Lanny and Lonnie are probably best known for their exceptional zinc top tables that have a unique, super-smooth coppery patina. If you can wait ’til next show to purchase your family dining table, you should, because the prices are reasonable and the mix-n-match tops and bases make it easy to get exactly what you like. And while we’re here, doesn’t that penny rug star make you wish you’d started collecting modern quilts about three decades ago and you now had a magnificent archival-quality storage room full of Nancy Crows and a pile of name badge lanyards from every Quiltcon ever?
Beyond the zinc tables, L&L’s space has a strong mix of town and country and garden and gun, with lots of oversized pieces. So if you can wait ’til next show to buy the bar back and bookshelves and grain bin storage units for your ruralist-chic new party barn, you should.
I wish I’d asked Lanny and Lonnie what this chair is all about, although judging by the “in the headlights” expression on the deer’s face, I’m not sure I want to know.
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 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.
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.
In this random list of my very favorite things about my very favorite place I’ve tried to capture the area’s special pieces and parts. Some are big deal, some are small gestures, some are legendary and some are just tiny pip and squeak.
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