
217 Mott Street;
Julia Roberts collects "Nudies" here, and Catherine Deneuve's Pucci castoffs can be found at this vintage-clothing mecca. It's finely edited and priced mostly for serious collectors, but you might find a great disco dress for $75.
THE FAMILY JEWELS
130 West 23rd Street;
Owner Lillyan Peditto shops with a collector's eye, offering Pucci to Gucci, Victoriana to Von Furstenberg, and supplying frocks to Sex and the City and Annie Leibovitz. Debbie Harry just bought a shaggy purple coat; Whoopi Goldberg, a hand-painted Mexican skirt.
WHAT'S HOT? Rolex Daytonas.
12 East 57th Street, and two other locations;
The standard. Great source for Rolex (vintage and new) and classic Hamiltons, Walthams, Bulovas, and many more. Prices start in the few-hundred-dollar range and go into six figures.
CENTRAL WATCH BAND STAND
45th Street Passage, Grand Central Terminal;
Many inexpensive alternatives here you can do quite well for $200 to $500, and vintage purchases are guaranteed for a year. Strong selection of pocket watches.