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When done well, a space full of authentic antiques can make you feel like you’re living in history.

Antica Collection on 1st Dibs

Antica Chair Tower

The Antica Collection booth at the Fall Show had a spectacular sketched portrait of Emperor Tiberius looming overhead.  Remember I Claudius? That was a favorite book and even more enjoyable mini-series for me, even if I got a little mixed-up at times because everyone’s name was practically the same.

I remembered Tiberius as a less than noble emperor, but I wasn’t sure exactly why, so I googled him up.  As I’ve said before, you don’t come here for a history lesson, so I won’t go into all the details of Tiberius’ life. But I will say that he was a bossy but rather lazy Roman emperor who made a point not to be “overburdened with work.”  Well, we can’t all be Augustus now can we.

Antica David

 Antica specializes in early period European furniture and decorative items that are not quite from the Roman Empire, but they’re old. What’s surprising is how fresh and light and very modern their booth feels.  It’s a photogenic space with textures and subtle colors that are easy to capture.

Antica frames

Antica Starburst

Antica Column

Antica Collection Olive Jars

If, like Tiberius, your second retirement takes you to the Isle of Capri please hire me to help with the interior decor.  Jackie Onassis loved Capri, so I think we might go for an Upper East Side meets Med-Chic thing, with elaborate Roman baths of course.

Antica Chair

Antica Cherub

Antica Collection Sun Sea Gull

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