Andrew Spindler Antiques & Design offers an eclectic alternative to catalog shopping.
Levity, erudition, and a touch of wit define Andrew Spindler-Roesleâs aesthetic. The Sothebyâs-educated antiques dealer, who serves on boards and committees at the MFA, Historic New England, and Gloucesterâs Cape Ann Museum, has an unerring eye for beauty that has helped him amass a unique collection of vintage pieces for his eponymous Essex shop. âThis is a place to discover,â Spindler says, pointing out a quirky animal diorama from the 1950s and a character-rich Arts and Crafts table. âYou can find things here you wonât find anywhere else.â
163 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6045, spindlerantiques.com.
Photo by Michael Piazza
1.Â Ownerâs Fave:Â In the 1930s, foundry molds were used to cast machine parts. In the 21st century, this silver-painted wooden one ($975) is a vintage-dĂ©cor hunterâs dream come true.
2.Â Editorâs Pick:Â Animal dioramas from the 1950s ($1,200â$1,600), which once hung in a childrenâs museum, are a âwonderful compromiseâ for those turned off by taxidermy, Spindler says.
3.Â Talking Point:Â A rare giant clam shell ($1,800) captures the beauty of the deep seaâno scuba certification required.
4.Â Luxe Buy:Â Depending on the context, Spindler says this Italian mold of Venus bathing ($725) âcan be formal or understatedâŠor humorous. Itâs modeled after a sculpture popularly referred to as âVenus of the Buttox.ââ
5.Â Great Gift:Â A covered sugar container ($220) and pitcher ($195) are just two pieces from Spindlerâs extensive English ironstone collection.
6.Â Most Useful:Â Shaped like a semicircle, this damask wing chair ($3,800) from the 1920s âencloses you,â Spindler says. âItâs like sitting in a room.â
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2013/01/shopping-at-andrew-spindler-antiques-design/