Luxury Items, Vintage Vanity Sets and Antiques
Vintage Laguna Crystal Beaded Necklace in an Alexandrite Colour
Pair Brass Column Candlesticks with Bobèches and Crystals
REDUCED 19th Century Square Imari Plate with Dog and Butterfly Decoration
$150 USD REDUCED
Mary Gregory Amethyst Glass Powder Jar and Victorian Swansdown Powder Puff
7 Carat Diamond and Iridium Platinum Art Deco In-Line Line Bracelet
Pair French Crystal Perfume Flacons in French Ivory Caddy
REDUCED Apollo Studios Ormolu Dresser Vanity Set with Guilloché Medallion
$175 USD REDUCED
Chateau de Crozant Oil on Canvas by James Lancel McElhinney
About Très Charmante
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About UsFor years I have been a collector and appraiser of vintage and antique items. My background is period decorative arts and I worked for auction houses in New York City. After completing the Fine and Decorative arts appraisal courses at NYU, I studied in France and England as well. French things have a special appeal for me, but anything feminine and beautiful holds an attraction. I have been selling online in various venues since 2002, but have been a collector all my life. Much of what I sell are items that have been in my personal collection, which constantly evolves. I sell to make room for new items in my collections, and to share the beautiful things I have loved with new people who will appreciate them as I have.
I am known as the "Apollo Aficionado." Over the past few years, I have done extensive and authoritative research on Apollo Studios, a very fine group of artisans which began in the 19th century and closed its doors in the 1950s. Although many of their items are not marked, I am able to recognize them through their workmanship, and the motifs and materials that they regularly used. In a few years I will be publishing a book on Apollo and other quality makers of ladies vanity items.
People often wonder how I arrive at the price of various items. I am an antique and fine art appraiser, and make a careful study of similar items, the current market, and other factors before setting my prices. Something to bear in mind is the rarity of an item, and condition is a big factor as well. Many of the items offered here are of museum quality and a few of my items are now in decorative arts museums.